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GETTING TO KNOW: Swansea City

8 October 2020

We are into our final sides in our 2020/21 previews, as we take a look at Steve Cooper's Swansea City...

Stadium: The Liberty Stadium

Capacity: 21,088

Year Formed: 1912

Nickname: The Swans 

Most League Appearance: Wilfred Milne – 586

Most league Goals: Ivor Allchurch– 166 goals

Record League Win: 8–0 v Hartlepool United – Fourth Division (1 April 1978)

Record League Defeat: 8–1 v Fulham – Second Division (22 January 1938)

 

Last Five Years

2019/20: 6th in Championship – 70 points

2018/19: 10th in Championship – 65 points

2017/18: 18th in Premier League – 33 points

2016/17: 15th in Premier League – 41 points

2015/16: 12th in Premier League – 47 points

 

Manager – Steve Cooper  

Most notably known due to winning the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup with the England, Steve Cooper has an eye and a knack for working with young players and producing talent.

Cooper started his coaching career as Head of Youth Development at Wrexham, and it was here where he would start to climb his way up the coaching ladder.

He would go on to become manager of Liverpool’s academy in 2011 overseeing the development of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Wilson and Jordon Ibe.

Cooper would depart Merseyside in 2014 taking the reins of the England Under-17s, where he would secure a World Cup victory.

Cooper left his roles with England and was appointed the Head Coach of Swansea in 2019, taking the Swans to the play-offs last season.

 

Squad:

The Swans reached the play-offs last year and will be hoping to reach the same feat this season and go one better.

Steve Cooper’s young squad have shown signs of that form already this season, picking up 10 points from a possible 12 in their opening four league games.

The Swans will be hoping to keep hold of young centre-half Joe Rodon after his impressive performances have attracted a host of clubs vying for his signature.

 

Connections:

There have been some familiar faces to have represented the two sides over the years; John Williams, Cian Harris, Jamie Barnwell-Edinboro, Peter Bodak, Richard Duffy, Gerry Francis, Willie Humphries, Ronnie Rees, John Salako, and Terry Yorath are just a number of players to have donned the famous sky blue and white colours.

 

Coventry v Swansea City Head-to-Head:

Games won: 13

Games drawn: 8

Games lost: 9

 

Last Time We Met – Coventry City 0-1 Swansea City Championship, 22 February 2011

The two sides last met nine years ago facing off in the Championship and it would be the Sky Blues who would fall to a narrow defeat.

Team: Kieren Westwood, Nathan Cameron, Richard Keogh, Stephen O'Halloran, Richard Wood, Martin Cranie, Carl Baker (McSheffrey 79’), David A Bell, Aron Gunnarsson, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Marlon King

Subs: Danny Ireland, Jordan Baker, Chris Hussey, Sammy Clingan, Roy O'Donovan, Freddy Eastwood,

 

Fact:

Swansea are the only team from outside of England to have won the Football League Cup, beating Bradford City 5-0 in the final in 2013. This win was also the biggest winning margin for the cup final.


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