when supporters have “Girondins under their skin”

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Loyalists at the Haillan date.


Loyalists at the Haillan date.

JP Guichard

Yesterday morning, his all-time supporters had come to attend the training of the Girondins in Haillan. For them, relegation to the Second Division changes nothing, the navy and the white team remain. It remains to be seen whether the bulk of the troops will follow Bordeaux cru 91-92, if the square of the believers is always present in Haillan.

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Residents of Bordeaux, who have never subscribed before, wanted to make a gesture of solidarity.

The first element of the response is that 3,200 subscriptions have been registered so far, which is also 1,800 less than last year. Many are unwilling to sign blank checks with Girondins and expect them to prove themselves to build loyalty. But the sky isn’t necessarily gray in Haillan. The fate of the navy and white, the fate of the actors, aroused new sympathy. Residents of Bordeaux, who have never subscribed before, wanted to make a gesture of solidarity. Even though the people from neighboring areas have left the ship en masse, the people of Bordeaux are taking action, worried about the fate of their city’s crew.

For several months, Michel Gauvert, a supporter among others, hardly visited the Lescure stadium: “As long as the results were there, we came to the stadium even if we did not like the leaders. But then the atmosphere was terrible… Today we have full confidence in the new leaders and ready to support our team again. »

The hotel industry is booming

In the past, the day before a game, between 15% and 20% of their customers were fans from neighboring departments or even Nantes for the event.

This renewed interest in the team is unlikely to allay the concerns of hoteliers and restaurateurs. In the past, the day before a game, between 15% and 20% of their customers were fans from neighboring departments or even Nantes for the event. According to Christian Sauvage, president of the Gironde hotel industry General Association, this football client brought in 7 million francs each year to restaurateurs and hoteliers in the Bordeaux region. Therefore, a quick recovery of Girondins to their best level is more than desirable.

“I’m not stupid enough to go see turnips like at the movies. They need to win all the next four games. »

Christian Sauvage took the initiative to create a special subscription for hoteliers, cafeterias and restaurateurs in the department to support navy and white. Those interested will be able to purchase a subscription card or counterfoil book that allows hoteliers to gift the entrance ticket to one of their customers, thereby encouraging them to go to the stadium. They can also financially support the club by purchasing a 500-franc “Girondins de Bordeaux” sticker to display in their windows. But Christian Sauvage is not overly optimistic: “Everything will depend on the first games, the new dynamic will be lost if they don’t shine in the Second Division. “It’s the same story among fans: ‘I’m not stupid enough to go see turnips, like in the movies. They need to win the next four games.

Piranhas, Virage Sud and Blue Devils: They didn’t digest it

“Once again, the first victims are the public and the actors. »

Among fans, relegation to the Second Fleet and White Division is far from accepted. Members of the fan associations Piranhas, Virage Sud and Blue Devils will be in large numbers tonight, coming out with new enthusiasm with streamers and banners. “It’s not normal for the New Girondins to be punished for a mistake they didn’t commit,” protests Alain Favreau of the Virage Nord association, editor-in-chief of the sports section at Radio BFM. “Once again, the first victims are the public and the actors. “Frankly, I am disgusted with what has happened in this money and politics business over the last few months. I think football is first and foremost a hobby and should stay that way. Too many billions were mixed in because of the fault of the former managers.”

20 July 1991.


20 July 1991.

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Ten years of pleasure

“The true fans who carry Girondins under their skin are not discouraged. »

“The mentality today is no longer what it used to be. True supporters, those with Girondins under their skin, are not discouraged. It must be said that they cannot live without them. But others? It will certainly be necessary to re-motivate a large part of the population. “In any case, I hope we no longer have to support Girondins in court. I bet they’ll be back in the Premier League next season and show that they’re a great team. »

“I hope there will be a lot of people from Bordeaux in the stands, even to thank the Girondins for the pleasure they have given us over the past decade. »

The same nervousness and the same hopes as the fans’ head of coordination Philippe Greiller: “Jean-Didier Lange’s team has fallen victim to the mistakes of the past, namely extra sporting manipulations. He pays the piper,” he says. “I really feel sadness. Today more than ever, we must stand in solidarity with the new team, with the players who dare to stay.”

“Now we need a strong administration and above all a president who is there for the love of football and not for show. At Mr. Lange, Claude Bez has neither megalomania nor dreams of greatness and therefore I trust him. Today the situation is clear. The purpose of the club is clear. We know it’s about getting to the First Division. Be careful, D2 isn’t necessarily easy! The Girondins must win against Perpignan tonight, because victories require victory. I hope there will be many people from. »

First match in Lescure: won!

Rainer Emst went to Bordeaux-Perpignan with his fiancee.


Rainer Emst went to Bordeaux-Perpignan with his fiancee.

Stephane Lartigue

On July 20, 1991, the Girondins won their first win of the season 2-1 against Perpignan. But Bordeaux did not give up. Ferratge had 13,168 spectators and undeniable enthusiasm. “No-hassle recovery” on July 21, titled “South West”. The new Bordeaux number 10, hired by former Dynamo Berlin technician Rainer Emst for three years, attended the meeting held in the stands with his fiancee.

Jean Swiateck, on the left, was born in Poland in 1921 and arrived in France at the age of two with the brilliant Dutchman Lamberthus de Harder, whom he went to look for in The Hague in 1950, where he was the club's window cleaner.


Jean Swiateck, on the left, was born in Poland in 1921 and arrived in France at the age of two with the brilliant Dutchman Lamberthus de Harder, whom he went to look for in The Hague in 1950, where he was the club’s window cleaner.

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