Swans on this Day – February 28

Have you ever wondered how the Swans did on a particular date in history or were just curious as to which league or competition they played in? Maybe you’d even like to know when we’ve signed players or when a player celebrates his birthday!

Well read on to find out exactly when, who and what the Swans did on 28th February!

28 February 2016
Despite Alberto Paloschi scoring his first Swansea City goal and giving his side a first half lead, two goals in 7 second half minutes ensured Spurs secured all three points in a 2-1 victory at White Hart Lane in the Premier League.

Alberto Paloschi
Photo Credit: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

Francesco Guidolin’s side defended bravely and it was no surprise that Lukasz Fabianski was given the Swans Man of the Match award, with Tottenham having 34 attempts at goal. The game was refereed by Mike Jones, who handed out 5 yellow cards.

The Swans, having gone four league games without victory, remained only three points above the relegation zone in 16th place. They were also still yet to win a league game at White Hart Lane after 18 attempts – having lost 16 of them.

28 February 2015
A Tom Heaton own goal ensured the Swans left Turf Moor with all 3 points in a 1 nil Premier League victory over Burnley. The referee for the game was Jonathan Moss and no bookings were handed out for either side. The win meant that Gary Monk’s team achieved the double of Burnley and moved up to eighth place in the league table.

The victory was all the more significant as it meant the Swans reached 40 points, considered as the safety target for Premier League safety. The Swans tally of 40 points after 27 games equated to the club’s best ever return in a Premier League season.

28 February 2009
Bottom of the table Charlton Athletic held the Swans to a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium, meaning Roberto Martínez’s missed the chance to move into the Championship play-off places. Nathan Dyer had given the Swans a 42nd minute lead, but despite the hosts dominating the game in front of a 15,053 crowd, they couldn’t finish off their well organised opponents.

A certain Jonjo Shelvey was playing for the Addicks and had celebrated his 17th birthday just a few days earlier, by signing his first professional contract.

28 February 1998
Two goals in two minutes from Charlie Hartfield and Tony Bird gave the Swans a 2-1 win over Exeter City at the Vetch Field in Nationwide Football League Division Three. The win meant that Alan Cork’s team moved up to 20th place in the table and sent the 3,323 crowd home happy.

28 February 1995
The Swans beat Blackpool 1-0 in Endsleigh Insurance League Division Two in front of the smallest Vetch Field crowd of the season – 2,308. Frank Burrow’s men were thankful for a second-half winner from Steve Torpey, as the victory moved them up to 11th place in the table.

Frank Burrows
Frank Burrows

28 February 1987
An 88th minute goal from Colin Pascoe was all the Swans had to show for their efforts in a 4-1 drubbing at Aldershot in Today League Division Four. The result was all the more surprising given how Terry Yorath’s 4th placed team were clinically exposed by their mid-table opponents.

28 February 1981
A Leighton James hat-trick handed the Swans a 3 nil win over Bolton Wanderers at the Vetch Field in front of a 9,468 Football League Second Division crowd. It was the 2nd time that the Jack Army had seen James take home the match ball, as John Toshack’s men eased to victory and moved into 4th position in the league table.

28 February 1976
The Swans held on for a 0-0 draw at lowly Bradford City in the Football League Fourth Division. The result meant that Harry Griffith’s team consolidated their position of 9th in the league table.

Former Spanish defensive midfielder Jordi López (B: 1981), whom Swans manager Paulo Sousa signed from QPR in July 2009, celebrates his birthday today.

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