Swans on this Day – October 19

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 celebarates his birthday!

Well read on to find out exactly when, who and what the Swans did on 19th October!

1 year ago in 2015 – Stoke City ran out 1 nil winners at the Liberty Stadium in the Barclays Premier League thanks to a 4th minute penalty for the visitors. The lacklustre Swans had little to shout about, although things could have been different had referee Robert Madley punished Stoke keeper Jack Butland when he came charging out and committed a studs-up challenge on Andre Ayew. The defeat added further pressure on Garry Monk, who’s side had only taken two points from a possible 15.

Garry Monk - Swansea Manager2 years ago in 2014 – Stoke came from behind to beat the Swans 2-1 in this Premier League encounter at the Britannia Stadium. A Wilfried Bony penalty had given the Swans a 34th minute lead but a controversial penalty decision by Michael Oliver, as he harshly punished Angel Rangel for an alleged foul on the diving Victor Moses, saw Charlie Adam equalise from the spot.

The decision prompted a furious reaction from Garry Monk in his post-match interview:

It’s a clear dive, which is cheating. He’s cheated the ref, and then the ref’s cheated us in terms of giving a decision that never was. It’s a poor decision and it’s cost us at a vital time. We should have been coming in at half-time 1-0 up and then it’s a different game. It’s a disgusting decision, so blatant, so obvious. How the referee can’t see it is beyond me. Moses should be ashamed of himself. It is a disgrace and he should be punished heavily. We fine our players for simulation. We set that out to our players. I would not play my player in the next game for doing that. It is laughable the more I watch it.”

The defeat meant the Swans were now without a Premier League win in five games.

3 years ago in 2013 – The Swans thrashed bottom of the table Sunderland 4 nil at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League. It was an awful afternoon for one-time Swans managerial target Gus Poyet, in charge for his first Sunderland game, as his side conceded two own goals and gave away a penalty in a 2nd half capitulation. The 20,245 crowd savoured the Swans first home Premier League win since March with Jonathan De Guzman and Wilfried Bony (p) finding the net for Laudrup’s men.

6 years ago in 2010 – A bumper Liberty Stadium crowd of 16,742 watched unbeaten nPower Championship league leaders Queens Park Rangers hold the 6th placed Swans to a goalless draw. The Swans were unlucky not to take all three points especially after Rangers keeper Paddy Kenny had saved David Cotterill’s first half penalty.

12 years ago in 2004 – A 44th minute goal from Adrian Forbes was enough to send the Swans back to the top of the Coca-Cola League Division Two table after a 1 nil win over Leyton Orient at the Vetch Field. Kenny Jackett’s team were made to work hard for the victory against their 3rd placed opponents and survived the visitors hitting the woodwork twice in the 2nd half – much to the relief of the 8,485 crowd.

Walter Boyd
Walter Boyd
14 years ago in 2002 – The Swans beat Southend United 1-0 at the Vetch Field in Nationwide Football League Division Three. A 52nd minute penalty from James Thomas was enough to secure a first win and first clean sheet under manager Brian Flynn, much to the joy of the 3,623 crowd. The win saw the Swans move up to 22nd place in the league table.

17 years ago in 1999 – John Hollins’ Swansea side drew 1-1 at Exeter City in Nationwide Football League Division Three, thanks to a 53rd minute strike from Jamaican international striker Walter Boyd. It was the 3rd goal in as many games for the extremely gifted yet controversial ‘Blacka Pearl’.

20 years ago in 1996 – A Vetch Field crowd of 2,373 watched the Swans draw 1-1 with Scunthorpe United in Nationwide Football League Division Three. Jan Molby was grateful to striker Steve Torpey for the, goal as his young side – containing six players aged 21 or under – were provided with a stern test against a more experienced and wily side.

31 years ago in 1985 – The Swans drew one all with Bolton Wanderers in a controversial encounter at Burnden Park in Canon League Division Three. Colin Pascoe had given John Bond’s men the lead only for a dubious penalty to be awarded to Bolton in the dying minutes. The make matters worse for the Swans, full-back John Sharpe was sent off for a 2nd yellow card.

Were you at any of these games – if you were then leave a comment below with your memories.