Swans on this Day – October 17

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 boys in black and white played on 17th October.

Saturday, 17 October 2009
An early Craig Beattie goal, his first for the Swans, earned Paulo Sousa’s side a 1-1 draw at bottom of the table Ipswich Town in the Coca-Cola Championship. Have a read of match report from The Telegraph.

Tuesday, 17 October 2006
Swansea City beat Walsall 4-3 on penalties in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy 1st Round – Southern Section game at the Bescot Stadium. An 89th minute goal from Owain Tudur-Jones looked to have given the Swans a late winner in front of the 2,557 crowd, only for the Saddlers Darren Wrack to score an injury time equaliser to send the game straight to penalties. Swans manager Kenny Jackett handed a debut to Swansea born winger Chris Jones.

Tuesday, 17 October 2000
Swindon Town held the Swans to a goalless draw at the Vetch Field in Nationwide Football League Division Two in front of a 6,333 crowd.

Julian Alsop
Julian Alsop

Saturday, 17 October 1998
Julian Alsop scored for the Swans as they drew 1-1 at Chester City in Nationwide Football League Division Three, just days before the Cheshire club were due in the high court facing administration.

Saturday, 17 October 1992
The Swans won a 3rd v 4th placed Barclays League Division Two battle at Hartlepool United 1 nil in front of a 4,175 crowd. A classic Mark ‘Chopper’ Harris header in the 2nd half was enough to give Frank Burrows team all three points.

Tuesday, 17 October 1989
Despite two second half goals in 10 minutes from John Salako and Alan Curtis, the Swans fell to a 3-2 defeat at high-flying Bury in Barclays League Division Three. Ian Evans’ side were left to rue a poor first half performance, which reflected their lowly position in the table.

Saturday, 17 October 1987
A 3,739 Barclays League Division Four crowd at the Vetch Field, witnessed the Swans lose the Welsh derby with Newport County 2-1, in what was a basement battle between the sides. All Terry Yorath’s side had to show for their efforts was a 2nd half goal from Joe Allon.

Gary Stanley
Image Credit: IMS Vintage Photos

Saturday, 17 October 1981
A 2-1 win at Stoke City was enough to see the Swans go top of the First Division in their inaugural season in the top flight. Second half goals from debutant Gary Stanley and the prolific Bob Latchford, overturned Stoke’s first half lead and meant John Toshack’s team climbed to the top of the league in front of the 14,665 crowd.

Tuesday, 17 October 1978
Welsh U-21 striker Mark Baker scored twice for the Swans in a 3-2 win at the Vetch Field against Mansfield Town in the Football League Third Division. The other goal came from the penalty spot courtesy of Robbie James, as the Swans consolidated their position of 3rd in the table under John Toshack, in front of the 10,985 crowd.

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 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.