SOUTHERN LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 1911 & 1914

Commemorative postcard

The early 1910's were among the most successful periods in Swindon's history. As well as reaching the FA Cup semi-finals twice (and on each occasion being knocked out by the eventual winners, Newcastle in 1910 and Barnsley in 1912), the Town also twice won the Southern League championship.

With only two divisions of professional football in England, and no automatic promotion between the league and the non-league, the Southern League was one of, if not the best non-league football competition in the country.

The postcard shown above was published after the Town's first success in 1911. The squad at the time included such players as John "Jock" Walker, the tough tackling Scottish full back who played nine times for his country, and England international forward Harold Fleming, who to this day holds the Swindon club record for appearances made for England whilst playing for the club (he made eleven appearances, and scored nine goals). A statue of Fleming currently stands in the club's foyer, and he has a street in the town named after him, Fleming Way.



 


Advertiser match report from the Brighton home game, when the Southern League title was clinched


Advertiser review of the 1910/11 season


Advertiser report from the match at Cardiff, where the Town clinched the Southern League title


Advertiser review of the 1913/14 season


 

The squad the won the Dubonnet Cup, the Southern League championship, and the Southern Charity Cup during 1910 and 1911.
The 1911 championship winning squad

A postcard produced in 1911, celebrating the Town's achievement of winning the Southern League
Commemorative postcard