Past meetings: Swans v Gillingham

23rd January 2019
First team

As Swansea City get set for an FA Cup fourth round tie against Gillingham at the Liberty Stadium this weekend, we look back at some previous encounters between the two sides.

Here we recall past meetings in League One and the old Third Division.

Swansea 1 - 1 Gillingham

League One - November 2, 2007

A late goal from Paul Anderson saw 10-man Swansea battle back from a goal down to steal a point from Gillingham at the Liberty Stadium, although the hosts could easily have claimed all three.

The Swans’ were dealt an early blow when striker Warren Feeney was given his marching orders after just 23 minutes following a lunge on Gills' defender Simon King.

The home side were already a goal behind after striker Delroy Facey had given the visitors the lead with a powerful strike from 25 yards inside 10 minutes.

The scores were level with 11 minutes left on the clock when Leon Britton found Darren Pratley, whose cross was calmly slotted past Gills' goalkeeper Simon Royce by Anderson.

But there was still time for late controversy as Roberto Martinez’s side were given a chance to win the game with a penalty late on, but Andy Robinson’s effort was saved by Royce.

Swansea 2 - 0 Gillingham

League One - January 23, 2007

Adebayo Akinfenwa and Robinson were both on the scoresheet as the Swans’ dominated against Gillingham exactly 12 years ago.

Striker Akinfenwa opened the scoring, finding the net after just six minutes when he met Lee Trundle’s cross inside the area to head past Gills’ goalkeeper Romain Larrieu.

Despite being the better side on the day the Swans had to wait until the 72nd minute to double their lead, Akinfenwa turning provider this time to set up Robinson to secure three points and a return to the play-off places for the Swans.

Swans 3 - 2 Gillingham

Division Three - 19 March, 1989

The Swans - under the guidance of a third manager of the season in Ian Evans - had to hold on for victory in a game in which they had been cruising.

The home side had been utterly dominant in opening up a 3-0 lead as Colin West marked the start of his loan spell from Chelsea with a goal, before Peter Bodak and Paul Raynor extended the lead.

But Gillingham, who were all-but relegated, launched an unexpected fightback as striker Pat Gavin pulled a goal back.

And nerves were jangling when Jason Lillis reduced the deficit to just one goal, but the Swans survived although manager Evans was less than impressed.

Swans 3 - 1 Gillingham

Division Three - 16 March, 1979

Swansea City kept themselves firmly in the promotion hunt as they overcame the loss of John Toshack to ease to victory over the Gills at the Vetch.

Player-manager Toshack lasted just 25 minutes before hamstring injury forced him from the field.

But his side produced what the man himself would deem their best performance of the season as Alan Curtis and Alan Waddle put the Swans in control.

An own goal from John Sharpe - who would have a spell for the Swans later in his career - put the game to bed, meaning a Dean White penalty was little consolation for the visitors.