Blue and white at Heathrow Airport

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

MOSCOW was today preparing for invasion as the vanguard of the Blue Army flew into the city.

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By Paul Geater .. . .

MOSCOW was today preparing for invasion as the vanguard of the Blue Army flew into the city.

The first Ipswich Town fans were arriving in the Russian capital ahead of Thursday's UEFA cup clash with Torpedo Moscow.

Parts of Heathrow Airport were turned blue and white as the fans arrived for their morning flights.

"There are a lot of us here for the match," said Town fan and Star columnist Philip Ham.

"There's a very good atmosphere and we're looking forward to seeing the sights of Moscow.

"Because it is quite a big trip, a lot of people are making a short-break holiday of it.

"Some have been there since the weekend – and I'm staying in Moscow until Saturday," he said.

"I've never been to Moscow before although it's a place I've wanted to visit for years. It will be a good trip whatever the result on Thursday."

Most Town fans on official trips will be travelling out tomorrow – and for some the visit will be even shorter.

They are going on a day-trip with an early morning departure from Stansted on Thursday morning and returning after the match late that night.

For fans not able to make the 1,600-mile trip from Ipswich to Moscow, they will be able to see the match live on television.

Channel Five has secured the rights to the match, which kicks off at 6pm British time on Thursday. The programme starts at 5.50pm.

As Ipswich Town and the club's fans were concentrating on Europe, officials at the FA in London were still considering whether to investigate the incident of Norwich City's rogue scoreboard.

They have been told about Saturday's incident when the scoreboard at Carrow Road flashed the score "Manchester United 1 Scum 0" during the Canaries' match with Burnley.

"We have still not decided whether to investigate the incident," said a spokeswoman for the FA today.

N "We've nothing to fear", says Town stalwart. See back page.

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