Xulu - 'Happy Birthday Beautiful Birds!'
Moroka Swallows General Manager Sipho Xulu has challenged the 'Beautiful Birds' family to show their passion for the club and team as Swallows celebrates its 60th Birthday on Wednesday, October 10, 2007.
It was on this day in 1947 when the 'Dube Birds' changed its name from Moroka Rovers to Moroka Swallows and the legend was born!
"Today (Wednesday) is the day to acknowledge all the hard work done by the men and women who made Moroka Swallows the team it is today," a proud Xulu told the official Swallows website.
He added: "It is the time to compare the past and present, and to see if we still maintain the high standard set by those before us. If we don't, then it's time to rectify our failures and to try and protect the value of the team.
"We have to make sure that the team legacy continues for the next 60 years. I want to wish the Swallows family a happy Birthday. May Swallows continue to grow from strength to strength. 'Halala Swaiswai halala'!"
A brief history of Moroka Swallows Football Club:
- The club was founded in the 1940s by a trio of soccer lovers; Ishmael Lesolang, Strike Makgatha and Johnny Kubheka.
- They originally named the side Congregated Rovers after the firm in which most of the players and officials worked, later changing it to Moroka Rovers.
- But then, on October 10, 1947, the trio decided to change the name again to Moroka Swallows, basing themselves in the township formally known as Masakeng.
- The name has lasted for the best part of 60 years, a period which has seen consistent success both on the field and off it.
- The 1950s and 1960s were a successful time for the club, culminating in their greatest ever achievement; winning the South African League title in 1965.
- Off the field, the club became a business and in 1971 they became the first-ever soccer team to register as a public company. That same year they were also the first club to receive an official sponsorship when Teljoy began their association with the club.
- The decade between 1982 and 1992 was a successful one for the team, culminating in four pieces of silverware.
By Khaya Ndubane
* Additional information obtained from wikipedia.org