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Retro OL – Amiens : a first turning point against Amiens

Published on 31 January 2020 at 12:00 PM
Rétro OL – Amiens  : un premier tournant nommé Amiens
Division 2 champion and promoted to the top flight in its first season, OL had a memorable 1950-1951 season with the reception of Amiens being a key moment.

On Sunday March 4, 1951, OL welcomed Amiens to the Stade Gerland for the 25th matchday of D2. Only a few months after being founded and having started in professional football, the club is about to experience the first major shift in its sporting history.

Against the Picardy side, Oscar Heisserer's men won 4 goals to 2. If the opening of the score was the work of Mankowski (32 ', 0-1), Lyon quickly reversed the trend thanks to an equalizer by Alphonse Rolland (44', 1-1), another by Georges Dupraz (63 ', 2-1), Rolland getting his double (65', 3-1) then a final touch by Guy Friederich ( 85 ', 4-1), Amiens pulling one back through Carré (89', 4-2).

With the result, OL regained the lead in the league, which it had let slip two weeks earlier after a setback away to Metz (2-0), its direct competitor. Metz were idle on this 25th matchday of D2, due to  GSC Marseille having gone under during the season, and would see OL rob them of the leader's position.

It was place that the club will not give up until the end of the season. In its first appearance in French football, OL finished as Division 2 champion and entered the top flight. It was an incredible feat that took shape during this match against Amiens.

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