Your top five moments of 2014

31st December 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, it has been another eventful 12 months for Swansea City.
With a new calendar year on the horizon we took to social media to ask the Jack Army to vote for their best moments from 2014.
Following a number of great entries via our Twitter and Facebook pages, we have compiled our top five memories from this year...



1) Garry Monk's managerial debut - Saturday, February 8 2014

Following the departure of Michael Laudrup in February, club stalwart Garry Monk was immediately installed as the club's head coach just three days before the second South Wales derby of the season.
A 1-0 defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium back in November meant that the stakes were high, with a number of sub plots surrounding arguably the biggest derby on record.
Both clubs were looking to move away from relegation danger but as managerial debuts go, it was one to remember for Monk and Swansea.
With the atmosphere crackling, a goalless first half ensued before the home side took control after the restart.
Pablo Hernandez - on as a half-time substitute - set up Wayne Routledge to score the opener, before Routledge turned provider to cross for Nathan Dyer to head past a stranded David Marshall.
And when Wilfried Bony rose highest to head home late on, it meant Monk was off to the perfect start in the Liberty dugout.



2) Newcastle 1-2 Swansea City - Saturday, 19 April 2014

The Swans found themselves just three points clear of the Premier League's relegation zone ahead of the trip to Newcastle back in April.
Back-to-back defeats against Hull and Chelsea meant that a positive result was much needed in the north east - and it didn't disappoint.
After Shola Ameobi poked home the opening goal, the Swans hit back as Wiflried Bony levelled in first-half stoppage time.
As both sides looked for a winner in the second period, the game looked to be heading for a draw before a dramatic twist in added on time.
From a Newcastle corner, the visitors broke clear and substitute Marvin Emnes drove at the defence before he was tripped in the box by Cheick Tiote.
Wilfried Bony stepped up to coolly slot home the penalty and spark wild celebrations from the Swans bench at the final whistle.
The victory moved Garry Monk's side six points clear of danger with three games left to play.



3) Jonjo Shelvey goal v Aston Villa - Saturday, 26 April 2014

Following victory over Newcastle, the Swans knew that another three points against Villa would secure Premier League football for another season.
With driving rain causing havoc at the Liberty, both teams exchanged early goals as Wilfried Bony opened the scoring before Gabriel Agbonlahor equalised for the visitors.
But the best was yet to come as Jonjo Shelvey restored the Swans' advantage with the goal of the season.
Following a poor clearance from the Villa defence, Shelvey controlled the ball in front of the halfway line before hitting a dipping half volley over the head of Brad Guzan and into the net.
The home side continued their dominance after the break and Pablo Hernandez added a third before Bony scored his second from the penalty spot in stoppage time.



4) Manchester United 1-2 Swansea City - Saturday, 16 August 2014

After a rollercoaster 2013-14 season and another busy summer at the Liberty, the Swans were handed a daunting opening to the new campaign with a trip to Manchester United.
United had brought in Louis Van Gaal as their new manager after the Dutchman had led Holland to third place at the World Cup in Brazil.
With all eyes on the home dugout at Old Trafford, the Swans again proved the critics wrong as Ki Sung-Yueng scored his first goal for the club to give Garry Monk's side a half-time lead.
Wayne Rooney drew United level eight minutes after the restart but Gylfi Sigurdsson - who returned to Swansea in the summer from Spurs - popped up to net the winner and get the campaign off to a winning start.



5) Wilfried Bony

The Ivorian frontman arrived from Vitesse Arnhem in the July 2013 and the man nicknamed 'Daddy Cool' has certainly repaid his £12m transfer fee in earnest.
Bony plundered 25 goals in all competitions last season, with the striker drawing admirers from some of the Premier League's biggest clubs.
His goals helped Swansea maintain their Premier League status after a rollercoaster season, and the Ivory Coast international has continued his goalscoring form into the current campaign.
Not only that, but Bony ended 2014 with 20 Premier League goals this calendar year - the most by any player in the division.