April 1, 2021
75 years of trips to nantes in three dates
Regardless of the era or the competition, a trip to Nantes has always proven perillous for the Aiglons. Since the club's creation in 1904, we've only managed to win eight times in the Loire Atlantique region.
29 March 1946: First trip, first win
On 29 September 1946, Le Gym went to the Canaries' former home, the Stade Malakoff for the eighth game of the second division season. Nice-born François Fassone scored the only goal of the game (65'), one of 22 he scored in 77 matches in the Rouge-et-Noir shirt.
11 March 1972: first Coupe de France tie
It was another 26 years before Nice won at Nantes, and it came in another first: the duo's maiden Coupe de France encounter. Now named the Stade Marcel Saupin after the former Nantes president, the stadium saw the now-top-flight sides go head-to-head boasting six French titles — four for Nice
(1951, 1952, 1956, 1959), two for Nantes (1965,1966) — between them.
On 11 March 1972, José Arribas took his place in the Nantes dug-out with Jean Snella on the Aiglons' bench. Hervé Revelli's strike two minutes from time made the difference before a 0-0 draw at home in the Last 16 second leg four days later. Nice were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Marseille, the eventual winners.
19 December 1987: first top-flight win
It came on 19 December 1987, more than 15 years after their maiden competitive triumph in Nantes and 24 after the two teams first met.
Nantes were now playing in the Stade de la Beaujoire, their current home, and just over 15,000 watched René Marsiglia score the only goal of the game. The team, coached by Nenad Bjekovic, would finish the season in 16th, Nantes tenth.
A Roger Ricort goal ensured Nice won in Nantes in successive seasons. Since, Nice have travelled to Nantes 18 times for league games, coming back with all three points on three occasions: 2004/05 (MD17, 1-0), 2017/18 (MD17, 2-1) and 2018/19 (MD7, 2-1).
There was also another success in the Coupe de France in 2014 in which Didier Digard, currently one of Adrian Ursea's assistants, opened the scoring with a long-range blockbuster.
The other goal in the Round of 64 tie was scored by Tintin Brüls (2-0).
Source (Michel Oreggia)