In 1980, Sliema Wanderers FC represented Malta in the UEFA Cup and were drawn against Spain's Barcelona in the opening round of the competition.

Twenty-five years have passed since the two-legged encounter with the mighty Catalans.

However, memories still live vividly in the minds of the Wanderers after the matches at the old Gzira Stadium and the mythical Nou Camp.

Current Sliema coach Edward Aquilina was also at the helm of the Blues in 1980.

On September 16, 1980, Sliema lost the home match 2-0, indeed a respectable score considering the strength of the opponents.

But, in Spain a fortnight later, the Maltese team figured even better as they held on to a slim 1-0 defeat, Barcelona's goal coming in the second half from a penalty.

Recently, a group of former Sliema players and officials had the occasion to bring back the old memories of the Barcelona matches after meeting at a social gathering, organised by avid Sliema supporter Eddie Aquilina at Louis Pace's Wigi's Restaurant.

Eddie Aquilina has also taken the initiative to try and organise a tour to the Nou Camp next month. He has already established contacts with Barcelona FC delegates on this matter.

Those seeking more details may do so by phoning 9947-3164 or e-mail - .

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