Five memorable Hull City v Swansea City matches

Hull City meets Swansea City for the 74th time on Saturday with both teams desperate for a win in their battle against relegation. We look at five standout clashes between the sides.

Hull City and Swansea City are staring at relegation.   -  AP

Division Three (fourth tier) - May 2003: Swansea City 4 Hull City 2

Arguably the most important result in Swansea's history as James Thomas netted a hat-trick in a victory that preserved the club’s Football League status at Exeter City's expense.

In front of a packed crowd at ITS former Vetch Field home, Swansea trailed 2-1 but Thomas equalised with his second of the game on the stroke of halftime. Lenny Johnrose put the Swans ahead after the break before Thomas’ lob sealed the win.

It proved a turning point for Swansea which, after stumbling from crisis to crisis on and off the pitch, embarked on a golden decade that saw the team rise through the divisions to reach the Premier League in 2011.

Division Three - August 1997: Hull City 7 Swansea City 4

A bizarre early-season clash in the fourth tier in which Duane Darby netted a hat-trick for the host which before and after the fixture were suffering a goal famine.

Hull, managed by former England striker Mark Hateley, led 2-1 at half-time but there was no hint of the goalrush to come.

Tony Bird levelled for Swansea in the 53rd minute but Glyn Hodges put Hull back in front a minute later before Darby made it 4-2. Jason Price nicked one back for the Swans but Neil Mann's double stretched Hull's lead.

Darby completed his hat-trick in he 82nd minute before Hull had Greg Rioch sent off. Jan Molby was in charge of Swansea.

Premier League, December 2013: Swansea City 1 Hull City 1

The first top flight clash between the clubs saw Danny Graham give Hull an early lead against his old club with his first goal in 30 games.

Swansea, then managed by Michael Laudrup who led them to the League Cup the season before, was booed off at halftime but improved after the break and earned a point when Chico Flores nudged in Jonjo Shelvey's cross.

Laudrup was sacked a few months later with Garry Monk taking charge. Both teams survived the drop.

Premier League, April 2015: Swansea City 3 Hull City 1

Bafetimbi Gomis struck twice as Swansea City beat 10-man Hull City at the Liberty Stadium to increase the visiting team’s relegation fears.

Ki Sung-yueng put Swansea ahead and Gomis’ acrobatic volley doubled its lead. Paul McShane pulled one back but Hull had David Meyler sent off for a high tackle on Kyle Naughton.

Gomis wrapped up the points in stoppage-time. Swansea went on to finish eighth — its best in the Premier League — while Hull were relegated.

FA Cup, third round, January 2017: Hull City 2 Swansea City 0

An unremarkable game was significant for the fact that Paul Clement, Swansea's third manager of the season, was taking charge for the first time while Hull also had a new man at the helm in the shape of Marco Silva.

Under Francesco Guidolin and American Bob Bradley, Swansea looked destined for drop but Clement has transformed the Welsh club and it has won four out of seven league games since. Abel Hernandez and Josh Tymon scored for Hull whose form since has been less impressive and it remains in 19th spot.

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