Czech Republic v England: Do you remember when the Czechs came to Preston and Bamber Bridge for Euro 96?

It is 23 years since football came home at Euro 96.

Friday, 11th October 2019, 12:06 pm
Czech Republic in Preston

The Czech Republic squad set up base in Preston for three weeks of Euro 96 competition and even played a friendly against Bamber Bridge. We look back at how the visitors from eastern Europe wowed Lancashire and went so close to winning the trophy.

Czech Republic team for their match against Bamber Bridge at the non league side's at Irongate home in 1996
Czech Republic players pictured at the training session at Preston Grasshoppers

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Czeching out, Vladimir Smicer bids a fond 'na shledanou' to Preston as the team leaves for Wembley and the final of Euro'96
Martin Noonan, the proprietor of Debonair International Menswear of Garstang Road, presents Czech Republic team coach Dusan Uhrin with a new suit for the Euro 96 Championships
Man of the moment, Czech Republic team coach Dusan Uhrin holds his press conference, the morning after his team had beaten Italy at Anfield, at the Marriott Hotel at Broughton near Preston.
The Czech goalscorer Karel Poborsky and Jan Suchoparek at the Czech Republic training session at Preston Grasshoppers
Bouncing Czechs , the Czech Republic team mascot is packed as the team leaves the Marriot Hotel, Preston for Wembley
Pupils of Holy Family RC Primary School, Ingol, present flowers to Pavel Srnicek at the Czech team's hotel in Preston as the team leaves for Wembley and the final of Euro'96
Czech Republic team with the staff of the Marriott Hotel, Preston
Czech Republic fans staying at Cockerham Sands Caravan Park, near Lancaster, during Euro 96
Coach, Uhrin answering questions from his country's Journalists on his arrival at the Marriott Hotel, Preston
Czech Republic team members, Martin Frydek, Petr Kouba, Lubos Kubik and Miroslav Kadlec take a break from the training session held at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby ground
Milan Kerbr beats Pavel Srnicek to the ball to score past keeper Petr Kouba during the Czech Republic training session at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Union ground at Fulwood
Czech Republic goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek with Bamber Bridge fans
Louise Ayres, interior design consultant for Jean Allen Soft Furnishings, Fulwood, Preston, with Czech Republic players Pavel Novotny, right, and Martin Kotulek
Bamber Bridge keeper Stuart Barton concedes against the Czech Republic
Czech star Patrik Berger gets on the scoresheet
Bamber Bridge v Czech Republic at Ironbridge
Bamber Bridge v Czech Republic at Ironbridge
Bamber Bridge v Czech Republic at Ironbridge
Goalmouth action from Bamber Bridge's friendly against Czech Republic in June 1996
Bamber Bridge v Czech Republic at Ironbridge
Match action from Czech Republic versus Bamber Bridge