Opening-day memories: Part one

18th June 2018
Club

Ahead of the release of the 2018-19 Championship fixtures on Thursday (9am), we look back at some memorable Swansea City opening-day games.

In this first of three parts, we recall matches in the First Division, League One and the Premier League.

 

Swans 5 Leeds United 1

First Division – August 29, 1981

The Swans chalked up one of their most memorable victories of all in what was their first game as a top-division club.

Jeremy Charles’ early opener was cancelled out by Derek Parlane, but Bob Latchford’s debut hat-trick – which came inside nine second-half minutes – blew Leeds away before Alan Curtis’s superb goal rounded off a thrilling afternoon.

 

Oldham 2 Swans 1

League One – August 11, 2007

Roberto Martinez’s Swans began the League One season with defeat at Boundary Park, but the scoreline did not tell the whole story.

Michael Ricketts netted an early penalty for the hosts which was cancelled out by new Swans signing Jason Scotland only for Craig Davies to win it at the end for the Latics.

But though Martinez’s team were beaten, the tone had been set for the season after they dominated the game thanks to their possession game. It was a sign of things to come.

 

Chelsea 2 Swans 2

Premier League – August 8, 2015

The Swans were not expected to trouble Jose Mourinho’s star-studded Chelsea side, but Garry Monk’s men came away from Stamford Bridge feeling that they might have won.

Oscar put the Blues in front only for a goal from debutant Andre Ayew to make it 1-1.

Chelsea were soon 2-1 up thanks to Fede Fernandez’s unfortunate own goal, but the Swans levelled from the spot through Bafetimbi Gomis after Thibaut Courtois saw red for bringing down the Frenchman.