Ards in the Intertoto Cup

Saturday 21st June 1997 - group 3, match 1

Ards 0
Royal Antwerp 1 Kiekens (15 pen)
Castlereagh Park, Newtownards - kick-off 7pm

Ards (in squad no. order) A Patterson (GK), P McBride, C Beggs, R Hegan, M Kelly, S Collins, P  Cullen, R Morrison, J Bacon, H McCourt, L Feeney
Subs B Bowers for McCourt, G Larmour for Bacon, D Morrow for Cullen
Sent Off Morrison (15)

Antwerp Y De Corte, J Mucher, W Kiekens, G Emmerechts, R Taeymans, K Leimbi, G Ribus, M Godfrod, S Dillen, W Verbeeck, S Koncalovic
Subs Bustamante for Lembi, B Verhaegen for Dillen

Referee Mr Roger Phillippa (LUXEMBOURG)

Attendance 1 000+

Royal Antwerp

  • Royal Antwerp (Belgium) had a 3rd placed finish in group 3

  • Ards were the second Irish League side to compete in the Intertoto, following Cliftonville in 1996 available in Dutch

Saturday 28th June 1997 - group 3, match 2

Nea Salamis


Elia (51, 78), Kovasevic (56 pen), Mirco (61 pen)



Bowers (80 pen) 

Ammochostos-Amberia Stadium, Larnaca

Ards (in squad no. order) A Patterson (GK), P McBride, C Beggs, R Hegan, M Kelly, S Collins, J Bacon, L Feeney, B Bowers, W Murphy, M Britton
Subs G Larmour for Bacon, S Kelly for Patterson, D Morrow for Bowers
Sent Off M Kelly (56)

Salamis Lougrides, Andreou, A Adomou, Hayes, Melanarkitis, E Adamou, Mihic M, Dimitriou, G Elia, M Kovasevic, Stjoic



Nea Salamis

  • Nea Salimis (Cyprus) finished 4th in the group

  • With boss Roy Coyle still on holiday, Ards went to Cyprus under Seconds' manager George Bowden

Saturday 5th July 1997 - group 3, match 3

Ards 0

AJ Auxerre


Compan (64), Sibierski (79), Guivarch (90)

Castlereagh Park, Newtownards - kick-off 7pm

Ards (in squad no. order) P McBride, C Beggs, R Hegan, S Collins, P Cullen, R Morrison, J Bacon, L Feeney, W Murphy, M Britton, S Henderson (GK)
Subs B Bowers for Bacon, G Larmour for Morrison, D Morrow for Bowers
Sent Off Beggs (59)

Auxerre Charbonnier, Jay, Rabarivony, Ciechelki, Danjou, Goma, Marlet, Lachuer, S Guivarch, A Sibierski, Lilian Compan

Referee Mr Zoran Arsic (YUGOSLAVIA)

Attendance 850

AJ Auxerre 

  • A.J. Auxerre (France) were Intertoto Cup winners

  • Ards' Barney Bowers left the action in the 85th minute with a broken arm only in French

Saturday 12th July 1997 - group 3, match 4

Lausanne 6 Hanzl (26, 37), Iglesias (51), Carrasco (69), Celestinni (74 pen), Douglas (77 pen)



Stade Olympique de la Pontaise, Lausanne

Ards (in squad no. order) P McBride, S Collins, P Cullen, L Feeney, G Larmour, S Kelly, D Morrow, W Murphy, S Henderson (GK), B Sims, D Bailey
Subs H McCourt for Morrow, N Crozier for Bailey

Lausanne P Zetzmann, R Igelias, O Londono, B Piffaretti, S Udovic, S Rehn, E Hanzi, P Douglas, B N'kufo, E Carrasco, D Puce
Subs M Brunner (GK), L Guallo, V Gomes, L Thurre, F Celestinni

Referee Mr Vladimir Antonov



  • Lausanne (Switzerland) claimed 2nd place in group three

  • Ards had six players cautioned in this game and three sent off in their other group games: cue a reported UEFA fine

  • Ards went to Switzerland with four officials and just 13 players, two of whom were unfit to play. Sub keeper Neil Crozier played outfield when he came on in the 85th minute only in French

Intertoto Cup Group 3 - Final Standings

P W D L F A Pts



4 3 1 0 19 2 10



4 2 2 0 13 4 8


Royal Antwerp

4 2 1 1 7 7 7


Nea Salamis

4 1 0 3 6 19 3



4 0 0 4 1 14 0

1997 Winners*: Olympic Lyonnais, SEC Bastia, AJ Auxerre

*The Intertoto Cup has no winner as such. It was played during the summer, with the prize of three UEFA Cup preliminary round places for the teams who progress furthest Intertoto Cup Website

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