Round of 32
The 1993/1994 season was an important one for the history of the club. President René Ruello called upon Michel Le Milinaire to manage the team in place of Didier Notheaux. Amongst the new signings, the club took a gamble on youth with Pierre-Yves André and notably the experience of Bruno Roux and Loïc Lambert. The season started with a win by forfeit at Le Mans after the "Fiawoo incident". After 4 victories in August, the club was in the groove and heading for promotion. In spite of a run of 5 games without a win in January and February 1994, the Red and Blacks sealed promotion with a goal by Laurent Huard on the penultimate weekend of the season at Istres. After this vintage year for the generation of Sylvain Wiltord (9 goals) and Jocelyn Gourvennec (14 goals), the went on the secure the longest run of seasons in the top flight in the club’s history.