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Pub goers were holding their breath

PUBLISHED: 17:11 07 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

TOWN Centre pubs were brimming with expectation as crowds gathered to watch the long awaited Italian dream tie against Inter Milan.

While an army of Tractor Boys had made to pilgrimage to Milan many fans who weren't able to make the trip packed the pubs to watch their dreams take flight.

TOWN Centre pubs were brimming with expectation as crowds gathered to watch the long awaited Italian dream tie against Inter Milan.

While an army of Tractor Boys had made to pilgrimage to Milan many fans who weren't able to make the trip packed the pubs to watch their dreams take flight.

The streets were filled with Christmas shoppers hurriedly finishing their festive spree before heading back home or to the pub to watch the drama unfold.

Fingers were crossed and the mood was one of hesitant jubilation. Fans were willing their team to succeed for a second time against one of the giants of Europe.

"We can do it but it won't be easy. Hopefully the crowd in Milan will give the boys plenty of support," said one anxious supporter in the Christmas crowds.

In the Cock and Pye a sea of fans filled the bar desperate for a good position in front of the screens.

Cries of "Blue Army!" rang loud and the excitement was obvious.

Carol Francis, is a life long Ipswich fan, she said: "I have felt really excited all day. There is a possibility we will get hammered, but I have a good feeling about it, I think we will win."

Carol's daughter was at the game in Milan and Carol was keeping in regular phone contact.

"I am phoning her at half time. She said it is brilliant with just a sea of blue out there in the bars in the suburbs supporting the team," added Carol.

Others were a little more reserved in their expectations.

"I think they are going to struggle, if they don't score early then they have no chance," said James Hart, also in the Cock and Pye.


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