Some facts and videos about Swansea’s previous games in Europe

On Thursday night the Liberty Stadium will host the Europa League 3rd Round tie between Swansea City and Swedish club Malmö FF. It will be the 2nd European men’s football match there. The first being Llanelli’s 5-1 defeat to Danish club Odense back in 2006 – How many of you knew that!? (Sadly, I was there).

Another fact for you – Swansea were the first Welsh team to play in European competition, this was back in 1961. They played East German team SC Motor Jena, drawing 2-2 at home but losing 5-1 away. Thursday night’s tie with Malmö will be the club’s 19th European match. But the previous times we have represented Wales, on Thursday we will represent England.

Malmo                                 Swans face Swedish club Malmö FF on Thursday

The last time Swansea City played in Europe was back in October 1991, after winning the Welsh Cup the previous season. We entered into the first round of the now defunct European Cup Winner’s Cup. We were drawn against AS Monaco, who were in the top flight of French football and we were plying our trade in Division 3 (League One as it is now).

After looking on Youtube I found ‘highlights’ (and I use that term very very lightly) of that game on there, if you are of a nervous disposition, then please do not click the link below. You may notice a very young looking Arsene Wenger on the Monaco bench.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz38-csCgJg

The result was 8-0 to Monaco (10-1 on aggregate), Swansea also not being helped with the UEFA rule at the time only allowing so many ‘foreigners’ to play at one time. As Swansea were representing Wales in Europe, we were forced to play Welsh players, most of them young and inexperienced. They did only lose 2-1 at the Vetch though – Where the Prince of Monaco watched from the Centre Stand. Bet he hardly noticed the difference to back home……….

WeahGeorge Weah scored 2 goals in the 8-0 win, was named World Player of the Year in 1995

The Swans’s record in Europe isn’t the best, out of our 18 previous European matches we have only won 3 of them (all 3 wins were in the same season). One of them was a club record score of 12-0 against Sliema Wanders of Malta, who we beat 17-0 on aggregate. One reason for our poor record is probably due to the fact that the Swans have been languishing in the bottom tiers for a lot of the time we have been in Europe.

Sliema WanderersSwansea scoring one of their 12 goals at the Vetch in 1982

Also until this season Swansea had never made it past the 2nd Rd in European Competiton, so playing in the 3rd Rd on Thursday is another bit of history. However small it might seem. The results from our previous European ties are below:

1961-62 – 1st Rd (1st Leg)  – Swansea Town 2-2 SC Motor Jena

1961-62 – 1st Rd (2nd Leg) – SC Motor Jena 5-1 Swansea Town

1966-67 – 1st Rd (1st Leg) – Swansea Town 1-1 Slavia Sofia

1966-67 – 1st Rd (2nd Leg) – Slavia Sofia 4-0 Swansea Town

1981-82 – 1st Rd (1st Leg) – Swansea City 0-1 Lokomotiv Leipzig

1981-82 – 1st Rd (2nd Leg) – Lokomotiv Leipzig 2-1 Swansea City

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTlJZRrKPF0

1982-83 – 1st Rd Preliminary (1st Leg) – Swansea City 3-0 Sporting Braga

1982-83 – 1st Rd Preliminary (2nd Leg) – Sporting Braga 1-0 Swansea City

1982-83 – 1st Rd (1st Leg) – Swansea City 12-0 Sliema Wanderers

1982-83 – 1st Rd (2nd Leg) – Sliema Wanderers 0-5 Swansea City

1982-83 – 2nd Rd (1st Leg) – Swansea City 0-1 Paris Saint-Germain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jKfcq9865c

1982-83 – 2nd Rd (2nd Leg) – Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Swansea City

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdcPeqrE9z0

1983-84 – 1st Rd Preliminary (1st Leg) – Swansea City 1-1 FC Magdeburg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HROzbIq7swo

1983-84 – 1st Rd Preliminary (2nd Leg) – FC Magdeburg 1-0 Swansea City

1989-90 – 1st Rd (1st Leg) – Panathinaikos 3-2 Swansea City

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYMj57WafVg

1989-90 – 1st Rd (2nd Leg) – Swansea City 3-3 Panathinaikos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0CcM45sdbQ

1991-92 – 1st Rd (1st Leg) – Swansea City 1-2 AS Monaco

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0ntIBtkGOM

1991-92 – 1st Rd (2nd Leg) – AS Monaco 8-0 Swansea City

Scorers

Ian Walsh – 4

Jeremy Charles – 4

Alan Curtis – 2

Andy Melville – 2

B Reynolds – 2

D Gale – 2

Jimmy Loveridge – 2

Andy Legg * – 1

Ante Rajkovic – 1

Bob Latchford – 1

Colin Irwin – 1

Dzemal Hadziabdic – 1

John Solako – 1

John Toshack – 1

K Todd – 1

Mel Nurse – 1

Nigel Stevenson – 1

Own Goal – 1

Paul Raynor – 1

Robbie James – 1

*Andy Legg was the last player to score a European goal for the Swans.

I am looking forward to seeing the Swans in Europe; it will be a first for me and many others at the Liberty. I would love to make it to the group stages, even though my bank balance will be really low if we do. Laudrup did well with Getafe when he guided them into Europe, so hopefully he can help us do the same.

Hope you enjoyed reading this. As the song goes…….

‘Once again all Europe will hear the Swansea City sound’

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2 thoughts on “Some facts and videos about Swansea’s previous games in Europe

  1. Our first “home” match in Europe was actually played in Austria – there were issues with Motor Jena, an East German side, getting visas to play in the UK.

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