Top Twenty Away Days This Century. Number 14.

The Swans recently put a poll out about the best away days in recent years and some of the selections and votes left me feeling underwhelmed. Therefore I’m going to bring you my top 20 over the coming weeks and months and rank them in what I think is the correct order. This is a very tough ask so I’ve drawn up a system to try and separate the games based, on our performance, the occasion, the entertainment, the atmosphere and the result. Each of these is ranked out of five to give a maximum score of 25. 

QPR 0-5 Swansea, August 2012.

Michael Laudrup took charge of Swansea for the first time on the opening day of our second Premier League season and it was a day that will live long in the memory. 

The Swans struck the first blow of the afternoon early on thanks to Miguel Cuesta Perez or Michu, whose left footed shot from outside the box sailed into Rob Green’s bottom left hand corner. 

The hosts were the better side after that and Michel Vorm was forced into action several times, with one save from Jamie Mackie particularly impressive. 

After the break our lead was doubled thanks to a lovely run and pass from Wayne Routledge which allowed Michu to find the top corner. After that the flood gates opened as QPR fell to pieces with Routledge setting up the third for Nathan Dyer who would finish well into the bottom corner. The fourth was a wonderful pass from Kemy Agustien for Dyer who would add his second of the afternoon

The result was wrapped up by the soon to be departing Scott Sinclair whose turn and shot made it five for his final Swans goal as the Swans won their first fixture of the season for the first time since 2005.

Performance 5, Occasion 4, Entertainment 4, Atmosphere 3, Result 4

Overall 20