'Know Your Birds' - Part One
Thursday June 15 2006
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.
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