Extreme noise terror – Russia 0 Wales 0 (2003)


Ten years ago, Wales drew 0-0 in Moscow in the Euro 2004 play-off first leg. We lost the second leg 1-0 and, on the pitch, have never posed a serious threat to the opposition since.

The weekend was an extraordinary, surreal experience. At one point Cardiff hooligans were negotiating with local idiots to have a fight in Red Square. At the match, we had to barge policemen out of the way to enter the terrace. It was relentlessly crazy – just read Darren Tandy’s amazing tale below to get a sense of what life there is like. Here’s my piece which was first published on the Bobbing Along website:

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Wales 0 Bosnia 2

photo (2)Chris Coleman was a picture of puzzled dejection at the press conference following the game.

In effect, as he explained, the Welsh team, though strong, was picked with one eye on not offending club managers.

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