St David's Day Memories

1st March 2022
First team

We’re celebrating St David’s Day by remembering four matches where the Swans tasted victory on March 1.

Swansea City 2 Southend 1

March 1, 1924

The Swans were unbeaten at home all season in Division Three South ahead of welcoming Southend to Vetch Field.

By contrast, the visitors arrived in South Wales off the back of three consecutive defeats.

Joe Bradshaw handed a debut to record signing Jack Fowler, who had joined from Plymouth Argyle for a fee of £1,280.

And, with nothing to separate the sides in a game of few chances, the striker popped up in the dying minutes to secure maximum points for the Swans.

Swansea City 3 Bradford Park Avenue 0

March 1, 1969

Fast-forward 45 years and the Swans were struggling for form in the Fourth Division.

They hosted Bradford Park Avenue at the start of March and were desperate to end a run of four matches without a win – three of which were defeats.

However, Herbie Williams put them in front after just 16 minutes at Vetch Field.

Geoff Thomas doubled the lead from the penalty spot just before the hour mark, and Willie Screen put the icing on the cake with a minute remaining.

Swansea City 1 Hull City 0

March 1, 2002

The Swans had overturned a poor start to 2002 that brought five defeats from their six games in the Third Division.

By the time promotion-chasing Hull arrived at the Vetch, they were unbeaten in five and had enjoyed three victories in that span.

The Swans endured several nervy moments in the first half and had Roger Freestone to thank for keeping their opponents at bay.

However, they were much-improved after the break and eventually snatched the points when Steve Watkin scored the winner six minutes from time.

Huddersfield Town 0 Swansea City 1

March 1, 2008

When Huddersfield hosted the Swans, Roberto Martinez’s side were flying high at the top of League One and unbeaten since the previous November.

Ironically, it was the Terriers who had inflicted the Swans’ most recent defeat in the league, with Malvin Kamara’s strike settling that particular contest.

The visitors were seeking their first win over the Yorkshire outfit in seven attempts, having lost five of the six previous encounters.

And Jason Scotland’s strike just before half-time was enough to finally break that unwanted record as the Swans kept themselves on course for the title.