Plymouth Argyle - Euro Game At Home Park
UK time is: 14:48:54
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Euro Game At Home Park

It was 30 years ago today that Plymouth Argyle's Home Park stadium staged one of the biggest games in its history when Manchester United played St Etienne in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

October 5th 1977 was the day when European football came to Plymouth although it wasn't Argyle in action but Manchester United and French side St Etienne who graced the Home Park turf!

So why were two top European teams playing in Plymouth?

Manchester United qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup competition after winning the FA Cup the previous season. The Red Devils were drawn to play against St Etienne and travelled to France for the first-round first-leg game.

United held on for a 1-1 draw but crowd trouble disrupted the match with riot police being deployed to quell the fighting between the two sets of fans.
Dave Sexton's side were severely punished by UEFA and were briefly thrown out of competition but were then reinstated and ordered to play their 'home' leg at least 200 miles from Old Trafford.

Argyle's Home Park stadium was chosen with the match taking place on October 5th 1977 with today being the 30th anniversary of that historic match.

Striker Stuart Pearson gave United a first half lead with winger Steve Coppell adding another goal midway through the second half to ensure Manchester beat St Etienne 2-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate to progress into the second round.

United crashed out of the Cup Winners' Cup in the next round, losing 6-5 on aggregate over two games to FC Porto.

Will Home Park ever see another European cup tie?

Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

The Journalist

Writer: Ian De-Lar Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 5 2007

Time: 12:07AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
i was there.old timer eh!!!!!!!!!
Report Abuse
05/10/2007 06:47:00

I was there, it seems like only yesterday! It felt strange though.
Report Abuse
05/10/2007 11:13:00

what was the attendance for the match?
green giant 12
Report Abuse
05/10/2007 18:23:00

about 30000
Report Abuse
08/10/2007 19:06:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Plymouth Argyle Articles

Ref For Notts County v Argyle (Friday October 9 2015)

Argyle 2 - 0 Exeter Match Highlights (Wednesday October 7 2015)

Argyle Paint The City Green (Tuesday October 6 2015)

Ref For Argyle v Exeter (Monday October 5 2015)

Where Are They Now - George Briggs (Monday October 5 2015)

Argyle Crawl To Top Of The League (Saturday October 3 2015)

Stats: Plymouth Argyle v Crawley (Saturday October 3 2015)

Sheridan Set For Newport Job (Friday October 2 2015)

Archived Plymouth Argyle Articles

List All Vital Argyle Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. PL2 3DQ 2

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Plymouth 11 7 2 2 +9 23
2. Wycombe 11 6 3 2 +8 21
3. Leyton Orient 11 6 3 2 +7 21
4. Portsmouth 11 5 5 1 +7 20
5. Oxford 11 5 5 1 +7 20
6. Mansfield 11 5 4 2 +8 19
7. Accrington 11 5 4 2 +5 19

Plymouth Argyle Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area Quarter-Final draw
Oxford : 09/10/2015 13:12:01
Former trialist joins rivals
York : 09/10/2015 12:55:01
Oliver's twist of fortune
York : 09/10/2015 11:45:00
Gash - It's Not Just Me. It's The Whole Team
Barnet : 09/10/2015 11:08:01
McCarey eyes extension as Murphy returns
Portsmouth : 09/10/2015 09:00:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Will Argyle be promoted this season?
Suggested By:  Plymouth Vital
Yes 82%
No 9%
Undecided 9%