Swans on this Day – May 16

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 16th May!

Monday 16 May 2011
The Swans secured their place in the Championship play-off final thanks to a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest at the Liberty Stadium in the Championship Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd leg in a game that was handled extremely well by referee Andre Marriner.

With Brendan Rodger’s team being roared on by a (then) record of 19,816 crowd, two goals from Leon Britton and Stephen Dobbie in the space of 5 first half minutes settled the Swans after a nervy opening to the game, as the visitors looked the more dangerous of the two sides.

An 80th minute goal from Forest substitute and former Cardiff City striker Rob Earnshaw ensured a tense final 10 minutes, with Forest hitting the woodwork for a third time with minutes left before substitute Darren Pratley sealed the Swans place in the play-off final with a long range injury-time winner.

The win meant the Swans would make their first Wembley appearance since 1997, whilst also providing an opportunity to return to the top flight for the first time in 28 years.

Leon Britton celebrates scoring against Nottingham Forest
Leon celebrates scoring against Forest

Sunday 16 May 1999
A goal from Matthew Bound in first half injury time was enough to give the Swans a 1-0 win over Scunthorpe United in the Nationwide League Division 3 Play-Off Semi-final 1st leg at the Vetch Field. The 7,828 crowd were treated to a masterful goalkeeping display from Roger Freestone, as John Hollin’s men took a slender advantage into the 2nd Leg at Glanford Park three days later.

Sunday 16 May 1993
A Vetch Field crowd of 13,917 watched the Swans beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in a Barclays League Division 2 Play-Off Semi-final 1st leg. Two goals in fifteen second half minutes from Andy McFarlane and Martin Hayes was enough to give the Swans, under the management of Frank Burrows, a goal advantage to take into the 2nd leg at the Hawthorns just three days later.

It was quite a game for McFarlane, as he also scored an late own goal, to give Ossie Ardiles’ Baggies some hope of winning the tie.

Were you at any of these play-off games? If you were then leave a comment on our Swansea City Forum.