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Last Updated: Wednesday May 14 2008 15:10 GMT

Helen reports from Uefa Cup final

Helen and the Rangers fans

Loads of Rangers fans have travelled to Manchester ahead of their Uefa Cup final against Zenit St Petersburg and Helen's joined them.

It's an important match as the Gers are chasing their second of four possible trophies this season and their first European title since they lifted the Cup-Winners' Cup in 1972!

Helen gives us the low-down.


"I've been to a lot of footballing events, but have never been somewhere with so many football fans in one place - and they're all in such a good mood!

There's a whole sea of blue shirts and fans have dressed up for the occasions with some people wearing kilts.

Helen and the Rangers fans
Helen chats to young fans
There's glorious sunshine and you can't see the pavement for all the people and there's constant noise.

It feels a bit like a carnival, with a really good atmosphere.

Car loads of fans have been travelling down from Glasgow. My dad was on the motorway and said that every third car was full of Rangers fans!

Ticket shortage

Most of the people haven't got tickets. There were only 13,000 set aside for Rangers' fans and they were snapped up. But everyone is still really excited about the event.

There are big screens set up around the city and there's sections called fanzones with performers and music going on.

It's really exciting and we can't wait for the kick-off!"