Poolies do not let hooligans spoil Euro 2016 fun
England football fans from Hartlepool are refusing to let the mindless violence of hooligans spoil their Euro 2016 trip.
Clashes between some England supporters, organised Russian thugs and French police have marred the opening days of the tournament.
But a group of Poolies out there to watch the Three Lions say the atmosphere has generally been good and are looking ahead to Thursday’s match against neighbours Wales.
Pals Ian Hendry, Richard Boddy and brothers Danny and Andrew Sanderson, who are all from town, are travelling around France together for all three of England’s group games.
Ian, 47, a plumbing and heating engineer, said: “Generally, the atmosphere has been really good and on the whole the England fans have been well behaved.
“Everything we saw it was the Russians that caused it. We are travelling to Nice now and are having a couple of days away from it all.”
They sent us these pictures of themselves flying the flag for Hartlepool in France and relaxing by the beach and enjoying drinks in the sun.
On Thursday, the lads, who are all Hartlepool United supporters, travel to Paris before heading north to Lens to attend England’s clash with Wales on Thursday afternoon.
They are due to meet up with several more fans from Hartlepool.
And Ian is predicting an England win after being held to a late 1-1 draw on Saturday night.
“It is a big game and we have got to turn them over,” he said. “I fancy England to win 2-1.”
Wales are currently leading England in their group after beating Slovakia 2-1 at the weekend thanks to a late winner.
Thursday’s momentous game kicks off at 2pm.