Soccer Fixture: Swansea V Liverpool
ansea first played Liverpool on 11th January, 1936, just nine days before the death of King George V.
The match took place at Liverpool’s Anfield ground in a third-round FA Cup tie which Liverpool won 1.0. Swansea played under their original name of Swansea Town from their formation in 1912. They would play as Swansea Town until Swansea – the second largest city in Wales after Cardiff – was given city status in 1969, whereupon the club changed its name to Swansea City.
Swansea’s first home match against Liverpool took place more than 22 years later, on 25th September, 1954 in a match played in front of 25,836 in the Second Division of the Football League. They won this encounter 3.2 with goals from Len Allchurch and two from Harry Griffiths. Brother of Ivor Allchurch – the ‘golden boy’ of Welsh football – Len had made his debut for Swansea as a 17-year old in 1950 and made 347 appearances in total, ending his career with the club after spells away at Sheffield United and Stockport County.
‘Harry’ Griffiths played even more games for the South Walesพนันเว็บ ufabet มือถือ team – 421 – and scored 72 goals. He was briefly Swansea’s manager from 1975 and 1978 and served under ex-Liverpool great John Toshack as assistant manager until his death in April, 1978 – just before the final two matches of that season which would see Swansea gain promotion to the old Third Division.
That first match in 1954 was played at Swansea’s home ground: Vetch Field. Originally a piece of waste ground where generations of children had played football, it was covered in vetch – a cabbage-like plant used for cow feed which just grew wild. This became known as Vetch Field and was leased by the Swansea Gas Light Company to the Swansea League who laid out clinker pitches. Swansea Town played their first matches here and the club stayed until its move to the purpose-built Liberty Stadium in 2005.