Past meetings: Swans v Sheffield United

16th January 2019
First team

As Swansea City get set for another weekend of Championship action we look back at some previous encounters against Saturday’s opposition, Sheffield United.

Here we recall past meetings in the Championship, the old Second Division and the FA Cup.

Swansea 4 - 0 Sheffield United

Championship - May 7, 2011

Goals from Stephen Dobbie, Scott Sinclair and Leon Britton helped the Swans to leapfrog Cardiff into third place on the final day of the Championship season with an emphatic victory over already-relegated Sheffield United at the Liberty Stadium.

The Scotsman opened the scoring on the half-hour with a sweetly struck free-kick - which Ashley Williams nearly flicked in on the line - before Blades defender Shane Lowry was given his marching orders shortly after half-time, having handled a goal-bound Sinclair effort on the line.

The former Chelsea forward tucked away the resulting penalty to double the home side’s lead on 55 minutes and score his 24th goal of the season.

Dobbie scored his second and Swansea’s third just five minutes later, firing home from the edge of the area to all-but secure victory for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Keen to get in on the action against his former club, Britton claimed his first goal of the season with a well-taken half-volley from 25 yards to set up a memorable play-off semi-final against Nottingham Forest on the way to eventual promotion.

Swansea 2 - 1 Sheffield United

Championship - September 26, 2009

A Lee Trundle penalty and a 25-yard strike from Tom Butler gave the Swans their first home win of the season, despite being reduced to nine men.

Awarded the penalty after being taken down in the area by Blades defender Nick Montgomery, Trundle stepped up to fire the home side into the lead on 51 minutes.

But the visitors levelled 20 minutes later when striker Stephen Quinn sent James Harper’s driven shot into the back of the net with a back-heeled effort.

It was then that Paulo Sousa’s side received their first red card as Jordi Lopez clattered into Welsh striker Ched Evans, picking up his second yellow card of the game.

Despite being a man down, the Swans re-took the lead with less than 10 minutes to play as substitute Butler fired home from distance.

Despite seeing winger Nathan Dyer dismissed for a second bookable offence, the home side held on for all three points at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea 4 - 0 Sheffield United

FA Cup - January 28, 1964

Over 24,000 Swans’ fans packed into the Vetch Field to watch Trevor Morris’ side breeze past Division One Sheffield United in an FA Cup fourth-round replay with goals from Derek Draper, Jim McLaughlin and Eddie Thomas.

Having secured a replay with a 1-1 draw away from home just three days prior, the Swans made the most of their home advantage and took the lead through Draper just before half-time.

It was a tight affair between the two sides until McLaughlin doubled the home side’s lead on 64 minutes.

Former Swansea winger Len Allchurch was playing for the visitors and had a header well-saved by Noel Dwyer in the Swansea goal as they sought to launch a fightback.

But it was the Swans who scored the crucial third goal when forward Thomas found the back of the net on 75 minutes, before Draper’s second of the game secured progression into the fifth-round of the FA Cup.

The Swans would go on to beat Stoke City and Liverpool on their way to an FA Cup semi-final with Preston North End, which they lost 2-1 at Villa Park.

Swansea 3 - 0 Sheffield United

Second Division - February 4, 1961

Goals from Ellis Davies and Graham Williams secured a 3-0 win for the Swans when Second Division leaders Sheffield United came to visit the Vetch Field in 1961.

Davies opened the scoring on 22 minutes to send the home side in at half-time with a narrow lead before Williams scored his first goal just minutes after the restart.

Comfortable in possession on the day, the Swans put the game to bed on 87 minutes when Williams scored his second of the match.