Swallows smashing newbie records

January 6, 2021

To say Swallows FC are having a good season would be an understatement. The Birds are flying as high as the best teams in PSL history have managed, and should they keep up the momentum, they are certain to break many records.

21 – Swallows FC have won 21 points in their opening nine #DSTVPrem matches this season, becoming only the 12th side to reach 21+ points at this stage of a top-flight season in PSL history.

Other sides that have reached or exceeded the same point after nine games are:

1996/97 Chiefs

1997/98 Manning Rangers

1997/98 Bush Bucks

1999/00 Sundowns

2005/06 Pirates

2010/11 Sundowns

2011/12 Supersport 

2012/13 Chiefs

2014/15 Chiefs

2019/20 Chiefs

2020/21 Sundowns

However, only three of these sides went on to win the title – Sundowns in 1999/2000, Chiefs in 2012/13 and 2014/15.

What is even more impressive is that Swallows are a newly promoted side. The previous highest total for a newly promoted side at the same stage has been 16 points (Tembisa Classic 00/01 & Wits 06/07), while the record for 10 games is 19 points (Wits). Already Swallows are past that total, with a game to spare.

They obviously need a few more wins to guarantee safety, but Trutter and his men could be forgiven for aiming higher than simply avoiding relegation. While nine sides have finished in the Top 8 in their first top-flight season after promotion, the highest that a newly promoted side has ever finished in their first top-flight season is 5th place (Seven Stars in 1998/99 and Free State Stars in 2007/8).

4 – Swallows are currently on 21 points from nine games, and the lowest that a PSL side has finished having won so many points at this stage of the season is 4th (Sundowns in 2010/11).

CAF competitions could be a reasonable objective.