HISTORY

                SWALLOWS FC

Name: Swallows FC

Nickname : The Dube Birds

Head Coach: Zeca Marques

Formed: 1947

Club colours: Maroon and White  /  White

Home Venue: Dobsonville Stadium

Website: www.morokaswallows.co.za

CLUB HISTORY:

The club was founded in the 1940s by a trio of soccer lovers, Ishmael Lesolang, Strike Makgatha and Johnny Kubheka They originally named the side Congregated Rovers after the firm in which most of the players and officials worked, later changing it to Moroka Rovers.

But then, on 10 October 1947, the trio decided to change the name again to Moroka Swallows, basing themselves in the township formally known as Masakeng. The name has lasted for the best part of 55 years, a period which has seen consistent success both on the field and off it.

The 1950s and 1960s were a successful time for the club, culminating in their greatest ever achievement, winning the South African League title in 1965.

Off the field, the club was becoming a business and in 1971 they became the first ever soccer team to register as a public company. That same year they were also the first to receive an official sponsorship when Teljoy began their association with the club. The decade between 1982 and 1992 was a successful one for the team, culminating in four pieces of silverware.

In 2007 the club celebrated its 60th anniversary. Two years later Swallows won the Nedbank Cup, the club's first piece of silverware for five years.

The club narrowly avoided relegation in the 2013–14 season, finishing thirteenth. The 2014–15 season saw them relegated for the first time in their history, finishing 15th, and failing to retain their position after being defeated in the promotion-relegation playoffs.

1996/97  11th in Premier League.

1997/98  11th in Premier League. Lost 0 – 2 to Amazulu in Rnd 1 of the Bobsave Superbowl. Lost 4 – 5 to Manning Rangers in Rnd 1 of the Rothmans Cup.

1998/99  15th in Premier League. Lost 1 – 3 to Qwa Qwa Stars in Rnd 2 of the Bobsave Superbowl. Lost 0 – 1 to Wits in Rnd 1 of the Rothmans Cup.

1999/00  12th in Premier League. Lost 0 – 1 to Orlando Pirates in Rnd 2 of the Bobsave Superbowl. Lost to Orlando Pirates in Rnd 1 of the Rothmans Cup.

2000/01  15th in Premier League. Lost 0 – 1 to Santos in semi-finals of the Bobsave Superbowl. Lost to Orlando Pirates in semi-finals of the Coca Cola Cup.

2001/02  6th in Premier League. Bobsave Superbowl wasn’t played. Lost to 0 – 1 to Amazulu in preliminary round of the Coca Cola Cup.

2002/03  4th in Premier League. Lost 0 – 5 to Orlando Pirates in Rnd 1 of the BP Top 8. Lost 0 – 3 to Black Leopards in Rnd 1 of the ABSA Cup. Lost 0 – 1 to Kaizer Chiefs in Rnd 1 of the Coca Cola Cup.

2003/04  7th in Premier League. Lost 2 – 3 AET to Jomo Cosmos in the final of the SAA Supa 8. Beat Manning Rangers 3 – 1 in the final of the ABSA Cup. Lost 1 – 2 to Silver Stars in Quarterfinals of the Coca Cola Cup.

2004/05  5th in Premier League. Lost 0 – 1 to Kaizer Chiefs in the semi-finals of the SAA Supa 8. Lost 1 – 2 to Wits in the Quarterfinals of the ABSA Cup. Lost 2 – 2 AET Pen 0 – 2 to Kaizer Chiefs in semi-finals of the Coca Cola Cup.

2005/06  4th in Premier League. Lost 1 – 3 to Supersport United in Rnd 1 of the SAA Supa 8. Lost 1 – 2 to Santos in Rnd 2 of the ABSA Cup. Lost 0 – 0 AET Pen 1 – 2 to Santos in Rnd 1 of the Coca Cola Cup.

2006/07  3rd in Castle Premiership. Lost 1 – 2 to Kaizer Chiefs in the semi-finals of the SAA Supa 8. Lost 0 – 2 to Orlando Pirates in Rnd 1 of the ABSA Cup. Lost 1 – 2 to Ajax Cape Town in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout.

2007/08  7th in ABSA Premiership. Lost 1 – 2 to Supersport United in Rnd 1 of the SAA Supa 8. Lost 1 – 3 to Santos in Rnd 2 of the Nedbank Cup. Lost 2 – 2 AET 1 – 3 Pen to Kaizer Chiefs in Rnd 1 of the Telkom Knockout.

2008/09  11th in ABSA Premiership. Lost 1 – 2 to Kaizer Chiefs in the semi-finals of the MTN 8. Beat the University of Pretoria 1 – 0 in the final of the Nedbank Cup. Lost 2 – 3 to Orlando Pirates in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout.

2009/10  8th in ABSA Premiership. Lost to Amazulu on penalties after extra time in round 2 of the Nedbank Cup. Lost 0 – 1 AET to Ajax CT in Round 1 of the Telkom Knockout.

2010/11  13th in ABSA Premiership. Lost 1 – 1 (2 – 4 Pen) AET in the final of the MTN 8 to Orlando Pirates. Lost 1 – 2 to Baroka FC in Round two of the Nedbank Cup. Lost 1 – 3 to MP Black Aces in Round 1 of the Telkom Knockout.

2011/12  2nd in ABSA Premiership. Lost 1 – 2 in quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout. Lost 0 – 1 to Bidvest Wits in the First Round of the Nedbank Cup.

2012/13  9th in ABSA Premiership. Beat Supersport United 2 – 1 in the final of the MTN 8. Lost 0 – 0 (3 – 4 Pen) AET to Maritzburg United in Round one of the Telkom Knockout. Lost 0 – 0 (3 – 5) AET to Supersport United in Round one of the Nedbank Cup.

2013/14  13th in ABSA Premiership. Lost 1 – 3 to Supersport United in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout. Lost 0 – 1 to Supersport United in Round Two of the Nedbank Cup.

2014/15  15th in ABSA Premiership. Relegated to the NFD after finishing bottom of the Promotional Playoffs group. Lost 0 – 3 to Bidvest Wits in the first round of the Telkom Knockout. Lost 1 – 2 to Tuks in the First Round of the Nedbank Cup.

2015/16  16th in the NFD and relegated to the ABC Motsepe League. Beat FC Cape Town 4 – 0 in the preliminary round of the Nedbank Cup, but lost 0 – 1 to Supersport United in round one.

2016/17  Relegated from the ABC Motsepe League.

2017/18  6th in the Gauteng stream of the ABC Motsepe League. Purchased status of ABC Motsepe League side Orange Vaal Professionals.

2018/19  7th in the Gauteng stream of the ABC Motsepe League.

2019/20  Purchased status of NFD side Maccabi FC.