1912–13 Swansea Town A.F.C. season

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Swansea Town
1912–13 season
Chairman John William Thorpe
Player-Manager Walter Whittaker
Stadium Vetch Field
Southern Football League 3rd
Welsh Cup Winners
Top goalscorer League: Billy Ball (8)
All: Billy Ball (19)
Home colours

The 1912–13 season was the first season in which Swansea Town (now known as Swansea City) took part in league and cup football. The club was elected to Division Two of the Southern Football League.

Swansea's first official match was played on 7 September 1912 against local rivals Cardiff City at the Vetch Field. All of Swansea's home games for the 1912–13 season were played on a 'Clinker pitch'.[1]

After a 24 game season the club finished third, narrowly missing out on promotion. The club also entered the Welsh Cup and won it at the first attempt, beating Pontypridd 1–0 in a re-played final.

Southern Football League[edit]

Win Draw Loss
Division Two Results
Game Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Goalscorers Attendance
1 7 September 1912 Cardiff City H D 1–1 Ball 8,000
2 14 September 1912 Ton Pentre A W 2–1 Grierson 2
3 21 September 1912 Newport County A W 1–0 Grierson 5,000
4 5 October 1912 Mid-Rhondda H W 1–0 Ball 6,000
5 9 November 1912 Pontypridd H D 0–0
6 25 December 1912 Llanelly H D 1–1 Coleman
7 28 December 1912 Aberdare Athletic H W 5–4 Ball 3, Coleman, Grierson
8 18 January 1913 Mardy H W 1–0 Grierson 6,000
9 23 January 1913 Aberdare Athletic A D 2–2 Coleman, Grierson
10 1 February 1913 Southend United A L 1–3 Grierson
11 8 February 1913 Luton Town A W 4–0 Messer, Coleman 2, Grierson 6,000
12 20 February 1913 Pontypridd A D 0–0
13 1 March 1913 Newport County H W 2–1 Ball 2(1p) 10,200
14 8 March 1913 Mid-Rhondda A L 0–1
15 15 March 1913 Cardiff City A D 0–0 12,000
16 21 March 1913 Croydon Common H W 1–0 Hamilton 10,000
17 22 March 1913 Treharris A W 3–1 Anderson 2, Messer
18 24 March 1913 Croydon Common A L 0–3 10,000
19 29 March 1913 Luton Town H W 2–0 Ball, Anderson 8,000
20 1 April 1913 Mardy A L 0–4 2,000
21 8 April 1913 Llanelly A L 0–1 6,000
22 26 April 1913 Southend United H W 1–0 Anderson
23 28 April 1913 Ton Pentre H D 0–0
24 30 April 1913 Treharris H W 1–0 Jepp

Source:[2]

League table[edit]

Division Two Table
Pos Club P W D L GF GA Ave1 Pts2 Notes
1 Cardiff City 24 18 5 1 54 15 3.60 41 Promoted to Division One
2 Southend United 24 14 6 4 43 23 1.87 34
3 Swansea Town 24 12 7 5 29 23 1.26 31
4 Croydon Common 24 13 4 7 51 29 1.76 30
5 Luton Town 24 13 4 7 52 39 1.33 30
6 Llanelly 24 9 6 9 33 39 0.85 24
7 Pontypridd 24 6 11 7 30 28 1.07 23
8 Mid Rhondda 24 9 4 11 33 31 1.07 22
9 Aberdare 24 8 6 10 38 40 0.95 22
10 Newport County 24 7 5 12 29 36 0.81 19
11 Mardy 24 6 3 15 38 38 1.00 15
12 Treharris 24 5 2 17 18 60 0.30 12
13 Ton Pentre 24 3 3 18 22 69 0.32 9

1 The system of using goal average to separate two teams tied on points was used up until the 1976–77 season.

2 The points system: 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for losing.

Welsh Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponents Venue Result Score
F–A
Goalscorers Attendance
PreQ 31 October 1912 Milford H W 3–1 Ball 3 1,000
1 2 November 1912 Mond Nickel H D 2–2 Messer, Davidson
1r 7 November 1912 Mond Nickel A W 5–0 Ball 2, Grierson 2, Swarbrick
2 7 December 1912 Llanelly H W 2–1 Messer (p), Ball 3,000
3 4 January 1913 Wrexham A W 3–1 Ball 2, Swarbrick 2,000
4 25 January 1913 Merthyr Town A W 3–0 Soady 2, Coleman
SF 15 February 1913 Cardiff City N W 4–2 Ball 3, Grierson
F 19 April 1913 Pontypridd N D 0–0 8,310
Fr 24 April 1913 Pontypridd N W 1–0 Grierson 10,000

Source:[3]

Player details[edit]

The Swansea Town 1912–13 football team.
No. Pos. Name League Welsh Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 - England D Anderson 7 4 1 0 8 4
2 FW England Billy Ball 19 8 7 11 26 19
3 - England T Brazell 1 0 1 0 2 0
4 DF England Arthur Cleverley 18 0 4 0 22 0
5 - England J Coleman 18 5 8 1 26 6
6 - England H Davidson 1 0 1 1 2 1
7 MF England John Duffy 23 0 9 0 32 0
8 GK England E Fisher 17 0 5 0 22 0
9 - England G Fyfe 7 0 0 0 7 0
10 - England RT Grierson 19 8 8 4 27 12
11 DF England Jock Hamilton 19 1 7 0 26 1
12 MF England Sam Jepp 20 1 8 0 28 1
13 - England P Jones 1 0 0 0 1 0
14 FW Wales Willie Messer 19 2 7 2 26 4
15 DF England Jack Nicholas 21 0 8 0 29 0
16 - England F Prideaux 10 0 4 0 14 0
17 - England Soady 2 0 1 2 3 2
18 - England A Sutherland 9 0 6 0 15 0
19 FW England Jimmy Swarbrick 22 0 9 2 31 2
20 - England J Weir 4 0 1 0 5 0
21 GK England Walter Whittaker 7 0 4 0 11 0

Source:[4]

Transfers[edit]

Out[edit]

Date Pos Name To Fee Ref
27 June 1913 F Prideaux Released
[4]
27 June 1913 RT Grierson Released
[4]
27 June 1913 Soady Released
[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • Rundle, Richard. "Swansea Town". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 5 June 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 978-1-904323-26-6. 
  • Jenkins, Geraint H. (2012). Proud to be a Swan, The History of Swansea City AFC. Ceredigion: Y Lolfa Cyf. ISBN 978-1-84771-481-7. 
Specific
  1. ^ Jenkins (2012), p. 1.
  2. ^ Jones (2012), p. 1–2.
  3. ^ Jones (2012), p. 3.
  4. ^ a b c d Jones (2012), p. 4.