Search

Arsenal v Cologne: Billy Goats, Tony Woodcock, 1970-71, Mungersdorf, Monchengladbach, Granit Xhaka and hooligans in boiler suits – how much do you know about Europa League rivals FC Koln?

PUBLISHED: 18:55 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:12 15 September 2017

Former Arsenal forward Tony Woodcock had two spells for FC Koln. Credit Rowan Staszkiewicz

Former Arsenal forward Tony Woodcock had two spells for FC Koln. Credit Rowan Staszkiewicz

PA Archive/PA Images

Arsenal face Cologne on Thursday night – but how much do you know about the Gunners Europa League Group H rivals?

Four days after Cologne beat Arsenal Peter Storey's penalty makes it 2-2 in the last minute against Stoke City goalkeeper Gordon Banks in the famous FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough in 1971. Four days after Cologne beat Arsenal Peter Storey's penalty makes it 2-2 in the last minute against Stoke City goalkeeper Gordon Banks in the famous FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough in 1971.

It is said that Cologne will take 20,000 fans to London for the clash as the club is looking forward to its first continental campaign since taking part in the 1992-93 UEFA Cup, and their supporters are known to be some of the most exuberant in the Bundesliga.

But with an official allocation of only 2,900 tickets and Arsenal not selling tickets to new members who have joined since the draw, to paraphrase Christine Keeler, ‘they would say that wouldn’t they?’.

The Billy Goats, as they are nicknamed, have faced Arsenal before in European competition, playing Bertie Mee’s Arsenal in the semi-finals of the European Fairs Cup during the club’s first double season in 1970/71.

With the club competing the two fronts they beat the Germans 2-1 in front of a Highbury crowd of 40,007 on March 9 1971 before being knocked out of the competition on away goals after losing 1-0 in Cologne two weeks later.

Despite the Fairs Cup defeat by Cologne Arsenal showed character to win the double in 1970-71. (L-R) Frank McLintock, George Graham and Charlie George celebrate with the FA Cup after their 2-1 win against Liverpool Despite the Fairs Cup defeat by Cologne Arsenal showed character to win the double in 1970-71. (L-R) Frank McLintock, George Graham and Charlie George celebrate with the FA Cup after their 2-1 win against Liverpool

Despite the defeat the Gunners showed great character and no little stamina after the game in Germany - played in front of an estimated 50,000 fans - as it was four days before the famous 2-2 draw with Stoke City in the FA Cup semi-final, as Arsenal came back from two goals down to break Stoke hearts before winning the replay 2-0.

Links between the clubs include mid-eighties Arsenal forward Tony Woodcock playing for the Germans between 1979 and 1982 before signing for Terry Neil’s Arsenal.

After playing 131 league games and scoring 56 goals the nippy striker nicknamed ‘Woody’ returned to Cologne for a second spell in 1986 before he joined city rivals Fortuna Cologne.

Arsenal also played at the old Mungersdorf ground in 1996 – long before it was refurbished for the 2006 World Cup in Germany – when they faced the Billy Goats’ near neighbours Borussia Monchengladbach. The Gunners eventually lost 3-2 after being 2-1 up at half-time, before the unheralded – at the time – Arsene Wenger told the team to change from a 3-5-2 system to 4-4-2 during the break, eventually losing the tie 6-4 on aggregate.

A late Granit Xhaka winner against Cologne in 2015 was the prelude to a pitch invasion A late Granit Xhaka winner against Cologne in 2015 was the prelude to a pitch invasion

The twice Bundesliga champions and 1986 UEFA Cup runners-up finished a creditable fifth last term in Germany but arrive in London on the back of three league defeats, 1-0 away to Gladbach, a 3-1 home defeat by Hamburg and a 3-0 loss to Augsburg.

Granit Xhaka scored a last minute winner for Gladbach at home to Cologne in February 2015 in a match marred by crowd trouble when travelling Cologne fans in white boiler suits invaded the pitch – before being chased off by police and attacked by home fans.

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hackney Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hackney Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hackney Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hackney Stories

The O’s were forced to make a late change to their starting XI, but it failed to prevent them from securing a second consecutive 1-0 away win

23 minutes ago

A controversial licensing policy is set to be signed off tonight introducing a midnight curfew for new pubs, clubs and bars – unless landlords can convince the council they won’t be a nuisance.

09:14

A man from Stamford Hill has been charged following a police probe into sales of knock-off medicine.

08:01

A Canonbury crook who used his stolen moped to do a series of phone thefts across Islington and Hackney was yesterday jailed.

Yesterday, 23:06

In the week of the Carabao Cup final read the first in our series detailing previous Arsenal League Cup finals by talking to the people who were there. Kicking off is loyal long-term fan Martin Wengrow – who is in his 65th year of supporting the Gunners and has watched nearly 2,000 matches – as he recalls the 1968 Wembley showpiece against Leeds United.

Yesterday, 21:45

National League: Chester 0 Leyton Orient 1

For the majority of Arsenal fans a Wembley cup final is something to be savoured. However a long-serving season ticket holder from Islington, Glenn Allen is so disenchanted with Arsene Wenger he is boycotting the Carabao Cup showpiece against Manchester City on Sunday. Read on for his explanation which will shock many but perhaps strike a chord with some.

Yesterday, 18:10

Business chiefs have welcomed the news that the Night Overground service is extending to Canonbury and Highbury and Islington from Friday.

PROMOTED CONTENT

To celebrate LGBT history month, Hackney resident Amanda talks about her journey to becoming a foster carer, with the council’s support and training.



Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read sport

Show Job Lists