On this day | Millennium heartbreak

27th May 2019

Swansea City suffered play-off final heartbreak against Barnsley at the Millennium Stadium on May 27, 2006.

Having won promotion in the Swans’ final campaign at Vetch Field, Kenny Jackett’s side had enjoyed a fine 2005-06 season in the third tier.

They finished the regular season in sixth place, and beat Brentford 3-1 on aggregate in the play-off semi-finals.

That set up a trip to Cardiff – Wembley was being rebuilt at the time – to take on Barnsley, who had seen off Huddersfield in their semi-final.

Rory Fallon
Rory Fallon celebrates his equaliser.

The Tykes struck first through Paul Hayes, but the Swans levelled thanks to a spectacular Rory Fallon goal.

Andy Robinson gave the Swans the lead before the break but former Vetch loanee Danny Nardiello made it 2-2 just after the hour mark.

Alan Tate and Lee Trundle both missed big chances to win it for Jackett’s men before a painful penalty shootout.

Tate and Bayo Akinfenwa then both missed their spot-kicks and Barnsley were promoted.