Are Swansea City the best-run club in the top flight?

 

Swansea City have the chance to make their dream a reality at Wembley tomorrow by winning a first major cup, and it is fair to say it would be just deserts for a club that can fairly claim to be the best run in the Premier League.

With Huw Jenkins pivotal as chairman, Swansea are the first and only club in the top flight in which the fans have a significant share – the Swansea City Supporters' Trust owns 19.9 per cent, making it the club's third largest shareholder, and it also has a director, Huw Cooze, on the board.

And set against a culture of high-level debts in a money-crazed league, Swansea revealed a profit of £14.6 million last October following their successful debut season in the Premier League.

This unique, and highly sensible, approach to running a club is the envy of fans across the country, especially those who support outfits owned by ruthless foreign proprietors. But it is the message it sends to clubs in lower leagues that is the most vital and should be the blueprint for new arrivals into the promised land of the Premier League. Swansea lie in the top half of the table as well as going into tomorrow's Capital One Cup final against Bradford as strong favourites.

Yet it wasn't always that way. Just over a decade ago, the Welsh side were in financial meltdown before a group of local businessmen, who are still the owners of Swansea, bought the club for £1 from Australia-based Londoner Tony Petty.

A year later, they were 90 minutes away from going out of the Football League before a 4-2 home win over Hull City proved a lifeline. What Swansea have done since that day is learn from their mistakes.

Those harsh lessons from the dark days continue to influence the way the club is run and financial prudence remains a key factor in the day-to-day decision-making.

As Swansea arrived in the Premier League in 2011 and walked out alongside the multi-million-pound stars of their top-flight opponents, managers Brendan Rodgers and now Michael Laudrup knew their players had earned the right to be there. And what an impression they have made.

A Swansea City Supporters' Trust spokesperson said: "For many of the Swansea fans sitting in the stands or watching as part of a global TV audience on Sunday, they too will be able to look on with pride knowing the huge part they have played, and continue to play, in the success story that is Swansea City."

Kick-off Sunday, 4pm, Wembley Stadium

TV Sky Sports 1 (h/l BBC 1).

Referee K Friend (Leics)

Odds to lift trophy: Bradford City 9-2. Swansea City 1-6

Sport
England's women celebrate after their 3rd place play-off win against Germany
Women's World CupFara Williams converts penalty to secure victory and bronze medals
Arts and Entertainment
Ricardo by Edward Sutcliffe, 2014
artPortraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb go on display
News
newsHillary Clinton comments on viral Humans of New York photo of gay teenager
Arts and Entertainment
The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s Guillaume Tell has caused huge controversy
music
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'