Enjoy these photo memories showcasing how Leeds embraced the spirit of Euro 96. PIC: Peter Thacker

Euro 1996 - When football fever swept across Leeds

It was a month filled with hope and one in which everyone thought football was coming home.

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 7:53 am

Leeds like the rest of the country and beyond in June 1996 was swept up by footie fever as the Three Lions aimed to win the European Championships in their own back yard. England fans came together in the city's pubs, bars and restaurants to share the ups and downs and the final agony of a penalty shoot out exit at the hands of Germany in the semi-final. Your city welcomed visitors from across the pond with Elland Road hosting three Group B games - Spain v Bulgaria, France v Spain and Romania v Spain - as well as providing a base for defending champions Denmark. Leeds also hosted a series of Euro 96 themed events and celebrations throughout the duration of the tournament. These photos, plucked from the YEP archive, aim to transform you back to a time of hope and expectation. READ MORE: 35 photos to take you back to Leeds in 1996 LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook

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