Ipswich ideal venue for stag party

FORGET Dublin, Amsterdam and Prague – Ipswich has today become the new venue for a wild stag weekend. That's what 13 men from Glasgow think – they are spending the weekend sampling the town's finest watering holes and paying a visit to Portman Road to watch the Tractor Boys take on Watford.

FORGET Dublin, Amsterdam and Prague – Ipswich has today become the new venue for a wild stag weekend.

That's what 13 men from Glasgow think – they are spending the weekend sampling the town's finest watering holes and paying a visit to Portman Road to watch the Tractor Boys take on Watford.

Despite being Glasgow born and bred, Roger Mackenzie has never supported one of the 'old firm' giants of Rangers or Celtic.

Instead, the 30-year-old solicitor was captivated as a small boy by Bobby Robson's successful Ipswich side and his support of the Super Blues has remained strong ever since.


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He said: "I'm a long-time supporter of Ipswich ever since the late seventies.

"While most of the others who are coming on the stag weekend support Rangers or Celtic, I've always followed Ipswich."

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The Scottish revellers, who are staying at the Great White Horse Hotel, have all made shirts featuring Blues stars from the last 25 years. "There was a lot of demand for John Wark," he explained.

"I will be Dalian Atkinson and other names featured will include Paul Mariner, Mick Mills and Nigel Gleghorn."

Roger, who is getting married to Kirsty Hindle in Paisley in his native Scotland on April 10, has been to Portman Road before.

"I've seen them a few times at Portman Road, but they've never won. I think I'm a bad omen!"

Roger also goes to some away games, the last one being Town's 1-0 triumph at Wimbledon last season.

And what does bride-to-be Kirsty think about the weekend's activities?

"She's a bit worried," said Roger. "But she knows we'll be warmly welcomed, and there are no lap dancing clubs in Ipswich!"

He added: "We'll try not to drink too much."

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