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Former player reveals the “horrendous” early Swans days

Former Sydney Swans defender Andrew Dunkley has detailed the extraordinary lengths his side went in the club’s early days to drum up support.

South Melbourne relocated north to become the Sydney Swans in 1982 and initially struggled to attract fans in their new city.

Speaking on Weekend Afternoons, the 49-year-old highlighted the “horrendous” crowds which plagued the club in its formative years.

“(the playing group) used to get out on the street and give away tickets,” Dunkley said.

“You can’t blame them for not turning up, I was part of a group that lost 26 straight matches.

“They’re all about winning in Sydney.”

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