Having arrived in Basel the day before the Europa League Quarter Final match, it was a bonus to discover that Basel II were hosting Sion II in a league fixture that evening, This was a match in the third tier of Swiss football and contested by the reserve teams of the two clubs. We had already ventured out to the main stadium in the afternoon to get the lay of the land and obtain some photographs of St Jakob Park. From there we were able to catch a number 36 bus across the river to within five minutes walk of Stadion Rankhof.
This tidy venue consists of three sides of steep terracing with the remaining side housing an elevated seated stand. There is a refreshment bar at ground level serving draught beer, coffee and confectionery. Programmes were not issued for this match but this Pieman was able to snaffle a team sheet.
The previous week at White Hart Lane, FC Basel showed themselves to be a fine team. I was particularly impressed with their passing and movement. It was a pleasant surprise to see this replicated by what was effectively their reserve side. Along with visitors Sion they served up an entertaining match and the 2-2 result was about right.
Special mention should go to four home supporters, complete with flags, who created their own atmosphere. These ‘ultras’ were vociferous and were accompanied by numerous cans of beer! Eight Spurs fans also helped swell the sparse attendance at this match.
Admission: No charge