Fans from far and wide get set for Wembley date!

City fans celebrate after the match

City fans celebrate after the match

First published in Bantams Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

Jubilant Bantams fans from around the world yesterday starting making plans to travel to the club’s Capital One Cup Wembley final, as Bradford Council confirmed talks are under way to throw a civic reception in honour of Phil Parkinson’s cup heroes.

Supporters from as far away as Australia began booking flights to London, while coach companies across the district started advertising trips down to the capital, after Bradford’s 4-3 win on aggregate over Premier League Aston Villa booked City’s place in the final on Sunday, February 24.

Tickets have yet to go on sale, although it is understood Bradford will have an allocation of about 31,000.

But season ticket holder Andy Ross, who lives in Sydney, has already organised 22-hour flights to and from London, via Singapore, while Scott North, of Brisbane, has flights on standby.

And other fans took to social networking site Twitter to reveal they had booked rooms in hotels in preparation for the clash.

Life-long fan Andrew Spencer, 35, of Wibsey, who was at Villa Park as Bantams’ secured their Wembley place, said he had booked a hotel for the Sunday night.

“I know tickets haven’t gone on sale yet, but I want to be prepared.

“I imagine it will be chaos when tickets do go on sale, because everyone I know says they want to go!

“It’s going to be a day I will always remember.”

Meanwhile, the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Dale Smith, confirmed the Council is in discussions with the club about a civic reception to mark Bantams’ cup heroics, although no firm plans are yet in place.

Bradford City flags are flying outside City Hall.

“We are in consultation with them about what they think would be the most appropriate time to celebrate their success,” said Coun Smith.

He added he and his wife Margaret, both season ticket holders, had watched Tuesday’s game on television and hoped, if possible, to join the team at Wembley.

“We watched with great thrill and trepidation, my wife was shouting herself hoarse!

“The result was absolutely amazing – it was fantastic for the city, the club and the district.

“We shall continue to support them and are quietly confident they will triumph once again!”

The district’s MPs also gave their congratulations to the side, saying the win had given the city a boost.

Bradford West MP George Galloway told how he hoped a Parliamentary reception would be held in the club’s honour and urged Bradford Council to reveal its plans to officially fete the cup heroes.

“I’m still hoarse from shouting, and I was only watching on TV,” he said.

“And I bet there were thousands of others who are similarly speechless.

“What a victory! The first time a team from the fourth tier has gone to Wembley in what we used to call the League Cup final. Absolutely remarkable, and the team was assembled for the cost of what a Premier League player would turn up his nose at as a day’s wage. It’s a tribute to the players, manager Phil Parkinson and the management of this great club.”

Bradford East MP and Bantams’ season ticket holder David Ward caught parts of the game in the House of Commons bar between meetings, surrounded by MP colleagues rooting for City.

“It’s fabulous – the dream goes on,” he said.

“But what we shouldn’t think is that we’ve done it now, because of course we want to win the final.

“It’s great, the good thing about this is it gets people talking about Bradford. I was watching with MPs from the north east and north west and they were all Bradford fans for the evening, there were very few Villa fans!

“It’s given the city a real buzz and everyone a spring in their step.

“It’s not just great for the city but the whole district, it’s brought the district together.

“And it’s so deserved, it’s not like it was a flukey win. We just need to do this in the league now.”

Bradford South MP Gerry Sutcliffe, honorary chairman of Bradford Bulls, said the Super League side would now try to change the date of its home game against St Helen’s, which clashes with Bantams’ Wembley final on February 24.

“We’re hoping to change it to the Friday and have submitted an application to the RFL.

“It’s absolutely fantastic Bradford City have done it and it’s a very proud time to be a Bradford MP.

“Sporting success really lifts the city and Bradford’s going through a real purple patch at the moment.”

Shipley MP Philip Davies said Phil Parkinson’s men and everyone associated with the club should be proud of their achievements.

“There is so much pride and a feel good factor in the district, and that’s something that was much needed,” he added.

“They all should be extremely proud of what they have done.

“I hope to see tens of thousands of fans from Bradford in London that weekend.

“While I’d love to go, the most important people are those who have supported their team through thick and thin. They are the ones who deserve it.”

While Keighley MP Kris Hopkins said: “The scenes of celebration amongst Bradford City fans at the end of the game will live long in the memory, and I very much hope they are repeated at Wembley next month.

“The club’s achievement is a great boost for the city. The players, manager and officials deserve every bit of credit they are currently receiving.”

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9:05am Thu 24 Jan 13

Oz bantam says...

Wembley here we come. Just booked my flight over today from Oz. Been a City fan for 30 years & this is going to be the best day ever. I never imagined that i would see City in a major cup final in my lifetime. All City fans dreams have come true & everybody at the club deserves all the praise that they are getting. Come on City lets finish this dream run off in style!
Wembley here we come. Just booked my flight over today from Oz. Been a City fan for 30 years & this is going to be the best day ever. I never imagined that i would see City in a major cup final in my lifetime. All City fans dreams have come true & everybody at the club deserves all the praise that they are getting. Come on City lets finish this dream run off in style! Oz bantam
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9:50am Thu 24 Jan 13

CheltCityFan says...

I'm sure there were other comments on this thread when I first saw it yesterday morning that, fortunately, seem to have been removed, including very hostile ones from a very embarrassing person who stated that they didn't want people like this coming over and taking tickets away from genuine fans. Two things - City average around 10,000 in attendances, so there will be over 20,000 fans there who, by this reckoning, are not 'genuine'. A relatively small amount of people coming from abroad are not going to stop 'genuine' fans get a ticket. Secondly, personally, as a fan for over 50 years, I welcome anyone who has the determination, desire and commitment to spend thousands of pounds and travel half way round the world to see a City match. In exactly the same way, I have no problem with 'outsiders' jumping on the bandwagon at VP because every extra person that comes through the gate brings more money in that is vital for this club, and also lays the foundation for them eventually turning into a 'genuine' fan. So I say good luck to all those people who want to be there at Wembley, I hope you get tickets, I hope you have a safe journey and I hope you enjoy the day. And, well done to the lads for some memorable games - I am proud of each and every one of you. This is a real fairy story and one I never imagined in my wildest dreams.
I'm sure there were other comments on this thread when I first saw it yesterday morning that, fortunately, seem to have been removed, including very hostile ones from a very embarrassing person who stated that they didn't want people like this coming over and taking tickets away from genuine fans. Two things - City average around 10,000 in attendances, so there will be over 20,000 fans there who, by this reckoning, are not 'genuine'. A relatively small amount of people coming from abroad are not going to stop 'genuine' fans get a ticket. Secondly, personally, as a fan for over 50 years, I welcome anyone who has the determination, desire and commitment to spend thousands of pounds and travel half way round the world to see a City match. In exactly the same way, I have no problem with 'outsiders' jumping on the bandwagon at VP because every extra person that comes through the gate brings more money in that is vital for this club, and also lays the foundation for them eventually turning into a 'genuine' fan. So I say good luck to all those people who want to be there at Wembley, I hope you get tickets, I hope you have a safe journey and I hope you enjoy the day. And, well done to the lads for some memorable games - I am proud of each and every one of you. This is a real fairy story and one I never imagined in my wildest dreams. CheltCityFan
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10:03am Thu 24 Jan 13

bctomuk says...

Well said CheltCityFan!
Well said CheltCityFan! bctomuk
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10:21am Thu 24 Jan 13

glorious1911 says...

I am more irritated by a certain Bradford MP claiming that this is all part of the 'Bradford Spring'. What?????????? Please don't let these political parasites jump on the glory band wagon.
I am more irritated by a certain Bradford MP claiming that this is all part of the 'Bradford Spring'. What?????????? Please don't let these political parasites jump on the glory band wagon. glorious1911
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10:36am Thu 24 Jan 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

I should hope the council honour BCFC, after all they threw a party for a bunch of cheats who had achieved sod all at the taxpayers expense and have nothing to do with Bradford what so ever.

No doubt the councillors and MP's who couldn't give a toss when Bradford were going to the wall will be turning up hoping for freebies.
I should hope the council honour BCFC, after all they threw a party for a bunch of cheats who had achieved sod all at the taxpayers expense and have nothing to do with Bradford what so ever. No doubt the councillors and MP's who couldn't give a toss when Bradford were going to the wall will be turning up hoping for freebies. Thee Voice of Reason
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10:40am Thu 24 Jan 13

Whoisevans? says...

CheltCityFan wrote:
I'm sure there were other comments on this thread when I first saw it yesterday morning that, fortunately, seem to have been removed, including very hostile ones from a very embarrassing person who stated that they didn't want people like this coming over and taking tickets away from genuine fans. Two things - City average around 10,000 in attendances, so there will be over 20,000 fans there who, by this reckoning, are not 'genuine'. A relatively small amount of people coming from abroad are not going to stop 'genuine' fans get a ticket. Secondly, personally, as a fan for over 50 years, I welcome anyone who has the determination, desire and commitment to spend thousands of pounds and travel half way round the world to see a City match. In exactly the same way, I have no problem with 'outsiders' jumping on the bandwagon at VP because every extra person that comes through the gate brings more money in that is vital for this club, and also lays the foundation for them eventually turning into a 'genuine' fan. So I say good luck to all those people who want to be there at Wembley, I hope you get tickets, I hope you have a safe journey and I hope you enjoy the day. And, well done to the lads for some memorable games - I am proud of each and every one of you. This is a real fairy story and one I never imagined in my wildest dreams.
You will always get the killjoys who want find something to knock the shine off such a great occasion. Well done to the team and fans forgetting behind the team.
[quote][p][bold]CheltCityFan[/bold] wrote: I'm sure there were other comments on this thread when I first saw it yesterday morning that, fortunately, seem to have been removed, including very hostile ones from a very embarrassing person who stated that they didn't want people like this coming over and taking tickets away from genuine fans. Two things - City average around 10,000 in attendances, so there will be over 20,000 fans there who, by this reckoning, are not 'genuine'. A relatively small amount of people coming from abroad are not going to stop 'genuine' fans get a ticket. Secondly, personally, as a fan for over 50 years, I welcome anyone who has the determination, desire and commitment to spend thousands of pounds and travel half way round the world to see a City match. In exactly the same way, I have no problem with 'outsiders' jumping on the bandwagon at VP because every extra person that comes through the gate brings more money in that is vital for this club, and also lays the foundation for them eventually turning into a 'genuine' fan. So I say good luck to all those people who want to be there at Wembley, I hope you get tickets, I hope you have a safe journey and I hope you enjoy the day. And, well done to the lads for some memorable games - I am proud of each and every one of you. This is a real fairy story and one I never imagined in my wildest dreams.[/p][/quote]You will always get the killjoys who want find something to knock the shine off such a great occasion. Well done to the team and fans forgetting behind the team. Whoisevans?
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10:41am Thu 24 Jan 13

CheltCityFan says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
I should hope the council honour BCFC, after all they threw a party for a bunch of cheats who had achieved sod all at the taxpayers expense and have nothing to do with Bradford what so ever.

No doubt the councillors and MP's who couldn't give a toss when Bradford were going to the wall will be turning up hoping for freebies.
Just for clarity, given a couple of very relevant comments above, my reference to 'outsiders' is those peopl who choose to come and pay at the gate occasionally for big matches and I have no sympathy whatsoever for any political or freeloading people jumping on the bandwagon to associate themselves with success.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: I should hope the council honour BCFC, after all they threw a party for a bunch of cheats who had achieved sod all at the taxpayers expense and have nothing to do with Bradford what so ever. No doubt the councillors and MP's who couldn't give a toss when Bradford were going to the wall will be turning up hoping for freebies.[/p][/quote]Just for clarity, given a couple of very relevant comments above, my reference to 'outsiders' is those peopl who choose to come and pay at the gate occasionally for big matches and I have no sympathy whatsoever for any political or freeloading people jumping on the bandwagon to associate themselves with success. CheltCityFan
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11:17am Thu 24 Jan 13

KnightMcCall says...

CheltCityFan wrote:
I'm sure there were other comments on this thread when I first saw it yesterday morning that, fortunately, seem to have been removed, including very hostile ones from a very embarrassing person who stated that they didn't want people like this coming over and taking tickets away from genuine fans. Two things - City average around 10,000 in attendances, so there will be over 20,000 fans there who, by this reckoning, are not 'genuine'. A relatively small amount of people coming from abroad are not going to stop 'genuine' fans get a ticket. Secondly, personally, as a fan for over 50 years, I welcome anyone who has the determination, desire and commitment to spend thousands of pounds and travel half way round the world to see a City match. In exactly the same way, I have no problem with 'outsiders' jumping on the bandwagon at VP because every extra person that comes through the gate brings more money in that is vital for this club, and also lays the foundation for them eventually turning into a 'genuine' fan. So I say good luck to all those people who want to be there at Wembley, I hope you get tickets, I hope you have a safe journey and I hope you enjoy the day. And, well done to the lads for some memorable games - I am proud of each and every one of you. This is a real fairy story and one I never imagined in my wildest dreams.
By and large you make a lot of sense. I think what concerns some people is that one-off supporters who don't care about City and will not come back to VP get tickets INSTEAD of those who are genuine supporters. It will be sad if some who regularly support the club and want to go are unable to because of those are only wanting to go to a historic game. The problem is; there is no measure of a "true" fan. Hopefully those who are genuine fans of the club will all get a ticket if they want one.
[quote][p][bold]CheltCityFan[/bold] wrote: I'm sure there were other comments on this thread when I first saw it yesterday morning that, fortunately, seem to have been removed, including very hostile ones from a very embarrassing person who stated that they didn't want people like this coming over and taking tickets away from genuine fans. Two things - City average around 10,000 in attendances, so there will be over 20,000 fans there who, by this reckoning, are not 'genuine'. A relatively small amount of people coming from abroad are not going to stop 'genuine' fans get a ticket. Secondly, personally, as a fan for over 50 years, I welcome anyone who has the determination, desire and commitment to spend thousands of pounds and travel half way round the world to see a City match. In exactly the same way, I have no problem with 'outsiders' jumping on the bandwagon at VP because every extra person that comes through the gate brings more money in that is vital for this club, and also lays the foundation for them eventually turning into a 'genuine' fan. So I say good luck to all those people who want to be there at Wembley, I hope you get tickets, I hope you have a safe journey and I hope you enjoy the day. And, well done to the lads for some memorable games - I am proud of each and every one of you. This is a real fairy story and one I never imagined in my wildest dreams.[/p][/quote]By and large you make a lot of sense. I think what concerns some people is that one-off supporters who don't care about City and will not come back to VP get tickets INSTEAD of those who are genuine supporters. It will be sad if some who regularly support the club and want to go are unable to because of those are only wanting to go to a historic game. The problem is; there is no measure of a "true" fan. Hopefully those who are genuine fans of the club will all get a ticket if they want one. KnightMcCall
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11:26am Thu 24 Jan 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Anyone with a booking history with City in the last 10 years should get second refusal after the season ticket & flexicard holders.

BCFC have a database of people who have bought tickets in the past which would indicate they are not just jumping on the glory train as they must have endured some crap if they turned up in the last 10 years.
Anyone with a booking history with City in the last 10 years should get second refusal after the season ticket & flexicard holders. BCFC have a database of people who have bought tickets in the past which would indicate they are not just jumping on the glory train as they must have endured some crap if they turned up in the last 10 years. Thee Voice of Reason
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12:30pm Thu 24 Jan 13

huggy b says...

I thought Kris Hopkins wanted his constituency to no longer be part of Bradford? Don't jump on our bandwagon now you Tory Sh*te!
I thought Kris Hopkins wanted his constituency to no longer be part of Bradford? Don't jump on our bandwagon now you Tory Sh*te! huggy b
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12:32pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Pomdownunder71 says...

CheltCityFan, i couldnt agree more, I was born and bread in Bradford, but moved to Australia 15 years ago, I will be doing everything in my powers to get back home to see Bradford City , not only play at Wembley , but also WIN,
I will be booking my flights tomorrow, and hopefully be lucky enough to get a ticket for Wembley,

this is my FB link showing the passion for football in Bradford and the World
https://www.facebook
.com/photo.php?fbid=
10151225238817055&se
t=o.300735998153&typ
e=1&theater
CheltCityFan, i couldnt agree more, I was born and bread in Bradford, but moved to Australia 15 years ago, I will be doing everything in my powers to get back home to see Bradford City , not only play at Wembley , but also WIN, I will be booking my flights tomorrow, and hopefully be lucky enough to get a ticket for Wembley, this is my FB link showing the passion for football in Bradford and the World https://www.facebook .com/photo.php?fbid= 10151225238817055&se t=o.300735998153&typ e=1&theater Pomdownunder71
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12:32pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Rambo says...

The only place there should be a reception should be at Valley Parade. I don't want to see anyone on the council involved unless a genuine supporter (e.g. David Ward), let them do their ego-massaging and publicity stealing somewhere else. They did absolutely nothing to help us in 2004 while (and Im NOT intending to start a Bulls-City war) while getting involved in the Bulls cries last year.

Should we win or lose, its a moment for everyone associated with the club, especially the fans who've travelled all over in this crap division when no-one else could be bothered, and some of the long-suffering members of staff. Not a moment for politicians to bandwagon jump.
The only place there should be a reception should be at Valley Parade. I don't want to see anyone on the council involved unless a genuine supporter (e.g. David Ward), let them do their ego-massaging and publicity stealing somewhere else. They did absolutely nothing to help us in 2004 while (and Im NOT intending to start a Bulls-City war) while getting involved in the Bulls cries last year. Should we win or lose, its a moment for everyone associated with the club, especially the fans who've travelled all over in this crap division when no-one else could be bothered, and some of the long-suffering members of staff. Not a moment for politicians to bandwagon jump. Rambo
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12:32pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Rambo says...

*crisis, not cries.
*crisis, not cries. Rambo
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1:13pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Innocenti says...

If you are not a season ticket holder,and have not suffered like us for the past decade, who are.Then show your colours,at least,buy your wembley ticket by all means,then turn up at the city games prior to the final and add to the club coffers in order to help us out of this dog s###e division.
If you are not a season ticket holder,and have not suffered like us for the past decade, who are.Then show your colours,at least,buy your wembley ticket by all means,then turn up at the city games prior to the final and add to the club coffers in order to help us out of this dog s###e division. Innocenti
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1:31pm Thu 24 Jan 13

oldsilver says...

have a look at david bowers facebook page.he needs help.thanks,his dad
have a look at david bowers facebook page.he needs help.thanks,his dad oldsilver
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1:40pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Why doesn't he put his foot down and just go?
It's a once in a lifetime event so why the need for a facebook campaign?

The first guy in this thread is from Oz and has put his foot down, #growapair.
Why doesn't he put his foot down and just go? It's a once in a lifetime event so why the need for a facebook campaign? The first guy in this thread is from Oz and has put his foot down, #growapair. Thee Voice of Reason
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2:43pm Thu 24 Jan 13

pommieguy says...

Pomdownunder71 wrote:
CheltCityFan, i couldnt agree more, I was born and bread in Bradford, but moved to Australia 15 years ago, I will be doing everything in my powers to get back home to see Bradford City , not only play at Wembley , but also WIN,
I will be booking my flights tomorrow, and hopefully be lucky enough to get a ticket for Wembley,

this is my FB link showing the passion for football in Bradford and the World
https://www.facebook

.com/photo.php?fbid=

10151225238817055&am
p;se
t=o.300735998153&amp
;typ
e=1&theater
Me two i been a city fan for 45 years but been in oz for 35 years and with work and a large family its hard to get back but now they are all grown up and i got 4 weeks holidays am coming over to support my team bradford born and proud , last game 1977 and went to every away games 1974--1977 from hartlepool to torquay and my dad still go to the games and he 87 with one leg so i hope i can get there to see with him
[quote][p][bold]Pomdownunder71[/bold] wrote: CheltCityFan, i couldnt agree more, I was born and bread in Bradford, but moved to Australia 15 years ago, I will be doing everything in my powers to get back home to see Bradford City , not only play at Wembley , but also WIN, I will be booking my flights tomorrow, and hopefully be lucky enough to get a ticket for Wembley, this is my FB link showing the passion for football in Bradford and the World https://www.facebook .com/photo.php?fbid= 10151225238817055&am p;se t=o.300735998153& ;typ e=1&theater[/p][/quote]Me two i been a city fan for 45 years but been in oz for 35 years and with work and a large family its hard to get back but now they are all grown up and i got 4 weeks holidays am coming over to support my team bradford born and proud , last game 1977 and went to every away games 1974--1977 from hartlepool to torquay and my dad still go to the games and he 87 with one leg so i hope i can get there to see with him pommieguy
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2:48pm Thu 24 Jan 13

irishgent says...

Followed Bantams for over 40 years - live in Ireland but get to the night games - Season Ticket up to 6 years since -
Already arranged for Wembley -
Son flying in from Australia (Booked) 40 hours in flight 40 hours in London - I fly in from Warsaw (working there) - Partner flies in from Dublin - this is what this game does to you
BUT yes I am not a season ticket holder so no guarantee of tickets !! Hats off to the faithful who have stuck in there for last 10 years - bring it on !
Followed Bantams for over 40 years - live in Ireland but get to the night games - Season Ticket up to 6 years since - Already arranged for Wembley - Son flying in from Australia (Booked) 40 hours in flight 40 hours in London - I fly in from Warsaw (working there) - Partner flies in from Dublin - this is what this game does to you BUT yes I am not a season ticket holder so no guarantee of tickets !! Hats off to the faithful who have stuck in there for last 10 years - bring it on ! irishgent
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2:54pm Thu 24 Jan 13

MontyLeMar says...

glorious1911 wrote:
I am more irritated by a certain Bradford MP claiming that this is all part of the 'Bradford Spring'. What?????????? Please don't let these political parasites jump on the glory band wagon.
Never been a politician born who will not jump onto a bandwagon when he/she sees one. That's what politicians are supposed to do.
[quote][p][bold]glorious1911[/bold] wrote: I am more irritated by a certain Bradford MP claiming that this is all part of the 'Bradford Spring'. What?????????? Please don't let these political parasites jump on the glory band wagon.[/p][/quote]Never been a politician born who will not jump onto a bandwagon when he/she sees one. That's what politicians are supposed to do. MontyLeMar
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3:23pm Thu 24 Jan 13

czechbantam says...

I have read several comments on this thread regarding 'genuine or not' fans. I have been a supporter of BCFC man and boy, for the past 40+ years bringing my sons up to support the same team, who in turn take their sons down the same route. Unfortunately, early 2000 I had to move to Czech Republic to carry on my trade. I have an opportunity to buy tickets from a czech agent. The question I have is should I buy them and run the gauntlet of being called 'a part-time supporter? baring in mind these tickets will probably be thrown in the bin if I dont buy them!!!
I have read several comments on this thread regarding 'genuine or not' fans. I have been a supporter of BCFC man and boy, for the past 40+ years bringing my sons up to support the same team, who in turn take their sons down the same route. Unfortunately, early 2000 I had to move to Czech Republic to carry on my trade. I have an opportunity to buy tickets from a czech agent. The question I have is should I buy them and run the gauntlet of being called 'a part-time supporter? baring in mind these tickets will probably be thrown in the bin if I dont buy them!!! czechbantam
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4:19pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Wallybantam says...

I'm not putting out my 'true fan' credentials for the 'fan police' to examine. I'm going to be spending a lot of money and time travelling half way around the world to lend my voice to the chorus of support for MY TEAM. People make choices in life to try an improve their lot but wherever you go you can still carry the flame of passion from chilhood. That flame burns brght in me still and no one is going to extinguish it.
I'm not putting out my 'true fan' credentials for the 'fan police' to examine. I'm going to be spending a lot of money and time travelling half way around the world to lend my voice to the chorus of support for MY TEAM. People make choices in life to try an improve their lot but wherever you go you can still carry the flame of passion from chilhood. That flame burns brght in me still and no one is going to extinguish it. Wallybantam
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4:25pm Thu 24 Jan 13

MontyLeMar says...

Wallybantam wrote:
I'm not putting out my 'true fan' credentials for the 'fan police' to examine. I'm going to be spending a lot of money and time travelling half way around the world to lend my voice to the chorus of support for MY TEAM. People make choices in life to try an improve their lot but wherever you go you can still carry the flame of passion from chilhood. That flame burns brght in me still and no one is going to extinguish it.
Well, at least you wont have to set foot in Bradford. Not an edifying experience at the best of times.
[quote][p][bold]Wallybantam[/bold] wrote: I'm not putting out my 'true fan' credentials for the 'fan police' to examine. I'm going to be spending a lot of money and time travelling half way around the world to lend my voice to the chorus of support for MY TEAM. People make choices in life to try an improve their lot but wherever you go you can still carry the flame of passion from chilhood. That flame burns brght in me still and no one is going to extinguish it.[/p][/quote]Well, at least you wont have to set foot in Bradford. Not an edifying experience at the best of times. MontyLeMar
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5:02pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Wallybantam says...

And I'm still proud of where I come from.
And I'm still proud of where I come from. Wallybantam
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5:06pm Thu 24 Jan 13

KnightMcCall says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Anyone with a booking history with City in the last 10 years should get second refusal after the season ticket & flexicard holders.

BCFC have a database of people who have bought tickets in the past which would indicate they are not just jumping on the glory train as they must have endured some crap if they turned up in the last 10 years.
What about those who just pay cash at the turnstiles or those who live down South and attend quite a few away games to support the team but are unable to get to VP regularly? There won't be any record of that.

There is no reasonable way of City doing this beyond letting Season Ticket holders and 50-50 holders have first shout and then it's likely to be free-for all. Let's face it; even if they can show ticket stubs for Arsenal & Villa it doesn't exactly show them up as fans. If someone is willing to travel from Oz then i would be tempted to suggest that they deserve a ticket!!
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Anyone with a booking history with City in the last 10 years should get second refusal after the season ticket & flexicard holders. BCFC have a database of people who have bought tickets in the past which would indicate they are not just jumping on the glory train as they must have endured some crap if they turned up in the last 10 years.[/p][/quote]What about those who just pay cash at the turnstiles or those who live down South and attend quite a few away games to support the team but are unable to get to VP regularly? There won't be any record of that. There is no reasonable way of City doing this beyond letting Season Ticket holders and 50-50 holders have first shout and then it's likely to be free-for all. Let's face it; even if they can show ticket stubs for Arsenal & Villa it doesn't exactly show them up as fans. If someone is willing to travel from Oz then i would be tempted to suggest that they deserve a ticket!! KnightMcCall
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6:23pm Thu 24 Jan 13

mumbyfan says...

Look I'm Bradford born and bred and after supporting both city,northern&bulls for 40 years does it matter who is a true fan or a glory supporter? Lets be fair Leeds united have had loads of them over the years.

Galloway is on question time tonight, he will mention City, he did when the Bulls beat Leeds last year
Look I'm Bradford born and bred and after supporting both city,northern&bulls for 40 years does it matter who is a true fan or a glory supporter? Lets be fair Leeds united have had loads of them over the years. Galloway is on question time tonight, he will mention City, he did when the Bulls beat Leeds last year mumbyfan
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6:38pm Thu 24 Jan 13

tinytoonster says...

just spoke DIRECTLY to national express, their coaches leave wembley at 6.30PM regardless of extra time!
just thought i should warn people, you know how we like extra time and pens!!
just spoke DIRECTLY to national express, their coaches leave wembley at 6.30PM regardless of extra time! just thought i should warn people, you know how we like extra time and pens!! tinytoonster
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6:54pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Club have announced all flexicard and season ticket holders will have first refusal and probably +1.
Big queues for the rest I guess.
Club have announced all flexicard and season ticket holders will have first refusal and probably +1. Big queues for the rest I guess. Thee Voice of Reason
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8:36pm Thu 24 Jan 13

billybobbull says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
I should hope the council honour BCFC, after all they threw a party for a bunch of cheats who had achieved sod all at the taxpayers expense and have nothing to do with Bradford what so ever.

No doubt the councillors and MP's who couldn't give a toss when Bradford were going to the wall will be turning up hoping for freebies.
wnkr
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: I should hope the council honour BCFC, after all they threw a party for a bunch of cheats who had achieved sod all at the taxpayers expense and have nothing to do with Bradford what so ever. No doubt the councillors and MP's who couldn't give a toss when Bradford were going to the wall will be turning up hoping for freebies.[/p][/quote]wnkr billybobbull
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8:53pm Thu 24 Jan 13

billybobbull says...

CheltCityFan wrote:
I'm sure there were other comments on this thread when I first saw it yesterday morning that, fortunately, seem to have been removed, including very hostile ones from a very embarrassing person who stated that they didn't want people like this coming over and taking tickets away from genuine fans. Two things - City average around 10,000 in attendances, so there will be over 20,000 fans there who, by this reckoning, are not 'genuine'. A relatively small amount of people coming from abroad are not going to stop 'genuine' fans get a ticket. Secondly, personally, as a fan for over 50 years, I welcome anyone who has the determination, desire and commitment to spend thousands of pounds and travel half way round the world to see a City match. In exactly the same way, I have no problem with 'outsiders' jumping on the bandwagon at VP because every extra person that comes through the gate brings more money in that is vital for this club, and also lays the foundation for them eventually turning into a 'genuine' fan. So I say good luck to all those people who want to be there at Wembley, I hope you get tickets, I hope you have a safe journey and I hope you enjoy the day. And, well done to the lads for some memorable games - I am proud of each and every one of you. This is a real fairy story and one I never imagined in my wildest dreams.
Thank you for your sensible comments. I am a Northern lad...been since 1970......and have only ever been to see City 3/4 times ever (47 now). BUT over those years including 10 abroad I have followed City throughout.
I will be at Wembley, I will be supporting City and more importantly MY city. Lets all enjoy the times ....use this as a sling to shoot us into future success in sport and endeavour.

What I have realised over the past 12 months with Buls and City is that 'Labor Omnia Vincit' is without a doubt, a very apt motto for our beautiful city.
Enjoy the day folks........
[quote][p][bold]CheltCityFan[/bold] wrote: I'm sure there were other comments on this thread when I first saw it yesterday morning that, fortunately, seem to have been removed, including very hostile ones from a very embarrassing person who stated that they didn't want people like this coming over and taking tickets away from genuine fans. Two things - City average around 10,000 in attendances, so there will be over 20,000 fans there who, by this reckoning, are not 'genuine'. A relatively small amount of people coming from abroad are not going to stop 'genuine' fans get a ticket. Secondly, personally, as a fan for over 50 years, I welcome anyone who has the determination, desire and commitment to spend thousands of pounds and travel half way round the world to see a City match. In exactly the same way, I have no problem with 'outsiders' jumping on the bandwagon at VP because every extra person that comes through the gate brings more money in that is vital for this club, and also lays the foundation for them eventually turning into a 'genuine' fan. So I say good luck to all those people who want to be there at Wembley, I hope you get tickets, I hope you have a safe journey and I hope you enjoy the day. And, well done to the lads for some memorable games - I am proud of each and every one of you. This is a real fairy story and one I never imagined in my wildest dreams.[/p][/quote]Thank you for your sensible comments. I am a Northern lad...been since 1970......and have only ever been to see City 3/4 times ever (47 now). BUT over those years including 10 abroad I have followed City throughout. I will be at Wembley, I will be supporting City and more importantly MY city. Lets all enjoy the times ....use this as a sling to shoot us into future success in sport and endeavour. What I have realised over the past 12 months with Buls and City is that 'Labor Omnia Vincit' is without a doubt, a very apt motto for our beautiful city. Enjoy the day folks........ billybobbull
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11:25pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

billybobbull wrote:
Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
I should hope the council honour BCFC, after all they threw a party for a bunch of cheats who had achieved sod all at the taxpayers expense and have nothing to do with Bradford what so ever.

No doubt the councillors and MP's who couldn't give a toss when Bradford were going to the wall will be turning up hoping for freebies.
wnkr
Can you tell me when the council has helped then?
Was I dreaming when they threw a civic reception for a bunch of match fixing cheats at our expense last year.
If your going to start the name calling maybe you could clear up my queries.
[quote][p][bold]billybobbull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: I should hope the council honour BCFC, after all they threw a party for a bunch of cheats who had achieved sod all at the taxpayers expense and have nothing to do with Bradford what so ever. No doubt the councillors and MP's who couldn't give a toss when Bradford were going to the wall will be turning up hoping for freebies.[/p][/quote]wnkr[/p][/quote]Can you tell me when the council has helped then? Was I dreaming when they threw a civic reception for a bunch of match fixing cheats at our expense last year. If your going to start the name calling maybe you could clear up my queries. Thee Voice of Reason
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6:01am Fri 25 Jan 13

richbar62 says...

Oz bantam wrote:
Wembley here we come. Just booked my flight over today from Oz. Been a City fan for 30 years & this is going to be the best day ever. I never imagined that i would see City in a major cup final in my lifetime. All City fans dreams have come true & everybody at the club deserves all the praise that they are getting. Come on City lets finish this dream run off in style!
My son and I have flights booked from Oz, leave on the 15 th, catch the Wimbledon away game, Cup final, and home game on the 27th against D & R

My family is from Bradford - parents migrated in 60's but have always followed the club, so this for us like everyone else, is a dream come true.

Look forward to catching up with city fans at these games and maybe the "internationals" who are making the journey from around the world can get together.

CTID
[quote][p][bold]Oz bantam[/bold] wrote: Wembley here we come. Just booked my flight over today from Oz. Been a City fan for 30 years & this is going to be the best day ever. I never imagined that i would see City in a major cup final in my lifetime. All City fans dreams have come true & everybody at the club deserves all the praise that they are getting. Come on City lets finish this dream run off in style![/p][/quote]My son and I have flights booked from Oz, leave on the 15 th, catch the Wimbledon away game, Cup final, and home game on the 27th against D & R My family is from Bradford - parents migrated in 60's but have always followed the club, so this for us like everyone else, is a dream come true. Look forward to catching up with city fans at these games and maybe the "internationals" who are making the journey from around the world can get together. CTID richbar62
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9:33am Fri 25 Jan 13

nzchch says...

Oz bantam wrote:
Wembley here we come. Just booked my flight over today from Oz. Been a City fan for 30 years & this is going to be the best day ever. I never imagined that i would see City in a major cup final in my lifetime. All City fans dreams have come true & everybody at the club deserves all the praise that they are getting. Come on City lets finish this dream run off in style!
And me from Christchurch new zealand
[quote][p][bold]Oz bantam[/bold] wrote: Wembley here we come. Just booked my flight over today from Oz. Been a City fan for 30 years & this is going to be the best day ever. I never imagined that i would see City in a major cup final in my lifetime. All City fans dreams have come true & everybody at the club deserves all the praise that they are getting. Come on City lets finish this dream run off in style![/p][/quote]And me from Christchurch new zealand nzchch
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9:41am Fri 25 Jan 13

nzchch says...

richbar62 wrote:
Oz bantam wrote:
Wembley here we come. Just booked my flight over today from Oz. Been a City fan for 30 years & this is going to be the best day ever. I never imagined that i would see City in a major cup final in my lifetime. All City fans dreams have come true & everybody at the club deserves all the praise that they are getting. Come on City lets finish this dream run off in style!
My son and I have flights booked from Oz, leave on the 15 th, catch the Wimbledon away game, Cup final, and home game on the 27th against D & R

My family is from Bradford - parents migrated in 60's but have always followed the club, so this for us like everyone else, is a dream come true.

Look forward to catching up with city fans at these games and maybe the "internationals
" who are making the journey from around the world can get together.

CTID
Same story here. Been back in the 90s and saw two games. What pub are we going to meet in?
[quote][p][bold]richbar62[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oz bantam[/bold] wrote: Wembley here we come. Just booked my flight over today from Oz. Been a City fan for 30 years & this is going to be the best day ever. I never imagined that i would see City in a major cup final in my lifetime. All City fans dreams have come true & everybody at the club deserves all the praise that they are getting. Come on City lets finish this dream run off in style![/p][/quote]My son and I have flights booked from Oz, leave on the 15 th, catch the Wimbledon away game, Cup final, and home game on the 27th against D & R My family is from Bradford - parents migrated in 60's but have always followed the club, so this for us like everyone else, is a dream come true. Look forward to catching up with city fans at these games and maybe the "internationals " who are making the journey from around the world can get together. CTID[/p][/quote]Same story here. Been back in the 90s and saw two games. What pub are we going to meet in? nzchch
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10:10am Fri 25 Jan 13

glorious1911 says...

I am flying back from Saudi Arabia. I am a season ticket holder and extended my stay in Bratfud at xmas to allow me to watch the first leg of the semi. I considered coming back for the second leg but figured that if i did that it would be difficult to then attend the final so i sold my Villa tickets on the assumption that we'd make it to Wembley. I fly back on the 21st February and have a hotel booked in London for the family with three generations attending the final. The arabs don't understand but don't let me get started with observations about the islamic paradise of Saudi Arabia.
I am flying back from Saudi Arabia. I am a season ticket holder and extended my stay in Bratfud at xmas to allow me to watch the first leg of the semi. I considered coming back for the second leg but figured that if i did that it would be difficult to then attend the final so i sold my Villa tickets on the assumption that we'd make it to Wembley. I fly back on the 21st February and have a hotel booked in London for the family with three generations attending the final. The arabs don't understand but don't let me get started with observations about the islamic paradise of Saudi Arabia. glorious1911
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2:51am Sat 26 Jan 13

richbar62 says...

nzchch wrote:
richbar62 wrote:
Oz bantam wrote: Wembley here we come. Just booked my flight over today from Oz. Been a City fan for 30 years & this is going to be the best day ever. I never imagined that i would see City in a major cup final in my lifetime. All City fans dreams have come true & everybody at the club deserves all the praise that they are getting. Come on City lets finish this dream run off in style!
My son and I have flights booked from Oz, leave on the 15 th, catch the Wimbledon away game, Cup final, and home game on the 27th against D & R My family is from Bradford - parents migrated in 60's but have always followed the club, so this for us like everyone else, is a dream come true. Look forward to catching up with city fans at these games and maybe the "internationals " who are making the journey from around the world can get together. CTID
Same story here. Been back in the 90s and saw two games. What pub are we going to meet in?
meet you at wimbledon game if you can get there, otherwise we can work something out.

be great to get all overseas supporters together for a drink with the heart and soul local supporters
[quote][p][bold]nzchch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]richbar62[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oz bantam[/bold] wrote: Wembley here we come. Just booked my flight over today from Oz. Been a City fan for 30 years & this is going to be the best day ever. I never imagined that i would see City in a major cup final in my lifetime. All City fans dreams have come true & everybody at the club deserves all the praise that they are getting. Come on City lets finish this dream run off in style![/p][/quote]My son and I have flights booked from Oz, leave on the 15 th, catch the Wimbledon away game, Cup final, and home game on the 27th against D & R My family is from Bradford - parents migrated in 60's but have always followed the club, so this for us like everyone else, is a dream come true. Look forward to catching up with city fans at these games and maybe the "internationals " who are making the journey from around the world can get together. CTID[/p][/quote]Same story here. Been back in the 90s and saw two games. What pub are we going to meet in?[/p][/quote]meet you at wimbledon game if you can get there, otherwise we can work something out. be great to get all overseas supporters together for a drink with the heart and soul local supporters richbar62
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