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May 18, 2021

Soccer Fixture: Swansea V Liverpool

Swansea first performed Liverpool on 11th January, 1936, simply 9 days earlier than the demise of King George V.

The match came about at Liverpool’s Anfield floor in a third-round FA Cup tie which Liverpool received 1.zero. Swansea performed underneath their authentic title of Swansea City from their formation in 1912. They’d play as Swansea City till Swansea – the second largest metropolis in Wales after Cardiff – was given metropolis standing in 1969, whereupon the membership modified its title to Swansea Metropolis.

Swansea’s first residence match towards Liverpool came about greater than 22 years later, on 25th September, 1954 in a match performed in entrance of 25,836 within the Second Division of the Soccer League. They received this encounter three.2 with objectives from Len Allchurch and two from Harry Griffiths. Brother of Ivor Allchurch – the ‘golden boy’ of Welsh soccer – Len had made his debut for Swansea as a 17-year previous in 1950 and made 347 appearances in complete, ending his profession with the membership after spells away at Sheffield United and Stockport County.

‘Harry’ Griffiths performed much more video games for the South Wales group – 421 – and scored 72 objectives. He was briefly Swansea’s supervisor from 1975 and 1978 and served underneath ex-Liverpool nice John Toshack as assistant supervisor till his demise in April, 1978 – simply earlier than the ultimate two matches of that season which might see Swansea acquire promotion to the previous Third Division.

That first match in 1954 was performed at Swansea’s residence floor: Vetch Discipline. Initially a chunk of waste floor the place generations of kids had performed soccer, it was coated in vetch – a cabbage-like plant used for cow feed which simply grew wild. This grew to become referred to as Vetch Discipline and was leased by the Swansea Gasoline Mild Firm to the Swansea League who laid out clinker pitches. Swansea City performed their first matches right here and the membership stayed till its transfer to the purpose-built Liberty Stadium in 2005.

Swansea have by no means received away at Liverpool within the league. Their first league defeat at Anfield got here on 17th March, 1956. The match completed four.1 with two objectives from Joe Dickson – who had made his first-team debut that season – one from Eric Anderson and one from legendary Scottish striker Billy Liddell. Liddell can be high league goalscorer for Liverpool in eight out of 9 seasons he performed for them and is fourth of their all-time league appearances desk.

Swansea have received at Anfield in each the FA Cup and League Cup competitions. Their FA Cup win got here within the quarter-final stage on 29th February, 1964. A Leap 12 months, it might have taken an enormous leap of religion to count on Swansea to get something from Invoice Shankly’s all-star group who had been on their method to the First Division title that season. Nevertheless, objectives from Jimmy McLaughlin and Eddie Thomas secured the victory in a 2.1 win in entrance of a largely disbelieving 52, 608 followers.

Swansea’s League Cup victory at Liverpool got here far more just lately – within the fourth spherical on 31st October, 2012. Targets from Chico, Nathan Dyer and Jonathan De Guzman secured a three.1 win with Liverpool scoring a solitary objective by way of Luis Suarez. Buoyed by this consequence, Swansea went on to win the trophy that season, beating Bradford Metropolis 5.zero within the Ultimate.

Absolutely some of the thrilling matches between these two groups got here on third October, 1959 in a Second Division match as residence facet Swansea City beat Liverpool 5.four. It’s the highest combination rating in matches between them and the one time that Swansea have scored 5 towards Liverpool. Len Allchurch scored once more that day, as did Peter Davies, Colin Webster and two from Brayley Reynolds who revamped 151 league appearances for the membership after signing from Cardiff Metropolis earlier that yr.

Liverpool first received in Swansea on fifth April, 1958, once more within the Second Division. Jimmy Melia and Bobby Murdoch scored in a 2.zero victory for The Reds. Melia had additionally scored within the corresponding match in Liverpool that season – on 12th October, 1957 – as Welsh centre-forward Tony Rowley scored two and Don Campbell the opposite in a four.zero win.

Swansea’s first match with Liverpool as Swansea Metropolis got here on 23rd January, 1971 within the fourth spherical of the FA Cup at Anfield through which Liverpool cruised to a three.zero victory with objectives from Chris Lawler, John Toshack and Ian St John. Liverpool would get to the Ultimate that season, solely to lose to double-winners Arsenal after extra-time.

Welsh striker John Toshack could be very a lot a part of Swansea’s historical past and, as player-manager led them from Fourth Division to First in simply 4 outstanding seasons. They performed within the First Division for the primary time within the 1981-82 season – through which a Welsh membership was a part of the highest flight for the primary time since Cardiff Metropolis’s relegation twenty years earlier

Earlier than their first First Division assembly the perimeters met on the Vetch Discipline on 2nd January, 1982 within the third spherical of the FA Cup. It was not a promising begin to the brand new yr for Swansea as they went out four.zero with objectives from central defenders Mark Lawrenson and Alan Hansen after which two from one other legendary Welsh striker: Ian Rush.

ไฮไลท์ลิเวอร์, in that historic league assembly simply over a month afterward 16th February, 1982 Swansea received 2.zero with second-half objectives from Leighton James and Alan Curtis as Swansea went on to complete in a really respectable sixth place within the First Division.

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