Greatest Games: Sporting Gijón 0 Real Oviedo 0, 1997

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Sid Lowe joins Jonathan Wilson and Marcus Speller to discuss a game, a team and a Spanish principality close to his heart – this week’s Greatest Game is the Asturian derby of January 1997 – Sporting Gijón 0 Real Oviedo 0.

Managed by Juanma Lillo, now assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Real Oviedo headed to the Molinón followed by thousands of away supporters – some of whom were sporting a workman’s helmet to avoid head injuries from the expectant missiles fired from distance by rival fans. In this episode, hear how Sid developed his infatuation for Spanish and Asturian football and what it was like for a group of English lads to follow Real Oviedo in the mid-nineties.

We've been recording episodes of Greatest Games remotely – firstly to ensure social distancing measures are being adhered to – but also to allow us to invite guests from around the world, like Sid, to appear.

We apologise for any audio lapses which occur within this episode, in particular the opening 18 minutes.
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