Swans on this Day – January 15

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?

Well read on to find out exactly when, who and what the Swans did on 15th January!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

The Swans beat Arsenal in a thrilling Barclays Premier League encounter at the Liberty Stadium.

A then record crowd of 20,409 celebrated goals from Scott Sinclair, Nathan Dyer and Danny Graham, as the 5th placed Gunners were outplayed by Brendan Rodgers team.

The win was Swansea’s first over Arsenal since February 1982 and the Swans slick display of passing football, made a mockery of Wenger’s reported comments about the state of the playing surface.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Two second half penalties helped the Swans to seal a 3-0 victory over relegation threatened Crystal Palace at the Liberty Stadium in front of a 13,369 crowd for this 12:45 kick-off.

Darren Pratley opened the scoring for Brendan Rodgers team on the stroke of half time, before Scott Sinclair scored his penalty brace to secure the three points, as new Palace boss Dougie Freedman got off to the worst possible start.

Swans defender Daniel Alfei had a memorable afternoon becoming the 4th youngest Swansea City player to make their Championship debut, aged just 18 years and 326 days.

Daniel Alfei
Daniel Alfei

It was a strange afternoon for Welsh international striker Jermaine Easter, who was the the Palace bench after he was recalled from his loan spell at Swansea just a few days earlier, before sealing a permanent deal at Selhurst Park.

Saturday, 15 January 2005

Wycombe Wanderers held the Swans to a 2-2 draw at the Vetch Field in Coca-Cola Football League Division Two.

The 6,793 crowd, watched Kenny Jackett’s men take a 2 goal lead in ten second half minutes, thanks to goals from Paul Connor and Lee Trundle (p), only for the Gills to score twice in the space of 5 minutes late in the game to grab a deserved draw.

Despite dropping points, the Swans remained in the promotion race, holding onto 3rd position after 27 games.

Saturday, 15 January 1983

The struggling Swans overcame Notts County 2 nil at the Vetch Field in a First Division encounter watched by just 8,992.

John Toshack’s team left if late to secure the points, as forward Darren Gale opened the scoring on 80 minutes, before fellow striker Bob Latchford added another on 84 minutes.

Saturday, 15 January 1972

Roy Bentley’s Division Three Swans overcame Fourth Division Gillingham 1-0 at the Vetch Field in the FA Cup 3rd Round.
The 5,099 crowd were thankful for a 76th minute own goal from the Gills keeper Peter Shearing, as the Swans progressed to a 4th Round meeting with Second Division Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Roy Bentley
Swansea City Manager Roy Bentley in action during a training session on the pitch at Vetch Field.

Friday, 15 January 1971

A Vetch Field crowd of 12,776 – including Liverpool boss Bill Shankly – watched the Swans draw 2-2 with Preston North End in Football League Division Three.

Despite falling behind twice, the Swans came back through David Gwyther, before grabbing a last minute equaliser from midfielder Geoff Thomas from the penalty spot.

Born on this Day

Former Wales striker Jermaine Easter was born on this day in 1982. Easter who moved to the Swans on loan from MK Dons on 25 November 2010, made 6 appearances for the club during the 2010-2011 season, scoring his one and only goal in a Swansea shirt on his debut against Barnsley at the Liberty Stadium on 28 December 2010.

If you enjoyed reminiscing about these Swansea City games, then take a look at some of our other Swansea City on This Day articles.

Were you at any of these games? If you were then share your memories of the Swans on that day 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.