On Saturday 17 February 1968, Arsenal visited the Vetch Field to play Swansea Town in the Fourth round of the FA Cup. With Arsenal a First Division side, a cup upset was what the Fourth Division Swans aimed to achieve. The Vetch Field broke its record attendance, as 32,796 spectators squeezed in.
A header from Arsenal superstar Bobby Gould was to be the only goal of the game. Gould’s goal ended Swansea’s dream of a cup upset on a historic afternoon. Bert Mee, Arsenal’s manager, felt Swansea were ‘too good a footballing team to be lost in the obscurity of the Fourth Division’.
Despite its legacy as a record-breaking afternoon, the game is notable for being the first time significant football related violence occurred inside and outside the Vetch Field. Committed by a minority of home and away fans, it was witnessed by the record attendance. This blog will discuss…
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