VIDEO: Five other great Swans moments
SWANSEA City produced one of the greatest displays in their 101-year history when beating Spanish giants Valencia 3-0 on Thursday. But is it their best-ever single result? Here are five others which will go down in the Hall of Fame.
Preston 1 Swansea City 3
The day John Toshack led Swansea City into the First Division for the very first time.
Leighton James, who ended up Swansea’s top scorer with 15 goals, Tommy Craig and Jeremy Charles were the scorers as the Vetch Field club edged out Blackburn on goal difference.
Swansea City 5 Leeds 1
One of the great days at the Vetch as Leeds, European Cup finalists just six years before, were swept aside.
Allan Clarke’s visitors were taught a footballing lesson, with debutant Bob Latchford scoring a nine-minute hat-trick just after half-time. Jeremy Charles scored Swansea’s first ever goal in the First Division and Alan Curtis rounded off the scoring against his former side with one of the all-time great Vetch goals.
Liverpool 1 Swansea City 2
Swansea’s greatest FA Cup success as they won at Anfield in the quarter-finals, with keeper Noel Dwyer enjoying the game of his life.
Jimmy McLaughlin broke the deadlock as he drove his finish past keeper Tommy Lawrence. Four minutes later the Swans were two in front when McLaughlin crossed and Eddie Thomas scored with a crashing drive. Liverpool managed to pull a goal back but were unable to find a way past Dwyer.
Swansea City 1 Manchester City 0
Swansea have had more significant triumphs down the years, but there have been few as eye-catching.
Swansea, a team built on a few million quid, took on a City side who had splashed out a few hundred million to assemble a squad which would deliver the Premier League title later that spring.
Swansea controlled large chunks of the game and brought the house down when Luke Moore rose at the far post to head home a Wayne Routledge.
Swansea City 4 Reading 2
The day when Brendan Rodgers’s side became the first Welsh club to be promoted to the Premier League.
On a day of tension and drama, Scott Sinclair netted only the second hat-trick in play-off final history. Stephen Dobbie grabbed the other as Swansea, 3-0 up at one stage, withstood a Reading fightback.