Nicknames: Les Sang et Or (Blood and Gold)
UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
• League title: 1 (1998)
• French League Cup: 1 (1999)
• Formed in 1906 to sate a growing passion for football among students congregating in the city's Place Verte, the club, initially under the name Racing Club Lensois, played their first matches in the provincial Artois league the following year.
• The club originally used the colours green and black, the former representing the name of the park in which the founding members met and the latter alluding to the region's burgeoning coal mining industry. After a brief stint using a light blue kit, Lens adopted their now-trademark red and gold jerseys in 1924.
• Professional football was introduced in France in 1932 but Lens would wait until 1934/35 before competing in Division 2. Les Sang et Or would win that competition two seasons later, winning promotion to the top flight.
• By that point the club were happily installed in the Stade Félix-Bollaert, a ground they still occupy today.
• Runners-up twice in the 1950s and again in 1976/77, Lens won their first – and thus far only – French title in 1997/98 under coach Daniel Leclercq. That success capped the most successful decade in the club's history, which also produced two League Cup triumphs.
• European adventures followed, Lens reaching the semi-finals if the UEFA Cup in 1999/2000 and winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2005 and 2007.
Most appearances: Éric Sikora (497)
Most goals: Ahmed Oudjani, Maryan Wisniewski (93)
Record victory: RC Lens 10-2 RC Paris (Division 1, 8 December 1963)
Record defeat: EA Guingamp 7-0 RC Lens (Ligue 2, 10 May 2013)
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