Another cup tie ends in yet more penalty glory for Bradford City

City players begin to celebrate after clinching their eighth consecutive penalty shoot-out success

Will Atkinson fires home City’s opening goal

Jon McLaughlin could not keep out this Ishmel Demontagnac spot-kick in normal time but City had more joy in the shoot-out

Carl McHugh uses his head – or nose – to score City’s last-gasp leveller to force another penalty shoot-out

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

City 3, Northampton 3

(aet – City win 4-2 on penalties)

Just what can you say about this latest cup triumph? These spot-kick dramas – and the inevitable victory – are almost becoming run of the mill for the never-say-die Bantams.

But even by the extraordinary standards of recent cup nail-biters, last night’s win and eighth straight shoot-out success had it all and more.

The Arsenal game may have dominated every Valley Parade conversation in the past couple of days. But this FA Cup win over Northampton deserves to steal the limelight.

Watched by a sub-3,000 crowd, City gave it everything in a topsy-turvy encounter. They saw victory snatched away in the last minute of normal time, rescued it in the last minute of extra-time – and then saw it off in the spot-kick finale that is always their time.

Phil Parkinson freshened it up once again with half a dozen changes, including a first home start for Scott Brown. The youngster had made a polished debut in the game at Sixfields ten days earlier.

There was no Garry Thompson, the latest victim of the bug that has been sweeping the club. But Northampton were also suffering similarly.

Aidy Boothroyd had to field a very youthful midfield on his return to home soil after Chris Hackett was ruled out ill. And Adebayo Akinfenwa travelled up separately because he was feeling under the weather.

But the visitors had the first sniff of goal as Rory McArdle struggled to deal with a through ball and Ishmel Demontagnac poked it wide.

Jon McLaughlin, back in City’s goal, comfortably dealt with a low drive from Lewis Wilson. Then Henoc Mukendi had a crack as Northampton started as brightly as their luminous lime change kit.

James Hanson sent an overhead kick into the deserted TL Dallas Stand before Northampton should have gone ahead after 21 minutes, Clive Platt nodding a free header over the bar from Lewis Wilson’s cross.

McLaughlin came to McArdle’s rescue after the centre half trod on the ball, allowing Demontagnac to race through. The keeper was straight out to save well with his legs.

City were having an uncomfortable time and it took a further downturn when Hines had to hobble off just before the half-hour mark.

But the home side rode the blow – and went in front five minutes later. Hanson was the provider, laying a ball off for Will Atkinson to sweep home from eight yards. It was the midfielder’s second goal of the season – both in the FA Cup against the Cobblers.

City could have been celebrating double joy when substitute Adam Baker, on after Hines departed with a damaged ankle, looked to be through on goal.

But Joe Widdowson wrestled the ball back from the youngster just inside the box as Parkinson screamed for a penalty. The left back would surely have seen red as well for a professional foul.

To throw salt in the wound, Northampton then levelled two minutes before the break after Ricky Ravenhill was adjudged to have brought down Demontagnac at the other end. It looked a soft one but the winger picked himself up to drive a confident penalty into the roof of the net.

City nearly paid at the start of the second half when slips by Brown and then Carl McHugh presented an offside-looking Emyr Huws with a free shot from the angle of the box. But his connection was horrible and it screwed well wide.

Atkinson was having another good game and a neat interchange with Alan Connell inside the Northampton penalty area teed up the former Swindon man for a well-struck effort that cannoned away off Kelvin Langmead.

Demontagnac was making the most of his recall in place of Akinfenwa and whistled one just over after being picked out by a raking pass from Widdowson.

City hearts were briefly in mouths when Demontagnac then went tumbling over Ravenhill’s outstretched leg. It looked like referee Mick Russell had the whistle to his lips but he gave nothing.

Atkinson and Connell combined again in response to create a chance for Hanson, then Huws rattled one wide for the Cobblers.

Boothroyd unleashed Akinfenwa as another extra-time beckoned but City almost snatched a second goal when Baker’s header was blocked in front the line by Widdowson.

The breakthrough did arrive with a minute to go – and it involved the same two players. Baker’s shot from James Meredith’s cross was handled by the defender and Wells dispatched the penalty.

But there was more drama to follow in stoppage time as Meredith failed to cut out Akinfenwa’s pass and Platt drove in a last-gasp equaliser.

It was only Platt’s second goal of the season – but he was thwarted when looking to add a third in extra-time by a fine save from McLaughlin.

Hanson, another striker in need of a score, had the chance to end his recent drought but he thrashed Ravenhill’s pass against an advertising board.

But the big man had to revert to an emergency defensive role for the second period after Meredith went off with an injured hip. The Aussie typically tried to stay on but Parkinson, wary of losing another key man, was having none of it.

So with all three subs used, City had to play the last 15 minutes a man down – and lasted only four of them before Northampton skipper Langmead curled home from 15 yards.

At that stage, everything looked up. But nobody had told the Bantams and McHugh nodded home with literally the final touch in the added minute at the end.

So off to penalties and, despite Wells missing the opener, City reigned 4-2 thanks to McLaughlin’s save from Danny East and a truly woeful effort by Langmead.

Attendance: 2,951

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7:28am Wed 14 Nov 12

COLATS says...

What's going on ? Can any stop the mighty bantams
What's going on ? Can any stop the mighty bantams COLATS
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8:18am Wed 14 Nov 12

ALEXIMO.56. says...

Now that's what I call an old fashioned cup replay. lots of incidents, and drama right until the end. I was there last night and was just about to go as the 3min board went up. 2-1 up and through to the next round. and then!!! in the 93rd min. Equaliser. Oh $hit extra time yet again. As we all know we went 3-2 down and looking out of the cup. the 1min board goes up and I really was ready this time and in the 121st min, we equalise. Penalties yet again. As the old saying goes, THEY THINK IT'S ALL OVER(Northampton fans) LIKE HELL IT IS (Bradford fans as we equalise) and the rest is history. The penalty kings do it again. My advice to BCFC is start issuing Oxygen masks and oxygen to the city fans as BCFC are giving us Bloody heart failure.
Now that's what I call an old fashioned cup replay. lots of incidents, and drama right until the end. I was there last night and was just about to go as the 3min board went up. 2-1 up and through to the next round. and then!!! in the 93rd min. Equaliser. Oh $hit extra time yet again. As we all know we went 3-2 down and looking out of the cup. the 1min board goes up and I really was ready this time and in the 121st min, we equalise. Penalties yet again. As the old saying goes, THEY THINK IT'S ALL OVER(Northampton fans) LIKE HELL IT IS (Bradford fans as we equalise) and the rest is history. The penalty kings do it again. My advice to BCFC is start issuing Oxygen masks and oxygen to the city fans as BCFC are giving us Bloody heart failure. ALEXIMO.56.
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8:30am Wed 14 Nov 12

Nantwich Bantam says...

Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....
Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism..... Nantwich Bantam
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8:32am Wed 14 Nov 12

al&co says...

Full marks to both teams weakened by illnesses - tremendous commitment all round and neither side deserved to lose.

I think we got away with it a bit - it was a very close call and the place was eerie with the poor turn out.

But the spirit of this squad is amazing and when the winning penalty went in I felt really proud and very relieved that we had finally won a very hard game.

I jut hope we can keep the momentum going through this punishing glut of fixtures.

Well done City!
Full marks to both teams weakened by illnesses - tremendous commitment all round and neither side deserved to lose. I think we got away with it a bit - it was a very close call and the place was eerie with the poor turn out. But the spirit of this squad is amazing and when the winning penalty went in I felt really proud and very relieved that we had finally won a very hard game. I jut hope we can keep the momentum going through this punishing glut of fixtures. Well done City! al&co
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8:38am Wed 14 Nov 12

ALEXIMO.56. says...

Nantwich Bantam wrote:
Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....
Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self.
[quote][p][bold]Nantwich Bantam[/bold] wrote: Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....[/p][/quote]Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self. ALEXIMO.56.
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9:53am Wed 14 Nov 12

al&co says...

Aleximo.56.

Very well said!

It was an excellent cuptie in which both teams gave their all.

By the way what are the symptom for heat failure?
Aleximo.56. Very well said! It was an excellent cuptie in which both teams gave their all. By the way what are the symptom for heat failure? al&co
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10:00am Wed 14 Nov 12

undercliffebantam says...

Only 2951 there on a Tuesday night, but 10,000 tickets sold in 2 days for Arsenal (on a Tuesday night). Did you all have other commitments.

Never mind we might get a big club in FA Cup round 3. Then you can queue again.
Only 2951 there on a Tuesday night, but 10,000 tickets sold in 2 days for Arsenal (on a Tuesday night). Did you all have other commitments. Never mind we might get a big club in FA Cup round 3. Then you can queue again. undercliffebantam
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10:01am Wed 14 Nov 12

billy8antam says...

ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
Nantwich Bantam wrote:
Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....
Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self.
Well said !!!
[quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nantwich Bantam[/bold] wrote: Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....[/p][/quote]Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self.[/p][/quote]Well said !!! billy8antam
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10:39am Wed 14 Nov 12

tyker2 says...

great result:do these lads never know they are beaten? sticability,durabili
ty and some quality with youngsters being given places and this will continue.

Where is deadbeat these days.

Parky and Parkin deserve a lot of credit for their work and long may it continue. I hope the Board will back them with s ome loosening of the prse strings and, hopefully, some young aspiring premiership players can be attracted on loan.
great result:do these lads never know they are beaten? sticability,durabili ty and some quality with youngsters being given places and this will continue. Where is deadbeat these days. Parky and Parkin deserve a lot of credit for their work and long may it continue. I hope the Board will back them with s ome loosening of the prse strings and, hopefully, some young aspiring premiership players can be attracted on loan. tyker2
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11:06am Wed 14 Nov 12

Bredon Bantam says...

Nantwich Bantam says...
8:30am Wed 14 Nov 12

Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....”

Nantwich,
I'll have something your on! you cant possibly have been there last night, drama all the way,we "won" it in normal time ,"lost" it in extra time and finally won it after penalities despite missing the first one, you could not make it up!
Nantwich Bantam says... 8:30am Wed 14 Nov 12 Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....” Nantwich, I'll have something your on! you cant possibly have been there last night, drama all the way,we "won" it in normal time ,"lost" it in extra time and finally won it after penalities despite missing the first one, you could not make it up! Bredon Bantam
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2:08pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Shadrach Dingle says...

ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
Nantwich Bantam wrote:
Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....
Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self.
You must be easily pleased. I was at the game and I agree with NB. For the most part it was like watching paint dry. Yes, 'It had everything', but in-between the goals and penalty shoot-out it was dull, dull, dull. People will see '3-3' and '4-2' on penalties and will probably think it was a 'thriller', it wasn't, so stop talking '$ollox'.
[quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nantwich Bantam[/bold] wrote: Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....[/p][/quote]Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self.[/p][/quote]You must be easily pleased. I was at the game and I agree with NB. For the most part it was like watching paint dry. Yes, 'It had everything', but in-between the goals and penalty shoot-out it was dull, dull, dull. People will see '3-3' and '4-2' on penalties and will probably think it was a 'thriller', it wasn't, so stop talking '$ollox'. Shadrach Dingle
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3:22pm Wed 14 Nov 12

TirNaNog says...

al&co wrote:
Aleximo.56.

Very well said!

It was an excellent cuptie in which both teams gave their all.

By the way what are the symptom for heat failure?
Your gas fire won't light or your boiler is bust! ;-)
[quote][p][bold]al&co[/bold] wrote: Aleximo.56. Very well said! It was an excellent cuptie in which both teams gave their all. By the way what are the symptom for heat failure?[/p][/quote]Your gas fire won't light or your boiler is bust! ;-) TirNaNog
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3:24pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Peter300 says...

Shadrach Dingle wrote:
ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
Nantwich Bantam wrote: Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....
Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self.
You must be easily pleased. I was at the game and I agree with NB. For the most part it was like watching paint dry. Yes, 'It had everything', but in-between the goals and penalty shoot-out it was dull, dull, dull. People will see '3-3' and '4-2' on penalties and will probably think it was a 'thriller', it wasn't, so stop talking '$ollox'.
How miserable!
[quote][p][bold]Shadrach Dingle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nantwich Bantam[/bold] wrote: Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....[/p][/quote]Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self.[/p][/quote]You must be easily pleased. I was at the game and I agree with NB. For the most part it was like watching paint dry. Yes, 'It had everything', but in-between the goals and penalty shoot-out it was dull, dull, dull. People will see '3-3' and '4-2' on penalties and will probably think it was a 'thriller', it wasn't, so stop talking '$ollox'.[/p][/quote]How miserable! Peter300
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4:38pm Wed 14 Nov 12

ALEXIMO.56. says...

Shadrach Dingle wrote:
ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
Nantwich Bantam wrote:
Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....
Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self.
You must be easily pleased. I was at the game and I agree with NB. For the most part it was like watching paint dry. Yes, 'It had everything', but in-between the goals and penalty shoot-out it was dull, dull, dull. People will see '3-3' and '4-2' on penalties and will probably think it was a 'thriller', it wasn't, so stop talking '$ollox'.
Well, you must be a lilly $hite fan, (beeston bumboy)because you havn't got a bloody clue.
[quote][p][bold]Shadrach Dingle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nantwich Bantam[/bold] wrote: Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....[/p][/quote]Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self.[/p][/quote]You must be easily pleased. I was at the game and I agree with NB. For the most part it was like watching paint dry. Yes, 'It had everything', but in-between the goals and penalty shoot-out it was dull, dull, dull. People will see '3-3' and '4-2' on penalties and will probably think it was a 'thriller', it wasn't, so stop talking '$ollox'.[/p][/quote]Well, you must be a lilly $hite fan, (beeston bumboy)because you havn't got a bloody clue. ALEXIMO.56.
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8:47pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Shadrach Dingle says...

ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
Shadrach Dingle wrote:
ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
Nantwich Bantam wrote:
Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....
Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self.
You must be easily pleased. I was at the game and I agree with NB. For the most part it was like watching paint dry. Yes, 'It had everything', but in-between the goals and penalty shoot-out it was dull, dull, dull. People will see '3-3' and '4-2' on penalties and will probably think it was a 'thriller', it wasn't, so stop talking '$ollox'.
Well, you must be a lilly $hite fan, (beeston bumboy)because you havn't got a bloody clue.
****, the clueless kid with mush for brains has rumbled me. The thing is Alex, being a Leeds fan I obviously couldn't wait to spend 15 quid and join up with the other 2,500 Leeds fans at Valley Parade on a cold and miserable Tuesday night to support our second favourite team. To be honest I thought you might appreciate the money but like your 7,000+ 'part-time' absentees I'll keep away in future. I certainly won't be going to the Sixfields Stadium again!

MoT
[quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shadrach Dingle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nantwich Bantam[/bold] wrote: Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....[/p][/quote]Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self.[/p][/quote]You must be easily pleased. I was at the game and I agree with NB. For the most part it was like watching paint dry. Yes, 'It had everything', but in-between the goals and penalty shoot-out it was dull, dull, dull. People will see '3-3' and '4-2' on penalties and will probably think it was a 'thriller', it wasn't, so stop talking '$ollox'.[/p][/quote]Well, you must be a lilly $hite fan, (beeston bumboy)because you havn't got a bloody clue.[/p][/quote]****, the clueless kid with mush for brains has rumbled me. The thing is Alex, being a Leeds fan I obviously couldn't wait to spend 15 quid and join up with the other 2,500 Leeds fans at Valley Parade on a cold and miserable Tuesday night to support our second favourite team. To be honest I thought you might appreciate the money but like your 7,000+ 'part-time' absentees I'll keep away in future. I certainly won't be going to the Sixfields Stadium again! MoT Shadrach Dingle
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8:54pm Wed 14 Nov 12

ALEXIMO.56. says...

Shadrach Dingle wrote:
ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
Shadrach Dingle wrote:
ALEXIMO.56. wrote:
Nantwich Bantam wrote:
Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....
Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self.
You must be easily pleased. I was at the game and I agree with NB. For the most part it was like watching paint dry. Yes, 'It had everything', but in-between the goals and penalty shoot-out it was dull, dull, dull. People will see '3-3' and '4-2' on penalties and will probably think it was a 'thriller', it wasn't, so stop talking '$ollox'.
Well, you must be a lilly $hite fan, (beeston bumboy)because you havn't got a bloody clue.
****, the clueless kid with mush for brains has rumbled me. The thing is Alex, being a Leeds fan I obviously couldn't wait to spend 15 quid and join up with the other 2,500 Leeds fans at Valley Parade on a cold and miserable Tuesday night to support our second favourite team. To be honest I thought you might appreciate the money but like your 7,000+ 'part-time' absentees I'll keep away in future. I certainly won't be going to the Sixfields Stadium again!

MoT
Nor will I, as we will be playing in Lg1.
[quote][p][bold]Shadrach Dingle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shadrach Dingle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ALEXIMO.56.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nantwich Bantam[/bold] wrote: Well Parker does it again!! How does he make such a dull, drab affair sound so interesting? A remarkable feat of journalism.....[/p][/quote]Were you there???? I was and it was far from drab. That was a very entertaining old fashioned cup replay. It had everything. So before you come on here and slag people off and talk £ollox. start going to these kinds of games and see for your self.[/p][/quote]You must be easily pleased. I was at the game and I agree with NB. For the most part it was like watching paint dry. Yes, 'It had everything', but in-between the goals and penalty shoot-out it was dull, dull, dull. People will see '3-3' and '4-2' on penalties and will probably think it was a 'thriller', it wasn't, so stop talking '$ollox'.[/p][/quote]Well, you must be a lilly $hite fan, (beeston bumboy)because you havn't got a bloody clue.[/p][/quote]****, the clueless kid with mush for brains has rumbled me. The thing is Alex, being a Leeds fan I obviously couldn't wait to spend 15 quid and join up with the other 2,500 Leeds fans at Valley Parade on a cold and miserable Tuesday night to support our second favourite team. To be honest I thought you might appreciate the money but like your 7,000+ 'part-time' absentees I'll keep away in future. I certainly won't be going to the Sixfields Stadium again! MoT[/p][/quote]Nor will I, as we will be playing in Lg1. ALEXIMO.56.
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12:09am Thu 15 Nov 12

the Laird says...

Lots of fans whingeing on the Arsenal tickets thread about not being able to sit in "their own" seat, but less than 3,000 bothered to turn up for this match???
Lots of fans whingeing on the Arsenal tickets thread about not being able to sit in "their own" seat, but less than 3,000 bothered to turn up for this match??? the Laird
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