Born Paris, 1st May 1892
International : 21 caps
Clubs : JAS Levallois, USA Clichy, Red Star (1913-1925).
Probably the most famous goalkeeper of the early days of French football. Without the intervention of the Great War, his honurs list would have been even more impressive.
Pierrot, the Parisian, had it all - agility, timing and an eye for the game. Chayriguès also was in posession of an enormous pair of hands.
He was one of the earliest exponents of diving to stop the ball, which ironically resulted in numerous injuries - he failed to have one cap between 1918 & 1923.
Tottenham tried to headhunt him, but destiny gave him his career with the Red Star.
Despite a serious injury after the war, during the Inter-Allies Games, Pierrot starred and helped Red Star to cup successes in 1921-1922 et 1923.
The 8-0 crushing of Luxembourg by France remained the biggest win, until the 10-0 demolition of Azebaidjan in 1995.
Chayriguès played in the 1924 Paris Olympics, against Lithunia at his beloved Stade de Saint-Ouen, not forgetting the match Spain-France, where no less than seven Red Star players were in the French line-up. Pierrot is surely one of footballs' legends. International :
Born Epinay, 7th January 1949
Clubs : Romainville, Stade Français, Sochaux, Nice, Sedan, CA Montreuil, Paris FC, Red Star (1976-1982), Périgueux.
Captain of the national amateur side, which took part in the Montreal Olympics in 1976 alongside a certain Michel Platini. Wing-back, Claude Chazottes played a key rôle in the Red Star defensive system played by Roger Lemerre. He took part in the re-birth of Red Star in 1978, climbing with the club back to division two.
Born December 29th 1940 in Las Rojas (Argentina)
International : 8 caps
Clubs : Lyon, Juventus de Turin, Varèse, Torino, Milan AC, Metz, Red Star (1973-1975).
Nestor the Lightning finished his professional career with Red Star. Those lucky enought o have witnessed his performances at Stade Bauer remember his lethal shooting which delighted the supporters. Despite being in the twilight of his career at Saint-Ouen, Combin was still a goal poacher, scoring forty goals in two season, including 24 in the promotion campaign alongside Jean-Claude Bras. A futher 15 came in the top flight, again alongside Bras but also in tandem with Roger Magnusson and Fleury Di Nallo both at the end of their careers. The duo Combin-Di Nallo could not save Red Star from relegation back to D2. Nestor is the last ever goalscorer for Red Star in Division One, at Lens (1-1), June 3rd 1975.
Before Red Star, Nestor had lifted the Coupe de France in 1964 alonside Fleury Di Nallo and another Franco-Argentinian Angel Rambert whilst at Lyon, beating Bordeaux thanks to two Combin goals. During the same season, Bordeaux claimed the scalp of Red Star in the quarter finals. Afterwards came the Italian adventure at Juventus, losing a Fairs Cup final in 1965 against Ferencvaros (Hungary) 1-0, but winning an Intercontinental Cup with AC Milan against the Argentinians of Estudiantes, 3-0 & 1-2 (first leg goal). He only featured eight times in the French National side, but nevertheless played in the 1966 World Cup finals in England at Wembley. International :
Born Montbéliard, 1st September 1970
Clubs : Sochaux, Perpignan, Red Star 93 (1997-1999), Laval, Sochaux.
Stéphane Crucet, a product of Sochauxs' youth academy. Excellent with free-kicks and penalties. Not a spectacular striker, but when in form he is very effective. Following a good season with Laval, Stéphane returns to his roots for the season 2000-2001 with a transfer to Sochaux.