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.
Fulham 0-3 Swansea. March 2012
There’s something great about an away day in the capital, and Brendan Rodgers side were on a huge high when they rocked up in west London after defeating then league leaders Manchester City on the previous Sunday. That left us on 36 points in mid-March, meaning only a handful of points were needed to secure a second successive season of top flight football and only the fourth in our history.
But for the first time in 169 league games there was no Ashley Williams, illness had put an end to his record breaking run and Garry Monk was recalled in his absence. There were only two Premier League games that day due to the FA Cup, so it meant that for once we were first on Match of the Day and there could be no better day for that to be the case.
The Swans opened the scoring after 36 minutes when Wayne Routledge’s cross was cut back into the path of Gylfi Sigurdsson who’s diving header beat Mark Schwarzer.
But it was in the second half that we were saw Rodgers’ side at their best as they completely dominated the game and Sigurdsson doubled our lead as he finished a well worked move between himself and Routledge.
Then it was left to Joe Allen to complete the scoring as we broke from a Fulham attack he ran with the ball towards the area, before finished well into the bottom right hand corner for our biggest away win of the season in front of a joyous travelling Jack Army.