#ThrowbackThursday: April 30, 2005

30th April 2015

As part of our content on www.swanseacity.net, we take a look back at one match in the club's history each Thursday in our #ThrowbackThursday feature. And this week's match is a rather special one, with April 30 2015 marking 10 years to the day since the final league game at the club's old Vetch Field ground...

Swansea City 1-0 Shrewsbury
Coca-Cola League Two - Saturday, 30 April 2005
Adrian Forbes scored the final league goal at the Vetch Field as the Swans signed off at their famous old stadium with a crucial victory.
The win meant Swansea still had a chance of automatic promotion ahead of the final game of the season away at Bury.
Legendary comedian Max Boyce led the crowd in the singing of the Welsh national anthem prior to kick-off, with a crowd of over 11,000 packed into the Vetch.
There was a raucous atmosphere inside the ground as they game got underway and it got even louder after just eight minutes as the Swans took the lead.
Lee Trundle picked out Adrian Forbes on the right edge of the box and the winger showed great composure before hitting a fine shot into the top right-hand corner.
However, the visitors went on to dominate the remainder of the first half as Swans goalkeeper Willy Gueret had to be at his best to make three good saves.
The Shrews continued to press the home side back in the second half and just as the game entered stoppage time, Guerte was again called into action as he saved well from the lively Luke Rodgers.
But the Swans held on to seal a vital three points and bid farewell to 93 years of league football at the Vetch on a high.

SWANS: Gueret, Ricketts, Monk, Iriekpen, Gurney (Austin, 45), Forbes, Martinez, O'Leary, McLeod (Thorpe, 75), Connor (Britton, 60), Trundle. 

SHREWSBURY: Hart, Wilkinson, Tinson (Smith, 61), Aiston (Lyng, 79), Whitehead, Challis, Cowan, Ashton, Edwards, Street (Adaggio, 72), Langmead.

Attendance: 11,469

Two of the players that played for the Swans that day, Garry Monk and Kris O'Leary, are now part of the club's coaching staff with Garry as first-team manager and Kristian as first-team coach. Here is what they said in 2005...

Garry Monk: "It was fantastic when we went up to directors' box and saw all the fans on the pitch. Now we know what a pop star feels like looking over all the crowd!
"We expected the crowd to run on to the pitch at the end of the match and it was a race to see who could get off it the quickest.
"The referee gave us a little bit of an insight to when he was going to blow up and then everyone just came on but it was quality.
"It was a great atmosphere all the way through. The crowd were magnificent, I don't think they stopped singing."

Kristian O'Leary: ''The day meant a great deal to me. I have been coming here since I was in school and for the last 10 years I have been here every day more or less.
''When I left school I joined Swansea City, so it was an emotional day for a lot of people like myself, all the fans and the players.
''The whole day was just different class. It has been building up for a while and people have been asking me all the way through the season what the day was going to be like but it is difficult to describe.It has been a very emotional day.
''When we stood and looked around the ground before the match I started to realise that this was going to be the last time I would be running out here. It was a strange feeling.''