This is the third leg of Matt’s European excursion in search of ‘cans’. Part two can be found here -
The brand new Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, completed in 2012, is a typical modern football/event arena, situated on the edge of town next to the motorway and a retail park. This, combined with higher ticket prices and our positive experiences at Valenciennes and Lens before Christmas, explains why it took our little international brigade until January 12th to go and see high-flying LOSC at home to Reims in Ligue 1. Continue reading
@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.