Aston Villa fans stuck in North End, Portsmouth, for seven hours as they booked wrong ferry to France before Stade Rennais friendly

BOISTEROUS Aston Villa fans travelling to France are stuck in Portsmouth due to a ferry mix-up.

The group of supporters are still in good spirits despite the organiser booking the wrong vessel across The Channel.

They are keeping the party going at The Sir John Baker, in North End, where they plan on staying for the next seven hours.

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Stranded Aston Villa fans take up temporary residence in North End after a problem with their manifest caused them to miss their ferry. Picture: Mike Cooter (290722)

Birmingham native Jake Bull, 18, told The News: ‘We’ve got the coach down from Birmingham to get the ferry to France.

‘The bloke who runs the coach has booked the wrong ferry, so we’ve got a seven-hour delay.

‘We’ll be in the pub for seven hours until we can get the ferry, and we’ll be in France late.

‘We can’t even get into our hotels now because of the delay.

The supporters have travelled from Birmingham ahead of tomorrow's friendly against Stade Rennais. Picture: Mike Cooter (290722)

‘We’ve had a nightmare, but we’ll get there somehow.’

Aston Villa will be playing against Stade Rennais tomorrow at 5pm at Roazhon Park, in Rennes, the capital city of Brittany.

The avid football fans will have to wait longer to continue their trip, which has already taken roughly 156 miles.

To pass the time, they sang football chants to their hearts content, and made the most of the beers on offer in the pub.

The boisterous fans are still hoping of getting into France today. Picture: Mike Cooter (290722).

Andrew Cheeseman, 17, of Castle Bromwich, Solihull, is worried about losing out financially.

He said: ‘It’s a disaster really. We’re gonna lose out on some money if we don’t get on this ferry.

‘It could ruin our night. I’ve had to take out a loan personally just to go on this holiday.

‘If we’re not successful, I’m in debt.’

Aston Villa’s first game of the Premier League season is away against AFC Bournemouth, at the Vitality Stadium, next Saturday.

They finished 14th in the division last season under the newly appointed head coach Steven Gerrard.

Mr Bull remains hopeful of continuing their trip to Europe and enjoying the rest of the holiday with his friends.

‘If we don’t get on this ferry, we’ll lose out on a big chunk of money to be fair,’ Mr Bull added.

‘It’s just one of them, hopefully we can sort it out, but if not, we’re in trouble.’