This Friday, 750 fans made the trip to Savoie. The other supporters are hanging on their televisions, at home or in the bars of the city. An outward sign of Bordeaux’s support for its club, the Porte de Bourgogne is lit up in navy and white, while the Girondins flags float over the town hall. Here is the story of the evening.
The disappointment, 20 minutes from the final whistle
Clément, 15 years old, Maxime, 12 years old and Valentin, 16 years old, begin, 20 minutes from the final whistle, to feel the dawning of disappointment. “The tension is rising, testifies Clément. I feel a little annoyed, I admit that I am a little disappointed by the lack of desire. We are here, we want to put all our strength with them…. »
On the sidelines of the Home Run terrace, Jean-Louis and Christine watch the scene and the names of the birds at the referee’s location with a touch of curiosity. “We are from Avignon and Bordeaux for a wedding, after dinner we were walking around, explains Jean-Louis. We heard the fervor, so we wanted to understand what’s going on. We are used to Marseille, at home. »
10:10 p.m. Missed opportunity for the Girondins. The twin brothers Didier and Bruno cheer each other up: “We’re going to score this fucking goal!” »
A fan’s initiative
10 p.m. At Bassins à flot, the inside and outside of the “sport bar” is getting hotter and hotter, in terms of temperature as well as tension in the looks… and invectives at the Metz adversary.
Behind the Home Run counter, Stéphane Biais, the boss, is smiling. With its screen in the center of the room, it is one of the places in Bordeaux where there are the most Girondins de Bordeaux fans on this crucial match night. “It’s thanks to a fan who called for a rally to bring the supporters together and to whom we responded. I created this place to be able to live this kind of moment. Tonight, I’m happy to feel the energy of the sport and the fervor. I do a lot of sports myself. I love the strength and the magic of the emotions it brings. Look, tonight there are people from all walks of life, sharing a chilling group energy. I hope to experience other moments like tonight during the Rugby World Cup. »
9:55 p.m. Two affiliate emotions. “Metz goal (3eEditor’s note). That’s it, I have a stomach ache, ”says Didier. Five seconds pass. “Bastia goal against Le Havre (1st)”. The emotional roller coaster is on full throttle.
It’s half-time, Bordeaux are behind. “It’s the issue that blocks them”, analyzes Denis. Bruno is confident: “On what Bordeaux have shown this year, they are able to come back. At the Saint-Aubin pub, the beers are cold, but the atmosphere becomes stuffy.
On the terrace of the Home Run bar, at the basins afloat, silence dominates, the atmosphere is weighed down by the goal scored by Annecy. “It doesn’t matter, reassures Yanis. Better take it now than at the 40e minute. Let’s stay positive. “A shy “Go Bordeaux, your supporters are there” rises from the terrace. “We are waiting for the victory and the rise. The climb is the minimum, I expect it. The title would be the icing on the cake, the nice surprise, ”continues the young man. For Theo, “the climb would be great. With the title, we would be downright too happy! »
Louis, in his fifties, came from Angoulême on purpose to attend the match in Bordeaux and experience the atmosphere. “It was my girlfriend who introduced me to the enthusiasm for the Girondins,” he says. We get caught up in the game and all the emotions that the suspense engenders. I experienced the descent with the possibility of the National and the rebound of the supporters. There are many more people making the trip today. The challenge is to reach Ligue 1. I believe in it, mathematically it is playable. The title is not essential, the important thing is Ligue 1.
Marion, 29, follows the Girondins “in victory as in defeat”. “I am Ultra, so even in difficult times, we are there. The descent strengthened the bond with the people of Bordeaux and the occasional supporters. It was strong. Even if they are in Ligue 2, we will be with them without hesitation. »
9:15 p.m. Around the table, two generations of supporters are pushing behind the Girondins to equalize. The twins Didier and Bruno, born in 1968, experienced the great moments of the 1980s. Their boys, born at the end of the 1990s, experienced the title of 2009.
These are real. Occasional laterals in the elite, the twins subscribed in the south turn during the descent of 1992. It brought them luck. They did the same with their children in 2022. “As much as last year, with the descent, it went like a nightmare in slow motion, this year went by very quickly, in a great atmosphere. It’s an evil for a good. A rebirth for the club. More cheaters. But I will continue to follow Ligue 2, which I learned to discover, says Bruno. What a championship! »
Opening of the Annecy score
“Marseille, tremble, we are coming! 8:45 p.m., Place de la Victoire. The Saint-Aubin pub looks like a south turn. Around Didier, a group of about ten subscribers provides the atmosphere with the official songs of the Devils. “Don’t even ask me if I believe in climbing, I won’t answer! This evening, we are playing for the title…” These veterans of the scapular have seen others. “We were already on the first climb. » The rapid opening of the score of Annecy in the 9the don’t shower them. “They only had one chance, that doesn’t mean anything. We have time, guys! »