A Moment in Time

Twenty years ago today the new Shed End opened its doors for the very first time, and to mark the anniversary we have picked out some images from the win over Southampton that day. 

We started the 1997/98 season with three away games to allow extra time for the new Shed - pictured in the top picture on the right - to be completed. Redevelopment of our famous home end began in the summer of 1994 as top-flight grounds around the country were required to become all-seater. 

And how the Blues christened the new stand! Four goals were scored in front of it before half-time...

Dan Petrescu got us up and running with a wonderful 20-yard chip that sailed over Southampton's keeper Paul Jones and into the net. 
 

Dennis Wise and Gianfranco Zola combine to take a corner in front of the Shed and the new scoreboard clearly displaying the Blues ahead. 
 

A mistake from goalkeeper Ed de Goey allowed Kevin Davies to equalise but within three minutes Frank Leboeuf had put us back ahead, nudging a header over the line from point-blank range. 
 

And here the Frenchman celebrates his goal with Petrescu congratulating Gus Poyet in the background. It was the Uruguayan's header that was cleared off the line in Leboeuf's direction. 
 

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Mark Hughes made it three in 30 minutes with a trademark header and bowed down in front of his celebratory fans in the Shed End. 
 

There was still time in the first half for the skipper to get in on the act, Wise sliding home goal number four before the break. Those on the new seats in the Shed End got quite a treat, and the 4-2 win moved the Blues up to fourth in the early-season table.