Duo’s Eng­land ticket hopes for dream trip

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Telegraph - By Nick Reinis

A FOOT­BALL mad cou­ple have splashed out most of their hard­earned sav­ings on a trip of a life­time to the World Cup – even though it does not in­clude a sin­gle Eng­land match.

Mau­reen and Mick McKenna, from Eye, near Peter­bor­ough, jet­ted off yes­ter­day for a three-week trip to South Africa to watch some of the world’s best foot­ballers in ac­tion.

But while they have man­aged to se­cure tick­ets to five top games their jour­ney, which has cost them sev­eral thou­sand pounds, does not in­clude a sin­gle Eng­land match.

Peter­bor­ough United sea­son tick­etholder Mick (66) still hopes they will be able to get tick­ets to see the Three Lions while in South Africa.

He said: “I have never been to an Eng­land match be­fore be­cause the time has never been right, but we are hop­ing to be able to find some tick­ets out there.

“We’ve spent the ma­jor­ity of our sav­ings on the trip and I can’t wait to get out there.”

The trip was or­gan­ised by Mau­reen (62) as a birth­day sur­prise for her foot­bal­llov­ing hus­band.

It will in­volve the cou­ple trav­el­ling to three of the coun­try’s main cities – Cape Town, Jo­han­nes­burg and Dur­ban. But it is not only a foot­ball-re­lated trip as they will also take in the dra­matic sights that South Africa has to of­fer at the same time.

Mau­reen, a di­rec­tor of Waveney McKenna, in Park Road, Peter­bor­ough, said: “I ap­plied for the tick­ets in Oc­to­ber, be­fore we knew the dates of the Eng­land games, for my hus­band’s birth­day in Novem­ber.

“We’re go­ing on a sa­fari and to Robben Is­land, so we’ve got quite a lot planned for the trip.”

The cou­ple have left their son Steven McKenna (32), daugh­ter Estelle Thain (38) and five grand­chil­dren be­hind.

Al­though their fam­ily are pleased for them, a case of crossed wires with grand­son Da­nial McKenna (21) has left Mick in the dog­house.

He said: “The only one that’s not very happy is Da­nial be­cause he’s a big Man United fan.

“I spoke to him and said ‘we’re go­ing’ and he thought that he was too. But he’s get­ting over it now.”

As for the nation’s hopes of cap­tain Steven Ger­rard (pic­tured) lift­ing the fa­mous tro­phy on July 11, Mau­reen is qui­etly con­fi­dent about Eng­land’s prospects.

She added: “I think we’ve got a good chance. I have a good feel­ing and I think Eng­land will rise to the big oc­ca­sion.”

Pic­ture: david lown­des.

trip of a life­time: Mick and Mau­reen McKenna are on their trip of a life­time to the World Cup even though they have no Eng­land tick­ets. (METP-07-06-10DL075)

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