Swansea confirm Bristol Rovers and Wolves friendlies

The Swans have announced their first two pre-season fixtures; both away from home.

Swansea confirm Bristol Rovers and Wolves friendlies
The last time Swansea and Wolves met, they produced a memorable 4-4 draw. (Photo: PA)

Swansea City have revealed that they will face Bristol Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers in pre-season friendlies in July.

Both games will be played away from home, with the Swans to first travel to Bristol's Memorial Stadium on Saturday 23 July for a 3pm kick-off.

A week later, on Saturday 30 July, Swansea will then travel to Molineux to face Wolves, and former boss Kenny Jackett, as they prepare for the 2016-17 Premier League season.

Familiar face

Wolves are a familiar opponent for Swansea, with the two have spent time in the top flight together in 2011-12 as well as time in the Championship together in 2008-09.

However, no face will be more familiar at Molineux than that of their opponents' manager, Kenny Jackett.

After three years as an assistant manager, Jackett started his managerial career at Swansea, with the 2004-05 season in South Wales his first full campaign in charge of a side. It was an excellent campaign too, with him guiding the Swans to promotion from League Two after a third place finish.

This success, plus the winning of the FAW Premier League, saw him earn himself a renewed contract and he justified it the following season.

Swansea finished sixth in League One, having brought momentum from promotion into the third tier, and they even made it to Wembley in the play-offs, only to lose to Barnsley on penalities. Nonetheless, victory in the Football League Trophy competition and a successful defence of the FAW Premier League made it another terrific season.

Jackett's time in South Wales came to a close in 2007, when he resigned during his third season in charge after a much poorer campaign, but he is still remembered fondly by those at the Liberty Stadium and is sure to get a warm reception this summer.

Jackett led Swansea to Football League Trophy success in 2006. (Photo: Getty)
Jackett led Swansea to Football League Trophy success in 2006. (Photo: Getty)

Exciting affairs

Despite Swansea being a division above Wolves now, and two above Bristol, both games promise to be good ones going by the head-to-head.

The last time Swansea met the former they produced a 4-4 draw, while the latter fixture will be a nostalgic one for many fans, who will cast their minds back to when Rovers were a regular opponent of Swansea's back in the lower tiers of English football.

They last met in 2008 in League One - the division Rovers have just been promoted to this season - with Swansea beating Bristol on the road and drawing 2-2 with them in South Wales.