1981–82 Swansea City A.F.C. season

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Swansea City
1981–82 season
Chairman Malcolm Struel
Manager John Toshack
(player-manager)
Stadium Vetch Field
First Division 6th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Second round
Welsh Cup Winners
Cup Winners' Cup First round
Top goalscorer League:
Robbie James(15)
All:
Robbie James(20)
Highest home attendance 24,115 vs Manchester United
(30 January 1982)
Lowest home attendance 11,811 vs Stoke City
(6 March 1982)
Average home league attendance 18,194
Home colours
Away colours

During the 1981–82 English football season, Swansea City A.F.C. competed in the Football League First Division, following promotion from the Second Division. It was their debut season in the English top flight and the first season in which a Welsh club was part of the top English league since arch-rivals Cardiff City were relegated at the end of 1961-62.

Background[edit]

Swansea's rise to the top flight of English football had come only four seasons after competing in the Fourth Division and thus few tipped Swansea to survive in the First Division. Swansea soon proved the naysayers wrong by crushing Leeds United 5-1 in their first match ever in the top flight, with debutant Bob Latchford scoring a hat-trick. The win saw Swansea rise from the basement division to the top of the entire Football League in barely three years. Victories over footballing royalty such as Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur followed as the club topped the league on several further occasions. However, injuries to key players took their toll, and the lack of depth in the squad meant that the season ended in sixth-place finish.

Transfers[edit]

[1]

In[edit]

Out[edit]

Football League First Division[edit]

Results[edit]

Last updated: 4 September 2013
Source:[2]

Classification[edit]

Further information: Final League Table
Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
4 Tottenham Hotspur 42 20 11 11 67 48 +19 71 1982–83 Cup Winners' Cup first round 1
5 Arsenal 42 20 11 11 48 37 +11 71 1982–83 UEFA Cup first round
6 Swansea City 42 21 6 15 58 51 +7 69 1982–83 Cup Winners' Cup preliminary round 2
7 Southampton 42 19 9 14 72 67 +5 66 1982–83 UEFA Cup first round
8 Everton 42 17 13 12 56 50 +6 64

Source: statto.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Tottenham Hotspur won the 1981-82 FA Cup and thus qualified for the first round of the 1982–83 European Cup Winners' Cup.
2Swansea City won the 1981-82 Welsh Cup and thus qualified for the preliminary round of the 1982–83 European Cup Winners' Cup.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
42 21 6 15 58 51 +7 69 13 3 5 34 16 +18 8 3 10 24 35 −11

Source: statto.com

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42
Ground H A A H A H H A H A A H A A H H A H H A A H A A H A A H H A H H H A H H A H A A H A
Result W W L W L W W D W W L D W L D W L L W L L W W D W W W W D W L L W D W W L L L W L L
Position 1 1 6 2 4 3 3 3 2 1 3 4 3 4 3 2 4 4 1 3 5 6 5 5 4 3 2 2 2 1 2 4 4 3 3 3 3 4 5 5 6 6

Source: statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1981–82 FA Cup

Last updated: 4 September 2013
Source:[3]

Football League Cup[edit]

Last updated: 4 September 2013
Source:[3]

Welsh Cup[edit]

Main article: 1981–82 Welsh Cup

Last updated: 19 January 2014
Sources:,[3] Welsh Football Data Archive[4]

European Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Last updated: 4 September 2013
Source:[5]

Kit[edit]

Swansea's kit was manufactured by Belgian company Patrick. The kit bore no sponsorship.

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[6]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Wales GK Dai Davies
England DF Colin Irwin (captain)
Wales DF Wyndham Evans
Wales DF Dudley Lewis
Wales DF Nigel Stephenson
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia DF Džemal Hadžiabdić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia DF Ante Rajković
England MF Ray Kennedy
Wales MF David Giles
Wales MF Leighton James
No. Position Player
Wales MF Robbie James
Wales MF John Mahoney
Wales MF Chris Marustik
Wales MF Neil Robinson
Wales FW Jeremy Charles
Wales FW Alan Curtis
Wales FW Dean Saunders
Wales FW John Toshack (player-manager)
Wales FW Ian Walsh

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Wales MF David Giles (on loan to Leyton Orient)

Squad statistics[edit]

Last updated on 4 September 2013[7]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Player League FA Cup League Cup Welsh Cup Cup Winners' Cup Total
App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals App. Goals
- GK Wales Dai Davies 41 0 1 0 2 0 7 0 2 0 53 0
- GK Wales Chris Sander 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
- GK Scotland David Stewart 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ante Rajković 40 1 1 0 1 0 7 0 2 0 51 1
- DF England Colin Irwin 37 0 1 0 2 1 4 1 0 0 44 2
- DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Džemal Hadžiabdić 25(+1) 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 33(+1) 0
- DF England Max Thompson 22(+1) 1 0(+1) 0 1 0 4 1 0 0 27(+2) 2
- DF Wales Nigel Stevenson 20 0 1 0 0(+1) 0 5 0 2 0 28(+1) 0
- DF Wales Dudley Lewis 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
- DF Wales Wyndham Evans 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(+2) 0 1(+2) 0
- DF Wales Gary Richards 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
- DF Wales Dave Rushbury 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- MF Wales Robbie James 42 15 1 0 1 0 8 5 1 0 53 20
- MF Wales Leighton James 34(+4) 9 1 0 2 1 7 2 2 0 46(+4) 12
- MF Wales Neil Robinson 27(+2) 1 0 0 2 0 5 0 2 0 37(+2) 1
- MF Wales John Mahoney 25 0 1 0 1 0 3(+2) 0 2 0 32(+2) 0
- MF England Gary Stanley 22(+7) 3 1 0 2 0 6 2 0 0 31(+7) 5
- MF Wales Chris Marustik 19(+3) 1 1 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 27(+3) 1
- MF England Ray Kennedy 18 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 22 2
- MF Wales Brian Attley 2(+2) 0 0 0 0(+1) 0 0(+1) 1 1 0 3(+4) 1
- MF Wales Jimmy Loveridge 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
- MF Wales David Giles 0(+2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(+2) 0 0(+4) 0
- MF Scotland Tommy Craig 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- FW Wales Alan Curtis 40 9 1 0 2 1 7 3 2 0 52 13
- FW England Bob Latchford 31 12 1 0 2 0 5(+1) 3 2 0 41(+1) 15
- FW Wales Jeremy Charles 9(+4) 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 1 14(+4) 3
- FW Wales Ian Walsh 3(+2) 2 0 0 0 0 0(+1) 0 0 0 3(+3) 2
- FW Wales Darren Gale 0(+1) 0 0 0 0 0 0(+1) 0 0 0 0(+2) 0

Top scorers[edit]

Place Position Nationality Number Name League FA Cup League Cup Welsh Cup Cup Winners' Cup Total
1 MF Wales - Robbie James 15 0 0 5 0 20
2 FW England - Bob Latchford 12 0 0 3 0 15
3 FW Wales - Alan Curtis 9 0 1 3 0 13
4 MF Wales - Leighton James 9 0 1 2 0 12
5 MF England - Gary Stanley 3 0 0 2 0 5
6 FW Wales - Jeremy Charles 2 0 0 0 1 3
7 FW Wales - Ian Walsh 2 0 0 0 0 2
8 MF England - Ray Kennedy 2 0 0 0 0 2
9 MF Wales - Chris Marustik 1 0 0 0 0 1
10 DF Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia - Ante Rajković 1 0 0 0 0 1
11 DF England - Neil Robinson 1 0 0 0 0 1
12 DF England - Max Thompson 1 0 0 1 0 2
13 DF England - Colin Irwin 0 0 1 1 0 2
14 DF Wales - Brian Attley 0 0 0 1 0 1
15 - - - Own goal 0 0 0 1 0 1
TOTALS 58 0 3 19 1 81

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • Rundle, Richard. "Swansea City". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
Bibliography
  • Jones, Colin (2012). Swansea Town & City Football Club: The Complete Record, 1912-2012. From Southern League to Premier League. Dinefwr Press Ltd. ISBN 978-1904323-26-6. 
  • Jenkins, Geraint H. (2012). Proud to be a Swan, The History of Swansea City AFC. Ceredigion: Y Lolfa Cyf. ISBN 978-184771-481-7. 
Specific
  1. ^ http://www.worldfootball.net/teams/swansea-city/1982/6/
  2. ^ Jones (2012), p. 325-328.
  3. ^ a b c Jones (2012), p. 329.
  4. ^ Thomas, Mel; Garland, Ian (19 January 2014). "Welsh Cup 1981/82". wfda.co.uk. WFDA. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Jones (2012), p. 328.
  6. ^ http://www.worldfootball.net/teams/swansea-city/1982/2/
  7. ^ Jones (2012), p. 330.