Duo’s England ticket hopes for dream trip
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.”
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)