30/04/1997 Yerevan Armenia 0-0
Alan Fettis, Iain Jenkins, Steve Morrow, Colin Hill, Gerry Taggart, Jon McCarthy (Phil Mulryne), James Quinn (Gerry McMahon), Neil Lennon, Iain Dowie, Steve Lomas, Kevin Horlock
We scored in 11 minutes and no one could understand why it was disallowed, still they had a perfectly good goal also disallowed. Lomas had a good chance but was caught in two minds, he blasted instead of chipping. The Armenian goalkeeper played a blinder which was frustrating as we won the procession battle. The Armenians were good defensively, like us, and hard objects don’t give result a turgid midfield slog.
Their crowd were pleasant, friendly and jovial, football is an important national symbol, but the numbers were poor and the ground decrepit. Two teams forfilling a fixture isn’t a crowd puller, 55000 saw the Portugal game.
Author: Shaun (with an h) Schofield