TOP-FLIGHT JACKS: Dudley Lewis
We continue our focus on players who featured for Swansea City during the club's previous foray into the top flight of English football.
Here, we reflect on the career of local lad Dudley Lewis.
Date of birth: November 12, 1962
Appearances/goals for the Swans: 300 apps; 2 goals.
Former clubs: Swansea City (1980-1989), Huddersfield Town (1989-1991), Halifax Town - loan (1991), Wrexham (1991-1992), Halifax Town (1992), Torquay United (1993), Inter Cardiff (1994-1995), Carmarthen Town (1996-1997).
Memorable moment: Lewis was involved in the famous game against Preston North End in 1981 that earned the Swans promotion to the top flight.
Did you know? During his one and only full Welsh international cap, Dudley swapped shirts with Brazilian legend Socrates.
When the Swans won promotion to the First Division in 1981 after that historic victory at Preston North End, manager John Toshack ran onto the pitch at the final whistle to hug one player. That player was Dudley Lewis.
It was a show of appreciation from the manager to the youngster, who, in the final push for promotion, had displayed composure and maturity beyond his tender years.
Lewis was a Pentrehafod schoolboy, who, even at that level was assured on the ball, captaining the Swansea schoolboys before skippering his country as a youth. Having signed apprenticeship forms at the Vetch Field, he captained the Welsh youth squad at the European Youth Championships in Germany in 1981.
Lewis' star continued to rise, and he was handed his first-team debut for the Swans in February 1981 in an away fixture at Notts County before earning the first of his nine U21 Wales caps in a 2-1 victory over France at Somerton Park in October that year.
But it was later on in the 1980-81 season that would define the composed defender's time with the Swans.
With John Toshack's side slipping back in their chase for promotion to the top flight, Toshack chose to bring Dudley back into the team for the visit of Bolton Wanderers. And after an assured display in his role as sweeper, helping the Swans to a clean sheet and a 3-0 victory, Dudley kept his place in the side for the rest of the season.
After winning promotion and his first Welsh Cup winners medal at the end of the historic 1980-81 campaign, Lewis found his first-team opportunities restricted following the signing of Colin Irwin from Liverpool in the close season. He featured only once in Swansea's inaugural season in the top flight, playing in the final game of the season against European Cup winners Aston Villa.
The financial problems that the club suffered during its second season in the First Division meant that a host of top players left the club, and Lewis, along with Garry Richards, Colin Pascoe and other youngsters around at the time would be the mainstay for the Swans for the foreseeable future.
Recognition of Lewis' consistent displays came with his one and only full Welsh International cap against Brazil at Ninian Park in June 1983 - a game that saw Wales draw 1-1 with the South American giants.
But by the end of the 1988-89 season, after ten years at the club - by which time the First Division days were only a distant memory - Dudley failed to agree a new contract with the Swans and subsequently joined Huddersfield Town in a deal worth £50,000.
But Lewis' time with Huddersfield was brief, moving on loan to Halifax Town before enduring a short stint with Wrexham in 1992, prior to returning to Halifax five months later in a permanent deal. Lewis' time as a Football League player was coming to an end and, after a handful of games for Torquay United, his time in league football was over.
He spent the next three years playing in the Southern and Conference divisions before playing for a host of clubs in the Welsh League - even becoming player-manager at Llanelli at one time. Since his retirement from playing, Lewis has become a postman, working in the Sketty areas over many years.