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Town fans face expensive trip to Moscow

PUBLISHED: 15:03 24 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

IPSWICH fans will need to dig deep in to their pockets after the Tractor Boys were drawn against

Torpedo Moscow in the First Round of the UEFA Cup.

After the first leg, to be played at Portman Road on September 13, Ipswich will travel to Russia for the second leg two weeks later.

IPSWICH fans will need to dig deep in to their pockets after the Tractor Boys were drawn against

Torpedo Moscow in the First Round of the UEFA Cup.

After the first leg, to be played at Portman Road on September 13, Ipswich will travel to Russia for the second leg two weeks later.

The game will take place in the stadium where British athletes Steve Ovett, Alan Wells, Seb Coe and Daley Thompson won gold medals in the 1980 Moscow Olympics

In today's draw, which took place in Monaco, Ipswich were one of the eight seeded teams and could faced trips to Cyprus, Denmark, Finland or even to Kilmarnock in Scotland.

Chairman of the Ipswich Town supporters club Phillip Houseley said it would be a difficult draw when news of Town's first round opponents was broken to him.

"Some of the fans will be disappointed as it will be difficult to get there and it will be expensive for the fans. It's a dangerous place and it will be a quick trip – my advice is for fans not to hang around.

"It's an attractive first round draw but slightly disappointing - we will have to wait for the second round draw!"

Asked which team he would have preferred, Mr Houseley said he would have chosen a trip to Denmark to watch Silkeborg or to Cyprus to watch Apollon Limassol.

It had been thought supporters travelling to the first round match could have used Norwich Airport, but Mr Houseley said that chartered flights from Norwich would be too small.

He suggested that fans would probably be flying out to Moscow from either Luton or Gatwick as chartered flights from those two airports can cater for larger flights.

While in Russia's capital Town fans can take in many of the city's world famous landmarks including the Red Square and the Kremlin.

Phil Ham, editor of Those Were The Days Fanzine said of today's draw:

"It's an interesting one – most people would have preferred some thing closer to home and would have preferred to play the away leg first. It will be tricky, but we should get a result. I don't know a lot about them but their ground is fantastic and one of the best in Europe."

Mr Ham said that the cost to fans would be increased by a visa, which would be needed to enter Russia.

Torpedo have a decent pedigree in European competition. In 1992 they beat Manchester United in the first round of the UEFA Cup on penalties after two 0-0 draws.

Fellow British entrants Rangers also face a trip to Russia to take on FC Makhachkala.

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