Untroubled either by aspirations of the Champions League or stalked by the fear of relegation, Swansea City take on Chelsea at The Liberty Stadium this afternoon in a Premier League match that may be best described as one of the first dead rubbers of the season. These two clubs aren’t clubs whose paths have intersected too many times in the past, of course, but our video of the day for today – which is running slightly more late than usual – is from the end of a season that turned out to be a historic one for Swansea City, at least.

At the end of the 1980/81 season, Swansea City were pushing hard for a place in the First Division for the first time in the history of the club. Rapid promotions from the Fourth Division had taken the Swans to the brink of the uncharted territory of top flight football, and one of the most important matches during that promotion run-in was a home league match against a mid-table Chelsea team that attracted the interest of the cameras of Match of the Day to The Vetch Field.

Swansea went into the match a point behind third placed Blackburn Rovers but with a game in hand just above them in the table, so a win was vital in order to maintain their promotion push. Chelsea, on the other hand, had endured a humdrum season and sat in ninth place in the table, after having just fallen short of being able to push into a pack that was really only chasing two promotion places, with West Ham United, the previous year’s FA Cup winners, having raced into a double-digit lead at the top of the table. Commentary comes from Alan Parry.

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