The Swansea City Association Football Club is a professional football team located in south Wales. The team, also called the Swans, is currently in the Premier League after a turbulent history bouncing up and down the tables.
The club was founded in 1912 as Swansea Town AFC. Later, the team's name was changed to the Swansea City Football club to reflect the town's change to becoming a city. The team almost won their very first First Division league title in 1982 but their performance sharply declined towards the close of the season and ended up finishing in sixth place, which was still a high record for the club. In February, 2013, the Swansea City Football Club won against Bradford City and took the year's Football League Cup. This was the team's first major trophy and the they became the first Welsh team to ever qualify for the Europa League tournament.
Naturally their amazing win has made them even more popular than before and fans from all over are clamouring to get tickets to their next games.
Swansea City Football History
The Swansea City Football team has a deep history going back one hundred years. Because of this, they are very intertwined with their city and their fans.
Swansea City Football Club Early Years
Back in the early 1900s, the town of Swansea was populated with more rugby players than football players. There were several attempts throughout the years to form a football team but all failed until the Swansea Town AFC was formed in 1912. Like many other teams in South Wales, they joined the Second Division of the Southern League.
After the WWI, the league dropped their second division due to many of the local clubs closing down. Because of this, the Swansea City Football Club were placed in the first division league but only remained there for four seasons when they went on to become one of the founder members of the Third Division of the Football League. They played for several years before eventually moving up to the Second Division.
Post-War Swansea City Football Club
A year after the war, the Swans finished in 21st place with a score so low that they had to return to Division Three. However, the club rallied quickly and won the division championship. The win allowed them to move back into the Second Division where they stayed for the next 15 years. In 1964 the Swans made it to the FA Cup semi-final game. By half-time the team players were up 2 - 0. However, the opposing team made a comeback and beat the Swans. A years later they were again relegated to the Third Division.
The Swansea City Football Slump From 1965 - 1977
Things did not bode so well for the Swansea City Football team following their decline back to the Third Division. The manager, Trevor Morris, was fired and then replaced by Glyn Davies, someone who had previously played for the team. However, the team subsequently experienced one of its heaviest defeats during the new season and the new manager was forced to resign. Although the following 1967-1968 season was an equal disaster, and the team was now in the Fourth Division, 32,796 people attended the games that year, setting a club record.
In 1969, the team experienced a huge loss when two of their players, Roy Evans, and Brian Purcell ended up in a fatal car accident on the way to their game. Despite, the loss of their teammates, however, the club succeeded in securing a promotion back into the Third Division. The team's luck did not last, though, and when the manager resigned, the person selected to replace him was unable to stop the downward slope, causing the club to wind up back into the Fourth Division after just having escaped it.
Only 1,358 fans showed up to the first game of the next season and the Swans did so poorly the rest of the year that they had to apply to be re-elected into the football league when they finished in 21st place.
Sudden Rise and Fall of the Swansea City Football Club from 1977 - 1986
In 1978, the youngest ever manager in the Football League was hired to lead the team. John Toshack was a former striker for three other teams and he became the manager at the young age of 28. Under his leadership and that of his assistant, the team rose from the Fourth Division all the way to the top. The speedy rise to the top set the record for the fastest comeback in the Football League's history.
Unfortunately, the team declined just as rapidly as it rose, and by 1985 a combination of financial problems and the team's losses led to Toshack being fired and the club on the brink of being shut down. A court hearing was set up to discuss the liquidation of the club, but a rich businessman by the name of Doug Sharpe stepped in and saved the team from extinction.
About the Swansea City Stadiums
Long before the town of Swansea was established, a large field owned by the Swansea Gaslight Company was used by children to play football on. When the company was shut down due to not being needed,, the town moved in and claimed the area. That same land that the children played football on later became the building site for the Vetch Field stadium. It was designed to seat around 12,000, but it maxed out at 32,796 during the 1967 FA cup game. Before closing down, the last goal made in the stadium was kicked by Adrian Forbes in 2005.
As Vetch Field began to deteriorate, the city looked for new place to build a stadium. However, they did not have the funds to available to start construction. A proposal was made to build a stadium with 20,000 seats on land that the Council owned. The project was approved and funded by a 355,000 foot retail park. The new Liberty Stadium opened its doors for the first time in July of 2005. The building of the new stadium turned out to be good luck for the Swans. In 2005, the first game played in it was won 1-0 against the Tranmere Rovers. They then went on to win their first Football League Trophy since 1994 and then the FAW Premier Cup the following year.
Liberty Stadium has hosted up to 20,650 people at a time and it has been the home of three Welsh international football matches. In 2012, word was released that the stadium was being expanded by 12,000 seats at the cost of 15 million pounds. The goal of the Council is to make Liberty Stadium the largest club-owned stadium in the country.
How to Find Swansea City Football Tickets on eBay
Tickets can be difficult to find for games especially at the last minute. One way to plan ahead or find good deals is to go onto the eBay website and look for them there. Thousands of people sell their personal tickets every day and there are also companies that list the tickets as well. Rather than going to one source with limited tickets, you can browse through a larger selection of tickets and find better deals.
Use the eBay search bar to type in "football tickets&". The site populates a list to browse through, or you can search specifically for the team. Be sure to verify the dates and times before purchasing anything. Also see if the seller offers a refund in case the tickets do not arrive in time or they come damaged. As you browse through the available tickets and event dates, you can add the ones you are interested in to your Watch List so that you do not lose track of them. Later on, you can then go to your My eBay page and lookup them up again to decide which ones to get.
The Swansea City Football Club is nearly as old as the original town itself. After the establishment of the town, there were several failed attempts to get a football team going. However, the creation of a team was finally successful in 1912, and it has been popular with the local ever since. There are also many fans all over Wales, due to the club's 100 year history that is deeply intertwined with the area. True enthusiasts even have the option of joining fan websites, forums, and chat groups. To get the latest news, the team's official site is constantly posting updates about games and their players.
Tickets are available through a number of online sources and it is easy for anyone to attend an exciting, action-packed game. The new stadium is fun to visit and can seat thousands of fans comfortably. All it takes to go to one of the Swansea City football games is getting some tickets in advance or buying them directly from the stadium at full price.