THE HALF DECENT FOOTBALL MAGAZINE

29 November ~ Swansea City travel to Anfield today hoping to improve on a stuttering start to their Premier League season. Just a couple of months into their first ever top-flight campaign, in October 1981, Swansea also made the trip to Liverpool but this time they went into the game in third position, just a point behind leaders Ipswich. European champions Liverpool had started slowly and were down in 13th. The match took place just a day after Bill Shankly’s funeral, making it an emotional return to Anfield for Swansea manager John Toshack, whom Shankly signed for Liverpool.

In the match Swansea continued their good early form and opened the scoring through a penalty by Leighton James, before Bob Latchford doubled their lead. However two more penalties saved the day for Liverpool, both converted by Terry McDermott. While Swansea went on lead the table on a couple of occasions during the season, they ultimately finished sixth. Liverpool, meanwhile, picked up and lost just two games in the new year, winning the title by four points from Ipswich, while also lifting the League Cup.

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