Russian plans 2,000-mile mission to see Bradford City at Wembley

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Dmitry Nechiporenko Dmitry Nechiporenko

The magic of the Bradford City’s glorious cup run has now reached St Petersburg in Russia, where keen Bantams’ fan Dmitry Nechiporenko has just booked his flight to London in the hope of a Wembley ticket.

And he was even kindly offered help with getting a visa by City joint chairman Mark Lawn, after avidly supporting the team for 13 years.

“The story of my City support began when I saw a Premiership game between Bantams and Tottenham Hotspur on TV,” said Dmitry, 33.

“This day Stuart McCall equalised in dying moments. I really felt that this club is something special, it was 1999.

“Next year Bradford City came to St Petersburg for Intertoto Cup game against Zenit from my native city.

“I met the team at airport and supported Bantams at Petrovsky stadium and I also met with Geoffrey Richmond and other directors in one of the local hotels.”

From that point Mr Nechiporenko became a devoted St Petersburg Parader and came to Bradford in 2002 to see matches at home against Sheffield United and away at Millwall. And he was really impressed by the warm welcome from Bradford folk and the club.

“Jon Pollard, club secretary at that time, met me at airport and was very kind to bring there a City shirt with my name and helped me during my stay. Unfortunately I didn’t see City win during this visit,” said Mr Nechiporenko, now a sports journalist. “And on Friday, I’ve received an e-mail from Mark Lawn where he asked me about possible help about my visa. I said that my visa is OK and now the biggest worry is getting a ticket for Wembley.”

Mr Nechiporenko said he felt that the kind e-mail showed how close the owners and management are to the fans. In previous years he was one of many fans who donated money to keep Bradford City alive.

“I hope to see a win coming back after more than ten years and am so excited about it,” he said.

He arrives in Bradford on February 23.

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10:15am Mon 28 Jan 13

Ian H 1971 says...

I'm sure that Dmitry will get the best possible welcome upon his arrival in Bradford. Let's hope we can send him home happy with a legendary win!
I'm sure that Dmitry will get the best possible welcome upon his arrival in Bradford. Let's hope we can send him home happy with a legendary win! Ian H 1971

10:29am Mon 28 Jan 13

BigFigure says...

Dmitry= Legend. Perhaps he could sit next to Charlie?
Dmitry= Legend. Perhaps he could sit next to Charlie? BigFigure

12:27pm Mon 28 Jan 13

beardedclam says...

The season ticket brigade won't like this. "A non season ticket holder getting a Wembley ticket, how dare he"
The season ticket brigade won't like this. "A non season ticket holder getting a Wembley ticket, how dare he" beardedclam

12:42pm Mon 28 Jan 13

_Size3_ says...

Good to see you're still flying the Claret & Amber for us in Russia Dmitry.

Oh and beardedclam, Dmitry has more right to a Wembley ticket than half of our season ticket holders, lol.

Hope we can reward your crazy support with another record-book entry, Dmitry!!

Size3
Good to see you're still flying the Claret & Amber for us in Russia Dmitry. Oh and beardedclam, Dmitry has more right to a Wembley ticket than half of our season ticket holders, lol. Hope we can reward your crazy support with another record-book entry, Dmitry!! Size3 _Size3_

1:04pm Mon 28 Jan 13

shoesmaker4 says...

well done dmitry hope you get your wish and good look to
well done dmitry hope you get your wish and good look to shoesmaker4

1:26pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Rambo says...

beardedclam wrote:
The season ticket brigade won't like this. "A non season ticket holder getting a Wembley ticket, how dare he"
FFS. Dimitry has shown an active interest by keeping in touch on the various message boards for the last 14 years or so, and has made many friends along the way. And he's probably been to more games than some of the people who are pestering me for tickets.

At any time over the last 10 years he could have thought sod it but no, he didn't.

Example - there are armchair fans who support the likes of Man United who've never been to VP who are now asking me to get them Wembley tickets. These are the sorts of people who should be made to get to the back of the line if they want in.
[quote][p][bold]beardedclam[/bold] wrote: The season ticket brigade won't like this. "A non season ticket holder getting a Wembley ticket, how dare he"[/p][/quote]FFS. Dimitry has shown an active interest by keeping in touch on the various message boards for the last 14 years or so, and has made many friends along the way. And he's probably been to more games than some of the people who are pestering me for tickets. At any time over the last 10 years he could have thought sod it but no, he didn't. Example - there are armchair fans who support the likes of Man United who've never been to VP who are now asking me to get them Wembley tickets. These are the sorts of people who should be made to get to the back of the line if they want in. Rambo

1:27pm Mon 28 Jan 13

_Size3_ says...

Mate - I think it was tongue-in-cheek....I don't think those were beardedclam's thoughts....just highlighting that there are tools out there like that haha.
Mate - I think it was tongue-in-cheek....I don't think those were beardedclam's thoughts....just highlighting that there are tools out there like that haha. _Size3_

1:29pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Rambo says...

Oh, if it was meant like that I apologise. Just been a bit annoyed today with trying to sort out arrangement for the day and all that.
Oh, if it was meant like that I apologise. Just been a bit annoyed today with trying to sort out arrangement for the day and all that. Rambo

1:29pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Rambo says...

Oh, if it was meant like that I apologise. Just been a bit annoyed today with trying to sort out arrangement for the day and all that.
Oh, if it was meant like that I apologise. Just been a bit annoyed today with trying to sort out arrangement for the day and all that. Rambo

1:34pm Mon 28 Jan 13

RuggerTyke says...

Dmitry!

Best of luck in getting it asorted, I'd get Putin involved if need be!
Dmitry! Best of luck in getting it asorted, I'd get Putin involved if need be! RuggerTyke

1:48pm Mon 28 Jan 13

dick snyder says...

Well, I am coming over from New Jersey for the game, so perhaps that is worthy of note. I do follow the team rather closely!
Well, I am coming over from New Jersey for the game, so perhaps that is worthy of note. I do follow the team rather closely! dick snyder

1:49pm Mon 28 Jan 13

bahamianbantam says...

I've been a supporter since 1967 - I have been through thick and thin (mostly thin!). I was at the Feethams when we won promtion for first time in 40 years! I was at Cambridge when we went up to Division Two in 1985. I was there for Play Off Final 1996 - unfortunately in Arizona for Wolves game. Now live in Bahamas and just tried to rearrange flight and bl&$ dy BA quoted me £2, 000 to change flight. Keep all informed
I've been a supporter since 1967 - I have been through thick and thin (mostly thin!). I was at the Feethams when we won promtion for first time in 40 years! I was at Cambridge when we went up to Division Two in 1985. I was there for Play Off Final 1996 - unfortunately in Arizona for Wolves game. Now live in Bahamas and just tried to rearrange flight and bl&$ dy BA quoted me £2, 000 to change flight. Keep all informed bahamianbantam

2:17pm Mon 28 Jan 13

bantamchris says...

So he hasn't been in 10 years and now he wants a ticket.Glory supporter springs to mind ;)
So he hasn't been in 10 years and now he wants a ticket.Glory supporter springs to mind ;) bantamchris

2:25pm Mon 28 Jan 13

_Size3_ says...

Troll, lol
Troll, lol _Size3_

2:26pm Mon 28 Jan 13

gentlemanbob says...

Hi Gents

Hope your Dream comes true Dmitry
Have a safe journey over and hope you
have a great time

Yours

Gentelmanbob
Hi Gents Hope your Dream comes true Dmitry Have a safe journey over and hope you have a great time Yours Gentelmanbob gentlemanbob

2:51pm Mon 28 Jan 13

macca1969 says...

Hope to see ya there dimitry, if so I'll buy you a good English pint. If there is such a thing in London. Good luck
Hope to see ya there dimitry, if so I'll buy you a good English pint. If there is such a thing in London. Good luck macca1969

3:24pm Mon 28 Jan 13

White-Wrose says...

All the very best wishes to you Dmitry, I hope you make it to the game. My wife and I are flying in from southern Spain at reasonable cost courtesy of Ryanair :-)
All the very best wishes to you Dmitry, I hope you make it to the game. My wife and I are flying in from southern Spain at reasonable cost courtesy of Ryanair :-) White-Wrose

3:43pm Mon 28 Jan 13

"get over it!" says...

Dmitry is a legend, also a well known city fan! deserves a ticket more than most people, posts regular on the banter boards and was a regular on Boy from Brazil. This guy wont just be off to Wembley either, he will squeeze all the surrounding games in too.
We need more people like this!
Dmitry is a legend, also a well known city fan! deserves a ticket more than most people, posts regular on the banter boards and was a regular on Boy from Brazil. This guy wont just be off to Wembley either, he will squeeze all the surrounding games in too. We need more people like this! "get over it!"

5:27pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Matnab says...

Dmitry. Im delighted that it looks like you are getting your visa sorted after the rejection last time.

It has always made me smile when you have posted on Claret and Banter. It is heart warming to see a fan continue to follow from afar despite the disastorous twelve years we have had. Its great to see that you will witness the biggest one off game in living memory.

It may not be worth as much to the club as the promotion to the premiership at Wolves, but to see Bradford City yet alone a fourth tier Bradford City in a major cup final is massive. Hopefully when we win our first game in Europe will be against Zenit and we can all come over and see you!!!

Hope you enjoy the trip.

Regards

Matnab
Dmitry. Im delighted that it looks like you are getting your visa sorted after the rejection last time. It has always made me smile when you have posted on Claret and Banter. It is heart warming to see a fan continue to follow from afar despite the disastorous twelve years we have had. Its great to see that you will witness the biggest one off game in living memory. It may not be worth as much to the club as the promotion to the premiership at Wolves, but to see Bradford City yet alone a fourth tier Bradford City in a major cup final is massive. Hopefully when we win our first game in Europe will be against Zenit and we can all come over and see you!!! Hope you enjoy the trip. Regards Matnab Matnab

5:30pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Matnab says...

Dmitry. Im delighted that it looks like you are getting your visa sorted after the rejection last time.

It has always made me smile when you have posted on Claret and Banter. It is heart warming to see a fan continue to follow from afar despite the disastorous twelve years we have had. Its great to see that you will witness the biggest one off game in living memory.

It may not be worth as much to the club as the promotion to the premiership at Wolves, but to see Bradford City yet alone a fourth tier Bradford City in a major cup final is massive. Hopefully when we win our first game in Europe will be against Zenit and we can all come over and see you!!!

Hope you enjoy the trip.

Regards

Matnab
Dmitry. Im delighted that it looks like you are getting your visa sorted after the rejection last time. It has always made me smile when you have posted on Claret and Banter. It is heart warming to see a fan continue to follow from afar despite the disastorous twelve years we have had. Its great to see that you will witness the biggest one off game in living memory. It may not be worth as much to the club as the promotion to the premiership at Wolves, but to see Bradford City yet alone a fourth tier Bradford City in a major cup final is massive. Hopefully when we win our first game in Europe will be against Zenit and we can all come over and see you!!! Hope you enjoy the trip. Regards Matnab Matnab

5:30pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Matnab says...

Dmitry. Im delighted that it looks like you are getting your visa sorted after the rejection last time.

It has always made me smile when you have posted on Claret and Banter. It is heart warming to see a fan continue to follow from afar despite the disastorous twelve years we have had. Its great to see that you will witness the biggest one off game in living memory.

It may not be worth as much to the club as the promotion to the premiership at Wolves, but to see Bradford City yet alone a fourth tier Bradford City in a major cup final is massive. Hopefully when we win our first game in Europe will be against Zenit and we can all come over and see you!!!

Hope you enjoy the trip.

Regards

Matnab
Dmitry. Im delighted that it looks like you are getting your visa sorted after the rejection last time. It has always made me smile when you have posted on Claret and Banter. It is heart warming to see a fan continue to follow from afar despite the disastorous twelve years we have had. Its great to see that you will witness the biggest one off game in living memory. It may not be worth as much to the club as the promotion to the premiership at Wolves, but to see Bradford City yet alone a fourth tier Bradford City in a major cup final is massive. Hopefully when we win our first game in Europe will be against Zenit and we can all come over and see you!!! Hope you enjoy the trip. Regards Matnab Matnab

5:31pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Matnab says...

Ooops
so excited I posted it three times!!
Ooops so excited I posted it three times!! Matnab

5:58pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Dmitry says...

Thank's so much for all good words!I really appreciate it & waiting to see you at London and Bradford. I have an intension to see Swansea, Daggers, York & Port Vale games!
Thank's so much for all good words!I really appreciate it & waiting to see you at London and Bradford. I have an intension to see Swansea, Daggers, York & Port Vale games! Dmitry

6:37pm Mon 28 Jan 13

shoesmaker4 says...

WELL DONE TOP MAN
WELL DONE TOP MAN shoesmaker4

7:07pm Mon 28 Jan 13

mattpjsmith says...

I will also be one of the many non-season ticket holders hoping to **** off the few that want to be part of an exclusive club.

Well done Dmitry ... hope you bring us luck!

twitter - @irishbantams
I will also be one of the many non-season ticket holders hoping to **** off the few that want to be part of an exclusive club. Well done Dmitry ... hope you bring us luck! twitter - @irishbantams mattpjsmith

7:21pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Tinybantam says...

Hey Dmitriy.....do you ever go to the Jagger Club in St. Petersburg? If you do, I will see you in there soon and we can share a bottle of vodka, especially if City win.
Hey Dmitriy.....do you ever go to the Jagger Club in St. Petersburg? If you do, I will see you in there soon and we can share a bottle of vodka, especially if City win. Tinybantam

12:27am Tue 29 Jan 13

idlebones says...

i've already booked my 10000 mile round trip, booked my hotel, and got my fingers crossed for a ticket. I was at Bolton in 85, Wembley in 96, and was at Everton for Waddle's goal , was at home for last game of season when we beat Liverpool. Then I emmigrated and look what happened , City needs me at that game to ensure success, I don't watch them lose.
i've already booked my 10000 mile round trip, booked my hotel, and got my fingers crossed for a ticket. I was at Bolton in 85, Wembley in 96, and was at Everton for Waddle's goal , was at home for last game of season when we beat Liverpool. Then I emmigrated and look what happened , City needs me at that game to ensure success, I don't watch them lose. idlebones

1:32am Tue 29 Jan 13

richbar62 says...

"get over it!" wrote:
Dmitry is a legend, also a well known city fan! deserves a ticket more than most people, posts regular on the banter boards and was a regular on Boy from Brazil. This guy wont just be off to Wembley either, he will squeeze all the surrounding games in too.
We need more people like this!
Booked flights from Melbourne, going to Wimbledon, Cup final, and Dag Red games (providing i get tickets).
City fans far and wide coming
[quote][p][bold]"get over it!"[/bold] wrote: Dmitry is a legend, also a well known city fan! deserves a ticket more than most people, posts regular on the banter boards and was a regular on Boy from Brazil. This guy wont just be off to Wembley either, he will squeeze all the surrounding games in too. We need more people like this![/p][/quote]Booked flights from Melbourne, going to Wimbledon, Cup final, and Dag Red games (providing i get tickets). City fans far and wide coming richbar62

7:55am Tue 29 Jan 13

jam1966 says...

Sure I'm right in thinking that Dimitry was featured on one of the local tv news programmes on our Russian adventure in the Intertoto cup. Made me smile no end to see the Russian branch of our supporters club. Hope you get a ticket mate :)
Sure I'm right in thinking that Dimitry was featured on one of the local tv news programmes on our Russian adventure in the Intertoto cup. Made me smile no end to see the Russian branch of our supporters club. Hope you get a ticket mate :) jam1966

6:48pm Tue 29 Jan 13

GABRIEL.NORDE says...

What a lovely letter! Well done Dimitry, I too bought a shirt then just to keep City "alive" and, you can't go wrong for "liking" Bradford folk! We are THE WARMEST! And you will at last see a Bradford WIN...and at WEMBLEY, but before that, I pray you will have a LOVELY few hours when you finally arrive in Bradford.
What a lovely letter! Well done Dimitry, I too bought a shirt then just to keep City "alive" and, you can't go wrong for "liking" Bradford folk! We are THE WARMEST! And you will at last see a Bradford WIN...and at WEMBLEY, but before that, I pray you will have a LOVELY few hours when you finally arrive in Bradford. GABRIEL.NORDE

9:43pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Dmitry says...

Tinybantam, hen you will at St-Petersburg? One time I was at Jagger and would like to drink with you!
Tinybantam, hen you will at St-Petersburg? One time I was at Jagger and would like to drink with you! Dmitry

9:44pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Dmitry says...

Gabrierl Norde, it exists a little mustake here, - I come in London & after final I come to Bradford for Daggers, York and maybe Port Vale games.
Gabrierl Norde, it exists a little mustake here, - I come in London & after final I come to Bradford for Daggers, York and maybe Port Vale games. Dmitry

8:59am Wed 30 Jan 13

Freddy says...

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" ” said Mr Nechiporenko, now a sports journalist."
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Did wonder if you see any players during your travels in Russia etc. ?
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I am sure the contacts you have with City and Mark Lawn --would be interested in any observations you may have on your country's players.
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Well done --for supporting City .
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* Quote :- " ” said Mr Nechiporenko, now a sports journalist." * Did wonder if you see any players during your travels in Russia etc. ? * I am sure the contacts you have with City and Mark Lawn --would be interested in any observations you may have on your country's players. * Well done --for supporting City . * Freddy

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