Bradford City fans applauded over trouble-free travel after Wembley cup final (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradford City fans applauded over trouble-free travel after Wembley cup final
9:36am Thursday 28th February 2013 in News
Transport police last night praised the ‘excellent behaviour’ of the 3,000 Bradford City fans travelling back from the club’s Capital One Cup final by train, revealing there were no arrests or reports of trouble.
British Transport Police said it would usually expect problems on the rail network caused by drinking supporters after a major cup final – especially in the face of defeat – but there were ‘no policing issues’ reported after the Bantams’ 5-0 loss to Swansea at Wembley on Sunday.
Fans’ journeys back from the capital were hit by disruptions caused by limited services, and at some stations supporters were forced to wait to get on their trains to stop overcrowding.
But Inspector Pete Kooper yesterday hailed the way fans conducted themselves, particularly as they travelled home, and said they were a credit to the city.
He said: “More than 3,000 fans travelled on the rail network to Wembley Stadium from West Yorkshire on Sunday.
“I would like to commend the fans, and the club, for the manner in which all the supporters conducted themselves throughout the day.
“Despite the disappointing result, everyone remained extremely good natured.
“It’s a testament to them that despite the exceptional numbers of fans travelling by train, particularly on the return to Yorkshire following the match where there were limited services, that there were no policing issues.
“Fans showed great patience when asked by officers to wait, ensuring there were no overcrowding issues on station concourses or on trains.”
As well as a large number of Bradford City’s 32,000-strong travelling contingent making their way to Wembley by train, more than 1,000 caught coaches from outside the League Two club’s Valley Parade ground on Sunday morning – and hundreds of claret and amber scarves and flags could be seen flying from cars travelling down the M1.