On this day: A star is born

16th September 2018

It was on this day 36 years ago that Leon Britton was born.

Britton would go on to make more than 500 appearances across 15 years with the Swans.

He initially joined the Swans on loan in December 2002 and went on to help the club secure their Football League status.

Brian Flynn signed the midfielder on a permanent basis ahead of the 2003-04 season, before helping them gain promotion to League One in the final year at Vetch Field and Football League Trophy glory in 2006.

Two years later, Britton played 40 times as the Swans were promoted to the Championship as League One champions.

He returned to South Wales in January 2011 following a six-month spell at Sheffield United, and was a key figure as the club gained promotion to the Premier League.

Britton helped the Swans establish themselves in the top flight and was part of the side that won the Capital One Cup and played in the Europa League.

He announced his retirement at the end of last season but remains with the Swans as a club ambassador.

It was also on this day in 2013 that our Landore training academy was officially opened by Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

The £6 million complex became the club’s first purpose-built training ground and remains a wonderful facility for our stars of the future.

September 16 has also seen us play out draws with Derby County (1-1) and Liverpool (2-2) in 2008 and 2014 respectively, as well as last season’s hard-earned 0-0 stalemate against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.