Twenty-eight years ago this week, Bohemians beat Glasgow Rangers 3-2 in the UEFA Cup. The Dalymount clash was marred by fan violence but the result represented a famous night for League of Ireland football.
Bohemians’ home victory over the Scottish giants in 1984 saw them twice come from behind. A young Ally McCoist was on the scoresheet for the visitors, his first European goal for the club, before Gino Lawless grabbed the winner on a feisty night in Phibsboro. Violence on the terraces and pitch invasions cast a shadow over the result. Unfortunately, Bohs were beaten 2-0 in the away leg and were eliminated.
Fourteen years later, Shelbourne drew Rangers in the same competition and elected to play their ‘home’ leg in the neutral venue of Prenton Park, Tranmere Rovers’ ground.
The Dubliners manager Dermot Keely remarked after the game, “I saw Dick Advocaat sitting with his head in his hands at 3–0 and that was worth
the admission money alone.”
On the same night, St. Patrick’s Athletic held Glasgow Celtic scoreless at Parkhead.
Scotland has proved to be a happy hunting ground for Irish sides in Europe. Roddy Collins’ Bohemians overcame Aberdeen in 2000 while Derry City defeated Gretna 7-3 on aggregate after a 5-3 away trashing in 2006.