1 June 1972 – Stadio Olimpico, Rome – Anglo-Italian Cup.
The London Branch, after the success of the Bill Shankly and Jimmy Glass tee shirts, have launched a tee-shirt to mark the 50th anniversary of this amazing adventure ... just in time for Christmas.
150 have been sold already, raising £300 for Alzheimer’s Cumbria and providing a further £600 to support more Carlisle United projects (such as the recent purchase of vital equipment for the academy).
Jane Jardine, who designed both the Shankly and Glass shirts, has come up with another fantastic design for this memorable event in our club’s history.
The design was inspired by the comment made by Tot Winstanley - the scorer of the winning goal – in Jon Colman’s 'Bolts from the Blues' - “Aye, they got a little tetchy when Stan started keep ups on the half-way line” in reference to the great Stan Bowles who tore apart the Roma defenders.
The shirt is priced at £17, which includes a £2 donation to the Alzheimer’s Society in respect to Stan Bowles.
These days it would now need a visit to a computer game to emulate Carlisle playing the giants of Europe and Serie A.
Roma were led by Helenio Herrera who had won European honours as well as titles and cups in Spain and Italy and the team contained a number of international players.
This was the first time that an English team had beaten Roma in Rome in a competitive match and it took another 29 years before Liverpool won in an EUFA cup game and 30 years before Arsenal won in the Champions League.