Retro Football: The Fax Sent From AC Milan To Ajax After Losing The 1995 Champions League Final (Photo)

Chris Wright

5th, June 2015

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By Chris Wright

By ‘eck, it was ridiculous how good that team was!

Shortly after Ajax’s golden generation had slogged their way to a 1-0 win over AC Milan in the 1995 Champions League Final, the latter sent the former a rather classy fax to congratulate them on their victory.

The fax was sent by Milan director Umberto Gandini to his Ajax counterpart, club administrator Gerard Holsheimer.

For the record, the ‘Frankie’ being referred to is Frank Rijkaard, who had returned to see out his career with boyhood club Ajax in 1993 after five incredibly successful years at Milan.

Here it be…


(Image via 101GG)

Here’s the fax in full…

Dear Gerard,

 May we congratulate you, your staff and all your club for the conquest of the Champions Cup in Vienna.

It has been a bitter sensation for us, as you imagine, but sincerely it was softer to lose with your club, because of the friendship between the directors, among the players and for Frankie.

We are glad for him, and I hope you will tell him because he will always be something special for Milan, as well as Ajax.

Best wishes for the Champions League next year, and please remember to everybody who is Milan (did you see the t-shirt “Who the **** is Milan”?).

Sincerely yours,

Umberto Gandini.

The t-shirt in question…


There’s an accompanying song too, set to the immortal strains of ‘Living Next Door To Alice’ by Bradford’s finest, Smokie…


Good times. Better times.

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  1. Richie says:

    As a Milan fan, the final was gutting; however, it remains to me one of the more enjoyable finals / games looking back, even although I wouldn’t think it at the time.

    A very underrated team when the true great teams are discussed imo; mainly due to the fact that just as it was reaching the peak of it’s power, bits and pieces of it were sold off left and right.

    Always struck me as ironic as to how successful the first trio of Dutch superstars transferred to Milan were (long before this final,) and then how woeful the second batch from this particular team were, when Milan tried to replicate that some years later. Not directly comparing Van Basten and company to Kluivert et al, obviously; they were all just such a disappointment however you want to look at it.

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