20th Sep, 2020

Having a great time in Russia - Redditch Blues on the England trail

Harry Leach 29th Jun, 2018

A GROUP of Redditch football fans are having a fantastic time in Russia supporting England during the 2018 World Cup.

The group is made up of members of the Redditch branch of Birmingham City FC Supporters Club – and are known as the ‘Redditch Blues’.

Every single member, including Peter Courts, from Lineholt Close in Oakenshaw, have official tickets for all the England games leading up to and including the final.

The Redditch Blues arrived in Volgograd for England’s first game after a five hour stop in Moscow on June 16.

“There seems to be a smaller number of England fans here than normal but it hasn’t hindered our celebrations,” said Peter.

“The Russians, without exception, are falling over themselves to make us feel welcome and wanted.

“There is no hostility or bad vibes and the prices out here are very reasonable – the beer is fantastic.

“We enjoyed the first game against Tunisia immensely.

“It was fantastic watching Harry Kane’s late goal give us all three points.

“When he scored it sent us and the crowd into a complete frenzy.

“Afterwards we travelled to Nizhny Novgorod for the game against Panama, which was an even better result.

“Everyone out here wants to have their picture taken with our flag and all the press are desperately looking for the English.

“We’ve been interviewed by Russian and Brazilian TV, the Sun, the Mirror and the BBC.”

The Redditch Blues are currently in Kaliningrad after watching England vs Belgium.

With England already through to the last 16 of the competition, the group will now be looking at their timetables to work out where they are heading to next.

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