On This Day | Danny Graham joins the Swans

17th June 2020
Danny Graham Liverpool

Danny Graham joined Swansea City in a club-record deal on June 17, 2011.

Brendan Rodgers made the Watford striker one of his key targets having steered the Swans to promotion from the Championship just under three weeks earlier.

Graham put pen to paper at the Liberty after the Swans paid a record-breaking £3.5 million to secure his services.

The former Middlesbrough frontman proved a shrewd acquisition, as he finished top scorer in the Swans’ maiden Premier League campaign with 14 goals in all competitions.

Overall, he netted 21 times in 62 appearances before joining Sunderland in a £5 million deal in January 2013.

On the same day in 1958, Swansea striker Ivor Allchurch was on target as Wales beat Hungary 2-1 to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

Allchurch’s club team-mate Mel Charles also played the full 90 minutes of the Group 3 play-off, as did former Swansea wingers Cliff Jones and Terry Medwin, who scored what proved to be the winner.

Sixteen years earlier, future Swans defender Vic Gomersall was born in Manchester.

The full-back went on to play 180 times in South Wales between 1966 and 1971 and, now 78, he currently works as a matchday host at the Liberty.