Past meetings: Bolton v Swans

7th November 2018
First team

As Swansea City get set for a trip to the University of Bolton Stadium this weekend, we look back at some previous games at Bolton Wanderers.

Here we recall past clashes in the Premier League, the Second Division and the Fourth Division.

Bolton 1 Swans 1

Premier League – April 21, 2012

Swansea City moved a step closer to Premier League survival – and edged their hosts towards the drop – courtesy of a 1-1 draw on their last visit to Bolton.

Two first-half goals saw the spoils shared at what was then the Reebok Stadium, with Scott Sinclair and Chris Eagles on the scoresheet.

Sinclair opened the scoring in spectacular fashion inside six minutes, cutting inside from the left wing before powering a trademark right-footed strike past Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

The hosts were level just minutes later, though, when Eagles found himself on the end of a whipped ball into the box by Martin Petrov and slotted past Michel Vorm.

The Swans dominated possession and were unlucky not to come home with three points as both Danny Graham and Gylfi Sigurdsson were denied by Bogdan.


Bolton 1 Swans 1

Division Four – October 31, 1987

Joe Allon’s 16th-minute goal was cancelled out by a last-gasp free-kick when these two sides met in 1987.

Allon volleyed home a cross from Alan Davies to give the visitors the lead at Bolton’s former Burnden Park home.

The Swans were then denied what looked a clear penalty as Bolton defender Mark Came brought down Davies in the area.

And there was late heartbreak for Terry Yorath’s side as three minutes into stoppage time, Bolton midfielder Neil Thompson fired home a set-piece to deny the Swans what would have been their third consecutive win.


Bolton 1 Swans 4

Division Two - September 20th, 1980

The Swans’ solitary victory at Bolton in 18 previous visits was an emphatic one, as John Toshack’s team ran riot against a Trotters side who were yet to concede a goal at home that season.

Goals from Leighton James, Neil Robinson and Alan Waddle (two) capped off an impressive performance from the Swans, who had gone unbeaten since losing on the opening day of the season.

Neil Whatmore pulled one back for the home side with 10 minutes to play, but it proved to be no more than a consolation as the Swans recorded a comfortable victory.

It was to prove a fine season for Toshack’s men, who sealed the Swans’ first promotion to the top flight the following spring.