A couple who are staunch England football supporters offered their tickets for last night’s match against France to others because the attacks in Paris had left the wife feeling it was too risky.
Neil and Monique Sandry, from Thurston, have been to 50 England games and have not missed one for four years until this Wembley game. They offered the tickets via social media and the Bury Free Press website.
But Monique said this morning: “It was getting to Wembley that worried me. Before you get to the security at the stadium, everyone is crowding outside – that’s where the Paris bombers were.”
She realised Wembley was probably the most secure place in the country during the match.
Neil, a director at Knights Lowe accountants in Bury, said: “This will be the first home game we’ve missed in four years.
“I would have liked to have gone to be part of the solidarity that is happening tonight. It would have been a good thing to have been part of. I want to show this has not broken me or my determination that the world should be a nice place.”
But nobody took the tickets and the couple watch England win 2-0 on television.
Monique said: It was a good game and people appreciated the comradeship shown before the match as well.”