Past meetings: Brighton v Swans

20th February 2018
First team

As Swansea City get set for a trip to Brighton in the Premier League this weekend, we look back at some previous encounters between the clubs on the South Coast.

Here we recall a memorable day a decade ago plus away trips in Division Three and the old First Division.


Brighton 0 Swans 1

League One – May 3, 2008

The Swans ended a superb season in fitting fashion as they said farewell to League One with a 1-0 victory at Brighton’s temporary Withdean Stadium home.

Roberto Martinez’s team were given a guard of honour by the home side, and they were finally presented with the League One trophy after triumphing in their last game of the campaign.

The Swans thought they had sealed the title long before the final day of the season, but there was confusion as a result of a points deduction imposed on Leeds which was appealed – unsuccessfully – by the Yorkshire club.

A visiting side featuring the likes of Dorus de Vries, Angel Rangel, Garry Monk and Jason Scotland won at Brighton thanks to a goal from substitute Febian Brandy.


Brighton 1 Swans 1

Division Three – April 1, 2000

John Hollins’s Swansea side were enduring a late-season wobble having gone four games without a victory.

As a result, the Swans’ hopes of winning promotion from the fourth tier were fading a little as they faced a Brighton outfit who had won six out of seven coming into this one.

But Julian Alsop headed the Swans in front after 18 minutes and, despite Gary Hart’s second-half leveller, this was a good result for Hollins’s men.

Another two games would pass before the Swans ended their winless streak, but they finished the season with four successive victories to seal the Third Division title.


Brighton 1 Swans 2

Division One – September 1, 1981

Having demolished Leeds in their first ever top-flight game on the opening day, the Swans’ opening road trip in Division One was to the South Coast.

And they continued what would be a fine start to the season by emerging victorious in a physical contest against Brighton.

The Swans raced out of the blocks, with Leighton James putting John Toshack’s team ahead on 10 minutes and Bob Latchford doubling the advantage only four minutes later.

Andy Ritchie pulled a goal back before half-time as the Swans’ rearguard were given a stern examination, but the visitors held on for the win.