Date:Monday May 5 2008
May 14 will see an estimated 100,000 Glasgow Rangers fans invade the City of Manchester when, Walter Smiths side face Zenit St Petersburg in the UEFA Cup Final.
Hotel rooms, air tickets and train seats have all become as hard to find as rocking horse ***t after the blue side of Glasgow beat Fiorentina on penalties in Thursday nights semi-final.
An estimated 15,000 tickets have been allocated to the Ibrox side, a figure that is woeful in terms of demand, especially when the City of Manchester Stadium holds close to 50,000 spectators.
David Edgar, spokesperson for the Rangers Supporters' Trust, said...
'We are looking at 100,000 fans going down. There are two ways Manchester can go about this. They can plan for what they want to happen or plan for what will happen.'
'Back on planet earth they need to be preparing for having 100,000 fans in the city. Manchester made the bid to get this final, they won it and now they have to deal with it.'
'They have to accept this is an exceptional situation and they will have to deal with it in an exceptional way.'
'People just want to be there. It's not just about watching the game at the stadium; it's about sharing the experience.'
A representative for Visit Manchester was quoted as saying...
'Virtually all hotel rooms in the city have been booked up'
Vital Manchester City says...
'Surely, the authorities could arrange the erection of huge screens in so-called Fans Zones. At least the Mad-Jocks (no offence meant) could he herded into designated areas, well away from the sane members of public!
Date:Monday May 5 2008
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