Poznan throws party for Irish fans to say goodbye
It seems that Poznan's already beginning to miss the green army - even though we've yet to play Italy. The Polish city is planning a massive hooley to send off the Irish supporters.
The Irish fans started to take up residence in the western city nearly two weeks ago now and have apparently been received with great enthusiasm by the locals.
Irish supporters returning the Poznan from Gdansk today will have found posters scattered around the city advertising a massive farewell party.
The text reads: "We appreciate that you make our city alive whole day and night also, and we want to thank you, Irish guys for that."
The impromptu party is scheduled to kick off at 3 O'clock in the market square. The posters says the Poles want to: "say goodbye to Ireland in our way". Hopefully that's not meant in a sinister way.
If Ireland can win or even draw tonight the FAI will get a substantial cash bonus. A draw would see us net about half a million, while a win over Italy would earn us around €2 million. So it could be a proper party for all involved.