Tag: Swansea City

Video of the Day: Liverpool vs Swansea City, October 1981

It is, of course, a complete coincidence, but this afternoon at The Liberty Stadium Liverpool will play Swansea City shortly after a highly emotional time for the time, and it’s not the first time that this has happened. When the Swans were last in the First Division, the newly-promoted and high flying Swans were the team that were making the trip to Anfield for the first home match since the death of legendary manager Bill Shankly. Shankly had died following a heart attack on the twenty-sixth of September 1981 at the age of sixty-eight, and his funeral came the...

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Video of the Day: Swansea City vs Chelsea, April 1981

Untroubled either by aspirations of the Champions League or stalked by the fear of relegation, Swansea City take on Chelsea at The Liberty Stadium this afternoon in a Premier League match that may be best described as one of the first dead rubbers of the season. These two clubs aren’t clubs whose paths have intersected too many times in the past, of course, but our video of the day for today – which is running slightly more late than usual – is from the end of a season that turned out to be a historic one for Swansea City,...

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Garry Monk & Swansea City, Both Victims of Circumstance

“Nobody ever says thank you,” goes the quotation from Brian Clough. While that is probably the case in the vast majority of managerial sackings and resignations, there are times when a departure is met with a little sadness and gratitude, and this seems to be the case following news of the departure of Garry Monk from Swansea City this afternoon. Press speculation over the previous forty-eight hours had sent mixed messages to the public. On Monday, it was reported that talks between Monk and chairman Huw Jenkins had taken place, but that other commitments had prevented anything further taking...

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Swansea City’s Great Managerial Gamble

So, farewell then, Michael Laudrup. It would be easy to spin the story of his departure from the Liberty Stadium yesterday as being just another case of the insanity of the world of football management in the twenty-first century. True enough, the Swans are just two points from the relegation places in the Premier League, but the bottom half of the table is awfully congested at the moment and it is, of course, equally true to say that Swansea City will go into this weekend’s Premier League matches in twelfth place in the table. It has been clear from...

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The 200% Premier League Pre-Season: Swansea City

It has been, by any stretch of the imagination, an extraordinary last ten years for Swansea City. A new home, the end of a spell of financial misery which threatened the very existence of the club, and a magnificent rise to the Premier League which didn’t end upon the club’s arrival in the division. Over the last couple of years this club has become a symbol for a different way of doing things. Twenty per cent owned by its supporters trust, ensuring that the club’s financial position can never be seriously threatened again, making an inspired and innovative choice in bringing in Michael Laudrup as manager upon the departure of Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool, the ascent has continued with a solid, mid-table finish in the Premier League at the end of last season and, even more significantly than even this, winning the Football League Cup with a win against Bradford City at Wembley earlier this year. With new achievements, however, come greater challenges. The major significance of winning the League Cup – setting aside for one minute the simple pleasure of winning a major English trophy for the first time in the club’s history and so on – is the return of European football to Swansea for the first time since 1992. The Swans have already brushed aside the Swedish club Malmo in their first competitive match of the...

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