. . . club pays tribute to former chairman
Swansea City is saddened to hear of the passing of former chairman Malcolm Struel.
Mr Struel, who was club chairman between 1972-83, played a key role in the Swans’ rapid journey from the old Fourth Division to the top flight.
After taking over as chairman from David Goldstone in 1972, Mr Struel, who invested thousands of pounds in the club to save it from financial ruin, is credited with convincing John Toshack to take up the role of player-manager.
It marked one of the most successful stints in the club’s history, with the Swans rising from the bottom division to competing against the best in the land. Mr Struel resigned in 1983 as the club continued to struggle financially.
But his commitment to Swansea City will forever be remembered, as current Swans chairman Huw Jenkins explains.
“Malcolm is regarded as a fine figurehead who led this club through a memorable time in the history of Swansea City,” said Huw.
“He will always be remembered as the man who convinced John Toshack to come to the Vetch, and in turn help this club embark on a truly unforgettable journey to the top flight.
“As chairman, I realise the hard work, time and commitment Malcolm put into this club in order to steer it in the right direction.
“I’m sure every Swansea City fan will never forget what he did at this club.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”