I’ll fly round the world for the final, says Bradford City fan from Australia

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The North Family at Valley Parade in 2006 (from left) John North (uncle), Mick North (Dad), Brett North (brother) and Scott. The North Family at Valley Parade in 2006 (from left) John North (uncle), Mick North (Dad), Brett North (brother) and Scott.

An Australian Bantams’ fan told how he has flight tickets on standby if Bradford reach the Capital One Cup final at Wembley – and hopes to bring former City player Bruce Stowell on his 20,000-mile round trip.

Queensland-born Scott North, 36, has started plans for a £3,200 stay in the UK if Bradford beat Aston Villa in the second-leg of the semi-final at Villa Park tonight, including an invite for the 72-year-old former midfielder, who now lives in Brisbane.

Speaking from his home in Australia, the senior sports and recreational officer, who met Mr Stowell during his time working as a coach in Queensland, said he had plane seats on hold and had been in touch with the club about tickets.

“We are all ready to go, just waiting, and hoping,” he said.

“I really hope Bruce comes, because it will just make my trip absolutely perfect, regardless of the score. I am feeling confident about the game, 3-1 was a great score in the first-leg. I was following it on Twitter as we didn’t have access to the game at the time and I just couldn’t believe what I was reading.

“I should put a bet on them winning the next match, then it can help pay for my trip!”

Although Scott has never lived in Bradford, his City fan dad Mick North, 66, who will make the trip to the UK with him, grew up in Leeds and lived in Bradford for a few years.

Father-of-one Scott said: “My first memories of Bradford City were back in the early 80s, sitting in a parked car in Australia with dad and my younger brother Brett every Sunday afternoon listening to the radio for the football results after the 6pm news during our summer.

“We lived in a farmhouse about three hours drive from Brisbane and radio reception was poor in the house. It was always a long, patient wait for the news to finish and then they would start reading the results from the former Division One down to Division Four, where City were.

“We would hold our breath as they would reach our league. It would go ‘Division Four, Bradford City 2, Stockport County 0’ and we would erupt.

“Luckily our neighbours were 10km away.”

Scott had hoped to visit Bradford while he was younger and his dad had promised him and his brother that if City ever made the top flight, they would watch them play at Valley Parade.

He said: “When they won promotion at the end of 98-99, I was ecstatic, finally my dream was realised and thought I'd better get a passport. But when I called dad to start the planning, he reneged, claiming he never said that. My brother and I were so angry, we've never let him forget it and never will.”

He finally visited Bradford during the World Cup in 2006 and was able to walk on the pitch at Valley Parade with his wife Riss, 38.

Scott will be watching the Villa game, which kicks off at 5am his time, in an English-themed pub or his Brisbane home.

The morning also coincides with his daughter Charlotte’s first birthday on Wednesday, January 23.

“Hopefully I get the present that day,” he said.

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11:15am Tue 22 Jan 13

Albion. says...

Good luck City!
Good luck City! Albion.

10:16pm Tue 22 Jan 13

pommieguy says...

well make that 2 Australia city fan that will be going to the final in feb , i been in Australia for 35 years and been a city fan since i was 8 when i use to go and watch city with my dad every home game and when i turn 14 i went to all the away games up till i was 17 when i moved to Australia and have never stop being a fan people here say who u like in the english soccer i say Bradford City they say whoooooo lol now they know who we are hahahahaha bring it on WELLLLLL DONE lads
well make that 2 Australia city fan that will be going to the final in feb , i been in Australia for 35 years and been a city fan since i was 8 when i use to go and watch city with my dad every home game and when i turn 14 i went to all the away games up till i was 17 when i moved to Australia and have never stop being a fan people here say who u like in the english soccer i say Bradford City they say whoooooo lol now they know who we are hahahahaha bring it on WELLLLLL DONE lads pommieguy

10:26pm Tue 22 Jan 13

txbantam says...

Same from Texas and New York. Tickets arranged after SF1, accommodation with friends. You don't have a games room painted in City colours, BCAFC car license plates, a stained glass window celebrating the Clubs centenary and not go to Wembley!
Same from Texas and New York. Tickets arranged after SF1, accommodation with friends. You don't have a games room painted in City colours, BCAFC car license plates, a stained glass window celebrating the Clubs centenary and not go to Wembley! txbantam

11:30pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Chilebilly says...

stay at home.
genuine fans deserve a ticket before you jump on the glory bandwagon.
you havent been to a game in years,we don't need you stealing tickets from REAL fans.Didn't see you clammering to be at the Barnet away game.
stay at home. genuine fans deserve a ticket before you jump on the glory bandwagon. you havent been to a game in years,we don't need you stealing tickets from REAL fans.Didn't see you clammering to be at the Barnet away game. Chilebilly

11:33pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Chilebilly says...

pommieguy wrote:
well make that 2 Australia city fan that will be going to the final in feb , i been in Australia for 35 years and been a city fan since i was 8 when i use to go and watch city with my dad every home game and when i turn 14 i went to all the away games up till i was 17 when i moved to Australia and have never stop being a fan people here say who u like in the english soccer i say Bradford City they say whoooooo lol now they know who we are hahahahaha bring it on WELLLLLL DONE lads
Its called football not soccer.
When was the last time you put any money into the club.Stay in Oz and do us all a favour
[quote][p][bold]pommieguy[/bold] wrote: well make that 2 Australia city fan that will be going to the final in feb , i been in Australia for 35 years and been a city fan since i was 8 when i use to go and watch city with my dad every home game and when i turn 14 i went to all the away games up till i was 17 when i moved to Australia and have never stop being a fan people here say who u like in the english soccer i say Bradford City they say whoooooo lol now they know who we are hahahahaha bring it on WELLLLLL DONE lads[/p][/quote]Its called football not soccer. When was the last time you put any money into the club.Stay in Oz and do us all a favour Chilebilly

12:08am Wed 23 Jan 13

richbar62 says...

Chilebilly wrote:
pommieguy wrote:
well make that 2 Australia city fan that will be going to the final in feb , i been in Australia for 35 years and been a city fan since i was 8 when i use to go and watch city with my dad every home game and when i turn 14 i went to all the away games up till i was 17 when i moved to Australia and have never stop being a fan people here say who u like in the english soccer i say Bradford City they say whoooooo lol now they know who we are hahahahaha bring it on WELLLLLL DONE lads
Its called football not soccer.
When was the last time you put any money into the club.Stay in Oz and do us all a favour
My son and i just booked flights from Melbourne to be there for Cup Final.

And before chillybilly adds any more comments, have spent thousands buying from online shop, and nothing wrong with having fans from overseas.

Be great if all the overseas fans can get together at some point
[quote][p][bold]Chilebilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pommieguy[/bold] wrote: well make that 2 Australia city fan that will be going to the final in feb , i been in Australia for 35 years and been a city fan since i was 8 when i use to go and watch city with my dad every home game and when i turn 14 i went to all the away games up till i was 17 when i moved to Australia and have never stop being a fan people here say who u like in the english soccer i say Bradford City they say whoooooo lol now they know who we are hahahahaha bring it on WELLLLLL DONE lads[/p][/quote]Its called football not soccer. When was the last time you put any money into the club.Stay in Oz and do us all a favour[/p][/quote]My son and i just booked flights from Melbourne to be there for Cup Final. And before chillybilly adds any more comments, have spent thousands buying from online shop, and nothing wrong with having fans from overseas. Be great if all the overseas fans can get together at some point richbar62

12:31am Wed 23 Jan 13

pommieguy says...

Chilebilly wrote:
pommieguy wrote:
well make that 2 Australia city fan that will be going to the final in feb , i been in Australia for 35 years and been a city fan since i was 8 when i use to go and watch city with my dad every home game and when i turn 14 i went to all the away games up till i was 17 when i moved to Australia and have never stop being a fan people here say who u like in the english soccer i say Bradford City they say whoooooo lol now they know who we are hahahahaha bring it on WELLLLLL DONE lads
Its called football not soccer.
When was the last time you put any money into the club.Stay in Oz and do us all a favour
chilebilly i was born in bradford i watch my first game in league 4 1968 my dad still go to the games and he 87 ,i watch every home game from 68 till 77 and went to every away games from 74 till 77 when i left to come to Australia and still watch the news and papers about every games, i wear the shirts around the place and a tatto on my arm so who u to say stay here mmmmmm .
[quote][p][bold]Chilebilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pommieguy[/bold] wrote: well make that 2 Australia city fan that will be going to the final in feb , i been in Australia for 35 years and been a city fan since i was 8 when i use to go and watch city with my dad every home game and when i turn 14 i went to all the away games up till i was 17 when i moved to Australia and have never stop being a fan people here say who u like in the english soccer i say Bradford City they say whoooooo lol now they know who we are hahahahaha bring it on WELLLLLL DONE lads[/p][/quote]Its called football not soccer. When was the last time you put any money into the club.Stay in Oz and do us all a favour[/p][/quote]chilebilly i was born in bradford i watch my first game in league 4 1968 my dad still go to the games and he 87 ,i watch every home game from 68 till 77 and went to every away games from 74 till 77 when i left to come to Australia and still watch the news and papers about every games, i wear the shirts around the place and a tatto on my arm so who u to say stay here mmmmmm . pommieguy

12:39am Wed 23 Jan 13

richbar62 says...

pommieguy wrote:
Chilebilly wrote:
pommieguy wrote:
well make that 2 Australia city fan that will be going to the final in feb , i been in Australia for 35 years and been a city fan since i was 8 when i use to go and watch city with my dad every home game and when i turn 14 i went to all the away games up till i was 17 when i moved to Australia and have never stop being a fan people here say who u like in the english soccer i say Bradford City they say whoooooo lol now they know who we are hahahahaha bring it on WELLLLLL DONE lads
Its called football not soccer.
When was the last time you put any money into the club.Stay in Oz and do us all a favour
chilebilly i was born in bradford i watch my first game in league 4 1968 my dad still go to the games and he 87 ,i watch every home game from 68 till 77 and went to every away games from 74 till 77 when i left to come to Australia and still watch the news and papers about every games, i wear the shirts around the place and a tatto on my arm so who u to say stay here mmmmmm .
Well said pommieguy

My famly is mostly in Bradford / Yorkshire area, parents moved to Australia in 60's but i have always followed the team.
[quote][p][bold]pommieguy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chilebilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pommieguy[/bold] wrote: well make that 2 Australia city fan that will be going to the final in feb , i been in Australia for 35 years and been a city fan since i was 8 when i use to go and watch city with my dad every home game and when i turn 14 i went to all the away games up till i was 17 when i moved to Australia and have never stop being a fan people here say who u like in the english soccer i say Bradford City they say whoooooo lol now they know who we are hahahahaha bring it on WELLLLLL DONE lads[/p][/quote]Its called football not soccer. When was the last time you put any money into the club.Stay in Oz and do us all a favour[/p][/quote]chilebilly i was born in bradford i watch my first game in league 4 1968 my dad still go to the games and he 87 ,i watch every home game from 68 till 77 and went to every away games from 74 till 77 when i left to come to Australia and still watch the news and papers about every games, i wear the shirts around the place and a tatto on my arm so who u to say stay here mmmmmm .[/p][/quote]Well said pommieguy My famly is mostly in Bradford / Yorkshire area, parents moved to Australia in 60's but i have always followed the team. richbar62

1:07am Wed 23 Jan 13

idlebones says...

I have already booked my flight from Florida , booked my hotel , I hope I can get a ticket...I was a season ticket holder up until I emmigrated in 2001, first game in 60's too...my dad took me to a Bradford derby in 60's..and claret and amber has been in my veins ever since , and sadly watched our awful fall from grace from afar over the last 10 years...this makes up for it..., I feel like I can't not be there.
I have already booked my flight from Florida , booked my hotel , I hope I can get a ticket...I was a season ticket holder up until I emmigrated in 2001, first game in 60's too...my dad took me to a Bradford derby in 60's..and claret and amber has been in my veins ever since , and sadly watched our awful fall from grace from afar over the last 10 years...this makes up for it..., I feel like I can't not be there. idlebones

12:59pm Wed 23 Jan 13

HongKong says...

Will be flying back from Tokyo for the final. Born and bred in Bradford and been to hundreds of games when I lived in the UK. I think its great City have got an international following.
There's always one idiot though who wants to have a moan eh Chilebily?
Will be flying back from Tokyo for the final. Born and bred in Bradford and been to hundreds of games when I lived in the UK. I think its great City have got an international following. There's always one idiot though who wants to have a moan eh Chilebily? HongKong

6:40pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Chilebilly says...

pommieguy wrote:
Chilebilly wrote:
pommieguy wrote: well make that 2 Australia city fan that will be going to the final in feb , i been in Australia for 35 years and been a city fan since i was 8 when i use to go and watch city with my dad every home game and when i turn 14 i went to all the away games up till i was 17 when i moved to Australia and have never stop being a fan people here say who u like in the english soccer i say Bradford City they say whoooooo lol now they know who we are hahahahaha bring it on WELLLLLL DONE lads
Its called football not soccer. When was the last time you put any money into the club.Stay in Oz and do us all a favour
chilebilly i was born in bradford i watch my first game in league 4 1968 my dad still go to the games and he 87 ,i watch every home game from 68 till 77 and went to every away games from 74 till 77 when i left to come to Australia and still watch the news and papers about every games, i wear the shirts around the place and a tatto on my arm so who u to say stay here mmmmmm .
So you haven't been to a game since 1977!!!!!
that makes you a REAL fan then does it.
Not in my book it doesn't.
Oh sorry,you have a tattoo as well.
Is it spelt correctly!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]pommieguy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chilebilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pommieguy[/bold] wrote: well make that 2 Australia city fan that will be going to the final in feb , i been in Australia for 35 years and been a city fan since i was 8 when i use to go and watch city with my dad every home game and when i turn 14 i went to all the away games up till i was 17 when i moved to Australia and have never stop being a fan people here say who u like in the english soccer i say Bradford City they say whoooooo lol now they know who we are hahahahaha bring it on WELLLLLL DONE lads[/p][/quote]Its called football not soccer. When was the last time you put any money into the club.Stay in Oz and do us all a favour[/p][/quote]chilebilly i was born in bradford i watch my first game in league 4 1968 my dad still go to the games and he 87 ,i watch every home game from 68 till 77 and went to every away games from 74 till 77 when i left to come to Australia and still watch the news and papers about every games, i wear the shirts around the place and a tatto on my arm so who u to say stay here mmmmmm .[/p][/quote]So you haven't been to a game since 1977!!!!! that makes you a REAL fan then does it. Not in my book it doesn't. Oh sorry,you have a tattoo as well. Is it spelt correctly!!!!! Chilebilly

6:43pm Wed 23 Jan 13

Chilebilly says...

HongKong wrote:
Will be flying back from Tokyo for the final. Born and bred in Bradford and been to hundreds of games when I lived in the UK. I think its great City have got an international following. There's always one idiot though who wants to have a moan eh Chilebily?
Billy has 2 "L's" if you want to spell it correctly Hong Kong Phooey!!!
Maybe you more of an idiot than me
[quote][p][bold]HongKong[/bold] wrote: Will be flying back from Tokyo for the final. Born and bred in Bradford and been to hundreds of games when I lived in the UK. I think its great City have got an international following. There's always one idiot though who wants to have a moan eh Chilebily?[/p][/quote]Billy has 2 "L's" if you want to spell it correctly Hong Kong Phooey!!! Maybe you more of an idiot than me Chilebilly

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