French club snaps up €20K old goalposts
AFP · 12 Oct 2013, 13:03
Published: 12 Oct 2013 13:03 GMT+02:00
French Ligue 1 club St. Etienne confirmed on Friday they have bought Hampden's famous old square goalposts, symbol of their 1-0 defeat in the 1976 European Cup final to Bayern Munich.
The Glasgow stadium used the iconic posts from 1903 until 1987 before FIFA regulations meant they had to be replaced.
Fans of the French club believed they would have won the the 1976 final had the posts been round and not square as strikes by Dominique Bathenay and a Jacques Santini header hit the woodwork.
The French club have paid 20,000 euros for the posts which had been stored in the Scottish Football Museum at Hampden.
They will be housed in St Etienne's future museum which is due to open on December 21.
"We've been working on this museum for more than ten years," explained St Etienne president Roland Romeyer.
"These square goalposts were in part a symbol of this 1976 final which created an emotional tie between the French people and AS Saint-Etienne.
"People remember the epic and going down the Champs-Elysees. This is a very powerful symbol. Everyone still talks about it. They will be delivered shortly and we'll have a little ceremony for the occasion."