Marking our top-flight milestone

22nd February 2017
Club

Swansea City reached a significant landmark when they chalked up victory over Leicester City.

The Foxes win was their 100th in the top flight over the club's two spells at the highest level, from 1981 to 1983 and from 2011 to the present day.

Here, we look back at the century of victories in numbers.

299 - The Swans' 100th victory in English football's highest division came in their 299th game at the top level. Of those wins, 31 were achieved in 84 outings in the old First Division with 69 more coming in 215 Premier League matches.

9 - Including Alan Curtis, who has been in temporary charge not once but twice, the Swans have had nine different bosses in the top flight. John Toshack managed the most games (84), but Garry Monk (24) has the most wins. Paul Clement boasts the best win percentage of any Swans boss after his bright start to life at the Liberty. Of his predecessors, Monk leads the way (36 per cent wins) ahead of Francesco Guidolin (35 per cent) and Curtis (33 per cent).

64 - Just under two-thirds of the 100 victories have been achieved in SA1, with 23 coming at Vetch Field and another 41 at the Liberty. Of the 36 away wins, 10 came in the Swans' first season as a First Division club, 1981-82, but they failed to register a single travelling triumph the following year as John Toshack's side were relegated. The Swans took a while to win on the road in the Premier League - Brendan Rodgers's team broke their duck at the 10th attempt, at Aston Villa in January 2012 - but have since enjoyed a steady flow of away successes.

5-1 - The Swans' biggest top-flight home win came in their very first game at the highest level, against Leeds in August 1981.
Bob Latchford hit a nine-minute hat-trick on that unforgettable day and Jeremy Charles was also on the scoresheet, but the most famous goal came from Leeds old boy Alan Curtis.The Swans next managed five on their own patch earlier this season, when Crystal Palace went down 5-4 at the Liberty. The club's best away success in the top division came on the opening day of the 2012-13 campaign.Michael Laudrup's first competitive game as manager was one to remember, as debutant Michu and Nathan Dyer both scored twice before Scott Sinclair's final Swans goal rounded off a resounding victory.

373 - In the 299 top-flight fixtures they needed to reach 100 wins, the Swans scored 373 goals. There were 37 different Swans goalscorers along the way, plus 11 own goals.
Gylfi Sigurdsson was the highest Swans scorer with 33 goals, putting him one clear of Bob Latchford and eight ahead of Wilfried Bony.
Robbie James (23 goals) is next in the list, ahead of Michu (20), Nathan Dyer (17), Wayne Routledge, Danny Graham (both 15) and Curtis (14).
There are 17 players who have scored just one top-flight goal for the Swans, including Nigel Stevenson, Colin Pascoe, Andrea Orlandi, Itay Shechter and Nelson Oliveira.

13 - The Swans' first season in the top tier, when they led the table for a long time and ended up sixth, was the most fruitful in terms of league wins (21), although that was a 42-game campaign.
In the Premier League era, their best tally is 16 league victories, the total achieved as the Swans finished ninth in 2014-15.
 
4 - The Swans' best winning run in the top flight came in early 1982, when Liverpool, Sunderland, Arsenal and Stoke were beaten in successive games.
That was part of a nine-game unbeaten sequence, their longest at this level.
In the Premier League, the longest run without defeat was seven games in 2012-13.
The Swans' best winning sequence in the Premier League era is three games, a feat they have achieved on three separate occasions, once in 2011-12 and twice in 2014-15.


50 - The landmark 50th victory at this level came midway through the Swans' fourth campaign in the top tier, in December 2012 at Fulham.
Danny Graham and Jonathan de Guzman put Michael Laudrup's Swans 2-0 up that day and though Bryan Ruiz pulled one back, the visitors held on to win. 

8 - The Swans' favourite opponents in the top flight are West Brom and Aston Villa, both of whom they have beaten on eight occasions in the league across their two spells at the highest level.
Arsenal have been defeated on seven occasions, with Sunderland and Newcastle (both six) next in the list ahead of Stoke and Fulham (both five).

Next come Manchester United, Liverpool and Southampton, who have all been beaten four times.

In all, the Swans have seen off 35 different clubs in top-flight encounters.