A WEEK IN SAINT-ÉTIENNE
In the summer of 1998 straight after my Physics A Level Exam, my father and I travelled to France 98 to watch a handful of World Cup games over the space of 2 weeks. A couple of months before the tournament Fifa had set up a phone line to purchase tickets, we got through after a few days trying relentlessly and plumped for Italy V Austria at Stade de France in Paris, Netherlands V Mexico at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Étienne and two knock out stage games back in Paris which turned out to be Brazil V Chile and Nigeria V Denmark. We had the holiday of a lifetime mixing with different cultures from all corners of the globe and returned to the UK just in time to see the Michael Owen wonder goal against Argentina in Saint-Étienne, a few days earlier we were in the same stadium watching Netherlands V Mexico staying up until the small hours playing football in Place Jean-Jaurès, the town square.
After confirmation France was to host Euro 2016, we applied for tickets at Stade Geoffroy Guichard and were successful. We watched Iceland V Portugal, Czech Republic V Croatia and England V Slovakia, these pictures represent the positivity and humility we experienced that week.