Top Twenty Away Days This Century. Number 18.

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 1-3 Swansea, August 2019

When I left work early to catch a train to London for a midweek clash at Loftus Road at the start of the season, I had no idea I was off to witness an away day that would live long in the memory. The presence of Oli McBurnie in the away end with over 1,000 travelling Jacks certainly added spice to the evening, and we were given something to shout about on the half hour mark when a counter attack involving Borja Baston and Andre Ayew lead to Bersant Celina being cleaned through on goal, and he slotted home to put us in front. 

The home side turned the screw early in the second half and got a deserved equaliser when Jordan Hugill headed passed Freddie Woodman. At this point it looked as if the Swans would have to settle for a point at best. 

The game’s turning point saw newly introduced substitute Jordon Garrick drive at the R’s defence and foul from Yoann Barbet saw him win a penalty. Borja Baston converted hit by striking it straight down the middle to restore our advantage and the game was made safe after Ayew crossed for Sam Surridge to score his first Swansea goal.

The result moved us up to second in the table with ten points from the first four games. 

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

Overall 19