Gary Swann was a full back and midfielder who was born and raised in York and joined the Hull City apprentice scheme in 1978. By 1980 he had been awarded his first contract and was quickly included in Mike Smith’s first team, gently at first as the team was struggling for form in the Fourth Division. He scored his first goal for City in September 1980, during a 2-1 home win against Portsmouth. When Colin Appleton took the reins at City in 1982 he made greater use of Swann, who was used as both right back and central midfielder throughout the season that ended in promotion. Elevated to the third tier, Gary was a near ever-present for two seasons under both Appleton and successor Brian Horton. He was a mainstay of the Horton side in 1985/86 that soared to a Division Two top six finish. However Horton then began a squad rebuilding process that meant Swann was surplus to requirements and after six years of solid service for City he moved to Preston North End in November 1986 for a £10,000 fee.
Ever-reliable, Swann gave Preston another six years of service making 250 appearances and contributing nearly 50 goals in a more advanced midfield role. In his first season at Deepdale he added a third promotion to the two he had experienced at City. In 1992 he moved to York City, his hometown club, won a fourth promotion in his first season and stayed at Bootham Crescent for two years, then completed his playing career with a final season at Scarborough. In a 15 year career Swann amassed just shy of 600 senior appearances, a fine servant to all who signed him.
Following football Swann settled in the Home Counties where he worked for over twenty years in the leisure centre industry, eventually managing Coral Reef Waterworld in Bracknell.
Date/Place of Birth: 11 April 1962, York
Hull City First Game: 2 August 1980, Sheffield United A (Anglo-Scottish Cup Group Stage), 18 years, 113 days old
Hull City Final Game: 11 October 1986, Derby County A (Division Two), 24 years, 183 days old
Hull City (1980-1986), Prseton North End (1986-1992), York City (1992-1994), Scarborough (1994-1995)
Hull City Record
Career: 220 apps, 10 goalsGary Swann
|1980/81||17 (3)||2||-||-||-||-||-||-||0 (2)||0|
|1981/82||18 (2)||0||6 (0)||1||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1982/83||23 (2)||0||1 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0|
|1983/84||41 (0)||2||-||-||2 (0)||0||-||-||5 (0)||0|
|1984/85||31 (1)||3||1 (0)||0||0 (1)||0||-||-||1 (0)||0|
|1985/86||37 (2)||2||3 (0)||0||4 (0)||0||-||-||4 (0)||0|
|1986/87||9 (0)||0||-||-||2 (0)||0||-||-||-||-|