OPENING DAY: The best moments

7th August

The Swans kick-off their fifth season in the Barclays Premier League with a trip to reigning champions Chelsea on Saturday (August 8).
It marks a prominent date on the football calendar as the 2015-16 campaign gets underway, and we look back at some of the best Swans games from the opening day of years gone by...

Manchester United 1-2 Swansea
Barclays Premier League - Saturday, 16 August 2014
The Swans secured their first league victory at Old Trafford as they kicked off the 2014-15 season in style.
Ki Sung-Yueng put the visitors ahead just shy of the half hour mark, coolly slotting a left-foot shot into the bottom corner after a flowing move.
United skipper Wayne Rooney equalised for the home side eight minutes after the break, but it was the Swans who stunned Old Trafford into silence once more as summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson volleyed home from inside the box with 17 minutes to play.
It was the perfect start to what would be a memorable and record-breaking campaign for Garry Monk's side.

MAN UTD: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Blackett, Lingard (Januzaj, 24), Fletcher, Herrera (Fellaini, 67), Young, Mata, Hernandez (Nani, 45), Rooney.

SWANS: Fabianski, Rangel, Williams, Amat, Taylor (Tiendalli, 53), Shelvey, Ki, Sigurdsson, Dyer (Montero, 67), Routledge, Bony (Gomis, 77).

Attendance: 75,339

QPR 0-5 Swansea
Barclays Premier League - Saturday, 18 August 2012
Michu and Nathan Dyer both scored twice to help Michael Laudrup get off to a dream start as Swansea boss with a thumping victory over QPR.
A disastrous defensive display by Rangers began when Rob Green could not stop Michu's speculative 25-yard shot.
Swansea hit the bar twice before Michu curled home his second after the break.
QPR crumbled completely by the end, with Nathan Dyer scoring twice in quick succession before Scott Sinclair completed the rout with a low finish.

QPR: Green, Ferdinand, Hill (Wright-Phillips, 64), Onuoha, Fabio, Diakite (Derry, 86), Park, Taarabt, Cisse (Johnson, 77), Mackie, Hoilett.

SWANS: Vorm, Taylor, Chico, Williams, Rangel, Britton, Michu (Gower, 84), Dyer (Sinclair, 77), Routledge, De Guzman (Agustien, 70), Graham.

Attendance: 18,072

Swans 1-0 Tranmere
League One - Saturday, 6 August 2005
The Swans began life in their new stadium with a win thanks to a first-half strike from Adebayo Akinfenwa.
The striker - who arrived from Torquay United during the summer - netted on his debut as he bundled home inside the box after some fine trickery from Lee Trundle.
An eventful first half ended with Tranmere captain Jason McAteer seeing a penalty saved by Willy Gueret, while Trundle also saw a spot-kick saved by Rovers goalkeeper John Achterberg.
The visitors put the home side under severe pressure in the second half, but a combination of poor finishing and fine goalkeeping from Gueret meant that the Swans kicked off the season with three points.

SWANS: Gueret, Ricketts, Iriekpen, Monk (Tate, 45), Austin, Forbes, Martinez, O'Leary, Goodfellow, Akinfenwa, Trundle (Tudor Jones, 90).

TRANMERE: Achterberg, Goodison (Harrison, 61), Jackson, Sharps, Linwood, Roberts, McAteer, Rankine (Jennings, 62), Aiston (Hume, 61), Zola, Greenacre.

Attendance: 16,733

Swansea 4-2 Bury
Division Three - Saturday, 9 August 2003
A stunning hat-trick from summer signing Brad Maylett helped Swansea to a deserved win over Bury in front of a fervent 9,000 crowd at the Vetch.
Maylett opened the scoring early on before Andy Preece equalised for the visitors.
That looked to be it as the sides laboured under the burning sun, but the encounter exploded in the closing 10 minutes.
Debutant Lee Trundle extended Swansea's lead, substitute Lee Connell replied for the visitors, before Maylett sealed the game with a late strike.

SWANS: Murphy, Jones, O'Leary, Johnrose, Hylton, Martinez, Britton, Maylett, Connolly, Thomas, Trundle. Subs: Freestone, Howard, Nugent, Coates, Durkan.

BURY: Garner, Unsworth, Swailes, Strong, Woodthorpe, Duxbury, Clegg, Singh, Nugent, Porter, Preece. Subs: Connell, Berrass, Kennedy, Whaley, Seddon.

Attendance: 8.826

Swansea 5-1 Leeds
First Division - Saturday, 29 August 1981
Arguably the finest opening-day victory in Swansea City's proud history. 
John Toshack's newly-promoted team, who had earned successive promotions from Division Four, faced a Leeds side that had finished ninth the previous season in English football's top flight.
Jeremy Charles got the ball rolling after five minutes as he directed Alan Curtis' cross from the left flank past John Lukic. 
Derek Parlane's diving header put Leeds back on level terms before summer signing Bob Latchford was denied a certain penalty for the hosts. 
But the second half was all about the Swans. 
Latchford's powerful half-volley gave Lukic no chance as he put the Swans ahead with his first goal for the club, and the striker then earned the Swans some breathing space as he tucked home Neil Robinson's low cross from the right. 
And a remarkable debut was topped off with a hat-trick for Latchford as he rose highest to meet Leighton James' pinpoint cross to head into the far corner of the net. 
But the last word went to Curtis as he cut inside before sending a thunderous effort into the top corner. 

SWANS: Dai Davies, Neil Robinson, Dzemal Hadziabdic, Ante Rajkovic, Colin Irwin, John Mahoney, Alan Curtis, Robbie James, Leighton James, Jeremy Charles, Bob Latchford. 

Attendance: 23,489