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BBC Sport Archive: 1981 - Preston 1-3 Swansea


Swansea City achieved top-flight promotion for the first time in a memorable day out at Preston North End.

Their nervy 3-1 Deepdale triumph at Preston in May 1981 was when Swansea completed their stunning rise from the bottom division to the top within four years under manager John Toshack.

The Swans had to win to secure promotion while Preston needed the victory to avoid relegation, but Leighton James, Tommy Craig and Jeremy Charles scored to make Swansea's day out at Preston on 2 May, 1981 so historic.

The victory meant the Swans edged out Blackburn Rovers on goal difference to join West Ham United and Notts County in winning promotion into the First Division.

Preston, however, were subsequently relegated on goal difference as Cardiff City stayed up by the narrowest of margins.


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