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A Day in This Life

Currently, ITV is broadcasting Euro 96 Relived. Here American photographer Lou Siroy, shares his unique take on the colour and atmosphere he witnessed during the memorable tournament. 

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The year 1996 was an entertaining year. This Life was revolutionising television, Trainspotting sped through cinemas, Britpop filled the charts. And in sport there was Euro ’96. 

On the morning of the England v Scotland match, American photographer Lou Siroy came across a group of Scottish fans in Trafalgar Square and was so entranced that he spent the day mingling with and photographing them. An hour after the match had finished, roughly 1,500 Scots had filled the square around Nelson’s Column where they waved their flags and treated the passing buses to repeated versions of Flower of Scotland and derisory chants. Having not previously been interested in football, Siroy became obsessed with the tournament and went on to watch every game that summer.

"More Bay City Rollers Saturday Night than Iggy Pop Lust for Life.  England may have won the match but the Scottish fans made more of an effort and turned out in the better kit" Siroy said of what he saw that day.

ITV hub and ITV 4 are currenty airing all 31 games of the Euro '96 tournament


 

 

 

 

Gerry Brakus is Creative Editor of the New Statesman and also writes on photography.