Swansea vs Arsenal 1968, the Vetch Field’s Record Attendance.

Wales since 1945

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’.[1]

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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