Saturday, 9 November 1996

A v Georgia (Tblisi) 9.11.1996




We arrive into Georgia, the place was full of refugees from Chechnya driven over the boarder by the civil war!

Georgia became independant from Russia in 1991

We change up some money and head off looking for a bar....



We stroll along the local river, stll trying to find a local bar


....................Me with Micky Hanlon, Pete from Coventry and AN Other!!!!!!!!!!!



............................Time to get the flag out for a picture...............



We find a friendly local bar - one of the regulars plays a flute through his nose!



We start on the local beer!



We are joined by the local army and they insist on buying us bottles of vodka! They laugh when I mix it with coke and insist we drink it neat like locals - we do!! The owner then brings us a curry on the house, probably goat possibly chicken but it was gorgeous!!



........after all that Vodka time to try and leave..............................







An impressive ground, time to put up the flags - no segregated area for this game, we were just in with the locals!! Ex-Brighton chairman Greg Stanley was on our trip (with his Chelsea mates). The same day as this game Brighton fans boycotted the Mansfield home game, but broke the gates down just before half time to all get in for free! ARCHER OUT ARCHER OUT!


.....................we are joined by a few locals.............................



The ground was soon full , a 48,000 sell out



England wear the horrible grey kit, but we still manage a 2-0 win.

1 comment:

Olivia Bordley said...

You have a pukka site here. I have amazing memories of this trip,, and good photo's. I was overwhelmed by their friendliness. In the ground I managed to get my Charlton Athletic union flag round the other side of ground from our away support, so it could be seen on tv