The Robbie James Wall of Fame was established at the 2011 End of Season Awards Dinner and over a period of 10 years we will induct 10 names per year into the Wall of Fame. Over the ten year period names will be added in no particular order.
The initial ten inductees into the Wall of Fame announced at the 2011 Annual Awards Dinner are listed at the end of this article and we are pleased to announce that we are now in a position to progress the Wall of Fame to it’s rightful place by the Robbie James bust next to the ticket office at the Liberty Stadium. The official unveiling of the Wall of Fame will take place early next season but in continuing our tradition a further ten names were inducted at this year’s Awards Dinner.
Once again these people are selected in no particular order but all have played their part in 100 years of the Swans and all of them have in some way shaped the way that the football club is today no matter whether it by number of appearances, number of goals or just the impact that they had in a short term at the club.
The second 10 inductees to the Wall of Fame are:
Representing the club in 198 league appearances and finding the net on 13 occasions this man was the captain of the Swans side that won the third division trophy back in 2000. Off the pitch he proved to be a real ambassador for the club particularly in the bleak days of Tony Petty and for his work on and off the pitch which helped to save the club towards the back end of 2001 we induct Nick Cusack into the Wall of Fame.
343 league appearances and 57 goals is a statistic in itself to be proud of over a 10 year period for the club, Signed from Abergavenny Town for the sum of just £650 back in 1963 and during his time with the club he was capped 7 times for Wales. He left Swansea to join Hereford but returned at the end of his career to start up his own business in Swansea. And for his playing record and ten years at the club we induct Brian Evans into the Wall of Fame
Legend tells you that you will never beat this man and with over 260 appearances for the Swans and 9 goals he was a rock at the club during the 1990s and he was awarded his own testimonial season in 1999/2000 – a season that saw the Swans crowned champions of Division Three. Now back in his native Scotland, this man is never forgotten by Swans fans and for that reason Keith Walker is inducted into the Wall of Fame
The next inductee is one of the most famous names in Welsh football history. Coming to the club in 1978 from then European Champions Liverpool he scored 25 goals in 63 league appearances for the club but most notably led the side to three promotions in four years and as a real contender for the football league title at the time. Awarded the MBE in 1982 for his services to football, he will always have a place in Swansea legend and no Wall of Fame would be complete without the name of John Toshack
586 league appearances and over 650 appearances overall is a record few will surpass. Playing in the Swans first ever game in the Football League he was also part of the Swans 3rd Division (S) title winning squad of 1925 and also the FA Cup Semi Final team of 1926. He played for the club for 17 years and still holds the record for the most number of league appearances, Wilf Milne is the next to enter the Wall of Fame.
83 goals in 166 league appearances is a statistic that gives you the first reason for the next inductee. But beyond that the player was so much more than a goalscorer, he entertained and he gave the Swans a media coverage that was pretty much unrivalled for a lower league club. A late developer into the professional game he made up for it very quickly in his career and few who saw him play will ever forget some of the things he made happen on a football pitch. Lee Trundle is the latest addition to the Wall of Fame
Representing the club in four divisions is a feat few can manage and we have players in our current squad that have done it. The next inductee though did it under John Toshack and made almost 400 league appearances for the club and he was part of the side that won promotion at Preston back in 1981. He was awarded a testimonial against Liverpool in 1982 and played for the club for over 15 years – Wyndham Evans is added to the Wall of Fame.
Back in the promotion winning side of 1981 a young Welsh schoolboy international was thrown into the deep end in the Swans side and as the final whistle blew at Deepdale it was this player that John Toshack searched out to celebrate with first – a young lad that was just 18 at the time. Over 230 league appearances followed over a close on 10 year career with the club as well as 1 Welsh cap against Brazil in Cardiff. A rock at the centre of defence,, he was part of the Swans promotion winning side of 1988 before leaving for pastures new in Huddersfield Town. We induct Dudley Lewis into the Wall of Fame.
The next player joined the Swans in 1922 from Birmingham and quickly set about establishing his place in the Swans record books. Part of the 3rd Division (S) winning side of 1925 he scored the goal that sealed the title against Exeter and in total score 89 goals in 188 league appearances before leaving for arsenal in 1928 for £4,000. Len Thompson is the latest addition to the Wall of Fame.
Finally for tonight this man is the first of only two players to achieve one certain feat for the club. It was back in April 1994 that this man led his side out onto the hallowed turf at Wembley and led them to victory in the Autoglass Trophy against Huddersfield. It was the high point in a career that saw him make 149 league appearances for the club and also earned him Wales caps against Bulgaria and Georgia. By now you will all know that the 20th inductee into the Wall of Fame is ‘Super’ John Cornforth
The initial 10 inductees were announced at the 2011 annual awards dinner
Having signed for the club for the princely sum of £1,280, this player is just one of a select few to have scored over 100 times for the club. Made 167 league appearances for the club, scoring on 102 occasions including an impressive nine league hat-tricks. Capped 6 times for Wales, the first inductee into the Wall of Fame is Jack Fowler
Whilst Jack played just 102 times, this player made 549 league appearances over 13 years at the club, scoring just 3 league goals in the process. He was part of a record breaking side that won what is now the League Two title and he was capped once by Wales – against Brazil at the Millennium Stadium. The second inductee is Roger Freestone
It was just three years at the club for the next player but having started with a hat-trick on his league debut, he went onto score 35 goals in 87 league appearances. A former England international he was signed by John Toshack for £125,000 and is the Swans leading scorer in the top flight – the next inductee is Bob Latchford
The next person could be talked about for a long time for he still has a strong association with the football club. 12 goals in 267 league appearances tells just half a story for a man who has twice been involved in saving the club from oblivion and for that reason we induct Mel Nurse into the Wall of fame.
Close on 500 league appearances and over 100 league goals tells you about a long association with the club as well as playing in an FA Cup Semi Final with the Swans in 1964. He was universally popular amongst supporters and the fifth inductee is Herbie Williams
The sixth inductee is again someone who needs little introduction and a brief one is not appropriate. 358 league appearances, 95 league goals and almost 40 years on from his league debut it gives me great pleasure to announce Alan Curtis as the 6th inductee.
The next player made just 55 league appearances for the club but incredibly netted 43 goals in those games. 35 goals in his debut season remains a club record and one more season followed befvore injury ended his career but we add Cyril Pearce to the list.
The word legend was invented for people like the next inductee. 422 league appearances and 72 goals tells a small part of the story that also saw this man take charge of the team for 3 years and start the work that was built on so successfully by John Toshack. Sadly he passed away before he could see the results of those foundations but a hugely popular inductee is Harry Griffiths
445 league games and 164 goals as well as a MBE for his services to football is just a top line highlight of a career that – including breaks – spanned for almost 20 years at the club. His statue stands proudly outside the Liberty Stadium and the next inductee is Ivor Allchurch.
The final inductee this year is someone who made just 57 league appearances for the club, finding the net on 16 occasions. Whilst it was a brief association with the club, there was one game that hugely shaped the future of the club and for his goals in a successful fight against relegation and a final day hat-trick we induct James Thomas into the Wall of fame.