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- The amazing tale of hero dog Swansea Jack who saved 27 lives...but met a gruesome end
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The real meanings behind the Welsh nicknames we all use
The Swans have enjoyed a remarkable rise over the last 10 years, but how much do you know about Wales' only Premier League club? The reason behind the latter is not clear, but there are two possible origins: One is the reputation of local seamen "Jack Tars" in the early 19th Century, while the other is the black retriever dog called Swansea Jack who rescued no fewer than 27 people from drowning in the River Tawe and Swansea Docks during the s.
But a group of directors put together a rescue package and permission was granted for the club to continue fixtures. The club's first appearance at the old Wembley came in when they won the Autoglass Trophy - a competition for teams in the lower divisions of the Football League. They won the same competition, albeit under a different name, in Before this season, the furthest Swansea had reached in the League Cup which has had various sponsors before Capital One was the fourth round.
Should they win on Sunday, next season will be the club's first match in Europe since when they lost to AS Monaco in the European Cup Winners' Cup first round second leg. Entry to that competition came through the Welsh Cup which the Swans won 11 times but no longer compete in.
Where did "Jack" come from | Swansea City FC
Withthin a few weeks, Jack rescued another swimmer, this time with witnesses in attendance and his photograph appeard in the local paper and the local council awarded Jack with a silver collar. In addition to his silver collar, he received the Bravest Dog of the Year Award, a silver cup from the Mayor of London and a statue of him was made. His publicly-funded memorial stands on the Promenade near St.
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A noted pub in Swansea is named Swansea Jack, in honour of the dog. Unfortunately poor Swansea Jack died in October of after eating rat poison.
The club was known as Swansea Town but they changed their name when Swansea was granted City status in The Swans were admitted to the Second Division of the Southern League and there they remained until they won promotion immediately before the First World War. As a result, they became founder members of Division Three when the Southern League Division was incorporated in They were a strong side in those days, winning promotion to the Second Division in as champions of Division Three South.
They did not stay down for long, winning the Third Division South championship and promotion in They stayed in the Second Division for another sixteen seasons, reaching the FA Cup semi-final once again in The Swans also enjoyed the first of many European campaigns in by virtue of winning the Welsh FA Cup, a competition they have won ten times to date.
The amazing tale of hero dog Swansea Jack who saved 27 lives...but met a gruesome end
Hopes were rekindled in when promotion was won but three years later the Swans were back in the basement and in they faced the humiliation of having to apply for re-election. There followed a remarkable revival under player-manager John Toshack, with successive promotions in and taking the club back into Division Two.
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In , Swansea were promoted to the First Division finishing in a remarkable sixth place in The decline that followed was even more dramatic. Relegated in and , Swansea City was formally wound up on 20 December Fortunately a group of directors put together a rescue package and permission was granted for the club to continue its fixtures. For 12 months the future of the club hung in the balance and, unable to sign or loan new players, Swansea were relegated to Division Four in