And that's good news for the Ireland boss, who faces a big battle to beat the Dutch
giants on their home turf.
O'Connor's first experience of the Fairs Cup, now the UEFA Cup, was one of the good times as he helped Dundalk beat the Dutch
side Utrecht over two legs in 1968.
Walter Smith's men have a slim chance of living up to that billing after losing to Grasshopper and Auxerre but MUST beat the Dutch
on Wednesday night.
I'm backing Scotland not only to beat the Dutch
but make the final .
ITALY ought to take advantage of several notable absentees from HollandOs line-up to beat the Dutch
in tonightOs international friendly in Amsterdam, writes Ian Coyne.
But, if we're to beat the Dutch
we must not only stop Bergkamp but we also have to score against them.
Brown, whose side are 11-2 to beat the Dutch
, was cagey on the eve of the biggest game in his managerial career.
ARGENTINA 1978, 1986 The last of the 16-team finals in 1978 was memorable for the ticker tape plus the displays from Kempes, Luque, Ardiles, Passarella and Tarantini as hosts Argentina beat the Dutch
in extra time.
Oh Bonnie Boys we've wan last shout, Tae beat the Dutch
or we're out.
All the same, weakened Yugoslavia are 3-1 to reach the semis and 5-1 to beat the Dutch
over 90 minutes.
The 1980 finals, in Italy, were notable for a dazzling match in Naples where the West Germans, with Horst Hrubesch a threat up front, beat the Dutch
I've seen it all before with Scotland, we'll beat the Dutch
and miss out on a play-off spot by one goal.
Scotland can go to their place and win in August all right but the problem will be having to beat the Dutch
on September 9.
Romania would under normal circumstances be something like 3-1 to beat the Dutch
yet they are as short as 5-6.
It is a big ask, but if we can beat the Dutch
and Germany fail to beat Finland we are through.