Swansea timeline: From rags to riches

  • Last Updated: February 20 2013, 10:16 GMT

A timeline of Swansea's rapid rise from League Two to the Premier League and the Capital One League Cup Final.

Michu: Bargain of the season
Michu: Bargain of the season

January 24, 2002: Australia-based businessman Tony Petty is ousted by a consortium led by former player Mel Nurse. Owner Petty had proved hugely unpopular after he attempted to sack seven players and two coaches to cut costs. The club was sold but the new owners were left with substantial debts to deal with.

May 3, 2003: Swansea beat Hull 4-2 on the final day of the season to preserve their Football League status. Relegation could have led to extinction, but a Jason Thomas hat-trick, which included two penalties, helped the Swans survive the drop. Current squad members Leon Britton and Alan Tate feature in the win.

May 7, 2005: Just two years after avoiding falling out of the Football League, Swansea secured promotion to League One as Adrian Forbes got the only goal in a 1-0 win at Bury.

August 20, 2005: Swansea play their first game at their new Liberty Stadium home, losing 2-1 against Doncaster. The club had moved from the ramshackle 12,000 capacity Vetch Field to the new 20,500 all-seater ground on the site of the old Morfa Stadium during the summer.

April 2, 2006: The Swans win the Football League Trophy with a 2-1 win over Carlisle at the Millennium Stadium, Lee Trundle and Adebayo Akinfenwa getting the goals.

May 27, 2006: Swansea miss out on promotion to the Championship in heartbreaking fashion as the lose 4-3 to Barnsley on penalties after the game finished 2-2 after extra-time.

February 24, 2007: Roberto Martinez succeeds Kenny Jackett as manager and sets about imposing the passing philosophy that has since served the club so well.

April 24, 2008: A 2-1 win at Gillingham, courtesy of a brace from Guillem Bauza, secures a place in the Championship for the first time in 24 years.

June 15, 2009: Martinez leaves the Liberty Stadium for Wigan, former Portugal international Paulo Sousa is named as his replacement.

July 5, 2010: After missing out on a play-off place Sousa elects to leave to join Leicester and Swans chairman Jenkins turns to Brendan Rodgers to take over the reins.

May 30, 2011: Swansea reach the Premier League courtesy of a thrilling 4-2 win over Reading at Wembley - the same scoreline as in the crucial win over Hull eight year's previous. The parallels did not end there as Scott Sinclair matched James Thomas' feat in scoring a hat-trick including two penalties.

June 1, 2012: Shortly after ending their maiden Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win over Liverpool, Rodgers opts to take over at Anfield. Swansea plumped for former Barcelona and Denmark star Michael Laudrup as his replacement. The Dane goes on to sign a little-known Spaniard called Michu from Rayo Vallecano for just over £2million.

January 23, 2013: With Michu marking himself out as the bargain of the season - including scoring a goal in the first leg at Stamford Bridge - Swansea beat Chelsea 2-0 on aggregate to reach the Capital One Cup final in their centenary season.


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