'Know Your Birds' - Part One

Many Moroka Swallows supporters know that the 'Beautiful Birds' are one of South Africa's oldest clubs. But then how much more do you actually know about the rich history of this legendary club?

The 'Birds' website is pleased to present the all-new 'Know Your Birds' history column, where we will be providing you, the dedicated club fan, with some little-know historical facts about the club.

Below is the first of the 'Know Your Birds' history columns:

- Moroka Swallows was the first Soweto club to wear a full uniform.

- Swallows was the first club to issue membership cards to its supporters, through the late 'Maswidi Kubheka'.

- Swallows was the first Soweto club to pay salaries to its players, beginning in 1958.

- Swallows joined the first black professional league in 1961, which was founded in the same year.

- In 1963 Swallows experienced a major split, which resulted in the formation of Moroka Swallows ('Big XV') and Moroka Swallows ('Babes').

- In 1965 Swallows joined the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL).

- In 1971 Swallows became the first professional soccer club to become a registered public company, and they received the first 'official sponsorship' from television retailers Teljoy.

- The origins of the club's famous slogan: 'Don't follow me, follow the Birds', dates back to 1978.

- Louis Luyt, a former head of the SA Rugby Union, was once a majority owner the club.

Dou you know of any factual information about Swallows that you would like to share with your fellow supporters?

Then do not hesitate to send them to the website for publication in future.

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Sunday, September 24
SAA Supa 8 Semi-final
Swallows v Kaizer Chiefs
Venue: ABSA Stadium

Saturday, September 30
Castle Premiership
Ajax v Moroka Swallows
Venue: Newlands Stadium

Sunday, October 15
Castle Premiership
Moroka Swallows v Cosmos
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, October 22
Castle Premiership
Arrows v Moroka Swallows
Venue: King Zwelithini

Sunday, September 17
Castle Premiership
0-0 vs Benoni P. United
Venue: Meadowlands Stadium

Wednesday, September 13
Castle Premiership (POSTPONED)
Moroka Swallows vs Orlando Pirates
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, September 10
Castle Premiership
1-0 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Saturday, August 26
Castle Premiership
0-2 vs Black Leopards
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium

Sunday, August 20
SAA Supa 8 Q/F
2-1 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

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