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Former Swansea City chairman Malcolm Struel dies

Malcolm Struel
Image caption Malcolm Struel was involved in a car crash earlier this year

Former Swansea City chairman Malcolm Struel, who appointed John Toshack as player-manager in the late 1970s, has died.

Mr Struel was chairman between 1972 and 1983, and played a key role as the Swans' climbed through the Football League reaching the old First Division.

Earlier, this year, he was involved in a crash with a lorry near Bridgend and was airlifted to hospital.

Current Swans chairman Huw Jenkins led the tributes to the 78-year-old.

"Malcolm is regarded as a fine figurehead who led this club through a memorable time in the history of Swansea City," he said.

"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."

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.

He 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.

He had also served as chairman of the Ty Olwen Hospice Trust for 23 years.

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