Saracens - Supporters guide to St-Etienne

Apr 16, 2015

Supporters guide to St-Etienne

Saracens face familiar European adversaries ASM Clermont Auvergne in the semi-final of the European Champions Cup on Saturday at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in French city of St-Etienne.

We take a closer look at the city and what it has to offer to fans making the trip across the channel.

Facts about the historic Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

[caption id="attachment_40267" align="alignnone" width="560"]Stade Geoffroy Guichard slider The Stade Geoffroy Guichard is nicknamed the ‘Chaudron’[/caption]

  • Not the home of Clermont Auvergne, with their home stadium being Marcel-Michelin.
  • Last time Clermont played there was in 2010, in the semi-final over the Top 14 against Toulon. The team won 35-29 as they went on to win their first and only Top 14 title.
  • Stadium is home to the legendary French football team St Etienne.
  • Stade Geoffroy Guichard nicknamed the ‘Chaudron’ or the cauldron for its atmosphere.
  • Capacity: 42,000
  • David Beckham was sent off in the stadium back in the 1998 World Cup, when England lost to Argentina on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the quarter-final stage.
  • Stadium for the 2007 Rugby World Cup- Saracens forwards Kelly Brown & Jim Hamilton played in Scotland’s group stage win against Italy 18-16 held there.


[caption id="attachment_40558" align="alignnone" width="560"]Scotland's scrum-half Mike Blair (C) pas Lock forward Hamilton (pictured) was part of the Scotland team in 2007[/caption]

Facts about Saint-Etienne

Inhabitants are called ‘Stéphanois’ in French.

Industrial town, former mining town.

Museums: -Musée d'Art Moderne- has one of the largest collections of modern and contemporary art in France.

-Musée de la Mine- Mining museum

-Musée de l'Art et de l'Industrie- Museum of art and of the industry.

Their football side is one of the country’s most successful, winning the Ligue 1 a record 10 times.

Transport: - Airport: Saint-Étienne - Bouthéon Airport

- Main train station: Gare de Saint-Étienne-Châteaucreux- offers regional lines and high speed services between Lyon and St-Etienne

- Tramway operates throughout the city and is most convenient mode of transportation around the city.

Notable people: -Former Bayern Munich and France footballer Willy Sagnol, World Cup finalist in 2006.

Things to do

Nominated as the ‘City of Design’ in 2010 by UNESCO, art and artistic design can be seen throughout the city.

Notable sites:

- Cité du design: university buildings that hold many art and design expositions which are open to the public.

- Le Zénith: an architectural masterpiece, the Zénith has a capacity of 7,200 and hosts theatre spectacles, sporting events, conventions, parties…

- Firminy Vert: one of Le Corbusier’s biggest projects is just 20 minutes away from Saint-Etienne. Site has a museum on Le Corbuiser.

For more ideas on how to spend your time in Saint-Etienne visit, click here.

Lyon, France’s 3rd city is just a 50 minute train ride away. The city, renowned for its historic and architectural landmarks is a must see!

Where to go for a pint

Smoking Dog: 5 rue Georges Dupre, 42000, Saint-Etienne

If your looking for an old-fashioned English pub to feel at home, look no further!

Le Barberousse: 27 rue Leon Nautin, 42000, Saint-Etienne

With a warm setting, Le Barberousse offers a wide variety of different rums and beverages.

Lipopette Bar: 5 rue Saint-Francois, 42000, Saint-Etienne

If you want good beer and a game of pool, head down to the Lipopette!

Where to go for a bite to eat

Quai d’eux: 19 rue du 11 novembre, 42000, Saint-Etienne

Enjoy some traditional French cuisine just a few metres from Place Badouillère.

Les négociants: 115 rue Bergson, 42000, Saint-Etienne

Enjoy some fine French cuisine in a typical bistro atmosphere!

Restaurant Kokot: 10 rue Denis Escoffier, 42000, Saint-Etienne

Looking for a quick bite to eat? Head down to restaurant Kokot, this trendy low-priced, fast service establishment won’t leave you disappointed!

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