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Fans on their way to Sweden

PUBLISHED: 18:00 31 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

DIEHARD Ipswich fans are hoping to enjoy the Swede smell of success when their European odyssey continues tomorrow.

And some of the tractor boys will be easily spotted among the 12,000 crowd in Helsinborg - thanks to this whopping Evening Star banner.

DIEHARD Ipswich fans are hoping to enjoy the Swede smell of success when their European odyssey continues tomorrow.

And some of the tractor boys will be easily spotted among the 12,000 crowd in Helsinborg – thanks to this whopping Evening Star banner.

The banner ensures that the Ipswich fans at one end of the stadium are sure to get their message across – in English at least.

The fans pictured along with Evening Star brand manager Austen Dack are John Bamford and Billy Hinshelwood. They will be among the 2,000 fans making the trip from Suffolk to Scandinavia for tomorrow night's UEFA Cup tie.

Both men were among a party who travelled to Moscow for the first round match against Torpedo Moscow and now the lads have their sights firmly set on the third round.

Mr Hinshelwood said: "I think we are going to pinch a 2-1 win and then get a draw to go to a big club in Spain."

For Mr Bamford the trip marks a particular milestone. He said: "It's my sixtieth birthday and my wonderful wife is letting me go to Sweden."

The two are part of a group of 100 who all went to the first tie and are continuing their European tour.

Mr Bamford, who played a major part in organising the trip, continued: "We went with a company called Russia House and it went very smoothly, everybody had their visas well in advance.

"Everybody had a wonderful time in Moscow and said the winning was the icing on the cake."

He added that the trip was great from football, cultural and business perspectives. He said the people he went with represented 60 small companies who were able to forge links in Russia.

Like many Ipswich fans the party will head to Copenhagen to take in the delights of a capital city before ferrying across to Sweden.

Mr Bamford added: "All the supporters in Moscow were tremendous and I'm sure it will be another great occasion."

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