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Road to SA - Slovakia


Polka music and quiet markets were replaced by the Green and White Army in Bratislava - watch our match day montage

The road to World Cup 2010 in South Africa for Northern Ireland began in a very warm Bratislava. Temperatures of 30 degrees C and above welcomed the fans on their first away trip of the campaign.

NI fans in Braislava
Coleraine NI fans cool off in the 30 + degree heat of Bratislava

As usual many fans arrived at the host city from all corners of Europe including Stockholm, Dublin, Birmingham, London and Vienna. Various modes of transport were used to get the fans to Bratislava in a train, planes and automobile fest.

Peter McKittrick

One NI fan arrives in style up the Danube from Vienna via Hydrofoil

We met up with one fan who used a high speed hydrofoil to take him down the Danube at 40 mph. While he enjoyed the sights we quizzed him about his favourite GAWA moments.

While fan extraordinaire Michael Costelloe put in an his amazing effort to make it to Slovakia after a catalogue of travel setbacks.

Michael Costolloe from Cookstown tries to match Michael Palin's travel schedule

On the pitch, the NI team were frustrated by a well organised Slovakia side. At that stage the Nigel Worthington employed the much maligned 4-5-1 formation and despite a strong penalty shout and a consolation goal late on, the team lost 2-1.

The BBC Interactive team want to hear from any Northern Ireland fans who are planning something special for the away trips. Fill in the form above to get in touch or via email :





"I have supported Northern Ireland all my life and remember 1958 when we reached the quarter finals. I remember as a child I played in the seven a sides at the Oval. You can take the boy out of Ireland but you cant take Ireland out of the boy. Brian Barnes, Canada.

"Brilliant watching the vids. I've been on one or two of them. It shows the English how to support your country and how to win and lose with dignity, not bad fans for a wee country. Scott Devenay, Germany.

"Off to san marino in feb to watch the GAWA. Taking a week for this one, spending a few days in milan and taking in a game at the san siro, then meeting the rest off my troops and travelling down to Bologna where we shall meet the SNISC before travelling on buses down to the game and back up and then travelling down to pisa to fly home to dublin on the friday. Quite a few miles will be covered on this away trip, but it wouldnt be a proper away trip if we didnt" Bangor Boy.

"Off to Bratislava on the train. After 2 years of watching most Nor'n Ir'n games as a lone fan in a smokey sports bar in Prague, I can't wait to see Sir David and the boys in the flesh once again." Phil Alexander, Prague.

"I've got my NI shirt and I'll be watching online from the far side of the world. Go-on the boys. Make us proud." Jonathan Scott, New Zealand

" Being a Norn Iron supporter has never been sweeter these last few years! May I again be in Windsor for many more memories..BRING ON THE CZECHS!!! Jay Wallace, Greyabbey.

" Brilliant! I am an Englishman living in the USA. What a great example of how to support your team and Country!! You done yourselves proud! If only the idiot English fans could take your lead!! Graham Sharpe, Miami, USA.

"Our club, Whitehouse NI Supporters Section, have planned away trips to Slovenia and San Marino. The club has been going for 26 years and at its height had 30 members and have seen the highs and lows. Its important to realise that when going to support our wee country you should never expect to win but you do expect a performance . George Lunn.

In the taxi on our way to Las Palmas for the final match of the Euro campaign, the taxi driver phoned his sister to let her hear our chants on the 60 minute drive! His driving had been dodgy enough to begin with...Joel, Belfast.

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