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Dundalk's team bus rescues stranded fans on the way to Europa League tie

A band of Lilywhites supporters had broken down on the motorway as they headed to Dublin Airport ahead of their clash with AZ Alkmaar.

Dundalk fans (file photo).
Dundalk fans (file photo).
Image: Eythor Arnason/INPHO

Updated at 16.15

DUNDALK EMBARK ON their maiden voyage in the Europa League group stages when they take on AZ Alkmaar away from home tomorrow night.

The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division’s top side, who narrowly missed out on a place in the Champions League after losing to Legia Warsaw, will meet the Dutch outfit as well as Russian club Zenit St Petersburg and Maccabi Tel-Aviv of Israel in Group D.

Stephen Kenny’s team arrived in the Netherlands this afternoon, but they were generous enough to make a pit stop during their bus ride to Dublin Airport earlier after spotting a group of supporters stranded on the M1.

The fans had been travelling on a minibus before it broke down, so Kenny offered to give them a lift the rest of the way — the one rule being that they had to leave any alcohol behind.

“It was no big deal,” said the Dundalk boss. “It was a good crew. We just about fitted on. Luckily enough, we had some Dublin-based players meeting us at the airport so we had a few spare seats.

“The support has been terrific. The lads who came on the bus were all very appreciative and their attitude was great. I’d forgotten about it but it was good.

We’ve had tremendous support, and it’s really noticeable in away games when you go to Dalymount and Inchicore and see great away crowds.”

Kenny added that he is thankful of the effort made by loyal followers.

“You have to appreciate it, we’ve had great support all over the country this season — home and away. It’s very expensive. I don’t even mean travelling to other countries, just following a team, going to Derry and Cork and Dublin even, paying in and the expense of going.

“Going to Sligo from Dundalk, that’s a serious trip on a Tuesday. You have to respect that. It’s something you have to acknowledge and respect.”

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