RANGERS Europa final opponents Eintracht Frankfurt are one of a number of glamour teams in European football competition to have stayed in Largs over the years.

As Giovanni van Bronckhorst's side head to Seville this evening for their historic Europa Cup final, it is 62 years since the Ibrox side's opponents stayed in the much-missed Marine and Curlinghall hotel on the 'Ayrshire Riviera'.

Unfortunately for then-German league champions, the sea air didn't do Frankfurt any favours as they were on the wrong side of a 7-3 scoreline as they were defeated by European powerhouse Real Madrid at Hampden Park in a match which has been described as the greatest ever to have taken place on Scottish soil.

The game was played in Glasgow in front of 127,000 people in 1960.

Eintracht briefly went ahead in the 18th minute, but a hat-trick from Alfredo Di Stefano and a four goal haul from Ferenc Puskas did the damage, despite two late goals from the Germans. Pictured is a menu from pre-match dinner which was signed by the Eintracht team for the waiter at the Marine and Curlinghall Hotel.

Over the years many great teams stayed in the town, including the Scottish national team who were regulars at the Marine and Curlinghall and The Queens Hotel. Celtic also stayed at the Seamill Hydro in preparations for their European Cup final in 1967 and continued to be regular visitors for years after.

It is also 60 years since European football giants Athletico Madrid stayed in Largs at the Marine.

The La Liga side visited Largs in 1962 before playing Fiorentina in a UEFA Cup Final at Hampden Park.

The News reported: "The provosts of Largs have received a variety of football clubs from across Europe, but there has been no more cheerful party than the courteous players and officials of the Spanish cup holders, who were given a civic welcome at the Municipal Chambers."

Provost Herbert Acheson said, through an interpreter, that Atletico were one of the finest teams in the world and Largs was highly honoured that they had chosen the town to stay.

The club President, Senor Zavier Barosso, spoke with appreciation of the kindness they had been shown and the quality of the football facilities offered 'in this lovely place'.

The match finished 1-1, with Atletico winning the replay 3-0 in Stuttgart.

The Marine and Curlinghall Hotel was based in Broomfields and was an amalgamation of the Marine and Curlinghall hotels in the 1950s. It was run for decades by the Fulton family.

The hotel was also famed for its sprung dancefloor which hosted ballroom events, and was also popular for large dinners and conferences until it closed and was demolished in the early 1980s.