The Sydney Swans are a professional Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League. Established in Melbourne as the South Melbourne Football Club in 1874, the Swans relocated to Sydney in 1982, thus making it the first club in the competition to be based outside Victoria. Playing in the Victorian Football Association, the Swans joined seven other clubs in founding the breakaway Victorian Football League in 1896, it won premierships in 1909, 1918 and 1933 before experiencing a 72-year premiership drought—the longest in the competition's history. The club broke the drought in 2005 and won another premiership in 2012; the club has proven to be one of the most consistent teams in the AFL era, failing to make the finals in only four seasons since 1995, playing the most number of finals matches and winning the second-most matches overall since 2000 and boasting a finals winning record of over 50% in the same time period. The Swans' headquarters and training facilities are located at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the club's playing home ground since 1982.
The inauguration date of the club is 19 June 1874, it adopted the name "South Melbourne Football Club" four weeks on 15 July. In 1880, South Melbourne amalgamated with the nearby Albert-park Football Club, which had a senior football history dating back to May 1867. Following the amalgamation, the club retained the name South Melbourne, adopted the club's now familiar red and white colours from Albert-park. Nicknamed the "Southerners", the team was more colourfully known as the "Bloods", in reference to the bright red sash on their white jumpers; the colourful epithet the "Bloodstained Angels" was in use. The club was based at Lake Oval home of the South Melbourne Cricket Club. South Melbourne was a junior foundation club of the Victorian Football Association in 1877, attained senior status in 1879. Over its first decade as an amalgamated club, South Melbourne won five VFA premierships – in 1881, 1885, three-in-a-row in 1888, 1889 and 1890 – and was runner-up to the provincial Geelong Football Club in 1880, 1883 and 1886.
At the end of the 1896 season and South Melbourne finished equal at the top of the VFA's premiership ladder with records of 14–3–1, requiring a playoff match to determine the season's premiership. The match took place on 3 October 1896 at the East Melbourne Cricket Ground. Collingwood won the match, six goals to five, in front of an estimated crowd of 12,000; this grand final would be the last match South Melbourne would play in the VFA, as the following season they would be one of eight founding clubs forming the breakaway Victorian Football League. The other clubs were St Kilda Football Club, Essendon Football Club, Fitzroy Football Club, Melbourne Football Club, Geelong Football Club, Carlton Football Club and Collingwood Football Club. South Melbourne was one of the original founding clubs of the Victorian Football League, formed in 1897; the club had early success and won three VFL premierships in 1909, 1918 and 1933. The club was at its most successful in the 1930s, when key recruits from both Victoria and interstate led to a string of appearances in the finals, including four successive grand final appearances from 1933 to 1936, albeit with only one premiership in 1933.
The collection of players recruited from interstate in 1932/1933 became known as South Melbourne's "Foreign Legion". On grand final eve, 1935, as the Swans prepared to take on Collingwood, star full-forward Bob Pratt was clipped by a truck moments after stepping off a tram and subsequently missed the match for South; the truck driver was a South Melbourne supporter. It was during this period; the nickname, suggested by a Herald and Weekly Times artist in 1933, was inspired by the number of Western Australians in the team, was formally adopted by the club before the following season 1934. The name stuck, in part due to the club's association with nearby Albert Park and Lake known for its swans. After several years with only limited success, South Melbourne next reached the grand final in 1945; the match, played against Carlton, was to become known as "the Bloodbath", courtesy of the brawl that overshadowed the match, with a total of 9 players being reported by the umpires. Carlton won the match by 28 points, from on, South Melbourne struggled.
In the following years, South Melbourne struggled, as their traditional inner-city recruiting district emptied as a result of demographic shifts. The club missed the finals in 1946 and continued to fall such that by 1950 they were second-last on the ladder, they nearly made the finals in 1952, but from 1953 to 1969, they never finished higher than eighth on the ladder. By the 1960s it was clear that South Melbourne's financial resources would not be capable of allowing them to compete in the growing market for country and interstate players, their own local zone was never strong enough to compensate for this; the introduction of country zoning failed to help, as the Riverina Football League proved to be one of the least profitable zones. Between 1945 and 1981, South Melbourne made the finals only twice: under legendary coach Norm Smith, So
The Truth About Men is the eighth studio album released by American country music artist Tracy Byrd and written by Paul Overstreet, Rory Lee Feek and Tim Johnson. Released in 2003 as his final album for RCA Nashville, it features the singles "The Truth About Men", "Drinkin' Bone", "How'd I Wind Up in Jamaica". Before its release, Byrd charted in the country top 40 with the single "Lately", which does not appear on the album; the track "Making Memories of Us" was recorded by The Notorious Cherry Bombs on their self-titled debut album, again by Keith Urban on his 2004 album Be Here. Urban's rendition of the song was a Number One hit on the country music charts in 2005. "Drinkin' Bone" – 2:10 "You Feel Good" – 3:26 "How'd I Wind Up in Jamaica" – 3:14 "Tiny Town" – 3:25 "The Truth About Men" – 2:58 features Blake Shelton, Andy Griggs and Montgomery Gentry "Making Memories of Us" – 3:44 "That's What Keeps Her Getting By" – 3:46 "When You Go" – 3:21 "Baby Put Your Clothes On" – 3:10 "Somewhere I Wanna Go" – 3:58 "Ten Rounds with José Cuervo" – 3:40 Live at Far West Rodeo, El Paso, Texas Tracy Byrd - lead vocals Billy Carpenter - drums Johnny Lee Carpenter - fiddle Britt Godwin - electric guitar Larry Shelton - trumpet Stacy Clark - trumpet Lisa Cochran - background vocals Jim Cox - piano Eric Darken - percussion Randall Dennis - piano Dan Dugmore - dobro, steel guitar Stuart Duncan - fiddle Paul Franklin - steel guitar Troy Gentry - vocals on "The Truth About Men" Andy Griggs - vocals on "The Truth About Men" Aubrey Haynie - fiddle, mandolin Wes Hightower - background vocals John Hobbs - piano John Barlow Jarvis - Hammond organ, synthesizer Troy Lancaster - electric guitar Paul Leim - drums, percussion B.
James Lowry - acoustic guitar Liana Manis - background vocals Jay Dee Maness - steel guitar Brent Mason - electric guitar Mark Matoska - steel guitar Eddie Montgomery - vocals on "The Truth About Men" John J. Moore - bass guitar, background vocals John Robinson - drums John Wesley Ryles - background vocals Blake Shelton - vocals on "The Truth About Men" Leland Sklar - bass guitar Carey Stone - electric guitar Michael Thompson - electric guitar Neil Thrasher - background vocals Billy Joe Walker Jr. - acoustic guitar, electric guitar Gabe Witcher - fiddle Glenn Worf - bass guitar Reggie Young - electric guitar
Nazir Muhammad Sarwar Khan was the Governor of Herat from August 1882 to November 1886. Sarwar Khan was an Afghan of the Ghilji tribe, he was a key supporter of a member of the ruling Barakzai dynasty of Afghanistan. Abdur Rahman was on the losing side of a civil war against Sher Ali Khan and fled into exile in 1869. During his exile in Samarkand in the 1870s, Sarwar Khan was his chief servant; when the Second Anglo-Afghan War provided the opportunity for Abdur Rahman to return to Afghanistan, Sarwar Khan accompanied him. Their return to Afghanistan went well, the British army, led by General Roberts, agreed to acknowledge him as Amir of Afghanistan. Abdur Rahman made Sarwar Khan Governor of Takhtapul, in Balkh. Afterwards, Sarwar Khan commanded troops in Badakhshan under Sardar Abdullah Khan, he was a member of the deputation representing Abdur Rahman at the Kabul Durbar when his accession to the throne of Afghanistan was publicly declared. In 1881 he came to Kabul, was said to be one of the new Amir's confidential advisers.
In August 1882, he was appointed governor of Herat, a important post as it had been independently ruled by Ayub Khan until his defeat in 1881. His role at this time was to integrate the province of Herat more to the rest of Afghanistan; the most noteworthy feature of his governorship was the presence of the Afghan Boundary Commission between 1884 and 1886, which sparked the Panjdeh Incident on 30 March 1885, an event which caused war between the Russian Empire and the British Empire. The British commissioners nicknamed him Henry VIII, because of his remarkable similarity in appearance to the English monarch; the Afghan Boundary Commission concluded its work in September 1886, in October it passed through Kabul on its way back to India. It seems that someone Kazi Saad-ud-Din, the Amir's representative on the Commission, gave an unfavourable report of Sarwar Khan to the Amir. In any case, in November 1886 Sarwar Khan was summoned to Kabul, stripped of his governorship -, given to Kazi Saad-ud-Din instead - and arrested.
There he was called upon to pay large sums, was on one occasion put to the rack. In May 1887, the Amir is said to have summoned him, taken pity on him, said:'When I was at certain places I had no funds, your father and you supplied me; when I was in Russian territory, I took from you Rs. 70,000. Take this amount from me. I will remit the whole balance due from you." He was subsequently, again placed under arrest. In December 1887 he was placed in close confinement; the Amir ordered. The Amir abused him much and threatened to have him blown from a gun, he died in prison in Kabul on February 21, 1888