Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 13°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich: Town fans Jerry and John Gray fly the Tractor Boys flag at World Cup in Brazil

11:34 01 July 2014

Jerry and Jon with their Ipswich Town flag

Jerry and Jon with their Ipswich Town flag

Archant

While watching England’s recent matches against Uruguay or Costa Rica, fans from Suffolk might have spotted a Tractor Boys flag waving amongst the crowd.

shares
Jerry and Jon with Chris KamaraJerry and Jon with Chris Kamara

It was probably that of Jerry Gray, who travelled to Brazil for this year’s World Cup along with his son John, who turns 18 this year and received the tickets as a birthday gift.

The Ipswich Town season-ticket holders are from Capel St Mary and have been planning the trip since last year.

But they never imagined the trip would garner so much attention for their local club.

Not only did Jerry and John raise their Ipswich town flag in São Paulo stadium and Belo Horizonte, but they also did interviews with the BBC, Sky TV, Hong Kong TV and Brazil TV, as well as appearing on the Twitter page of Chris Kamara for his 1.8 million followers.

“They were very strict because of the FIFA rules, only flags of a certain size were allowed in,” said Jerry.

“The command of English over there is very limited, if you were travelling on your own you would need some Portuguese or Spanish, so if flags had writing on them they were afraid that it wasn’t saying particularly nice things.

“But we managed to sweet talk a guard at the stand and we were able to hold it up in the ground at Sao Paolo but we were careful that we didn’t get it out in the ground at Belo Horizonte.

“In one of the grounds there was a Norwich flag as well and in our party there were about three Norwich fans and then we bumped into some Ipswich fans.”

It was just before the Uruguay game that a swathe of TV reporters approached Jerry and his friends for an interview. Not long after he received an email from a colleague in Hong Kong saying he’d seen him on the news.

Not long after he bumped into football pundit Chris Kamara, and a selfie taken by Chris and posted on Twitter featured Jerry and John in the background, prompting messages from family back home.

Unfortunately the legions of devoted England fans didn’t result in success for the national team, but Jerry praised the tournament nonetheless.

“It was just a festival of people who appreciate football,” he said. “All we received was warmth and camaraderie from the other fans.”

shares
An accident has caused travel delays

A 79-year-old man has died following a collision involving a trailer that had separated from a tractor as it travelled along an Essex road.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham Estate for the Christening of Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Princess Charlotte was christened in front of the Queen and close family and friends today as the Cambridges had their first public outing as a family of four.

Thousands of visitors attended the Ipswich Music Day in Christchurch Park on Sunday.
L-R Donna Allport,Tony Croft,Hannah Cruse.

The annual Ipswich Music Day in Christchurch Park is well underway after a wet start to proceedings.

An appreciative crowd enjoying the entertainment at the first Bury Folk Festival held in the walled garden at Nowton Park on Saturday.
Bury Folk Collective chairman Brian Kew who performed with twelve-year-old Francesca Akehurst

Hundreds of people visited Nowton Park for a folk festival’s inaugural event at the weekend.

The Women on Wheels bike ride sets out from Nowton Park near Bury.

Almost 200 women got on their bikes for charity earlier today and cycled hundreds of miles to support St Nicholas Hospice.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester

Train delays through Suffolk and Essex have been caused by urgent repairs to a railway bridge between Witham and Hatfield Peveral.

1st Woodbridge Scout Group take part in the Woodbridge carnival procession.

This year’s Woodbridge Carnival was particularly special for several reasons.

Delays have been caused after a two-vehicle collision on the A11. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

A person has been taken to hospital after a two-vehicle crash left one car upside down off the A11.

Large crowds soak up the sun and music at Music by the Sea in Aldeburgh.

A record-breaking number of music lovers lapped up the sounds of the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties and noughties on the Suffolk coast.

The vintage rally in the grounds of Melford Hall, Long Melford.

From steam engines to tractors, military vehicles to motorcycles – there was something for any motoring enthusiast at the Long Melford Vintage Rally over the weekend.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages