Swans on this Day – January 8

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 now you can find out exactly what happened when the famous Swansea City played on 8th January.

Saturday, 8 January 2011
The Swans beat League One side Colchester United 4-0 in the FA Cup 3rd Round in front of a Liberty Stadium crowd of 7,005.

Captain Garry Monk, Darren Pratley, Cedric van der Gun and Scott Sinclair scored the goals for Brendan Rodgers’ Championship side, as they eased into the fourth round of the E.ON sponsored FA Cup.

Swansea born defender Daniel Alfei made his debut for the Swans, as did striker Luke Moore, who had signed the day before from West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee.

Tuesday, 8 January 2008
A crowd of 6,066 saw the Swans overcome Brighton 1 nil at the Liberty Stadium in the Johnstones Paint Trophy Southern Section Semi-Final.

Darryl Duffy’s 9th minute header was enough to secure a place in the southern area final against MK Dons for Roberto Martínez’s side.

Darryl Duffy in action against Brighton in April 2007
Darryl Duffy in action against Brighton in April 2007

Saturday, 8 January 2005
Roared on by over 4,000 travelling Jacks, the League Two Swans held Championship side Reading to a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup 3rd Round at the Madejski Stadium.

Paul Connor had given Kenny Jackett’s men a 32nd minute lead, only to be cruelly denied a cup shock with just two minutes remaining as Icelander Ivar Ingimarsson equalised for the home side.

Wednesday, 8 January 1997
The Third Division Swans pulled off a shock at the Vetch Field as they beat Division Two side Wycombe Wanderers after extra-time in the Auto Windscreens Shield 1st Round – southern section.

A crowd of just 1,638 saw Dai Thomas give the Swans a 66th minute lead, only for the Chairboys to equalise minutes later to force extra-time, with the deadlock unable to be broken, the game went to penalties.

Terry Yorath’s side held their nerve to secure a 6-5 victory on penalties with even goalkeeper Roger Freestone scoring from the spot.

Saturday, 8 January 1983
Norwich City beat the Swans 2-1 at Carrow Road in the FA Cup 3rd Round, despite Port Talbot born striker Darren Gale giving Swansea a 14th minute lead.

Tuesday, 8 January 1980
A crowd of 27,006 witnessed the Swans draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in an FA Cup 3rd round replay.

A goal apiece from Alan Waddle and David Giles in the opening 5 minutes silenced the home crowd, but the Eagles took the game in to extra time after a goal in each half from Paul Hinshelwood and Terry Fenwick.

Swansea City team 1980

John Toshack thought he had won the tie for the Second Division Swans in extra-time, only for Vince Hilaire to save First Division Palace’s blushes and secure yet another replay.

The 2nd replay had to be played at a neutral ground and Cardiff’s Ninian Park hosted the game some six days later.

Monday, 8 January 1979
A Vetch Field crowd of 16,500 saw Division Two side Bristol Rovers knock John Toshack’s Division Three Swans out of the FA Cup in the 3rd Round, thanks to Steve White’s 7th minute winner.

Saturday, 8 January 1977
Harry Griffith’s Swans lost 1 nil to Rochdale in front of just 1,436 fans in a Football League Fourth Division game.

Saturday, 8 January 1972
The high flying Swans were thankful to a last minute own goal from Ray Mathias, as they drew 1-1 with Tranmere Rovers in Football League Division Three at the Vetch Field in front of a 5,824 crowd.

Born on 8 January
Former Swansea City right wing back Terry Evans, was born on this day in 1976. He played for the Swans between 2001 and 2003, making 43 appearances.

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.