Friday, September 02, 2011
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TNS in Europe

Liverpool v TNS
Five goals in the two legs by Steven Gerrard made all the difference when TNS faced European champions Liverpool in 2005.
THE record books show that TNS lost both legs of their history-making Champions League ties in 2005 by a 3-0 scoreline.
There is no disgrace in that against the reigning European title holders, but what the bare facts conceal is how two plucky performances ran Liverpool much closer than that.
Although it took heroic displays from goalkeeper Gerard Doherty in both games to keep Liverpool's strike force at bay, Saints were just two minutes for leaving Anfield on the wrong end of a 2-0 result.
And in the return leg at Wrexham, Steven Beck hit a post and Marc Lloyd Williams saw a goal controversially ruled out for offside while the Reds were just 1-0 ahead.
It took two late strikes in a minute from skipper Steven Gerrard to save the visitors' blushes.

TNS have a long record of participating in European competition - the Champions League meetings with Liverpool in 2005 were the seventh time that the Saints have been in Europe.
Unfortunately, the club has a string of poor results in UEFA competitions, but it is still quite an achievement for a club of our size to have played so often in Europe, especially when you consider that it is only 15 years ago that we made the step up from amateur football.
The 1988/89 season proved to be a disappointment to say the least, ending with the Club in turmoil, and in real danger of folding. Because of these difficulties, an emergency meeting was called, which resulted in a number of new members being added to the existing committee. With this new committee the whole outlook of the Club was about to change. We continued to run a team in the local amateur league, but also took the bold step of entering a side higher up the Welsh pyramid system and into the Mid-Wales League.
That proved to be the first step on our meteoric rise to the Welsh Premier League, which was achieved in only four years.
The Committee members that made that decision back in July 1989 could never in their wildest dreams have envisaged what the Club would go on to achieve over the following years.

Welcome to Poland
Welcome to Poland! The Ruch Chorzow fans greet Llansantffraid FC in 1996.
The club's first success in the Welsh Premier came in 1995 when we won the League of Wales Cup, but even better was to follow the next season (1995/96) when we won the Welsh Cup at the old National Stadium in Cardiff (the last football match to be played there before its demolition).
First European game
That win paved the way for our first ever entry into Europe, in the now defunct European Cup Winners' Cup. The opponents that night were former 14-times Polish Champions, KS Ruch Chorzow, a highly rated team which included no less than five Polish internationals in their starting line-up. Due to the high standard of ground criteria needed to play in Europe our "home" leg was played at the Racecourse Ground, Wrexham.
The match started at a breathtaking pace, with the visitors applying early pressure which resulted in them taking a deserved lead as early as the sixth minute. After that goal, Ruch Chorzow rarely troubled us over the next hour, which gave us the confidence to push forward looking for an equaliser.
That equaliser eventually came in the 82nd minute and was just reward for the hard work we had put into the game.
The goal came as a result of a goalmouth scramble, when the ball broke to defender Aneurin Thomas whose fierce shot from outside the box was deflected past the keeper to put us all square on the night.
This stung the visitors into action once again, and they went all out to regain their lead, but some good strong defending managed to keep them out and make it a memorable start to our first ever European campaign.
Unfortunately, the outcome of the away match in Poland did not have a fairytale ending as we went out to a 5-0 defeat in front of a 7,000 crowd.
It may have ended in failure, but it was an unforgettable trip for both the players and supporters that made the long journey.
Aggregate score 1-5

European record

1996/7 EUROPEAN CUP WINNERS'' CUP
8 August 2021 / Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Wrexham)
TNS 1-1 KS Ruch Chorzow (Poland)
22 August 2021 / Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Warsaw)
KS Ruch Chorzow 5-0 TNS
2000/2001 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
12 July 2021 / Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Wrexham)
TNS 2-2 Levadia Maardu (Estonia)
19 July 2021 / Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Tallin)
Levadia Maardu 2-2 TNS
2001/2 UEFA CUP
9 Aug 2021 / Qualifying round 1st leg (Lodz)
Polonia Warsaw 4-0 TNS
23 Aug 2021 / Qualifying round 2nd leg (Wrexham)
TNS 0-2 Polonia Warsaw
2002/3 UEFA CUP
15 August 2021 / Qualifying round 1st leg (Lodz)
Amica Wronki (Poland) 5-0 TNS
29 Aug 2021 / Qualifying round 2nd leg (Newtown)
TNS 2-7 Amica Wronki
2003/4 UEFA CUP
14 Aug 2021 / Qualifying round 1st leg (Manchester)
Manchester City 5-0 TNS
28 Aug 2021 / Qualifying round 2nd leg (Cardiff)
TNS 0-2 Manchester City
2004/5 UEFA CUP
15 Jul 2021 / Qualifying round 1st leg (Vaxjo)
Osters IF (Sweden) 2-0 TNS
29 Jul 2021 / Qualifying round 2nd leg (Wrexham)
TNS 1-2 Osters IF (Sweden)
2005/6 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
13 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Anfield)
Liverpool 3-0 TNS
19 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Wrexham)
TNS 0-3 Liverpool
2006/7 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
12 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Anjalankoski)
MyPa-47 1-0 TNS
19 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Newtown)
TNS 0-1 MyPa-47
2007/8 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
17 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Newtown)
TNS 3-2 FK Ventspils
25 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Ventspils)
FK Ventspils 2-1 TNS
2008/9 UEFA CUP
17 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Marijampole)
FK Suduva 1-0 TNS
31 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Newtown)
TNS 0-1 FK Suduva
2009/10 EUROPA LEAGUE
2 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Reykjavik)
FRAM Reykjavik 2-1 TNS
9 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Oswestry)
TNS 1-2 FRAM Reykjavik
2010 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
13 Jul 2021 / 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Dublin)
Bohemian 1-0 TNS
20 Jul 2021 / 2nd Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Oswestry)
TNS 4-0 Bohemian
27 Jul 2021 / 3rd Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Wrexham)
TNS 1-3 Anderlecht
3 Aug 2021 / 3rd Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Brussels)
Anderlecht 3-0 TNS
2010/11 EUROPA LEAGUE
19 Aug 2021 / 4th Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Sofia)
CSKA Sofia 3-0 TNS
26 Aug 2021 / 4th Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Wrexham)
TNS 2-2 CSKA Sofia
2011/12 EUROPA LEAGUE
30 Jun 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Oswestry)
TNS 1-1 Cliftonville
7 Jul 2021 / 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Belfast)
Cliftonville 0-1 TNS
14 Jul 2021 / 2nd Qualifying Round 1st Leg (Oswestry)
TNS 1-3 FC Midjtylland
21 Jul 2021 / 2nd Qualifying Round 2nd Leg (Herning)
FC Midtjylland 5-2 TNS