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19/11/2012 11:24, Report by Nick Coppack
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Irwin on Istanbul '93

Robson got involved in a scuffle with the police. We thought they were there to protect us but that wasn’t the case at all. 

To make matters worse, the coach got bricked as we left the stadium. Steve Bruce was lucky the glass only shattered and didn’t break.

Like I said, “hostile” doesn’t do the atmosphere justice. We felt like it was us against the world – everyone in Istanbul seemed to want us out of there as soon as possible. In the end, as beautiful as the city of Istanbul is, we were glad to catch the flight home to Manchester.

As luck would have it, we were drawn against Galatasaray the following season as well. That game in Istanbul also finished 0-0, so I’m hoping we can break the curse this time and at least find the net.

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