22nd April 2002

 

ENGLAND FAN IN LINE TO BE WORLD CUP PUNDIT

 

England fan Alan Lee could become a familiar face to World Cup watchers this summer.

 

The University of Lincoln accommodation supervisor is on the steering group of the independent supporters group 4England and is regularly asked for his views on the England team by the national media.

 

Now Alan has been asked to shoot a video diary during the World Cup in Japan and South Korea which could be screened on British television.

 

“I’m one of four England fans who are put up regularly by the FA when the press want a comment,” said Alan, who has been watching England since the mid-1970s.

 

“I was at an Institute of Public Policy Research seminar last week where we discussed  initiatives to promote England fans as ambassadors abroad.

 

“At the seminar I was approached by TW Research and asked to keep a video diary during the tournament for a documentary which they are producing for the FA.”

 

England fans are not being deterred by the distance they will have to travel to watch their team in action this summer – the authorities expect England to be the best represented nation outside of Japan and South Korea with 7,000 supporters likely to make the trip.

 

4England and the official England supporters’ club englandfans are determined to change the image of England fans abroad.

 

“The World Cup won’t just be a platform for the game’s best players - it will also showcase the fans,” said Alan. “Instead of holding our collective breaths and hoping there won’t be a repeat of Charleroi, the Institute for Public Policy Research is examining ways to positively engage England’s supporters.”

 

Alan has seven tickets for England’s games and will therefore be able to watch his heroes should they make it to the World Cup final on 30th June.

 

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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