HOOPS HOPE TO END POOR IRISH RECORD AGAINST ENGLISH
WITH 18 wins in 22 games, there's no question that English clubs have enjoyed their jousts with League of Ireland teams in Europe over the years.
Tonight at White Hart Lane is just the second time since 1983 that Irish and English opposition have met in Europe but that was not a happy occasion for the LOI side as a Hoddle-led Spurs side romped home, winning 6-0 and 8-0.
Sadly that was not the only cross-channel hammering as Euro ties also threw up aggregate scorelines like 1-16 (Finn Harps v Derby County, 1976), 0-14 (Dundalk v Liverpool, 1969) and 0-10 (Harps v Everton, 1978).
There were some close shaves, as Everton struggled to get a 1-0 aggregate win over UCD in the first round of the Cup Winners Cup in 1984/85, Howard Kendall later remarking that the UCD match was their toughest en route to winning the trophy while Tottenham underestimated Dundalk in the Cup Winners Cup in 1981 and only won through 2-1 on aggregate.
IRISH-ENGLISH BATTLES IN EUROPE
1957: Shamrock Rovers 2 Manchester United 9 (agg)
1968: Waterford 2 Manchester United 10
1969: Dundalk 0 Liverpool 14
1976: Finn Harps 1 Derby County 16
1977: Bohemians 0 Newcastle United 4
1978: Finn Harps 0 Everton 10
1981: Dundalk 1 Spurs 2
1981: Limerick United 1 Southampton 4
1982: Dundalk 1 Liverpool 5
1983: Drogheda United 0 Spurs 14
1984: UCD 0 Everton 1