From the Fourth to the First: Swansea City F.C. During the John Toshack Years 1978 to 1984 Paperback – 1 Dec 2005
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This is a detailed history of the football club over a specific 6-year period. St David's Day 1978 proved to be a momentous occasion for Swansea City F.C. as it marked the appointment of John Toshack as their new player-manager. The Swans, then based at the Vetch Field, were languishing in the Fourth Division with only a few years having passed since their re-election back into the Football League. 'Tosh' became the youngest player-manager in the country and so began a steady climb which culminated with the Swans finishing sixth in the old First Division. Infact, that 1981/ 82 season saw the club remain in the top six throughout the whole campaign. "From the Fourth to the First": details the incredible rise, documenting each season, the results, the players involved and the excitement generated. Illustrated biographies are also included of many of the Tosh "Super Swans" such as Welsh shining lights Robbie James, Alan Curtis and Leighton James through to the established names of Bob Latchford, Ian Callaghan, Alan Waddle and many other names. The story is a remarkable one and the type of which will never be repeated but what a tale it is! It helps remembering a golden time in Welsh football when you really could 'Be proud to be a Swan.'