The Republic of Ireland wants to arrange a friendly against England in Dublin’s newly renovated Landsdowne Road stadium, which would be the first meeting of these two teams since 1995, according to this BBC report.
In case you forgot, the 1995 match at Landsdowne didn’t end so well. In fact, it didn’t end at all, as the field was abandoned because of riots following a goal by Ireland’s David Kelly in the 22nd minute.
A post in the Guardian explains: “The last time the two countries met, in February 1995, English fans made a premature a case for renovating the stadium by tearing up bits of it to use as weapons.”
Here’s a nice video summary of the event, included as third in a list of the “20 Moments That Shook Irish Sport”.
Given this history (notice Bernard O’Byrne, voluntary Chief of Security for the FAI, calling the English hooligans “sub-human” in the video), I’m forced to ask: Is it really a good idea for these two teams to play each other any more than they have to?