LIBERATING FOOTBALL TRAVEL

Red Star

Founded by Jules Rimet, followed by leftist ultras

A fan’s guide – the club from early doors to today

No club created by the man who created the World Cup could ever be short of tradition – and, sure enough, Jules Rimet’s Red Star have history in spades. What they haven’t seen much of is silverware – the last of five French Cup wins came in 1942 – but they do have a stadium. At last

Supporters they also have, from a left-leaning fan base up in their spiritual homeland of St Ouen, the northern suburb also known for its flea market. Here Red Star moved in 1909 after a decade of hopping from Champ de Mars, in the shadow of the then newly built Eiffel Tower, to the suburb of Meudon.

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Once based at the Stade de Paris, aka Stade Bauer, Red Star established themselves as a leading club in the French capital. Always in some form or other ‘Red Star’ – Rimet took the secret of their English name to the grave, though it is said to have been linked to his former governess from across the Channel, a certain Miss Jenny – the club attracted some of the finest players of the early era of the game in France. Two-time war hero and striker Eugène Maës, goalkeeper Pierre Chayriguès and forward Paul Nicolas were all leading French internationals either side of World War I.

Red Star won three consecutive cups in the early 1920s and were founder members of the inaugural Ligue 1 in 1932. In between, the club provided two of the French team who played in Rimet’s initial World Cup of 1930, goalkeeper Alex Thépot and forward Marcel Pinel. Top goalscorer at the tournament, Argentine Guillermo Stábile, spent three years as player-manager at St Ouen shortly before World War II.

Changing from their traditional marine blue and white to green, ‘Red Star Olympique’ remained top flight either side of World War II, merging with former local rivals Stade Français in 1948.

FC Barcelona Store/Peterjon Cresswell

Briefly dropping out of the professional game in 1950, Red Star never really regained their top-class status despite short stints in Ligue 1 in the 1960s and 1970s. Producer of players such as later Fulham and Marseille star Steve Marlet, Red Star remained a regular feature of the second and third flights, gaining promotion from one to the other in 2015, partly thanks to goals from former Manchester United and Bordeaux forward David Bellion and his journeyman strike partner Kévin Lefaix.

With the Stade Bauer unsuitable for Ligue 2 football, and much to the chagrin of their supporters, Red Star were forced to relocate some 80km north to Beauvais in 2015-16. There at the Stade Pierre Brisson, while the Stade Bauer was being revamped, Red Star managed a creditable mid-table presence and maintained their fierce rivalry with fellow Championnat National promotees Paris FC.

FC Barcelona Museum/Peterjon Cresswell

The Bauer, meanwhile, became a saga so long-running the club keeps an internet feed of claims, counter-claims and perceived falsehoods in the media. Suitable for staging matches in the third tier, where Red Star found themselves after finishing bottom of Ligue 2 in 2019, the Bauer became the subject of more debate when it proposed as a potential venue for Olympic football when Paris stages the Games in 2024. A dispute between the stadium’s municipal owners in St Ouen and the company looking to take charge of the rebuild duly ensued…

If it happens, of course, matches will be taking place exactly a century after Egypt shocked Hungary here, 3-0, in the 1924 tournament, and the Irish Free State played only their second-ever international, against Holland.

Red Star, in the meantime, now have a left-field following akin to Dulwich Hamlet’s across the Channel – for whom the Stade Bauer and its nearby working-class bars they cover in revolutionary stickers may hold more appeal than promotion back to Ligue 2.

Stadium Guide

The field of dreams – and the stands around it

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TRAVEL & Transport

Getting to the stadium – tips and information

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Match Tickets

Buying tickets – when, where, how and how much

Tickets go on sale ten days before each match from the Oficina de Taquillatge at Accès 14 (Mon-Thur 9am-1.30pm, 3.30-6pm; Fri 9am-2.30pm; Sat on match weekends 9am-1.30pm; match days from 11am). Locals also hang around Accès 14 to offload any spares. Tickets are also available online.

Depending on the price category of the opposition, a seat in the best spot (1a/2a grada) in the main stand (tribuna) over the halfway line will cost €140-€180. Higher up (3a grada) is a few euros cheaper. Facing this, the lateral is similarly graded into tier prices (€100-€150). Behind the goals, the three tiers break down into price categories from €70-€90. The cheapest places are gol no numerat, general access, at €59.

Club Shops

Shirts, souvenirs and gifts – plus opening hours

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Stadium tours & Museums

Explore the stadium inside and out

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Where to Drink

Pre-match beers for away fans and casual visitors

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NH Barcelona Stadium/Peterjon Cresswell

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