Town shine on foreign tour

WITH football making the front pages for all the wrong reasons, one team can hold its head up high when on foreign shores . . . the Super Blues.For two "Tractor Girls" who bumped into the Ipswich Town players on their recent away-from-it-all training break in Tenerife had nothing but praise the club's stars and their behaviour.

WITH football making the front pages for all the wrong reasons, one team can hold its head up high when on foreign shores . . . the Super Blues.

For two "Tractor Girls" who bumped into the Ipswich Town players on their recent away-from-it-all training break in Tenerife had nothing but praise the club's stars and their behaviour.

Elizabeth Cade and her sister Beryl were enjoying their regular sunshine winter break on the holiday island when they read in the newspapers that the Town players were at their hotel.

"Their behaviour was absolutely impeccable and everyone remarked in the hotel on what a wonderful team they were," said Mrs Cade, 73, of Valley Walk, Felixstowe.


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"You keep reading the newspapers of all the scandals involving players and this business to do with the Leicester players, and it is lovely to be able to say that our players were a credit to Ipswich and to Joe Royle."

Mrs Cade and her sister are both big Town fans and were thrilled to be able to chat with the players and the manager, and take their photographs.

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They saw them first when they returned from a morning on the golf course.

"We spoke to Darren Bent and he wanted to know how we knew they were there and we told him we had read about their trip in the newspaper and he asked if he could read it," she said.

"Then later my sister had quite a long chat with Joe Royle and he was really nice and they all seemed very relaxed.

"I went to watch them training and when they were running I took some photographs and shouted 'Come on, Tractor Boys'.

"They shouted back, 'Are you a Tractor Girl?', but they can't have looked very closely because I am more of a Tractor Granny!

"But it was really nice to see them behave so well and to know that no flak would be coming their way."

Manager Joe Royle took the team out to Tenerife for a four-day training break after they slumped to a 4-2 defeat to lowly Burnley but insisted it was not a holiday, but a time for serious training as well as relaxation.

"It is important to do something like this at this time of the year. It's a long season. I have done it before with other clubs and it has had the desired effect," he said at the time.

nHave you met footballers on holiday? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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