UK time is: 18:21:01
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

20 - Harry Griffiths



Harry Griffiths will always be remembered as one of the club's finest servants. He joined the club as a professional in 1949.

He started out as a left winger and earned 1 international cap for Wales but he was later converted into a left back, playing a vital role especially in 1961 when the Swans won the Welsh Cup.

During his playing career at the Vetch, he played 421 games and scored 72 goals.

Griffiths played alongsides the likes of Tom Kiley, Terry Medwin and Ivor Allchurch but only once during our 15-year spell did we look like challenging for promotion to the top flight.

That chance was in the 1955/56 season when we led the table. However, an injury to Tom Kiley, who was regarded as the backbone of the side, saw a drop in form from November onwards. Despite the fact he was never replaced, plus the sale of some of our best players, we remained in promotion contention right up around April, where we were only 2 points behind 2nd placed Liverpool with a game in hand. However the results dropped and we finished the season in 10th place.

Harry Griffiths was involved in Swansea's excellent cup run in the 1954/55 season, taking top flight Sunderland to an FA Cup 5th round replay.

Towards the end of Griffiths' spell at the Vetch, the Swans were battling against relegation, and after surviving on a few occassions, they were relegated to the Third Division in 1965.

15 years after his arrival, he joined Merthyr Tydfil in 1964 but rejoined Swansea 3 years later as coach.

This was one of many roles he enjoyed at the Vetch, he was also chief scout, trainer, physio, assistant manager and then became manager in February 1975.

After relegation to the Third Division in 1965, two years later and they suffered relegation back and found themselves in the Fourth in 1967. Despite promotion in 1969/70, the Swans were back in Division Four when Harry Griffiths took over in 1975.

Despite not guiding them to promotion success, Griffiths turned the team around and put the foundations in place for Toshack to take over and to guide the team to promotion to Division Three in 1978.

Despite promising performances at the start of the 77/78 season, Griffiths resigned as manager, doubting his ability to take the club any further. He worked with Toshack as his assistant until his tragic death on 25th April 1978. He died of a heart-attack in the club's treatment room on the day that Swansea beat Scunthorpe to clinch promotion to the Third Division.

Harry Griffiths will always be remembered as one of Swansea's biggest all-time legends, spending nearly 30 years at the Vetch Field.

Links to the Top 25 Players:

25 - Chris Coleman
24 - John Cornforth
23 - Dean Saunders
22 - Lee Trundle
21 - John Toshack
The Journalist

Writer: KevinE Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 15 2009

Time: 1:37PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Phil W 45
2. eye_nose_hat 31
3. GThomas 4
4. shearers boots 3
5. jonno1 2
6. 1871_Biscuit 2
7. pments 1
8. keith margam 1
9. sussexswan 1
10. PencoedJack 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Swansea 0 - 5 Chelsea
Swansea 1 - 1 West Ham
Q.P.R. 1 - 1 Swansea
Liverpool 4 - 1 Swansea
Swansea 1 - 0 Aston Villa
Hull City 0 - 1 Swansea

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
6. Spurs 22 11 4 7 2 37
7. West Ham 22 10 6 6 10 36
8. Liverpool 22 10 5 7 4 35
9. Swansea 22 8 6 8 -4 30
10. Stoke 22 8 5 9 -4 29
11. Newcastle 22 7 6 9 -9 27
12. Everton 22 5 8 9 -4 23

Breaking League News

Ameobi Returns
Newcastle : 29/01/2015 17:41:00
Valencia and Sakho Interest Chelsea
West Ham : 29/01/2015 17:30:00
Kouyate Back for Liverpool?
West Ham : 29/01/2015 17:23:00
Chelsea Interested in Hammers Duo?
Chelsea : 29/01/2015 17:18:00
Ba Returning to English Football
Chelsea : 29/01/2015 17:12:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

What will the result be vs Southampton?
Suggested By:  
Southampton win 72%
Draw 14%
Swansea City win 14%