At Boro’, we’ve taken on our fair share of opponents over the years and some of ’em have been no more than passing acquaintances. Meanwhile, there are also those who became – well – irritatingly familiar. For all those many, many times we’ve been forced to face the likes of W*king, for example, there’s no shortage of the rarer match-ups either. We decided to look back through our archives and see how many you can remember. So, let’s be cracking on and asking you this: where exactly do Swansea City stand in the grand scheme of things?
The Swans, in these times of Ultra HD tellyboxes, made themselves into a half decent force in the top flight for the past five seasons. Right this instant, however, the force is on the wane. The Welsh side, for those who look at the Premier League table, are up against it in the battle for survival. You could argue that, actually, it’s a bleedin’ luxury for ’em to be in such a predicament. Just 14 seasons ago, the Swans came incredibly close to dropping out of the Football League altogether. It was this era in which we first and last crossed paths too.
Swansea City: Us And Them
For the Swans, the 2002-3 campaign was as pleasant as our was. For the first time in their history, Swansea City fell to the bottom of the Football League at one point. Boro’, meanwhile, were propping up the Conference table at one point . Our rise up and away from danger owed much to the January appointment of G-Wezzle. The Swans, however, had to wait until the final day to secure survival. It came at Exeter’s expense, by the way. And, yet, this season saw Boro’ add another name to their list of “giant-killings” courtesy of the LDV Trophy.
OK, so the Swans weren’t quite the giants they are now. And the LDV Trophy is, well, the LDV Trophy. But it all counts and, as it goes, led to our first ever competitive meeting with Luton. So, err, thanks for that Swansea! Kirk Jackson and Richard Pacquette, incidentally, scoring in our 2-1 win. A second meeting wasn’t too long in coming, either. And that’s despite the Welsh side opting not to tour the Conference in 2003-4. This time, it’d be at their gaff and it’d be in the FA Cup – our reward for claiming the scalp of Stockport County.
Boro’ fans whizzed down the M4 in their droves. The Swans, however, would have their revenge – and, with it, a place in the third round too. Not that it came free of controversy, you understand. It had looked as if Eldinho had earned Boro’ a deserved replay in the dying stages. The assistant referee, however, called it offside. And don’t get us started on Lee flippin’ Trundle. It’s all water under the Severn Bridge now though. Innit? We’ve both gone on to bigger and better things since then, and with a win apiece, you can’t say fairer than that.
Boro’s Record vs Swansea City
P2 W1 D0 L1 F3 A3 – League Points: 0, Cup Meetings: 2, Win Rate: 50%
BoroGuide’s Swansea City club profile – for old time’s sake…