ARGYLE will return to Home Park on Sunday in their first home pre-season game against Premier League opposition Swansea City, 94 years after their first meeting.Swansea first visited Plymouth in 1919, known then as Swansea Town, where the visitors won 1-0 at Home Park in the Southern Football League.
The Pilgrims recorded their biggest win over the Welsh side in 1972 in a 4-1 victory at Home Park in League Division Three. The goals were scored by Dave Provan, Derek Rickard, Colin Sullivan and Jimmy Hinch.
Argyle’s last home win against Swansea was 12 years ago in Paul Sturrock’s first reign as manager of the Pilgrims between the years of 2000 and 2004.
The famous victory over the Swans was in Argyle’s promotional 2001-2002 season in the Third Division. Goals from Paul Wotton, Nicky Banger and Martin Phillips secured a 3-1 victory for the Pilgrims as Mamady Sidibe scored the only goal for Swansea.
During 2000-2002 Argyle won a hat trick of games over the Swans. Two of the fixtures were played at Home Park whilst the other was played at Vetch Field. 1-0, 3-1 and 1-0 victories were played respectively.
Swansea’s biggest win over the Pilgrims was a 6-1 win in the 1959 season in League Division Two. Wilf Carter scored the consolation goal at Vetch Field which was played in December.
The last time we faced the Swans was in 2010 in the Championship, with the game finishing in a 1-1 draw.
Four members of the Swansea squad – Angel Rangel, Alan Tate, Ashley Williams and Nathan Dyer -were all part of the squad that day and are still with the Swans now. Also part of the squad that day was Garry Monk, who was named Michael Laudrup’s successor in February as player-manager and became permanent manager a couple of months later in May.
Following six seasons in the Npower Championship, Swansea, managed by then Brendan Rodgers, secured promotion to the Premier League in 2010-2011, lifting the trophy at Wembley in the Play-off Final beating Reading 4-2, with a hat-trick coming from former Argyle loanee Scott Sinclair.