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Town fans leave for Italian job

PUBLISHED: 22:08 03 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

"HANG on a minute, lads. I've got a great idea!"

That was the reaction at TXU Energi as Ipswich Town joined the Self-Preservation Society with their famous one-nil victory over Inter Milan.

"HANG on a minute, lads. I've got a great idea!"

That was the reaction at TXU Energi as Ipswich Town joined the Self-Preservation Society with their famous one-nil victory over Inter Milan.

So as the Town players and officials prepare for the Italian Job 2, a father and son team from Ipswich are on their way to Milan . . . by Mini Cooper!

The inspiration for the trip came from the classic 1969 caper movie The Italian Job, starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward.

TXU ran a competition offering the use of a Mini Cooper for two fans to get to Milan, along with accommodation and tickets for the big match.

Mini Coopers featured in the movie as a gang of bank robbers tried to shift millions of lira worth of gold through the streets of Turin – and a traffic jam.

Michael and Mike Ruffles won the competition, and are now heading off on their first away match in Europe.

They expect to arrive in Milan by lunchtime on Wednesday, the day before the big match.

"It's great," said Mike. "My job usually prevents me from going to away matches but this should be a great adventure."

They'll be no mistaking their transport as they join another 8,000 Town fans heading for the San Siro stadium.

Town's officials are hopeful that the club's fans will keep up its good name during the trip.

The message from the club is clear: "We're only supposed to blow the b***** team away!"

N How to be a Milanaire … see page 10.


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