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Euro travel arrangements mix up

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

OFFICIALS at Ipswich Town Football Club were today struggling to clear up the confusion surrounding the travel arrangements for their organised packages to Moscow supporting the Tractor Boys forthcoming adventure in Europe.

OFFICIALS at Ipswich Town Football Club were today struggling to clear up the confusion surrounding the travel arrangements for their organised packages to Moscow supporting the Tractor Boys forthcoming adventure in Europe.

Fans arrived at the club early in order to secure their place on the trip, only to discover that the details given to the press were incorrect.

The three packages on offer had been publicised as flying from Stansted Airport, however this turned out not to be the case.

Ipswich Town confirmed today that only the day trip at a cost of £310 will be flying from Stansted airport. The other two trips, which cost £380 and £475 and include a two-night stay, will be departing from Heathrow Airport, not Stansted as previously stated.

This mix-up left many fans angry and annoyed.

Three members of the 7:42 Blues left the ticket office very dissatisfied having gone to book their away trip package.

The three, known as Rambo, Higgo and Mitch, had gone to the ground to book the two-night package for their group of 13 at a cost of £380 per person, believing it flew from Stansted.

However, the group was annoyed when told that the flights were going from Heathrow.

One member of the group said: "Our telephones were red-hot last night trying to organise this trip.

"Now the club have not only told us that we are not flying from Stansted, but they can't even tell us what time the flights are. Trying to organise travel to and from the airport for 13 people isn't easy.

"If the flight is in the early hours of Wednesday morning, then realistically we need to be at the airport on Tuesday evening. This has the knock on effect of trying to get extra time off work. Basically all our plans are up in the air now."

The group say that they are dissatisfied with the lack of information and believes that the club shouldn't have publicised the travel packages until concrete details could be provided.

"We are looking for the club to look after us, now they don't want to know," said Mitch.

The group have paid their £50 deposit for the package, however, if the times are not convenient they have been told that they can go on the day tour subject to availability.

Despite their anger, the group will not let this situation ruin their planned trip to Moscow. All three men were in high spirits at the prospect of following their beloved football team in Europe and are looking forward to flying their flag in Red Square outside the Kremlin.

N For full details of the trips to Moscow see Page 34.

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