Year in review | December

1st January 2020
First team
Andre Ayew

As we enter 2020, we look back how the final month of 2019 fared for Swansea City.

The month kicked off with the FA Cup draw as the Swans were handed an away trip to fellow Championship side QPR in the third round - a tie which takes place this Sunday.

On the pitch there was no early festive cheer as the Swans' unbeaten away record in the league came to an abrupt end at The Hawthorns.

Steve Cooper's side were well beaten as West Brom showed their promotion credentials in a resounding 5-1 victory, with Sam Surridge scoring the Swans' consolation. Aldo Kalulu, meanwhile, made his first appearance for the senior side in three months as he completed his return from injury with a late sub appearance.

West Brom Sam Surridge

Two home games followed, with the Swans determined to improve their form in SA1.

First up was Blackburn's visit to the Liberty in a game which saw Ben Cabango make his first league appearance.

The curse of a former Swans player struck again as Danny Graham put Blackburn ahead, only for Andre Ayew to level.

Both teams finished the game with ten men as first, Tom Carroll was shown the first red card of his career after picking up two bookings, before Bradley Dack was shown a second yellow later on.

More red cards followed in the next game against Middlesbrough, with the visitors reduced to nine men during a 3-1 Swans victory.


Middlesbrough Matt Grimes

Ayew put the Swans ahead before Marcus Tavernier fired Boro level.

But sub Marcus Browne was shown a straight red card just 12 minutes after being introduced before Ayew fired the Swans ahead once more.

Surridge made sure of the victory before Paddy McNair was given his marching orders after clashing with Matt Grimes.

There was more festive fun for Cooper's men in the last game before Christmas Day as Ayew's late effort sealed a 1-0 victory at Luton Town - a game in which Tom Carroll made his 100th appearance for the club.

Andre Ayew

But that winning run came to an end on Boxing Day as Cooper's men were floored 3-1 by Brentford. Ayew, again, got the Swans' goal during a disappointing afternoon in West London.

And to sign off 2019, the Swans were held 0-0 by Barnsley to finish the year just two points off the play-off spots.

Off the pitch, there was plenty of festive cheer spread as the squad hosted a party at the Liberty Stadium and also visited children at Morrison Hospital while a number of players and staff joined the Swans Disabled Supporters Association at their annual party.

Christmas Party

The community work continued as the club teamed up with several members of its City Business Network (CBN) to help feed and cloth the homeless people of the local area this Christmas.

The Copper Bar near Castle Gardens in the city centre hosted the event, which has grown out of their original ‘Forward a Coffee’ initiative which allowed customers to pay for food and drink to be distributed among the city’s homeless.