On this day: Swans name first boss

15th July 2018
Club

Walter Whittaker was named as the first manager of Swansea Town on this day in 1912.

The former Exeter City and Brentford goalkeeper was chosen by chairman John William Thorpe as the safe pair of hands to guide the newly formed Swans into the Second Division of the Southern League.

Whittaker, who also played for Grimsby, Reading, Blackburn and Derby during his career, took the reins in a player-manager capacity.

He guided the Swans to a third-place finish during their debut season, as well as victory in the Welsh Cup thanks to a 1-0 final win over Pontypridd.

Whittaker oversaw a fourth-place finish during the following campaign before moving on.