“There was such hatred. You couldn’t hear the national anthems of either England or Ireland, such was the booing going on.
“I was only a kid then, but I knew something was going to kick off,” he added.
Luckily, Nicky was with his friends in the south terrace which was away from the English hooligans who were in the upper West Stand.
However, he says he can still remember “all hell breaking loose” when Ireland scored after 20 minutes.
“The Irish fans celebrated that goal more than any goal at any Ireland match ever,” he recalled.
“But it was like an explosion because it drove the English fans crazy, and immediately they started ripping up their seats. You were looking at four or five thousand English fans and wondering what if they come this way.”
The 2FM presenter also remembers some Irish fans were eager to engage their English counterparts in a fight.
“There were Irish fans going out on the pitch who wanted a fight. I was in the middle of this wondering ‘where is this all going to stop?’”
The riots resulted in the match having to be called off and the Million Euro Challenge presenter remembers feeling worried for gardai who had been called in to deal with the hooligans.
“I remember walking out the turnstiles and seeing 10 garda vans and these guards looking quite scared putting their helmets and gloves on,” he said.
“Someone in the crowd shouted ‘go on lads, give it to them’ but they didn’t know what to expect.”
Nicky, who was just 16 at the time, then had to make his way to Ringsend to find a telephone box so that he could call his parents to let them know he was safe.
No one was killed at the riot but 20 people were seriously injured.
England and Ireland did not meet again until a friendly game on May 29, 2013 which took place at Wembley Stadium in London and finished in a 1-1 draw.