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Swansea City: the most profitable club in the Premier League

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

By Gareth Vincent @Gareth_Vincent

Swansea City had a fantastic season on and off the pitch last year

Swansea City had a fantastic season on and off the pitch last year

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SWANSEA City enjoyed perhaps their best ever season on the pitch – and the numbers stacked up off it.

Swansea were the most profitable club in the Premier League across the 2012-13 campaign, when they earned £21 million before tax.

That was the season when Michael Laudrup's team finished ninth in the table and won the Capital One Cup – hence it is regarded as perhaps the best campaign Swansea have ever had.

But having sold Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair at the start of the season for a total of more than £21 million, Swansea achieved that success while also making money.

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According to figures compiled by football finance blog The Swiss Ramble, Swansea were one of just eight top-flight clubs who made a pre-tax profit in 2012-13.

They topped the list ahead of Newcastle (£10 million) and Arsenal (£7 million).

"The philosophy of the club is to make sure we run on a sound footing financially," said a Swans spokesman.

"These figures prove that's the way we do things – although we also face the difficult challenge of trying to maintain our Premier League status at the same time."

When taxes are taken into account, Swansea were second in the list of most profitable clubs in 2012-13 behind Manchester United.

The figures also show that Swansea had one of the lowest wage bills in the top division, with only Southampton, Reading and Wigan paying less than them.

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  • chelsea1955  |  April 10 2014, 8:45PM

    The 3 amigo's rubbing their hands with another payout £££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££

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  • abercanaid  |  April 10 2014, 7:56PM

    Lets spend some of the profit on a Summer refit, offloading players that are not up to PL standard, and signing some new faces.

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  • abertawejack  |  April 10 2014, 1:58PM

    Really chuffed with them figure's though it'll be a mite different for this 2013-14, due to the fact we'll obviously have to pay off Michael Laudrup, for his impromptu departure: other than that I doubt if we'll be far off the profits line, which speaks volumes to what our board in general are achieving. As long that we we can stay within the Premier League, I'll be a happy chappie. So come on you players, start helping each other to score goals, we've had way to many chances squandered by wrong options, lets get feeding our strikers more. C'mon u SwansssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssYeehaa.

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  • yankytaff  |  April 10 2014, 1:30PM

    Taking into account players sold v players bought Swansea spent 3 million per season on players for the 3 seasons in the PL inc. loaned players. Whilst I applaud the board for their prudence we need to spend more on strenghtening the sqaud or we'll be the most proftable club in the chamionship league, and please no more Emnes and N'gogs nothing aginst them personally but they aren't PL standard.

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  • White_Rock  |  April 10 2014, 1:19PM

    So they can easily afford to cut ticket prices then. Excellent. When can I expect a partial refund on my ST?

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