Thursday 29 September 2016

Lost Wales fan Ian doesn't know where he would be with his satnav

Published 05/07/2016 | 14:41

Wales football fan Ian Williams with his partner Helen Williams and their daughter Florence at Lyon airport (BBC)
Wales football fan Ian Williams with his partner Helen Williams and their daughter Florence at Lyon airport (BBC)

A football-mad family from Swansea who ended up driving to the wrong Lille following a satnav blunder are in good spirits after arriving in the right French city for Wales' semi-final tie against Portugal.

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During the group stages of Euro 2016, cleaning firm boss Ian Williams was supposed to go to Lille in northern France - but he and his wife Helen and daughter Florence ended up going to a little-known town in Belgium with the same name by mistake.

The 300-mile detour resulted in the 37-year-old missing the Russia v Slovakia game that he had bought tickets for as well as increasing petrol costs.

"I still can't believe what happened," he joked. "Two places called Lille not far from Brussels Airport - and the satnav took us to the wrong one!"

However, the experience has not deterred the Williams family from making a return trip to France - and the trio jetted off from Heathrow Airport, London, before touching down in Lyon on Tuesday morning.

Mr Williams, who runs Swansea firm Cleansweep, said: "The trip was not without its drama as the flight was delayed - just my luck.

The Pontlliw FC player manager added: "Thankfully we got there safe and sound and can't wait for the game tomorrow."

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