With each passing day, history is made somewhere by someone so it’s often interesting to look back on what your beloved football team has done on this day in history in years gone by. Read on to find out what happened when the Swans played on May 2nd in previous years.
02 May 2010
A goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium against Doncaster Rovers meant the Swans missed out on the Championship Play-Offs in heart-breaking fashion. Before kick-off the Paulo Sousa’s men knew they needed a win, whilst hoping Bristol City avoided defeat against Blackpool – which they duly did.
Sadly the Swans couldn’t break down a stubborn Rovers side and only had a disallowed effort from Lee Trundle in injury-time to show for their efforts, on an afternoon when the 17,630 crowd saw the Swans miss out on the play-offs by just one point to Blackpool.
02 May 1998
The Swans lost 1 nil at Mansfield Town in Nationwide Football League Division Three to finish the season in 20th place. Charlie Hartfield was sent-off for Alan Cork’s side, as he handed debuts to goalkeeper Jason Jones and defender Karl Munroe. It was to be Munroe’s only appearance for the club whom he joined as a schoolboy in 1997.
02 May 1995
Relegated Cardiff City held the Swans to a goalless draw in an Allbright Welsh Bitter Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg at Ninian Park, to progress into the final having won the 1st leg 1-0 at the Vetch Field, several weeks earlier.
02 May 1992
Hull City ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at home to the Swans in Barclays League Division Three on the final day of the 1991-92 season. Manager Frank Burrows handed a debut to Welsh Under-21 defender David Barnhouse. The Swans finished the season in 19th place in the table.
02 May 1990
The Swans lost 2-1 at Brentford in Barclays League Division Three. The defeat meant the Swans still needed at least a point to ensure survival. Steve Thornber scored a 2nd half consolation goal for Terry Yorath’s side, after having Scottish defender John Hughes sent off after just six minutes at Griffin Park for fighting!
02 May 1989
The Swans held Mansfield Town to a goalless draw at Field Mill in Barclays League Division Three.
02 May 1988
A first half Alan Knill goal was enough to earn the Swans a 1 nil win at Carlisle United in Barclays League Division Four. The win meant Terry Yorath’s side kept their play-off hopes alive for the home game against Darlington on the last day of the season.
02 May 1987
Wrexham comfortably beat the Swans 3 nil at the Vetch Field in Today League Division Four to send the 3,134 crowd home disappointed.
02 May 1983
Goals from Colin Pascoe and Darren Gale gave the Swans a 2-1 victory over high-flying Aston Villa at the Vetch Field in the Football League First Division. Although Robbie James missed a penalty, the 9,173 crowd saw John Toshack’s Swans move off the bottom of the table, thanks to their first win in seven games.
2 May 1981
The Swans secured promotion to the top level of English football for the first time in their history thanks to a 3-1 win at Preston North End. Roared on by around 10,000 travelling Jacks in an 18,970 crowd, goals from Leighton James, Tommy Craig and Jeremy Charles ensured John Toshack’s team gained promotion, whilst also condemning Preston to relegation at the same time.
It was a nerve-racking afternoon for Swans fans everywhere, as the Swans edged out Blackburn Rovers on goal difference to join West Ham and Notts County in the top flight.
Were you at any of these games – if you were then leave a comment on our Swansea City Forum.
The ‘Swansea Town & City Football Club – The Complete Record 1912-2012 from Southern League to the Barclays Premier League’ book written by Colin Jones was an excellent reference guide for some of the information contained on this page.