LiveLive blog: The countdown to Bradford City's Capital One Cup final - one day to go!

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Summary

  • There is just ONE day to go until Bradford City face Swansea in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.
  • As cup fever grips the city, we want you to share your pictures, news and views on our daily live blog.
  • Email hannah.postles@telegraphandargus.co.uk, tweet @HannahP_TandA or text your pictures, video, news and views by texting TANEWS to 80360.

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Tom Victor and family have emailed from Christiansburg, Virginia, in the US.

"Our prayers and well wishes to the team and one and all there, from your friends here in Virginia, USA. We're so excited for you!

"They will prevail!"

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Ursula Penning has emailed in this picture of City fans getting ready for Wembley by a statue of Sir Winston Churchill.

2:11pm

Chris Fenton in Australia has this message for Bradford City:

"I would just like to wish all my family and friends in Bradford travelling to London to watch the Bantams a very safe journey and I hope you all have a very special weekend.

"Be safe, be good and enjoy the moment. For every supporter, be it new, old, seasoned or glory, I hope Bradford City raise the trophy high on Sunday for you all.

"Faith has rewarded you with a trip to London, belief may now see your team walking up the steps of Wembley as cup winners.

"I hope the 56 fans, sadly no longer with us, are angels on the shoulders of giant killers.

"A special mention goes to my sister Nicola Parker who, like most others, has watched her beloved team through all the good AND all the bad.

"I wish I could be with her on Sunday just to see how happy seeing Bradford City walk out at a league cup final would make her.

"My heart will always be red and I'd love nothing more than hearing the City fans sing You'll Never Walk Alone but on Sunday for at least 90 mins I'll be 100% CITD.

 

"C'MON YOU BANTAMS!!!!!!! KNEES ARE GETTING TREMBLY!!!!!!"

From Christopher Fenton Australia

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Bradford City's fairytale story has gone global.

Don and Maggie Nathan in Norris, Tennessee, in the USA, have just emailed this American news screen grab (a story which mentions the T&A live blog), saying: "American football is over, and you folks are making NATIONAL NEWS in the USA!

"What a FANTASTIC story.  We have contracted with our local pub to open early SUNDAY MORNING so we can cheer the on BRADFORD CITY!!! 

"We are headed out today to try to acquire the right colors for tomorrow's big game.

"The rich kids on the other side tie their laces up no differently than you.  

"YOU CAN DO IT BANTAMS!! TENNESSEE and the USA are pulling for you!!!"

 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

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And here's a video of Phil Parkinson's men as they set off for Wembley yesterday!

11:38am

Cannon Andy Williams has penned his own prayer for Bradford City...

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Anthony Dignam has shared this photo of Jack, Amy, Harry and Ella Dignam from Baildon, ready for Wembley!

11:15am

Andy Newton, originally of Queensbury but now living in the Philippines, has dug out this picture of his first car when he   moved abroad in 1999.

"Even back then Bradford City were always in my thoughts.

"Notice the logos on the hood - or bonnet to you lot over the pond - and rear quarter fenders."

 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

11:11am

Phil Jenkinson said: "A little over five years ago the family made the trip back over to Bradford from Sydney, Australia, and my two girls, Sarah and Emily, were mascots at the game against Luton Town. The T&A actually ran the story.

"Well, unfortunately due to circumstance we can't make the trip to Wembley but we will be watching the game live at 3am at home in Sydney with friends.

"Good luck to everyone concerned with the club - no doubt it will be tough holding back the tears and the emotion - wishing we were all there with you at Wembley.

"From everyone in Aussie - Good luck.

"Life-long City supporters Phil Jenkinson, Sarah, and Emily.

"Would love to get in touch with fellow Bantams' supporters in Sydney. Come on City!"

 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

11:07am

Stephen Bradford sent in this picture: "My granson Coban Kondri... We're the famous Bradford City and we're off to Wembley!"

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

After a few Bantam dogs, here's a Bradford City cat...!

Sheila Thompson emailed: "Here's a photo of our Sasha Thompson, who now lives in Evesham.

"Brought up in Bradford, born in Liverpool, she's our little hero."

10:56am

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Sara has emailed in this picture of her mum getting ready to go into Bradford today. 

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John Robertson emailed from Ohio, USA, saying: "Good Luck to Bradford City tomorrow.
"This is stuff of fairytales and let’s pray for a wonderful ending.
"Wish I could be there but will be following from home in Ohio, USA."

10:44am

Rita Scully has emailed in the early hours of this morning saying Dominic Scully, Graham Foster and Rod Anderson had just left to catch the 11pm flight from Toronto to London to watch Bradford City on Sunday.
"Graham has nephews at the game and Dominic has five great nephews he is hoping to see."

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1:39am Sat 23 Feb 13

sharkiebites says

I will be in the cheers bar george st from 2am for all those sydney bantams.
im excited here so bradford must be going crazy.
Enjoy the day everyone and good luck and well done on what youve already achieved.
do it for those 56 we will never forget.
including my schoolmates the ormandroyds always in my thoughts :)

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That's it for the T&A live blog today. Tomorrow there will be just one, yes ONE, day to go until Bradford City walk out at Wembley.

Keep emailing your pictures to hannah.postles@telegraphandargus.co.uk or tweet @HannahP_TandA.

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Arnold Thompson, 89, said: "I am looking forward to my second visit to Wembley with City, during my 78 years watching them.

"In a few weeks time I will be 90 years of age and what a birthday present the Capital One Cup would be for me...

"Got my ticket and ready to go... going with my son, daughter in law, grandson and granddaughter and five friends of my son. I am so excited!"

8:24pm

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Chris Beaumont, a Bingley bantam in Australia, emailed: "Driving around Sydney with pride with my makeshift flag (towel!)

"Got a few good luck beeps. Gutted I can't be there but will be in spirit, never forget Wembley last time and this will be bigger!"

8:18pm

Matthew Emery, previously of Wyke, left Perth in western Australia last night for a 20 hour flight to London...  looking a bit tired!

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12:29pm Fri 22 Feb 13

belle vue says

am I going to be the only one wearing a city scarf going north on the M1 on Sunday?! Me and my girlfriend couldn't get tickets so we're driving from London to Bradford to take my Dad out to watch it. Anyone know which pubs / bars will be good for atmosphere and space (getting a seat - my Dad's 83 and his brother was on City's books in the late 40s).
City Vaults in town or or Old Tramshed at Saltaire are first thoughts.
Come on lads. Step up to that plate, embrace it and enjoy it. What a glorious day it's going to be.

7:53pm

Just had an email from Russ Hewitt, the only Bradford City supporter on HMS Northumberland in the middle of the Gulf.

"I will be watching BFPS hoping that City can go one step further and make even more history!

"COME ON THE LADS!!"

7:52pm

Gavin Dimmock's emailed in this picture, taken by a Leeds United supporter friend, who's been on a Wembley tour today.

Check out the preparation...

 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Staff at Mitton have held a dress-down day to raise money for the burns unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary.  

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1:05am Fri 22 Feb 13

Geraldine16 says

Am I the only Bantam in Mexico City?

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10:20am Fri 22 Feb 13

Citygentleman1968 says

Bradford directors, management, playing staff and supporters dared to dream!!
Please let's ensure a minutes applause at the 56 minute mark. I have a tear in my eye just thinking about it. This final is as much for the 56 people that lost their lives as it is for the fans going on Sunday.
Let's dare to dream one more time.

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Stuart Wright has sent in this picture of his two-year-old son Isaac in the car on our their way to nursery in Nelson, Lancashire this morning.

"He insisted on wearing his Super Bantams hat, the same hat I wore to the play-off final in 1996 - that’s his 'cheese' face by the way, he’s not being poked with a stick!

 

"He’s too young to be making the trip on Sunday but has the T&A sticker in his bedroom window and has been singing Wembley songs with me down the phone to his grandad Alan Wright in Wibsey.

"He’s a future Bantam in the making."

9:24am

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Neil Kellett said: "All ready for Sunday! To walk up Wembley Way with my son in City colours to a major cup final is going to be priceless.

"Come on City, just one more great cup memory - the biggest of all."

9:21am

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

David Lightowler has emailed from Whitby, Canada.

"Here's my City Wall, educating my Canadian colleagues and
for once hockey taking a back seat!

"On my way Friday evening from Toronto Airport.

"From the days of Bobby Campbell, Wembley play-off final, Premiership and Relagations..

"Its just, what are the two words? 'Unbelieveable Jeff'.

"Bring on the kick off. Shout it out loud, shout it out proud - come on City, come on City... 56 always with us."

9:19am

Roman Migowski emailed to say he is sitting on the floor at terminal A21 in Philadelphia after flying up from Tampa, Florida.

"I arrive in London Friday morning - Sunday cannot come soon enough!"

9:15am

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Stephen Baxter has emailed in a picture of his dad, Hilary Baxter, in his Bantams' shirt, holding a copy of the latest City Gent fanzine.

He said: "My Dad or H as he is known by has been supporting Bradford City for well over 50 years and introduced me to the beautiful game.

"However as you can see he is a far way from home having booked a once in a lifetime eight week trip to Austrailia and New Zealand some 18 months ago never dreaming that the Bantams would get to a major cup final.

"He is obviously gutted not to be able to go to Wembley and as we were leaving Villa Park he was pricing up flights from Oz and back again but at a cost of £7,500 and a costly divorce he decided against it!

"Anyhow the rest of the Baxters will be at Wembley in force to cheer the Mighty Bantams on!"

9:14am

There are now just TWO days to go and excitement is building...!

Keep emailing in your pictures to hannah.postles@telegraphandargus.co.uk and let us know about your preparations for Sunday's final!

6:06pm

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

That's it for today's live blog, but we'll be back tomorrow when there will be just TWO days to go until the Capital One Cup final.

Remember to pick up your copy of the Telegraph & Argus tomorrow for a free full-colour 56-page Capital One Cup final souvenir pull-out celebrating Bradford's biggest game for more than 100 years! 

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5:50pm

Richard Beech has sent in this picture saying "Bradford City Supporters Club in the frozen Czech Republic.

"My flight and wembley tickets have arrived! Come on City!"

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

5:46pm

Staff at Bradford's Midland Hotel are getting in the spirit...

 

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Angela Fenton has emailed, saying: "My daughter and son in law will be at Wembley supporting City as they have done for many years.

"Come on city do us proud and bring home the silverware, make history happen, we will be cheering you on from afar!

"From Angela, Peter, Maureen and Christine in Florida."

 

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11:31am Thu 21 Feb 13

antonio3987 says

3 more sleeps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!come on city.
CTID

12:28pm

Christopher Binns, of East Morton, emailed this picture of his daughter's boyfriend Tom - an Argentinian in Buenos Aires - in his Bantams' shirt.

He said: "During the late 1990s our daughter Charlotte, as a pupil at what was then Gilstead Middle School Bingley became, along with us regular supporters at Bradford City thanks to a scheme run jointly between the school and the football club.

"Many years later during a gap year after university travelling around New Zealand, Charlotte met her boyfriend Tom, an Argentinean from Buenos Aires.

"She now lives in that fantastic vibrant and very clean city at the other side of the world.

"In September last year we had the pleasure of travelling down there to meet Tom and his parents for the first time. 

"The question arose as to what kind of gift would appeal to a football mad Argentinean.

"I hit on the idea of buying a Bradford City away shirt complete with his name on the back along with the number 5, the position he normally plays.

"It turned out my choice of gift was a complete success as Tom wears his Bradford City shirt with pride around Buenos Aires.

"To be honest he had never heard of Bradford let alone Bradford City - although he and his friends are avid Premier Division followers.

"Well they have heard of Bradford City now and they will be cheering on Bradford City from the other side of the World when they play Swansea at Wembley."

 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

12:20pm

Ian Brewster has emailed about the Bradford City fire disaster in 1985.

"My brother Tony Brewster was there at Valley Parade on the day of the fire and on the Monday his picture, between the goalposts, was printed in the T&A as his 'sheepskin coat smouldered' and he protected a lady from the heat.

"Please post this as my brother is and has been a life-long Bantams and City Gent fan....

"My brother is is 60 years old and never has his support waned in all these years.

"He still doesn't talk about that day of the fire... ask the players to give my brother one of the greatest days of his life and win that cup so I can see him smile in a way no-one will ever know.... good luck City on Saturday."

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Garyth Davis made a trip to Wembley on his way to Bantams' League 2 clash with Wimbledon on Saturday...!

 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

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10:59am Thu 21 Feb 13

Michael Clayton says

'Big Jim Hanson'? Until a few weeks ago, it was always James Hanson; or have I missed something? I remember a Radio Five announcer stating they call him 'Big Jim' and me thinking 'no they don't!).

10:57am

Greg Colehan has just sent in this picture of Dan from Wibsey  in Tenerife - but he's coming back for the big day!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

10:18am

Good morning!  There are now just THREE days to go until the Capital One Cup final and I've been deludged with emails and pictures from excited fans from all around the world!  Keep checking the live blog for updates and keep sending in your stories, views and pictures to hannah.postles@telegraphandargus.co.uk or @HannahP_TandA on Twitter. 

4:51pm

And that's it for the live blog today. We'll be back tomorrow, so keep emailing in your pictures, news and views to hannah.postles@telegraphandargus.co.uk or tweeting @HannahP_TandA.

4:49pm

Chris Tomkins has tweeted this picture of his Bantam dog...!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

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Kieran Thompson has just tweeted this picture of Richard Thompson with his Wembley shirt.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

4:40pm

Paul and Mark Everett from Eccleshill have sent in this picture of their 'Big Jim Hanson - he used to work at the Co-op' flag, which will be travelling with them to Wembley!

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Rarely-seen footage of Bradford City’s 1911 FA Cup victory against Newcastle has been released by Yorkshire Firm Archive as it backs Bantams’ bid to lift the Capital One Cup on Sunday.

One four-minute clip showing the first match, a goalless draw at Crystal Palace’s London ground on April 22 1911, was donated to the York-based archive by a private individual.

And a two-minute video, acquired from the Imperial War Museum, shows scenes from the replay at Manchester United’s then recently-opened ground at Old Trafford - including the reaction of City players after Jimmy Speirs’ 15th minute headed winner, which secured the historic victory in front of a 58,000-strong crowd on April 26, 1911.

Click here to send a video card of the footage

1:49pm

Here's an email from Carley Longbottom, who said: "After seeing all the people in the paper during the week who have travelled over to see Bradford at Wembley I wanted to let you know of my cousin who lives in Port Headland, Western Australia, who arrived in Bradford yesterday for the game.

"My cousin Michael Dziombak appeared in the T&A when they left for Australia on 23rd August 1997 in the then pink sports paper, when they appeared on the pitch and received signed footballs."

1:43pm

Damien Wilkinson has just tweeted a picture of this poster from when Bradford City were last at Wembley in 1996 saying: "Trip down memory lane and some fabulous memories!"

 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

1:38pm

Just received an email from Phil Woodford, a life-long Bradford City fan, born in Fagley, who moved to Canada with his family when he was 11 in 1957.

"I have fond memories of Valley Parade and going to to the games with my friend, Mick Brannen. My City hero in those days was Bobby Webb who, to me, was the Stanley Mathews/ Paul Gascoigne of his day.

"I get emotional just thinking of what City have accomplished this season.

"Thanks to my cousin's boys I'll be at Wembley on Sunday.

"This certainly is a big bucket list item stroked-off."

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Toby Kinder, a South Londoner who will be in Bradford this weekend, has emailed asking where he should watch the Capital One Cup final. Does anyone have any suggestions?

11:11am

Chris Tompkins in counting down to Wembley.

He's just tweeted this picture, saying: "Not long now. Making the journey from the Isle of Man on Saturday morning."

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

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Andy Ross in Sydney is packing for his trip to Wembley.

He said: "Expect it's a little colder than Sydney!"

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

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10:26am Wed 20 Feb 13

sharkiebites says

Hey Sarah from Sydney where you watching the game, I will be in the casino if interested. I also am an exiled bantam and for once only would rather be back in Bradford and Wembley than stuck by a beach.
City is the only thing I miss so wish I could afford to fly back.
Enjoy the day everyone and do Bradford proud.
city till I die chris

10:50am

Dave Wood, a life-long Bantams fan who now lives in Birmingham, has just emailed saying: "Attended both legs against Villa so imagine the crack I've had with loads of Villa mates.

"Now taking my son, Sam - a Villa fan - to Wembley and just can't wait!"

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The Co-operative giant shirt, seen here under James Hanson, Zavon Hines and a, err, banana, is back at the Kirkgate Centre today between 11am and 1.30pm.  It will be one of the last chances to sign it before it's handed over to Friends of Bradford City to take down to Wembley tonight!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

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Here's Steve Coulter of Oakenshaw and his son Owen getting ready for their trip to Wembley.

 

"Can't get any more excited," he said.

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She's also shared this picture of dog Ellie, a Bantam of 12 years!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

9:39am

Natalie Blott, a teacher at Horton Grange Primary School, has emailed in these pictures of its Bradford City day at the end of term.

 

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It's been revealed Bradford City will pay tribute to the fans who lost their lives in the Valley Parade fire disaster by wearing specially-made tracksuit tops with the number 56 and the words 'Always With Us' embroidered on the front at Wembley this weekend.

What do you think? Email your views to hannah.postles@telegraphandargus.co.uk

8:05am

 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Neil Hellewell has sent in this photograph of his 27-year-old daughter Sarah, taken earlier today, flying the flag for the Bantams in Sydney, Australia.

Sarah, originally from Steeton, has lived in Sydney for the last three years and, although she can't be at Wembley on Sunday, will be getting up at 3am on Monday morning to watch the match with her partner Michael - an Arsenal supporter!

Her dad, who will be watching the game against Swansea at Wembley, said: "Sarah is a Bradford City supporter by default having grown up with a Bantams-mad father and brother and was at Wembley aged ten the last time City were there in 1996."

Her mum Sue Hellewell, brother and sister-in-law Mark and Sally Hellewell and uncle Ian Hellewell will all be at Wembley on Sunday.

7:55am

In today's T&A we have another double page spread on the build up to the Capital One Cup final including a Bradford geography teacher who has vowed not to let his Wembley ticket out of his sight as he travels around India, a Bradford security firm offering free seats on its coaches to London, the claret and amber tranformation of the Sir Titus Salt statue in Saltaire and The Corrigan Brothers' transformation into the Carl McHugh Brothers...

7:39am

Here's a video from Bradford City's media day yesterday...

7:30am

Just received this email from 'exiled City fanatic' Paul Robinson, who is at home packing for his flight from Sydney to Leeds Bradford Airport tomorrow.

He said: "So excited about going to watch City down at Wembley. It still hasn't sunk in that we are going to be in a major cup final.

"Looking forward to the drive down the M1 on the day seeing all the cars on the motorway decked out in claret and amber flags and scarves just like in '96 when we were last at Wembley.

"Come on City, you can do it!"

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7:26am

Good morning! There are now just four days to go until the Capital One Cup final and every day this week the T&A will be running a live blog counting down to Wembley.

Are you doing anything special to mark it? How are you feeling - nervous, excited? Keep sending in your news, views and pictures to hannah.postles@telegraphandargus.co.uk or tweeting @HannahP_TandA.

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3:58pm

That is the end of today's live blog - thanks to everyone who's contributed. We'll be back up and running again tomorrow morning, so keep sending in your news, views and pictures!

3:35pm

Stuart Law has just tweeted, saying: "Still having to pinch myself to believe what we have achieved. So proud and can't wait for the day out at Wembley."

3:31pm

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Paul Wormwell, of The Card Corner in Wibsey, sent in this picture of the Bantams' supporter in their window...!

Are you a business bedecked in claret and amber? Get in touch!

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Can anyone help Mark Broscombe choose which of these retro Bradford City shirts to wear on Sunday?

He said: "I'm thinking maybe I'll go with the 1996 play-off winning shirt, even if it is a little tight around the gut!"

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Ash Williams has just emailed in this picture of him flying the Bradford City flag on holiday in Magaluf!

1:06pm

Here are a few of the Bradford City flags that will be making their way down to Wembley on Sunday...

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1:02pm

This email from David Wanless made me laugh...

"Hope this is on Mark Lawn's shopping list come Monday morning!"

 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

1:00pm

Gavin Dimmock, who emailed in a picture of his Bradford City/New York City tattoo earlier, has just tweeted to say his daughter Bethany Amber Dimmock has just had a second ink session on her tattoo - which includes Bantams references and the date of her first match.

12:01pm

Just had a tweet from a Welsh Bantam...

Trevor Pickersgill left Yorkshire in 1986 and has lived in Cardiff ever since.

He said: "Watched City since 1979 lots of Cardiff city fans on our side!"

11:46am

Kramers Designs and Signs Ltd has given its van a claret and amber makeover in tribute to Bradford City...!

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

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A highlight from yesterday's live blog...

Jason Knight emailed in this picture of his T&A 'City @ Wembley' car sticker in his car in Christchurch, New Zealand.

He said: "My gran back in Bradford sent me a City car sticker and I could not be more pleased to fly the flag for the boys going to Wembley from here in New Zealand!

"I will be getting up early, at 4am on February 25 NZ time, to watch the game live."

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

 

 

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Here's two-year-old William Everett with his first-ever Bradford City flag, posing outside the club shop.

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11:01am

Here's another Bradford City tattoo belonging to Gavin Dimmock...

He said: "This is my tribute to the two cities I love, Bradford City and NYC."

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

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Incase anyone was wondering what Bantam Monkey has on the back of his outfit...

 

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Jonny Metcalfe has just texted in this picture of his new Bradford City tattoo.  Any more out there?

10:07am

Richard Barstow, who's flown over from Australia, is soaking up as much sport as possible during his trip.

He said: "Arrived last Saturday and went straight to the AFC Wimbledon game.
"I plan to go to watch local lads Melbourne Storm on Friday night versus Leeds Rhinos, on Saturday I'm heading to watch Halifax Town play at home, on Sunday it's the cup final, then I'm back to Bradford for the Dagenham game Wednesday night!"

10:00am

The 1991 programme and ticket has  brought back memories from Alex Browne.

He tweeted: "That Swansea match in '91 was one of my earliest games.. we lost 6-4 and I remember it broke the scoreboard!"

9:31am

Ben Waring has tweeted this bit of Bradford City nostalgia from when the Bantams played Swansea in 1991...

 

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Someone else who is ready for the final is... errr...  Bantam Monkey...

@bantammonkey has just tweeted: "The Chimp has got his shirt ready for Wembley!"

9:16am

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

And here's little Lucina in her Bantams' gear...!

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More cuteness...!

Paul Jarvis has emailed in these pictures of his nine month old daughter Lucina looking after his tickets for Sunday.

9:10am

Mark Billington from Russell in the bay islands of New Zealand has just emailed this: 

"I can't get back for this game but have at least ten family members going to Wembley!

"I've supported City since I was a child and watched them get promoted from the 4th division back in '82... they played Cliff Richard that day at Valley Parade!

"I'm so very proud to come from the city, I never shy away from saying where I was born and raised.

"I'm absolutely certain we'll win, I feel it's our destiny - we deserve it - it doesn't need spelling out, but as a city we all know why we deserve it.

"Come on City, fight your hardest and bring that cup back - then conquer Europe...!"

"I'll be watching on Sky TV from 4.30am over here - please God no power cuts we've had six so far this year...!"

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Andrew Redmile has emailed in this picture, saying: "Gutted I'm missing the final but flying the flag in Thailand.

"All the English here are rooting for Bradford."

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Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

@andyt1979 on Twitter has tweeted this picture of his ten-day-old daughter Faye in her Bradford City gear. How cute?!

"Here's a picture of my 10-day-old baby daughter Faye in her Wembley outfit ready to cheer on the boys!"

7:52am

Bradford Telegraph and Argus:

Supporter of 50 years Andrew Newton, originally of Queensbury, but now in the Philippines, has emailed to say he hopes he'll be able to watch the final online:

"Go BCFC, we will be rooting for you!" 

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Welcome to the T&A live blog counting down to Bradford City's Capital One Cup final against Swansea.

There are now FIVE days to go and we want to know what you're doing as you prepare for the road to Wembley.

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10:26am Wed 20 Feb 13

sharkiebites says...

Hey Sarah from Sydney where you watching the game, I will be in the casino if interested. I also am an exiled bantam and for once only would rather be back in Bradford and Wembley than stuck by a beach.
City is the only thing I miss so wish I could afford to fly back.
Enjoy the day everyone and do Bradford proud.
city till I die chris
Hey Sarah from Sydney where you watching the game, I will be in the casino if interested. I also am an exiled bantam and for once only would rather be back in Bradford and Wembley than stuck by a beach. City is the only thing I miss so wish I could afford to fly back. Enjoy the day everyone and do Bradford proud. city till I die chris sharkiebites
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5:38pm Wed 20 Feb 13

lyness70 says...

mortified 4 days to go befor biggest day in bradford citys history and just had my heart ripped out work for a bradford based contractors and contracted to one of the biggest bradford based supermarkets just been told if me or any one of my colleagues {about 20 of us with tickets} that were not allowed to go and if we do we will face disciplinary action{sack} do i dont i is it worth the risk what a dilemma
mortified 4 days to go befor biggest day in bradford citys history and just had my heart ripped out work for a bradford based contractors and contracted to one of the biggest bradford based supermarkets just been told if me or any one of my colleagues {about 20 of us with tickets} that were not allowed to go and if we do we will face disciplinary action{sack} do i dont i is it worth the risk what a dilemma lyness70
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10:33am Thu 21 Feb 13

abou says...

Erm any chance we can have more coverage of Bradford fans from Bradford and not outer Mongolia or Timbuktu
Erm any chance we can have more coverage of Bradford fans from Bradford and not outer Mongolia or Timbuktu abou
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10:49am Thu 21 Feb 13

rash86 says...

come on city
come on city rash86
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10:59am Thu 21 Feb 13

Michael Clayton says...

'Big Jim Hanson'? Until a few weeks ago, it was always James Hanson; or have I missed something? I remember a Radio Five announcer stating they call him 'Big Jim' and me thinking 'no they don't!).
'Big Jim Hanson'? Until a few weeks ago, it was always James Hanson; or have I missed something? I remember a Radio Five announcer stating they call him 'Big Jim' and me thinking 'no they don't!). Michael Clayton
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11:31am Thu 21 Feb 13

antonio3987 says...

3 more sleeps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!come on city.
CTID
3 more sleeps!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!come on city. CTID antonio3987
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2:52pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Freddy says...

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lyness70 says...
5:38pm Wed 20 Feb 13

mortified 4 days to go befor biggest day in bradford citys history and just had my heart ripped out work for a bradford based contractors and contracted to one of the biggest bradford based supermarkets just been told if me or any one of my colleagues {about 20 of us with tickets} that were not allowed to go and if we do we will face disciplinary action{sack} do i dont i is it worth the risk what a dilemma.
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ARE YOUR (MAIN) EMPLOYERS --WELSH and FROM THE SWANSEA AREA ??.( Or 'WEEDS' Supporters etc.)
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THAT IS DISGRACEFUL. It smacks of malicious bias, and a very nasty threat. If it could be deemed contrary to your employment, contracted terms and conditions.
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I feel under Employment Law--you could have a case against your " 'Bradford' Based Contractors. If you can seek legal advice immediately. Talk to Citizens Advice . Google Solicitors who operate the Legal Aid Schemes. If you can get advice now, you will be possibly be able to counter your employers threat.
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Last resort --go sick now. Get a Dr.'s
note for the next week to cover Sunday.
Under Current Employment Law- I feel sure your Employer is in serious trouble, for issuing this threat to your employment.

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* lyness70 says... 5:38pm Wed 20 Feb 13 mortified 4 days to go befor biggest day in bradford citys history and just had my heart ripped out work for a bradford based contractors and contracted to one of the biggest bradford based supermarkets just been told if me or any one of my colleagues {about 20 of us with tickets} that were not allowed to go and if we do we will face disciplinary action{sack} do i dont i is it worth the risk what a dilemma. * ARE YOUR (MAIN) EMPLOYERS --WELSH and FROM THE SWANSEA AREA ??.( Or 'WEEDS' Supporters etc.) * THAT IS DISGRACEFUL. It smacks of malicious bias, and a very nasty threat. If it could be deemed contrary to your employment, contracted terms and conditions. * I feel under Employment Law--you could have a case against your " 'Bradford' Based Contractors. If you can seek legal advice immediately. Talk to Citizens Advice . Google Solicitors who operate the Legal Aid Schemes. If you can get advice now, you will be possibly be able to counter your employers threat. * Last resort --go sick now. Get a Dr.'s note for the next week to cover Sunday. Under Current Employment Law- I feel sure your Employer is in serious trouble, for issuing this threat to your employment. * Freddy
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10:28pm Thu 21 Feb 13

macca1969 says...

Short notice I know but my son has won VIP tickets to the bobby Moore lounge on Sunday and is now going in there with his brother. Does anyone know any genuine city fans who may want to buy two tickets at face value. 72 quid each block 128. Just a thought will contact club in morning to see if they can give them a new home. I know I could sell Sunday but don't want a tout to benefit selling on at a profit
Short notice I know but my son has won VIP tickets to the bobby Moore lounge on Sunday and is now going in there with his brother. Does anyone know any genuine city fans who may want to buy two tickets at face value. 72 quid each block 128. Just a thought will contact club in morning to see if they can give them a new home. I know I could sell Sunday but don't want a tout to benefit selling on at a profit macca1969
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11:24pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Ginaflowers says...

Anyone got a couple of last minute tickets going spare? My 2 ST holding sons wouldn't take little sis :-(
Anyone got a couple of last minute tickets going spare? My 2 ST holding sons wouldn't take little sis :-( Ginaflowers
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1:05am Fri 22 Feb 13

Geraldine16 says...

Am I the only Bantam in Mexico City?
Am I the only Bantam in Mexico City? Geraldine16
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3:40am Fri 22 Feb 13

Freddy says...

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antonio3987 says...
11:31am Thu 21 Feb 13

3 more sleeps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!come on city.
CTID”
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I have seen this comment before on other pages, and by other commentators.
YOU MEAN YOU CAN STILL SLEEP!!
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macca1969 says...
10:28pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Macca--Get together with:-

Ginaflowers says...
11:24pm Thu 21 Feb 13

* She is looking for TWO Tickets!!!
AS POSTED ABOVE !!
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* antonio3987 says... 11:31am Thu 21 Feb 13 3 more sleeps!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!come on city. CTID” * I have seen this comment before on other pages, and by other commentators. YOU MEAN YOU CAN STILL SLEEP!! * macca1969 says... 10:28pm Thu 21 Feb 13 Macca--Get together with:- Ginaflowers says... 11:24pm Thu 21 Feb 13 * She is looking for TWO Tickets!!! AS POSTED ABOVE !! * Freddy
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10:09am Fri 22 Feb 13

Tallus says...

Good Luck Bantams (from a Pompey Fan)

also, thought you might like this article in our local rag:

http://www.portsmout
h.co.uk/sport/lower-
life-why-at-least-on
e-pompey-fan-will-be
-cheering-on-bradfor
d-on-sunday-1-481597
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Good Luck Bantams (from a Pompey Fan) also, thought you might like this article in our local rag: http://www.portsmout h.co.uk/sport/lower- life-why-at-least-on e-pompey-fan-will-be -cheering-on-bradfor d-on-sunday-1-481597 1 Tallus
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10:20am Fri 22 Feb 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

Bradford directors, management, playing staff and supporters dared to dream!!
Please let's ensure a minutes applause at the 56 minute mark. I have a tear in my eye just thinking about it. This final is as much for the 56 people that lost their lives as it is for the fans going on Sunday.
Let's dare to dream one more time.
Bradford directors, management, playing staff and supporters dared to dream!! Please let's ensure a minutes applause at the 56 minute mark. I have a tear in my eye just thinking about it. This final is as much for the 56 people that lost their lives as it is for the fans going on Sunday. Let's dare to dream one more time. Citygentleman1968
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11:30am Fri 22 Feb 13

lawsonio123 says...

lyness70 wrote:
mortified 4 days to go befor biggest day in bradford citys history and just had my heart ripped out work for a bradford based contractors and contracted to one of the biggest bradford based supermarkets just been told if me or any one of my colleagues {about 20 of us with tickets} that were not allowed to go and if we do we will face disciplinary action{sack} do i dont i is it worth the risk what a dilemma
NAME THIS FIRM LET ALL SEE WHO THEY ARE MAYBE SENSE WILL THEN PREVAIL. YOU CANNOT BE SACK FOR NAMING THEM DO IT NOW
[quote][p][bold]lyness70[/bold] wrote: mortified 4 days to go befor biggest day in bradford citys history and just had my heart ripped out work for a bradford based contractors and contracted to one of the biggest bradford based supermarkets just been told if me or any one of my colleagues {about 20 of us with tickets} that were not allowed to go and if we do we will face disciplinary action{sack} do i dont i is it worth the risk what a dilemma[/p][/quote]NAME THIS FIRM LET ALL SEE WHO THEY ARE MAYBE SENSE WILL THEN PREVAIL. YOU CANNOT BE SACK FOR NAMING THEM DO IT NOW lawsonio123
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11:41am Fri 22 Feb 13

tyker2 says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
lyness70 wrote:
mortified 4 days to go befor biggest day in bradford citys history and just had my heart ripped out work for a bradford based contractors and contracted to one of the biggest bradford based supermarkets just been told if me or any one of my colleagues {about 20 of us with tickets} that were not allowed to go and if we do we will face disciplinary action{sack} do i dont i is it worth the risk what a dilemma
NAME THIS FIRM LET ALL SEE WHO THEY ARE MAYBE SENSE WILL THEN PREVAIL. YOU CANNOT BE SACK FOR NAMING THEM DO IT NOW
can they do that if you are employees:if you are contractors then it is a problem. NAME AND SHAME!!

NAME AND SHAME
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lyness70[/bold] wrote: mortified 4 days to go befor biggest day in bradford citys history and just had my heart ripped out work for a bradford based contractors and contracted to one of the biggest bradford based supermarkets just been told if me or any one of my colleagues {about 20 of us with tickets} that were not allowed to go and if we do we will face disciplinary action{sack} do i dont i is it worth the risk what a dilemma[/p][/quote]NAME THIS FIRM LET ALL SEE WHO THEY ARE MAYBE SENSE WILL THEN PREVAIL. YOU CANNOT BE SACK FOR NAMING THEM DO IT NOW[/p][/quote]can they do that if you are employees:if you are contractors then it is a problem. NAME AND SHAME!! NAME AND SHAME tyker2
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12:29pm Fri 22 Feb 13

belle vue says...

am I going to be the only one wearing a city scarf going north on the M1 on Sunday?! Me and my girlfriend couldn't get tickets so we're driving from London to Bradford to take my Dad out to watch it. Anyone know which pubs / bars will be good for atmosphere and space (getting a seat - my Dad's 83 and his brother was on City's books in the late 40s).
City Vaults in town or or Old Tramshed at Saltaire are first thoughts.
Come on lads. Step up to that plate, embrace it and enjoy it. What a glorious day it's going to be.
am I going to be the only one wearing a city scarf going north on the M1 on Sunday?! Me and my girlfriend couldn't get tickets so we're driving from London to Bradford to take my Dad out to watch it. Anyone know which pubs / bars will be good for atmosphere and space (getting a seat - my Dad's 83 and his brother was on City's books in the late 40s). City Vaults in town or or Old Tramshed at Saltaire are first thoughts. Come on lads. Step up to that plate, embrace it and enjoy it. What a glorious day it's going to be. belle vue
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2:47pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Freddy says...

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City Supporters ---Watch " The One Show " Tonight at 7pm.
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Also on BBC- Yorkshire North at 07.30'
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Paul Hudson (Lifelong City Fan and Weather Forecaster has a 30 Minute programme on City.
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BBC-Look North will have items on City too.
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* City Supporters ---Watch " The One Show " Tonight at 7pm. * Also on BBC- Yorkshire North at 07.30' * Paul Hudson (Lifelong City Fan and Weather Forecaster has a 30 Minute programme on City. * BBC-Look North will have items on City too. * Freddy
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3:19pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

macca1969 wrote:
Short notice I know but my son has won VIP tickets to the bobby Moore lounge on Sunday and is now going in there with his brother. Does anyone know any genuine city fans who may want to buy two tickets at face value. 72 quid each block 128. Just a thought will contact club in morning to see if they can give them a new home. I know I could sell Sunday but don't want a tout to benefit selling on at a profit
I will take them both Macca1969 £144 cash
[quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Short notice I know but my son has won VIP tickets to the bobby Moore lounge on Sunday and is now going in there with his brother. Does anyone know any genuine city fans who may want to buy two tickets at face value. 72 quid each block 128. Just a thought will contact club in morning to see if they can give them a new home. I know I could sell Sunday but don't want a tout to benefit selling on at a profit[/p][/quote]I will take them both Macca1969 £144 cash Citygentleman1968
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3:56pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Citygentleman1968 says...

Citygentleman1968 wrote:
macca1969 wrote: Short notice I know but my son has won VIP tickets to the bobby Moore lounge on Sunday and is now going in there with his brother. Does anyone know any genuine city fans who may want to buy two tickets at face value. 72 quid each block 128. Just a thought will contact club in morning to see if they can give them a new home. I know I could sell Sunday but don't want a tout to benefit selling on at a profit
I will take them both Macca1969 £144 cash
I live in Denhome. Can drive to you tonight if you wish. 07846 162508 if you still wish to sell.
[quote][p][bold]Citygentleman1968[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Short notice I know but my son has won VIP tickets to the bobby Moore lounge on Sunday and is now going in there with his brother. Does anyone know any genuine city fans who may want to buy two tickets at face value. 72 quid each block 128. Just a thought will contact club in morning to see if they can give them a new home. I know I could sell Sunday but don't want a tout to benefit selling on at a profit[/p][/quote]I will take them both Macca1969 £144 cash[/p][/quote]I live in Denhome. Can drive to you tonight if you wish. 07846 162508 if you still wish to sell. Citygentleman1968
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4:15pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Cotswold Gent says...

TICKET AVAILABLE AT FACE VALUE
Hi, I have a £90 ticket available as my daughter cannot now make the game and I want it to go to a real City fan, like me who has supported them for over 40 years.If you are interested please call or text me on 07804 326653. No touts, genuine fans only and for sale at face value.
TICKET AVAILABLE AT FACE VALUE Hi, I have a £90 ticket available as my daughter cannot now make the game and I want it to go to a real City fan, like me who has supported them for over 40 years.If you are interested please call or text me on 07804 326653. No touts, genuine fans only and for sale at face value. Cotswold Gent
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5:32pm Fri 22 Feb 13

beardedclam says...

Hahahaha, quite a few greedy season ticket holders getting stuck with their tickets now!
This is what happens when you give a season ticket holder the opportunity to purchase 3 tickets. Greed always comes through!
Hahahaha, quite a few greedy season ticket holders getting stuck with their tickets now! This is what happens when you give a season ticket holder the opportunity to purchase 3 tickets. Greed always comes through! beardedclam
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6:12pm Fri 22 Feb 13

macca1969 says...

Citygentleman1968 wrote:
Citygentleman1968 wrote:
macca1969 wrote: Short notice I know but my son has won VIP tickets to the bobby Moore lounge on Sunday and is now going in there with his brother. Does anyone know any genuine city fans who may want to buy two tickets at face value. 72 quid each block 128. Just a thought will contact club in morning to see if they can give them a new home. I know I could sell Sunday but don't want a tout to benefit selling on at a profit
I will take them both Macca1969 £144 cash
I live in Denhome. Can drive to you tonight if you wish. 07846 162508 if you still wish to sell.
Sorry mate at moment looks like I have them sold. Thanks anyway but if the chap lets me down I have your number. Good luck getting sorted but club today did say they still had some returns
[quote][p][bold]Citygentleman1968[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Citygentleman1968[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]macca1969[/bold] wrote: Short notice I know but my son has won VIP tickets to the bobby Moore lounge on Sunday and is now going in there with his brother. Does anyone know any genuine city fans who may want to buy two tickets at face value. 72 quid each block 128. Just a thought will contact club in morning to see if they can give them a new home. I know I could sell Sunday but don't want a tout to benefit selling on at a profit[/p][/quote]I will take them both Macca1969 £144 cash[/p][/quote]I live in Denhome. Can drive to you tonight if you wish. 07846 162508 if you still wish to sell.[/p][/quote]Sorry mate at moment looks like I have them sold. Thanks anyway but if the chap lets me down I have your number. Good luck getting sorted but club today did say they still had some returns macca1969
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1:39am Sat 23 Feb 13

sharkiebites says...

I will be in the cheers bar george st from 2am for all those sydney bantams.
im excited here so bradford must be going crazy.
Enjoy the day everyone and good luck and well done on what youve already achieved.
do it for those 56 we will never forget.
including my schoolmates the ormandroyds always in my thoughts :)
I will be in the cheers bar george st from 2am for all those sydney bantams. im excited here so bradford must be going crazy. Enjoy the day everyone and good luck and well done on what youve already achieved. do it for those 56 we will never forget. including my schoolmates the ormandroyds always in my thoughts :) sharkiebites
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7:49pm Sat 23 Feb 13

bcfc1903 says...

Good luck to all involved tomorrow regarding Bradford City Football Club, to the management players and fans..enjoy the day and give everything, don't wonder afterwards and who knows BCFC could be lifting the League Cup tomorrow evening. Leave everything on the pitch and the fans i'm sure will shout themselves hoarse backing BCFC.

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All the best from the Carroll's, Gaffey's and Byrne's families..... especially Sean Carroll. Have a great day everyone.

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We shout with pride....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!!
Good luck to all involved tomorrow regarding Bradford City Football Club, to the management players and fans..enjoy the day and give everything, don't wonder afterwards and who knows BCFC could be lifting the League Cup tomorrow evening. Leave everything on the pitch and the fans i'm sure will shout themselves hoarse backing BCFC. ** All the best from the Carroll's, Gaffey's and Byrne's families..... especially Sean Carroll. Have a great day everyone. * We shout with pride....we'll never hide...Claret and Amber!!!! bcfc1903
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8:34pm Sat 23 Feb 13

BD16 says...

It's been great to be in London today. Claret and amber scarves everywhere. The number of complete strangers who have stopped me to wish us well for tomorrow has been amazing. If general goodwill could win a game then we'll be ok tomorrow.
It's been great to be in London today. Claret and amber scarves everywhere. The number of complete strangers who have stopped me to wish us well for tomorrow has been amazing. If general goodwill could win a game then we'll be ok tomorrow. BD16
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