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No-go to Yugo gives fans the Blues

PUBLISHED: 03:41 29 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:45 03 March 2010

NO-go on the trip to Yugo has given a loyal pair of fans the blues after their flight to watch Ipswich Town play in Yugoslavia was cancelled.

They were among 39 Ipswich Town fans planning to fly out to Smederevo with travel company Sport Options to watch next Thursday's UEFA Cup match between Ipswich Town and FK Sartid.

NO-go on the trip to Yugo has given a loyal pair of fans the blues after their flight to watch Ipswich Town play in Yugoslavia was cancelled.

They were among 39 Ipswich Town fans planning to fly out to Smederevo with travel company Sport Options to watch next Thursday's UEFA Cup match between Ipswich Town and FK Sartid.

But their hopes have now been dashed following news that the day-trip – which would have cost £210 – has been cancelled due to a lack of numbers.

Elizabeth Edwards, 42, of Mere Gardens, Rushmere St Andrew, was left in tears after learning the news.

She is such an avid fan that after her marriage to Tim, she had a service of blessing on the Portman Road pitch before Ipswich Town played Tottenham in December, 2000.

She said: "My husband rang and told me the Yugoslavia trip had been cancelled.

"I didn't believe him at first but then the realisation brought me to tears.

"I follow Ipswich everywhere but I am completely stuck now because I could only do the day trip.

"The football club have been fantastic trying to see if they could fit us onto one their trips but they are all booked up."

Elizabeth, who has followed Ipswich throughout Europe, spoke to Sport Options about her disappointment.

She said: "I said to them that you must have known weeks ago that this was going to be a problem but they didn't seem interested."

Another disappointed fan is taxi driver Billy Case, 35, of Adastral Close, Felixstowe.

He said: "I only booked it up on Monday after deciding that I wanted to go. That is why I am so disappointed – but I was surprised that there were so few people wanting to go."

Billy has also followed Ipswich throughout Europe in the past two seasons and is now hoping for the chance of another European adventure.

A spokesman for Sport Options said the trip was cancelled due to a lack of support.

He said: "We had 39 people on a 185-seater plane and could not run it. We ran a trip to Moscow last year that was not full but we couldn't justify this trip.

"After the first leg we thought there could be a surge of bookings but only two people booked up between Thursday and Monday so we sent letters out on Tuesday saying the trip was cancelled."

He added the company had made many friends among the Ipswich Town fans last season and that the company would be running a trip to the next round if Ipswich got through.

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