Army of St Gallen fans march through city to Liberty Stadium
ST Gallen fans marched up High Street - singing at the top of their voices as their team prepared to face Swansea City in the Europa League at the Liberty Stadium last night.
The massive crowd, escorted by police on foot and in vehicles closed parts of the city centre as they strode and sang.
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Some facts about St Gallen:
ST Gallen are the oldest side in Switzerland and continental Europe having been founded in 1879.
But in that time they have enjoyed relatively little success.
The Swiss Super League side have won their country’s championship just twice, in 1904 and 2000, the Swiss Cup in 1969 and Swiss League Cup in 1978.
In recent years they have become something of a yo-yo side after being relegated to the country’s second tier in both 2008 and 2011.
They followed that latest set-back by earning promotion back to the top flight a year later and finished third in that division last season.
St Gallen have limited European experience, having never before reached the group stages of Continental competition, but did once manage a landmark victory over Chelsea.
In 2000, they secured a 2-1 aggregate Uefa Cup first round triumph against the Blues, winning 2-0 at home and losing 1-0 away, before bowing out to Club Brugge at the next stage.
They entered this season’s Europa League in the second qualifying round, beating Spartak Moscow 5-3 over two legs before overcoming another Russian side, Kuban Krasnodar, in their first Group A game.
Striker Goran Karanovic has scored three of their seven European goals so far, having moved to St Gallen from Geneva-based Servetta in the summer.
Another notable player is veteran defender Martin Stocklasa, who has appeared for Liechtenstein 109 times, but is not the country’s most capped player.
Managed by Jeff Saibene, a former Standard Liege midfielder and Luxembourg international, St Gallen currently sit fourth in the Swiss top flight after winning four, drawing three and losing two of their opening nine games.
They have played at the 19,694-capacity AFG Arena since 2008, a ground temporarily shared with second tier side FC Wil.