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Swansea City v Luton Town Past Glory’s 1947, 1983, 2019
Friday, 4th Dec 2020 13:04

A couple of historical meetings between the two clubs who haven’t met that often in first class competition over the past thirty years. We’ve even got the video of the games for you. Full match records since 1980 too.

First off the 1-0 win for Swansea last Christmas 2019
Swansea City climbed back into the Championship play-off places as Andre Ayew struck a late winner at struggling Luton Town. Despite chances at both ends, an open first half somehow ended goalless. Swansea dominated the second, with Ayew, George Byers and Bersant Celina among those to come close to scoring. But with eight minutes left, Ayew chested in from Jay Fulton's deflected cross to score a fourth goal in his past three outings.

A second successive victory lifts Swansea up to sixth place in the Championship table, while Luton stay 21st, albeit now only one point clear of the relegation zone. This was a 10th defeat for the Hatters from 13 league fixtures. Despite that wretched recent record, however, they started positively against their higher-placed opponents on this occasion. After Swansea's Byers had a shot saved by Simon Sluga, Luton enjoyed an extended spell of possession in the visitors' half. Harry Cornick looked one of the home side's likeliest sources of a goal, seeing one shot excellently blocked by Tom Carroll and then firing another wide.

This was an open encounter, both teams aiming to keep possession and attack at a quick tempo but struggling to create chances of a high enough quality to truly test either goalkeeper. In-form Ayew struck the side netting and then headed wide, before Luton's Andrew Shinnie came closest to a first-half goal with a shot which Freddie Woodman tipped over the bar. It was a small wonder the game remained goalless at the interval, and Swansea made a strong start to the second half.

With Luton pinned back in their own penalty area, Swansea's Borja Baston, Ayew and Byers all found themselves in promising positions but were unable to find a finishing touch. Steve Cooper's side were relentless in their pursuit of a winning goal and it finally arrived after 82 minutes, Fulton's deflected cross looping high and into the path of Ayew, who had the simple task of chesting into an empty net.

Luton manager Graeme Jones

"The big moment is Harry Cornick going round the keeper, the ball comes back to George Moncur, the keeper's out of his goal and that was the moment we could have won the game. We've done very, very little wrong today and the boys have given absolutely everything and we got beat 1-0. "I feel sorry for the lads today as we couldn't have given any more. We're just a little bit short at the moment."

Swansea manager Steve Cooper

"It was an easy finish, but you've got to be there to do that and Andre's got a fantastic knack of being in the right place to score all types of goals and I was just glad he was there to nod it in. "It was a well-earned victory though, I thought we were more than good for the three points, so I'm really glad that we got them as these games are so tight in the Championship.I thought we controlled the game from start to finish, we really handled coming here really well, the formation that they play, and we looked really good."

Now for a Luton win thirty seven years ago

St George’s Day 1983

Let us know if you were at this game.

One more some footage from an FA cup game in the 1940’s

And the recent record

08 Sep 1979 Luton Town v Swansea City L 5-0 League Division Two
04 Mar 1980 Swansea City v Luton Town W 2-0 League Division Two
21 Oct 1980 Luton Town v Swansea City D 2-2 League Division Two
27 Apr 1981 Swansea City v Luton Town D 2-2 League Division Two
04 Dec 1982 Swansea City v Luton Town W 2-0 League Division One
23 Apr 1983 Luton Town v Swansea City L 3-1 League Division One
16 Sep 2000 Swansea City v Luton Town W 4-0 League Division 2
17 Feb 2001 Luton Town v Swansea City L 5-3 League Division 2
27 Oct 2001 Luton Town v Swansea City L 3-0 League Division 3
30 Mar 2002 Swansea City v Luton Town L 1-3 League Division 3
28 Sep 2004 Swansea City v Luton Town W 2-0 LDV Vans Trophy
12 Jan 2008 Luton Town v Swansea City W 1-3 League One
22 Feb 2008 Swansea City v Luton Town W 1-0 League One
21 Dec 2019 Luton Town v Swansea City W 0-1 League Championship
27 Jun 2020 Swansea City v Luton Town L 0-1 League Championship

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trampie added 18:39 - Dec 4
The Swansea v Luton 'promotion match' last home game of the season was a 2-2 draw ?

NotLoyal added 19:42 - Dec 4
Was that pre promotion to the old first division ?

trampie added 20:13 - Dec 4
My mistake I was looking at the wrong column, Swans v Luton was the last home game of the season when Swans got promoted to Div 1 if I remember right, 21,000 packed into the Vetch for a night game if I recall both teams were fighting to go up, it was a great game, Luton nearly pulled it off from 2-0 down against a very good Swansea side.

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