French teams appearing in European Cup Finals has never been a regular occurrence, so when Saint-Etienne overcame PSV to reach the Final of the 1975-76 competition, this was as much a novelty for football at large as it was for the club’s own boisterous supporters. Those fans were determined to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience and tens of thousands descended upon the host city of Glasgow for the Final against Bayern Munich, the reigning champions.
Saint-Etienne lost the game, a shade unluckily, but their well-behaved and good-humoured fans won the hearts of the Glaswegian public thanks to the welcome splash of vibrant vert they briefly brought to a gloomy city in the midst of its post-industrial decline. This Vintage post captures some of the carnival atmosphere created by the Saint-Etienne fans out and about in Glasgow city centre, on the way to the game and during the Hampden Park Final itself. As always, click on any of the images to open the gallery.