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Stat Attack: Notts County vs. Swansea City, Saturday 27 January 2018


Joe Jones

Head to head

Notts County have met Swansea City/Town 70 times over the years - the Magpies have 24 wins, the Swans have 30 wins, and 16 games have been drawn.

The first meeting came on 23 October 1926 in Division Two, Swansea Town winning 3-1 at Meadow Lane.

The last time both sides met was in League Two on 5 March 2005, a 1-0 win for the Magpies thanks to Mark Stallard's 50th-minute goal.

The last meeting between these two sides in the FA Cup came in January 1934, with the Swans winning 1-0 at home.

Stats

Notts County have reached the fifth round on just one occasion this century, beating Wigan Athletic 2-0 in a fourth-round replay in 2009-10.

The last time Swansea reached the fourth round was in 2014-15, losing to Championship side Blackburn 3-1 at Ewood Park.

In fact, the Swans have been eliminated from two of their last three ties against lower league opponents.

After being eliminated in eight successive FA Cup ties against top-flight opposition, the Magpies have progressed in two of the last four - beating Wigan in 2010 and Sunderland in 2011.

Swansea City have won just eight competitive games all season so far - three of which have come against lower-league opposition in domestic cup competitions.

History

Swansea City began life in 1912 as Swansea Town Athletic Football Club.

Following the lead of many other South Wales sides, the club joined the Second Division of the Southern League for the following season.

J. W. Thorpe was the club's first chairman.

A site owned by Swansea Gaslight Co., called Vetch Field due to the vegetables that grew there, was rented to be the club's ground.

The club's first professional match was a 1–1 draw at the Vetch Field against Cardiff City on 7 September 1912.

During that first season the Welsh Cup was won for the first time. The Swans beat reigning English champions Blackburn Rovers 1–0 in the first round of the 1914–15 FA Cup, Swansea's goal coming from Ben Beynon.

Following the First World War the Southern League dropped its Second Division, and with many clubs dropping out due to financial difficulties, the Swans were placed in the First Division.

After four seasons in the Southern League, Swansea became founder members of the new Third Division of The Football League in 1920 and then Division Three (South) the following season.

The club changed their name in 1969, when they adopted the name Swansea City to reflect Swansea's new status as a city.

Swansea moved to the new Liberty Stadium during the summer of 2005. The first competitive game was a 1–0 victory against Tranmere Rovers in August 2005.

Team news

Notts County goalkeeper Ross Fitzsimons and defender Matty Virtue are both banned for Notts County after being sent off against Crawley Town.

Matt Tootle has missed the last two games through illness and remains out for Saturday's FA Cup encounter with the Swans.

Swansea, meanwhile, have no injury concerns - striker Tammy Abraham, defender Angel Rangel and Bayern Munich loanee Renato Sanches have all trained and could feature at Meadow Lane.

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