Euro 96, the complete history, part two: The opening ceremony and England vs Switzerland

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This is part two of this feature: Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

Pleasingly for traditionalists, the first game of Euro 96 kicked off at 3pm on a Saturday. Less happily, it was preceded by an opening ceremony featuring Mick Hucknall in a grey shirt and even greyer suit, retooling Simply Red’s lift music into the easily (and eagerly) forgotten official Euro 96 dirge We’re In This Together. A better anthem would emerge. 

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Gary Parkinson is a freelance writer, editor, trainer, muso, singer, actor and coach. He spent 14 years at FourFourTwo as the Global Digital Editor and continues to regularly contribute to the magazine and website, including major features on Euro 96, Subbuteo, Robert Maxwell and the inside story of Liverpool's 1990 title win. He is also a Bolton Wanderers fan.

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