BLAST FROM THE PAST: Swans v Manchester United

20th February 2015

Swansea City 2 Manchester United 0
Vetch Field - Saturday, 30 January 1982 (Division One)
Swansea got their title challenge back on course by toppling leaders Manchester United at the Vetch Field.
In September 1981, Manchester United sat bottom of the First Division when newly-promoted Swansea City arrived at Old Trafford.
John Toshack's early season high flyers, in their first ever season in the top flight, faced a packed out ground as 47,309 turned up to watch the Red Devils win 1-0 thanks to a Gary Birtles goal that sparked a surge up the table.
By the time January came around and the return match at the Vetch Field, Ron Atkinson's Manchester United were a different proposition, sitting top of the table and on the back of a five-game unbeaten run.
But Toshack's team secured a famous 2-0 win, with Alan Curtis netting the opening goal after 54 minutes before local hero Robbie James bundled home the crucial second.
Liverpool ended up winning the league at the end of that season, in the year that their legendary former manager Bill Shankly died, while United finished third behind Ipswich and Swansea ended a fine campaign in sixth place.

SWANS: Davies, Stanley, Marustik, Irwin, Kennedy, Rajkovic, Curtis, James, Latchford, Thompson, Robinson (Leighton James).

UNITED: Bailey, Duxbury, Albiston, Wilkins, Moran, McQueen, Robson, Birtles, Stapleton, Macari, Coppell. 

Attendance: 24,115