Classic Swans' FA Cup encounters

8th January
First team

Swansea City kick off their 2020-21 FA Cup effort with a trip to face Stevenage on Saturday (3pm).

It's a tournament which has provided the Swans and their supporters with some memorable moments down the years.

Here, we look back at some of Swansea City's finest days in the world-famous knock-out competition.

Swansea City 2 Manchester City 3

Quarter-final - March 16, 2019

Swansea City produced a performance of tremendous character, and no little quality, but were denied just a third FA Cup semi-final appearance in heartbreaking fashion by Manchester City.

The Swans had stunned the Premier League champions by sweeping into a 2-0 lead inside half an hour to put themselves on course for a first appearance in the last four of the famous knockout competition since 1964.

Matt Grimes converted for the spot for the first, before Bersant Celina finished a flowing Swansea attack against his old club.

The score stayed that way until the 69th minute when Bernardo Silva pulled a goal back with a fine volley, before a controversial penalty allowed City to level.

Cameron Carter-Vickers was harshly ruled to have fouled Raheem Sterling, and Sergio Aguero’s penalty found the net off the back of Kristoffer Nordfeldt.

That left the tie heading for extra-time but, with two minutes remaining, Aguero - who looked to be offside - expertly headed Bernardo Silva’s cross into the net.

It was harsh on the Swans, who had shown moments of genuine quality against their much-vaunted in-form opponents, but there was no trip to Wembley for Graham Potter and his side.

Liverpool 1 Swansea Town 2

Quarter-final - February 29, 1964

Arguably Swansea's finest FA Cup moment came on their march to the semi-finals in 1964.

The Swans had seen off Barrow, Sheffield United and Stoke City to set-up this last-eight clash in front of over 52,000 fans at Anfield.

The Reds were on their way to the First Division title, while Swansea were battling to avoid relegation from the second tier and few gave them any hope of an upset.

But they led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Jimmy McLaughlin and Eddie Thomas.

A backs-to-the-wall effort followed with goalkeeper Noel Dwyer turning in a famous performance between the sticks.

Liverpool pulled one back and looked set to level when they were awarded a penalty in the closing stages, only for Ronnie Moran to fail to find the target.

The Swans went on to lose to Preston in the last four at Villa Park.

Swansea City 0 Liverpool 0

Third round - January 6, 1990

Swansea faced the FA Cup holders in the third round at The Vetch and stunned their illustrious visitors by grinding out a goalless draw.

Kenny Dalglish's men were rapidly closing in on another league title, but they could not find a way past the stern resistance of a brave Swansea rearguard effort.

However, the Swans would not be able to manage a repeat in the replay at Anfield as they suffered an 8-0 defeat.

Swansea City 1 West Ham 0

Third-round replay - January 13, 1999

Swansea City had been within minutes of knocking the Premier League Hammers out in the original tie at Upton Park, only for a deflected Julian Dicks' strike to set-up a replay back in South Wales.

On a memorable night at The Vetch, Martin Thomas got the only goal of the game just before the half-hour mark and John Hollins' side then clung on grimly under severe pressure - with Roger Freestone excellent between the sticks - to help the Swans become the first Division Three team to knock a Premier League team out of the FA Cup.

Swansea City 2 Preston 1

Fourth round - January 24, 2004

On another wonderful afternoon at The Vetch, late goals from Andy Robinson and Lee Trundle saw Swansea City dump second-tier Preston out in the fourth round.

The Swans had started superbly but failed to take early chances, and they looked to be heading out of the competition when Dickson Etuhu put North End a goal to the good.

But Robinson curled home a brilliant free-kick with 10 minutes remaining before Trundle read a knock-down superbly to arrive in the area and volley home what proved to be the winner.

Sheffield United 0 Swansea City 3

Third round - January 6, 2007

Kenny Jackett's side had been without nine players through injury and suspension when they travelled to face Neil Warnock's Premier League Blades at Bramall Lane.

But it proved no obstacle for the League One Swans as three goals in 14 second-half minutes sent them into round four in fine fashion.

Tom Butler was the hero on the day, the Irishman netting the first two goals before winning the penalty that allowed Leon Britton to score the third on a day when the visitors' display received a warm reception from the home fans.