On This Day | Forbes sinks Shrews
Adrian Forbes scored the last-ever league goal at Vetch Field as Swansea City beat Shrewsbury Town on April 30, 2005.
The winger struck what proved to be the winning goal after just eight minutes of what was the Swans’ final Football League match at their home of 93 years.
It proved to be enough for three points that kept Kenny Jackett’s men on course for automatic promotion heading into the final weekend of the League Two season.
The Swans’ hopes of a top-three finish were hanging in the balance following two defeats from their last three games, ahead of welcoming Shrewsbury to the Vetch.
However, the hosts made the dream start; taking the lead after just eight minutes as Forbes fired a shot into the top corner from Lee Trundle’s threaded pass across the area.
The Swans had to endure several nervy moments with Shrewsbury on top for long periods of the contest.
But the visitors were unable to find a way past Willy Gueret, who made some outstanding saves to keep them at bay, and Jackett’s side held on for a huge victory in their quest for promotion to the third tier.
Twelve years later, the Swans claimed a precious point against Manchester United in their battle for Premier League survival.
Three points from safety with four games remaining, Paul Clement’s side fell behind in first-half stoppage time at Old Trafford.
Wayne Rooney converted from the penalty spot after Lukasz Fabianski was harshly ruled to have brought down Marcus Rashford.
Nevertheless, the visitors kept plugging away and deservedly equalised with 11 minutes remaining, as Gylfi Sigurdsson curled a stunning 20-yard free-kick into the top corner beyond a helpless David de Gea.