Past meetings: Watford v Swans

28th December 2017
First team

​​​​​​​As the Swans get set to face Watford at Vicarage Road this weekend, we look back at some previous encounters between the clubs.

Here we recall past meetings in the Premier League, the Championship and the old Division Three.

 

Watford 1 Swans 0

Premier League – Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Swans have lost on both their Premier League visits to Vicarage Road, with the most recent reverse coming on a grim afternoon back in April.

Paul Clement’s team looked in serious danger of dropping out of the top flight after Etienne Capoue’s goal saw them go down 1-0 in Hertfordshire.

Clement memorably declared afterwards that his team simply had to win their next game, against Stoke, and they duly delivered.

A 2-0 success against the Potters marked the start of a dramatic unbeaten run which allowed the Swans to pull clear of danger.

 

Watford 2 Swans 3

Championship – Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Brendan Rodgers’s Swans side sealed a dramatic win as the Northern Irishman returned to his former club.

Recent signing Scott Sinclair had already made a big impact in Swans colours, and he started the ball rolling at Vicarage Road by scoring an early goal.

Stephen Dobbie doubled the Swans’ lead on 30 minutes before on-loan Chelsea frontman Frank Nouble netted what proved to be his only goal for the club on 69 minutes.

Rodgers’s team looked home and dry at that point, but Troy Deeney pulled a goal back and then Martin Taylor struck on 85 minutes to set up a nervy finale.

But the visitors, who would be promoted to the Premier League at the end of the season, held on for victory.

 

Watford 0 Swans 2

Division Three – Saturday, September 9, 1978

The Swans and Watford both put together remarkable climbs through the Football League in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

They faced each other in all four divisions during that period, and this meeting came in the third tier.

Alan Waddle and Kevin Moore were both on target in the first half as John Toshack’s team produced some fine attacking football.

The victory took the Swans to the top of the table.