A red abroad – Part two

@Matt_4D continues his journey through Europe, following on from part one.


Second division Racing Club de Lens enjoy a special reputation in French football. Their average attendance of 31,000 was the 5th highest in France last season. Only Lyon, Marseille, Lille and PSG averaged higher. It was also higher than 9 Premier League teams and greater than any Championship club. So, on October 19th, we purchased a few cans and took the short train to Lens. In the bars opposite the station, we got chatting to a few lads who turned out to be members of Lens’ Red Tigers ultras.

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A Red Abroad, Part One

I have a knack for suspiciously avoiding United’s more forgettable campaigns. I study German and French, a course which includes two years abroad on the so-called ‘Erasmus’ programme. I was based in Germany and France respectively, as the Aguero winner and Moyes debacle unfolded. Sandwiched neatly in between I was back in Manchester for the 2012-13 season and barely missed a game as United made it an historic twenty.

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