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Friends from Rayleigh miss England v Poland game
DEVASTATED football fans were left out of pocket after England's World Cup qualifier was called off.
Wesley Fitzgerald, from Rayleigh, flew out on a chartered plane to Poland with six friends for the England game.
They each paid £260 for the flight, organised through a sports agency, as well as £35 for the ticket.
The lads touched down in the morning looking forward to seeing the team play before the flight home at 1am Wednesday but the game was called off after heavy rain left the pitch waterlogged.
Officials had decided not to close the Warsaw stadium's roof - leaving it open to the elements.
Wesley, 32, said the only reason they knew it had been called off was messages from friends back home.
He said: “We had booked a day trip with a company that chartered a plane.
“As we headed towards the ground we started to get texts and tweets from home saying the game was off. The pitch was flooded which we thought was odd because the stadium had a roof. They were still letting fans in when we got there.
“There were no announcements in the ground. On the big scoreboard there was a message saying there would be a further pitch inspection. We kept getting messages from friends saying the match was off.”
About 2,500 England fans travelled to Poland for Tuesday's fixture and many of them couldn’t return yesterday for the rescheduled game as they had already booked their return flights.
Wesley said they could only get another flight back out by paying the company again.
He said: “The company we were with said if they got enough interest they would charter another plane but it means people have got to find somewhere to stay, book time off work. There were six or seven hundred people on the two planes.”
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