Posh to add spice to Town's England date

POP star Victoria Beckham is set to add some spice to Portman Road tomorrow when she watches England's match with Croatia.The former Spice Girl will be in the stands to see her husband David captain the national side for their first ever game in Ipswich.

By Jonathan Barnes

POP star Victoria Beckham is set to add some spice to Portman Road tomorrow when she watches England's match with Croatia.

The former Spice Girl will be in the stands to see her husband David captain the national side for their first ever game in Ipswich.

It will be Beckham's first match back in England since his £25million transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer.


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Neither Ipswich Town or Beckham's agents SFX would confirm if Victoria will be among the 30,000 crowd expected tomorrow night, but it is understood Posh Spice will be cheering her husband on from the comfort of an executive box.

It is not known whether their two sons, Brooklyn, four, and Romeo, 11 months, will be at the friendly international.

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The star couple, nicknamed Posh and Becks, are two of the most famous faces in the world.

This year's Sunday Times rich list ranked them as the 689th wealthiest people in Britain.

They have a luxurious home in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, which is known as Beckingham Palace.

Victoria, who shot to worldwide fame in the Spice Girls, is bidding to re-launch her floundering solo pop career with hip-hop producer Damon Dash.

Beckham has played at Portman Road before, scoring for Manchester United in a 1-1 draw with the Blues in August 2000, but it is thought the big match will mark Victoria's first visit.

Excitement for the prestigious fixture is at fever pitch, but plenty of Blues fans were left disappointed after failing to get a ticket.

One of those was Radio One DJ John Peel's wife, Sheila, who is a season ticket holder at Portman Road.

“We're not quite up to speed with the technology and we spent a couple of days trying to get a ticket for her and our son,” said Mr Peel.

“Unfortunately we left everything too late and she's disappointed about it – she loves going to anything at Portman Road.

“I'm not a natural born hustler and I don't have any contacts who I could phone up to get her a ticket.”

The veteran broadcaster said his wife, like many Blues fans, would have to make do with watching the game on television.

“She probably won't bother to listen to the start of my show, she'll be so caught up in the game,” he added.

n Two extra park-and-ride sites for 3,900 cars will be in operation tomorrow to cope with the thousands of football fans arriving in Ipswich for the England-Croatia international.

Town centre car parks will be introducing a one-off £12 charge for the day in an attempt to dissuade motorists from adding to the expected congestion.

The former Sugar Beet factory on Sproughton Road next to the A14 interchange, and the “IP8 field” opposite the Holiday Inn on the Colchester approach (A1214) to the town supplement the established park-and-ride facilities at Copdock and Norwich Road from 11am.

Sproughton Road will cater for 400 vehicles and while 3,500 can be parked on the IP8 site.

Motorists have been strongly advised not to try to park in the town centre on Wednesday to avoid traffic queues. No car parking will be allowed in Portman Road and all parking near the ground will be closed for security reasons.

Park-and-ride sites will cost £5 for the day's parking, Buses will operate to all four sites after the match – park-and-ride users should board any bus which will then operate to all four sites.

Supporters' coaches and disabled (blue badge) motorists will be able to park near the ground, with coaches being charged £10.

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