#OL70years one day, one season : 1975-76
The men of the season
Squad : Baldassara, Bernad, Cacchioni, Chemier, Chiesa, De Rocco, Delestre, Domenech, Ferrigno, Garrigues, Jodar, Lacombe, Lanthier, Lhomme, Maillard, Maneiro, Mariot, Mihajlovic, Paillot, Valette.
Manager: Aimé Mignot then Aimé Jacquet.
President : Edouard Rochet.
The story of the season
Despite the departure of Yves Chauveau and the long injury absence of Bernard Lacombe, OL made a great start in the league, and were in second position on the twelfth matchday. But the early elimination from the UEFA Cup against a fearsome FC Bruges changed the face of the season.
In Division 1, the Lyonnais gradually tumbled down the table until they were battling relegation. Survival was only obtained on the last day thanks to a victory against Troyes. Aimé Mignot was removed as manager mid-season. It was Aimé Jacquet, a young and only recently retired played who would take his first steps as a manager before achieving the success we know today…
The match of the season: St Symphorien - OL
OL's journey during the 1975/76 Coupe de France began in Bordeaux at Parc Lescure. Le petit poucet (the amateurs of St Symphorien) had the honor of hosting OL. The final score (9-0) was consistent with the difference in level and preparation between the two teams. But, four months later, Lyon's leaders will not have forgotten this amateur club and they would invite all the managers and players of St Symphorien to attend the final of the Coupe de France against Marseille.
The player : Bernard Lhomme
On June 22, 1976, Bernard Lhomme announced that he was leaving Lyon and ending his professional career. He was a hero who had played for only one club: OL. Since his first game in August 1966, the tough defender had played 295 official matches. This figure still makes him the fifteenth most capped player in our history today. He also stood out with the amateur team, since it was he who, during the 1968/69 season, scored the goal that allowed OL's CFA side to reach the National, a level it hasn't left since. On August 2, 1976, Lyon's leaders organized Bernard Lhomme's testimonial: a "friendly" between OL and Stoke City ending in a Lyon victory (2-1).
The season in numbers