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Road to SA - San Marino

The latest adventure for the NI fans, on the road to qualification for the 2010 World Cup, meant an awkward journey to the tiny republic of San Marino. We made a quick detour via Venice and Rimini and caught up with the rest of the GAWA at the game.

But before we left for Italy, a quick stroll around Belfast City centre - armed with a map of Europe and marker pen - proved that not everyone is sure where San Marino is...


Where is San Marino ?

For Gary Rogers and Kathryn McNeill, watching Northern Ireland away games and annual holidays become one as they notch up some tasty destinations around the world. After popping the question on a boat in the middle of Lake Bled, Slovenia, Gary upped the romantic stakes by organising their wedding in Venice, ahead of the match in San Marino. We dropped by to hold the coats...


Two NI fans' organised the perfect pre-match ...match, by becoming man and wife in Venice

A lifelong desire to see Albania had a life changing effect on the football supporting habits of Englishman Shaun Schofield. We caught up with him on a merry go round in Rimini to find out more about his travels and unique outfits...


We met up with Dunstable based NI fan Shaun Schofield in Rimini to talk about his merry go round across Europe watching his adopted team

With romance supposedly around the corner in the shape of St Valentine's Day, two NI fan's weren't feeling the love in Rimini. Ditching the beach, in this out of season holiday resort, they stuck to the pub and gave us the lowdown on the town...and more...


Two NI fans give their thoughts on Rimini, the team's chances V San Marino...and red knickers

And so to the game itself. Set in the hills above San Marino the Stadio Olimpico, Serravalle provided little protection from the freezing conditions come kick off, but the GAWA still outnumbered the opposing fans by 1000 to 50 !! Watch all the the stands and on the pitch.


The goals, celebrations and general GAWA-ness at the game in San Marino

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