Football: In France Without A Ticket

Nicholas Harling's daily quest to see a World Cup match: Day 13
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I had been sweating on getting into England's game against Romania until I acquired from my Belgian contact two tickets for the final at a third over cost price. This put me in a strong position, as a friend had an extra 145 franc seat for the Romania game but no seat for the final. Consequently we did a swap which meant that his poor wife couldn't go. The downside was that I was among the great unwashed, screaming "No surrender to the IRA" when they were not rooting for their team.

Total games: 13. Total cost price: 5,135fr. Total price paid: 5,130fr.

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