BLAST FROM THE PAST: West Ham v Swans
6th December 2014
West Ham 1 Swansea City 1
FA Cup third round - Saturday, 2 January 1999
The Swans were denied a famous win as West Ham struck a late equaliser to salvage a replay at Upton Park.
The visitors looked on course for a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup thanks to Jason Smith's goal just past the hour mark.
But the Hammers got out of jail with just three minutes of normal time remaining as Julian Dicks scrambled home.
When the draw was made the excitement around the city of Swansea as palpable.
Victories over Millwall and Stoke in previous rounds had given John Hollins' side a chance to pit their wits against to-flight opposition.
The Swans, then in the Third Division of the Football League, were expected to be brushed aside by their more illustrious opponents, who included the likes of Neil Ruddock, Eyal Berkovic, Trevor Sinclair, John Hartson and Ian Wright in their starting line-up.
But after being backed by a vociferous travelling support, the visitors gave their hosts an almighty scare before going on to make FA Cup history just ten days later by beating West Ham 1-0 at the Vetch Field to become the first bottom tier side to beat a Premier League team.
WEST HAM: Hislop, Potts, Pearce, Dicks, Ruddock, Berkovic (Cole, 65), Sinclair, Lazaridis )Omoyinmi, 82), Lomas, Hartson (Abou, 70), Wright.
SWANS: Freestone, Jones, Smith, Bound, Howard, Roberts, Thomas, Coates, Cusack, Alsop, Watkin.