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LargeBeerBelly Posted on 08/11/2018 20:51
Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?
 
 
Their support at arsenal tonight is quite impressive. Around 5,000?

I wasn't at our game against them in 2005 and just wondered how many away fans made it this far north.
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go_nads Posted on 08/11/2018 20:54

Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
Not that I recall, nobody brought more than about 50 fans the whole time we were in the competitions.
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Jan_Aage_Fjortoft Posted on 08/11/2018 20:54

Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
I can't remember but that in itself probably means it wasn't that great. A pretty unknown team to them and a place with a bad reputation to visit. It won't have the same appeal as a trip to London to see them play arsenal!
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Jan_Aage_Fjortoft Posted on 08/11/2018 20:58

Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
Doesn't look like many in this video at around 27 seconds!

Link: Link...
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Cleveleyssmoggie Posted on 08/11/2018 21:03

Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
Probably all from Vauxhall.
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Galactic-warrior Posted on 08/11/2018 21:25

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Go nads....banik ostrava brought over a whole wad of supporters....and balloons n stuff. Was a GREAT atmosphere!

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BillyBill Posted on 08/11/2018 21:33

Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
Think Banik was the most probably 400 / 500 hundred but did make a decent noise.

Can’t remember anyone else bringing more than a few hundred max.
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Borocelt Posted on 08/11/2018 22:17

Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
Stuttgart brought the most away fans.... then Steaua... then Basel... then Roma... then probably Banik.

I think Lazio was the smallest. There was about ten, which is absolutely bizarre. They're not a small club, you'd think there would've been a few of them dotted around the UK. I remember speaking to a couple of Roma fans before the game, and they were Italians living in the UK.
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rob_fmttm Posted on 08/11/2018 23:08

Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
Litex Lovech fans travelled for about 48 hrs across land from Bulgaria by coach. We invited them to a pub in town but they wanted to parade outside the ground with their flags. They were incredble people.
There were also a hundred or so from Graz. One guy bought everyone their lunch and drinks in Austria and then did the same for about 20 or 30 in Mbro.
Some incredible people.
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billyred Posted on 09/11/2018 06:24

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Was about a dozen lazio fan in spensleys pre match !
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SimonDavidWilliamson Posted on 09/11/2018 06:55

Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
As said stuttgart must have been the biggest crowd in the old south stand position, I remember there players going over to them at the end after we scraped past them . Bucharest took a few , rememberer seeing them marching through town before the game . Sadly it was us who didn’t take many to some of our own home group games
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Boro_Gypo Posted on 09/11/2018 10:06

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I remember Banik coming to the Riverside.
All facing away from the pitch and linking while they were singing. Then just after half time they sang a song and all popped their balloons at the same time.

It was first my first experience of crazy eastern European football fans.
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rob_fmttm Posted on 09/11/2018 12:45

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Simon we always took a fair allocation away from home - Xanthi was the smallest contingent - 192 wasn't it? Or something like that. But it meant taking 2 planes and a long train journey. We didn't maybe always get the crowds at the Riverside that the occasion deserved. It was a once in a lifetime experience and for me every one of those games should have been respected in that way and have been a full house. The prices were really low for most European ties and although not all the opponents were household names, well, we are still talking about those matches all these years on and will continue to for years to come.
A great adventure.
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Humpty Posted on 09/11/2018 12:56

Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
I always thought Steaua brought more than Stuttgart. Any official figures knocking about?
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CommanderComcast Posted on 09/11/2018 13:04

Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
To be fair, Middlesbrough is not the easiest place to get to if you were coming from Europe. Flights and then train travel, probably having to change at Darlington. Would appear a bit of trek compared to a match in London or Manchester.
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Jan_Aage_Fjortoft Posted on 09/11/2018 13:12
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Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
Rob - I'd like to have seen full houses but it's the same as I've been saying about the League Cup this season. The club sent out a mixed side in the early rounds - the teams were good enough to progress but by not playing your best side you are showing the competition a lack of respect. I don't blame fans for then feeling the game isn't as important if it looks like the club aren't 100% invested in playing their best side.

Like you said it was probably a once in a lifetime spell for the club so for that reason it would've been nice for more people to go but the club mess-up the marketing for those kind of occassions by giving out a mixed signal with the team they select.

It was sad that by the time the club were taking it seriously by playing it's best side in the knock-out rounds that the damage had already been done.
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Ticker_Tape Posted on 09/11/2018 13:14

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I agree Rob, it was a bit of a disappointment that we couldn't sell out the UEFA games. I'd waited and dreamt my whole supporting life to see us play in Europe.
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otto42 Posted on 09/11/2018 13:15

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Rob,
I think Simon was criticising some of our home support, which considering we have only had 2 years of European football and are unlikely to see it again in my lifetime is fair. Remember particularly poor crowds in the pre Christmas group games the year we got to the final. Also, remember expecting Sporting and Stuttgart as big names to attract 30k plus crowds.
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myfooty Posted on 09/11/2018 13:52

Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
Our support was poor for the home games in the UEFA cup.
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MightyDuck Posted on 09/11/2018 14:21

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"Was about a dozen lazio fan in spensleys pre match"

and about the same in the ground.
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rob_fmttm Posted on 09/11/2018 15:08

Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
Sorry Simon, I didn't read what you were saying correctly. Yes, I agree the home support was disappointing in Europe but personally I do not agree that it had anything to do with the club's marketing. The same with the League Cup this season. If you support your team you want to watch them play. As many have said you spend a lifetime dreaming about playing in Europe so why would you not want to experience that and savour every minute of it?
As for the League Cup this season. The club are not showing any lack of respect because we are in the Quarter Finals and have throughly deserved it after playing in a series of thrilling cup ties. I really would hope we continue in the same vein team-wise. It has worked so far and helped the whole club. If we suddenly field the first team now it snubs players that deserve the chance to play a quarter final and it also risks jeopardising our league chances. At the moment the Carabao Cup run is win win for the whole squad. Change that to a full strength side and you risk a Bristol City situation where it all becomes too much for the same small pool of players.
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PRIORYMAN Posted on 09/11/2018 22:02

Did Sporting Lisbon bring many to the Riverside?

 
For the Litex Lovech and Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk matches the away fans were in the West Stand and I would guess numbered less than 50 (fair play to every one of them).

Like others above, seeing Boro play in European matches was a lifetime ambition fulfilled (I'd waited 40 years in my case) and I was going to enjoy every minute of every match. I always say you can only go for yourself and not others but I'm so glad I made the most of it whilst it lasted.

I remember getting annoyed with Boro fans on here at the time over our attendances at home which were paltry at times. What was worse was that excuses were put forward and one by one were blown away ... but still the excuses came and crowds were underwhelming.

Ticket prices too high [V]
Don't like group games [V]
Need some big name opposition [V]
Select a stronger team [V]
Only interested in later rounds [V]

etc. etc.

Less than 10,000 in a group game and less than 25,000 for a UEFA Cup Quarter-Final 2nd Leg with the tie in the balance.

... I rest my case.
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