Frank Swift medal induction
- 31 January 2014 11:08
- Posted by @MCFC
To celebrate what would have marked Frank Swift being 100 years-old, the Club is delighted to announce the induction of his 1936-37 Division One championship medal into the Stadium and Club Tour.
The medal will form part of a month-long display, launched on 3 February, in recognition of a true City legend that sadly died along with 22 others as part of the Munich Air Disaster on 6th February 1958.
Originally from Blackpool, the England and City goalie made 376 appearances for the Blues in a career spanning more than 16 years at Maine Road.
In Swift's first season the club reached the FA Cup final for the second successive year. During the cup run Swift played in front of 84,569 people for Stoke City's visit to Maine Road, a record attendance for an English club ground which still stands today.
Manchester City started the 1936–37 season poorly and were in the bottom half of the table until December. However, Christmas proved to be a turning point for the club.
By April City were second in the table, and faced a fixture against Arsenal, league leaders and the dominant club of the period. Peter Doherty inspired the team to a 2–0 win, and City reached the top of the table. The unbeaten run continued until the end of the season and City secured their first league championship with a 4–1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
By 1949 Swift was 35 years-old and announced that he would retire at the end of the 1948–49 season.
Following a period serving as a director of a local catering company, Swift took up a career in journalism, most notably with the News of the World. He continued to be a regular visitor to Maine Road, and became the president of the Supporters' Club.
Swift died, aged 44, in the Munich Air Disaster after reporting on Manchester United's European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade in Belgrade, for the News of the World.
Swift is widely regarded as one of the best English goalkeepers of all time along with Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton and is frequently noted as one of the best players to have graced the English football league. His replacement in the Manchester City team was none other than Bert Trautmann.
Commenting on Swift, England and City number one, Joe Hart said: “It’s going to be a great honour to receive the medal on the Club’s behalf. Frank Swift was an integral part in Manchester City’s first top flight title-winning side and this special display on the Club and Stadium tour is testament to the high esteem he is still held in by the fans and club.”
To see his winner’s medal and a collection of Frank Swift memorabilia including match-worn tops on the Stadium and Club Tour, visit www.mcfc.co.uk/tours.