If Rovers needed another incentive to preserve their second tier status, then the continuation of this feature could provide it. Finding a relevent video clip each week would become a significantly more difficult task were Doncaster facing less illustrious opponents on a weekly basis. For now at least we can be thankful that we still have the opportunity to rub shoulders and dig out clips of clubs who have featured at the top-level of competition in this country and on the continent.
Leicester City, having played in the top flight in each of the last six decades, certainly fit that bill and so in this week’s Viva Video we turn our attention to one of their biggest matches from their last spell in the top division. Having lifted the League Cup in 1997 Leicester qualified for European competition where they were paired with Atletico Madrid in the first round of the UEFA Cup. Away in the Estadio Vincente Calderon in the first leg the Foxes took a surprise 1-0 lead through journeyman forward Ian Marshall, before goals from Juninho and Cristian Vieri gave Atletico a 2-1 win. Yet, trailing by just one and having netted the proverbial ‘vital away goal’, Filbert Street was full of optimistic City fans for the return game.
It is that return leg we bring you footage of now. Look out for arguably the worst cut home shirt ever produced in the form of Leicester’s 3/5 sleeve length, which left the side looking as if they’ve borrowed a kit from the local ice-hockey team. As sartorial tragedies go however City are effortlessly eclipsed by the UEFA 4th official who strides across his technical area with the sort of bravado you need to affect if you’re to be taken seriously as a figure of officialdom whilst wearing teal and tangerine.
Leicester lost the game in controversial circumstances and having seen Garry Parker pick-up a second yellow-card for taking a free-kick too quickly and numerous penalty appeals waved away Martin O’Neil was so livid in his post match press-conference he had to be kept in a specially secured room. Hence the ‘This door is to be locked at all times’ sign behind him… had the camera panned down you’d have seen the words “…lest Martin escapes”.