SWANSEA City and Newport County can create more magical Wembley memories this weekend, as the Welsh duo both bid for play-off final glory.

Steve Cooper’s Swans will book a return to the Premier League if they overcome Championship rivals Brentford today.

While a win against Morecambe on Monday would see Michael Flynn’s Exiles promoted to League One.

The two sides have had mixed fortunes at Wembley in the past – it was only two years ago that Newport lost the League Two play-off final to Tranmere Rovers deep in extra-time.

A similar thing happened to Swansea in 1997 when Northampton Town scored in the 90th minute to deny the Welsh club a place in the third tier.

However, it certainly hasn’t all been heartache for Swansea and Newport at the home of English football.

It is nearly 10 years to the day that the Swans enjoyed one of the best moments in the club’s history.

In May 2011, Scott Sinclair’s hat-trick and a Stephen Dobbie strike secured a 4-2 victory over Reading to send Swansea into the Premier League.

It came 30 years after John Toshack had guided the club into the top tier for the first time.

Cooper and his players will be hoping that promotion to the top flight in a year ending in one can happen again after the successes of 1981 and 2011.

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“Promotion would mean everything,” said Cooper. “We’ve got to the last game of the season and given ourselves a 50-50 chance of winning.

“It would mean everything to the city and the club, everyone’s aware of that. Without talking about it too much, I can assure you, we know exactly what it means.

“I think about our preparation and approach, analysing the opposition and us as well.

“There’s so much to play for and we know we’ve got to really believe in how we play and work.

“We know the rewards are massive, and that’s a massive motivation for us.

“I’m excited because I see how confident the players are. It fills me with a lot of confidence and pride as well.

“We’ve been on a journey for a couple of years. People have come and gone, but we’re really looking forward to getting down to London and playing on the big stage.”

Newport, who came through a crazy semi-final against Forest Green Rovers, triumphed at Wembley in 2013 when they won an all-Welsh National League play-off final against Wrexham.

However, their tenure in the Football League nearly came to an end in 2017.

When Flynn took over as manager from the sacked Graham Westley, County were 11 points adrift of safety with 12 games to go.

The great escape was completed on the final day of the season and Newport have been looking up ever since.

“Being from the area, I know what this means to the people,” said Flynn. “If I was the one to get the club to League One, there wouldn’t be a prouder man in Newport.

“All I can do is prepare us to be at our best and make sure the players have all the information to win the game. As soon as they cross the line it’s down to them how they perform and handle the occasion.

“There is a lot of work that still needs to be done by the club and hopefully this will give us the platform to improve in areas we need to.”