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STAGSNET`S STATISTICAL PREVIEW
29th August 2003 0:19


Swansea, one of three Welsh teams in the Nationwide, is another team who has swapped their names during their league career playing the Stags. The club, best known for the rapid rise from the old 4th to the old 1st division between 1977-78 and 1981-82, were first known as Swansea Town and changed their name to Swansea City due to the place being a city in February 1970.
The first league games between the Stags and the Swans were played in the 1965-66 season, one in which both teams avoided relegation with just a couple of points. And the Stags won at home as well as away. The home tie was won 3-0 and the away one was first due to being played just before Christmas. But with the Stags leading 3-2 after nearly an hour, the game had to be abandoned due to a water-logged pitch. When the game eventually was replayed on March 1, 1966, it proved to be the first Stags away win since the start of that season to the tune of 2-1. This proved to be a pointer for the Stags playing at Swansea, as the next two away ties also were won. Overall, the Stags have nearly a 50-50 record at Vetch Field, as seven of the previous 16 league games have been won and one being drawn and none of the previous league outings at Swansea have been goalless even though five ties have been decided by the only goal of the game either way,

The teams last met in the 2001-02 season, when the home fixture attended by just over 3,000 was won 3-0 thanks to two Greenacre goals and one from loan player Matt Piper (who recently visited the Mill in the
Sunderland shirt) but the away one was lost 2-0. The biggest Stags win was a 4-0 home success on October 24, 1989 and the biggest defeat a 0-4 stuffing at Swansea in the first away game of the 1992-93 season.
The clubs have also faced each other once in the FA Cup, and that was in the 1950-51 season when the Stags KO'ed the Swans 2-0 at Field Mill in the third round. But the two clubs have something else in common: both sending West Ham crashing out of the FA Cup. The Swans did it 30 years after the Stags' memorable 3-0 show in 1969 – the Swans won a 3rd round home replay 1-0 after drawing 1-1 at Upton Park with the Hammers equalizing in the final minutes in 1998-99 when the Swans then were playing in division 3 and Hammers in the Premier League.

It should be an interesting game as the Swans started with three wins scoring 11 goals before conceding three goals in the final minutes at Oxford and the Mighty Stags afresh from two superb maulings of the opposition – 3-0 away at Southend and the other day a 5-0 massacre of Scunthorpe at Field Mill.

Played for both sides: Graham Brown (goalie in the 70's).

Home stats: P 16, W 9, D 4, L 3, GF 27, GA 11
Away stats: P 16, W 7, D 1, L 8, GF 19, GA 25
FA Cup: P 1, W 1, D 0, L 0, GF 2, GA 0 (FA Cup 3rd round in 1950-51 at Field Mill)

Season Home Date Away Date

1965-66 3-0 1965-10-16 2-1 1966-03-01 Div 3 (old) – as Swansea Town
1966-67 1-2 1967-04-08 1-0 1966-11-12 Div 3 (old) – as Swansea Town
1970-71 2-0 1971-04-13 4-2 1970-09-12 Div 3 (old) – as Swansea City from thence onwards
1971-72 0-2 1971-09-11 1-1 1972-03-24 Div 3 (old)
1973-74 2-1 1973-09-15 0-2 1974-01-12 Div 4 (old)
1974-75 3-0 1974-10-07 2-1 1974-10-01 Div 4 (old)
1978-79 2-2 1979-04-23 2-3 1978-10-17 Div 3 (old)
1988-89 0-0 1989-05-02 1-3 1988-11-08 Div 3 (old)
1989-90 4-0 1989-10-24 0-1 1990-03-10 Div 3 (old)
1990-91 2-0 1990-11-10 2-1 1991-02-23 Div 3 (old)
1992-93 3-3 1993-01-30 0-4 1992-08-22 Div 2
1996-97 0-0 1996-10-12 2-3 1997-04-19 Div 3
1997-98 1-0 1998-05-02 1-0 1997-10-21 Div 3
1998-99 1-0 1998-08-29 0-1 1999-02-23 Div 3
1999-2000 0-1 2000-04-24 1-0 1999-10-02 Div 3
2001-02 3-0 2001-12-01 0-2 2002-03-16 Div 3

Svante Bernhard aka Sweden Stag (pictured below, centre)

 

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