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Blue planet for much travelled Mick

PUBLISHED: 17:45 05 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

THE Tractor Boys mean the world to this Stateside Ipswich Town fan who will be in Italy roaring on the Super Blues.

Mick Scrivener is founding secretary of the Ipswich Town FC North American Supporters Club, and the San Diego-based broker reckons he has covered "well over of 100,000 miles" in his quest to follow his beloved team.

THE Tractor Boys mean the world to this Stateside Ipswich Town fan who will be in Italy roaring on the Super Blues.

Mick Scrivener is founding secretary of the Ipswich Town FC North American Supporters Club, and the San Diego-based broker reckons he has covered "well over of 100,000 miles" in his quest to follow his beloved team.

He went to Helsingborg and he's preparing to cross the Atlantic yet again for the Blues' biggest European match for 20 years in Milan.

He may live thousands of miles away but his heart is firmly at Portman Road - he even proposed to his wife on bended knee on its hallowed turf!

But he knows that there fellow fans who share his globetrotting passion - and spoke admiringly of another member of ITFCNAS who even travelled from his native Texas to Moscow for the Torpedo tie.

"There are many, many fans as dedicated as I am," said the 36-year-old, who has supported Ipswich since 1975 "when they beat Leeds in the FA Cup quarter final".

His mother Valerie was brought up in Ipswich, and even though he lived in Clacton he followed the Blues through thick and thin.

"I got tickets and flew over for the play-offs but because Ipswich didn't make the final I ended up watching two teams I didn't have any interest in," he said.

"I remember I flew over on a Friday for a cup game against Birmingham. I arrived on Sat, slept at my parents, went to the game Sunday on the Clacton supporters coach, came back and flew back Monday."

He moved to the States in 1992 and 18 months ago set up the official fanclub for ex-pat Tractor Boy fans and all-American Blues supporters, www.portmanroad.com

The number of members is now nearing 80 - and Mr Scrivener is continuing to spread the word, although he admits it is sometimes hard as his American friends think he is "completely mad".

"I tried to explain to a few of my friends that 8,000 Ipswich fans are going out to Milan. But they couldn't get their heads round it. For them, of it's more than 20 miles away they won't travel," he joked. "They don't have any idea about away matches."

weblink: www.portmanroad.com


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