Security and travel arrangements are in place for Republic of Ireland supporters ahead of the game with England in Sardinia.
No matter where Republic of Ireland soccer supporters are based for Italia 90, the majority of them will face long sea journeys to get to the Stadio Sant’Elia in Cagliari, Sardinia for the first World Cup group match against England.
Minister of State for Youth and Sport Frank Fahey says many of the Irish fans will not have any accommodation booked on Sardinia. They will arrive early on match day and will leave the following day. With this in mind, a special assembly point will be in operation near Cagliari airport to supply Irish fans with food, drink and washing facilities.
There is also an arrangement with Cagliari authorities to provide Irish fans with bus services from the railway station and ferry port to the assembly point and to the stadium and back again after the match.
While Irish fans may have some fears about trouble from some of the more extreme English supporters, Gerry Cavanagh of the Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporters Club has the following advice,
Enjoy it, if there’s trouble stay away from it and hopefully all will be well after that.
A couple of Irish supporters who have spent two years saving to get to the World Cup are adamant English fans are not going to ruin the occasion for them.
We’re going to keep away and have a good time, stay on our own and enjoy ourselves, it took us long enough to plan this out, two years to getting away, and it’s not going to be two years just to be spoiled by somebody else.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 June 1990. The reporter is Colm Connolly.