Three things are certain in 2021 – death, taxes and a match involving Swallows FC ending as a draw. The newly-promoted side drew their 17th game of the season this Wednesday (against Chiefs), equalling the record for most draws by a top-flight team in a PSL season.
It was a familiar scene at Soccer City on Wednesday – Swallows take the lead 1-0. The opposition equalises 1-1. Full Time 1-1. This was the fifth successive 1-1 draw for the Birds and their 14th 1-1 draw of the campaign, also a PSL record. The previous highest was 10 (Hellenic in 1998/99) a side coached in the latter part of that season by Gavin Hunt.
It’s the 11th match this season where Swallows have scored first and allowed the opposition to comeback and get something out of the games. The two dropped points against Chiefs took Swallows total to 23 dropped points after scoring first this season – a record for any club since the PSL was established in 1996/97.
They had set the record last month to 21 points, but extended it to 23 against Chiefs. With four games to play, this record can be further extended, alongside many others.
The Swallows FC class of 2021 will be a case study for many future quizzes, as they are on course for a few PSL records:
- They are unbeaten at home all season
- They have scored in every away game
- They’ve failed to score in just 2 matches this season
- They could set a points record for a newly promoted side in a 30-game season.