Shops and businesses urged to compete for season ticket prize

Telegraph & Argus staff Lorna Bates and Sophie Vickers outside the Hall Ings offices with the T&A’s banner showing our support for Bradford City

A message for James Hanson at Holy Trinity Church in Idle

David Ward MP’s Bradford East constituency office

First published in Capital One Cup Final – Bradford City v Swansea Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

A challenge has been laid down to transform Bradford into a “sea of claret and amber” in preparation for the Bantams’ historic Capital One Cup final appearance.

The Friends of Bradford City have set the task to shops and businesses across the district to wish the League Two side luck in the Wembley showdown against Swansea by creating window displays and decorating stores in the club’s colours.

The Telegraph & Argus has joined in by placing a large banner at the doors of our office in Hall Ings.

The supporters’ group is offering a prize of two season tickets for next season for the best effort before the final on Sunday, February 24.

Chairman Mark Neale said: “We want to see the Bradford area become a sea of claret and amber in the build-up to the final.

“It’s an opportunity for shops to really go to town and wish City good luck, and win season tickets in the bargain.

“I remember in the build-up to the Wembley play-off final in 1996 when lots of shops wished City good luck and it paid off, when we beat Notts County and won promotion – so there’s no doubt the area showing support will lift the team.

“There was even a skip painted in City colours, so any kind of local business can enter into the spirit of things, and we are thinking of florists, decorating stores, and clothes shops putting on a claret and amber display.”

Bradford East MP David Ward, a Bantams’ season ticket holder, transformed his constituency office window to support City before the club’s second- leg clash against Aston Villa and urged others to join him.

“Let’s make it party time,” he said. “This sort of thing won’t come round very often and it’s a great way of showing support.

“This is something that has brought people from all parts of the community together and this is a great thing for the Bradford district.”

Holy Trinity Church in Idle has joined in the fun, placing a banner at its gates backing Phil Parkinson’s men – with a special mention for its local hero, striker James Hanson, who scored in the semi-final victory over Aston Villa.

The Reverend Robin Gamble, a self-confessed Bradford City obsessive who will be at the Wembley final, said: “Since we put the banner up people have been saying to me ‘are you praying for the team, Vicar?’ “People in church feel great about it.

“This is a very special time and it transcends football. It is one of the great news stories of the city and if we can’t celebrate this, what can we celebrate?”

Keighley-based Project It Services projected an image on its building in celebration of the cup heroics.

The Friends of Bradford City say they have adopted the motto “a sea of claret and amber” this year and have sold more than 1,000 scarves to members.

They are also producing a special rosette and T-shirt for Wembley-bound supporters.

Any shop or business that wants to take part in the competition should contact Mr Neale on mnealecity@hotmail.com.

e-mail: hannah.postles@telegraphandargus.co.uk Twitter: @HannahP_TandA

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8:44am Tue 5 Feb 13

Bantam76 says...

Sounds great to me! Would love to see the city "claret and ambered" up - such an occasion and hopefully when the lads see how the locals are getting behind them, it'll give them more of a push on the day. Can't wait to get inside the stadium! Come on City... CTID
Sounds great to me! Would love to see the city "claret and ambered" up - such an occasion and hopefully when the lads see how the locals are getting behind them, it'll give them more of a push on the day. Can't wait to get inside the stadium! Come on City... CTID Bantam76
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8:51am Tue 5 Feb 13

bigang02 says...

dito that just had my wembley ticket delivered i am so excited now .bring swansea on.we can win this
dito that just had my wembley ticket delivered i am so excited now .bring swansea on.we can win this bigang02
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8:55am Tue 5 Feb 13

OutOfBradford says...

Any jobs going at the T&A?!

I'd like to meet Lorna and Sophie please.
Any jobs going at the T&A?! I'd like to meet Lorna and Sophie please. OutOfBradford
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10:08am Tue 5 Feb 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

For those who might not be aware, but have tickets for Wembley, there is a game this weekend at home to Gillingham which could see us move back closer to the play-offs and that 3rd automatic promotion spot which is still within reach.

Would be nice to see more than the usual 10k there.
For those who might not be aware, but have tickets for Wembley, there is a game this weekend at home to Gillingham which could see us move back closer to the play-offs and that 3rd automatic promotion spot which is still within reach. Would be nice to see more than the usual 10k there. Thee Voice of Reason
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10:13am Tue 5 Feb 13

Rambo says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
For those who might not be aware, but have tickets for Wembley, there is a game this weekend at home to Gillingham which could see us move back closer to the play-offs and that 3rd automatic promotion spot which is still within reach.

Would be nice to see more than the usual 10k there.
This.

Bradford City are for life, not just for Wembley.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: For those who might not be aware, but have tickets for Wembley, there is a game this weekend at home to Gillingham which could see us move back closer to the play-offs and that 3rd automatic promotion spot which is still within reach. Would be nice to see more than the usual 10k there.[/p][/quote]This. Bradford City are for life, not just for Wembley. Rambo
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11:00am Tue 5 Feb 13

Chillum Bantam says...

Rambo wrote:
Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
For those who might not be aware, but have tickets for Wembley, there is a game this weekend at home to Gillingham which could see us move back closer to the play-offs and that 3rd automatic promotion spot which is still within reach.

Would be nice to see more than the usual 10k there.
This.

Bradford City are for life, not just for Wembley.
Seconded. ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Rambo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: For those who might not be aware, but have tickets for Wembley, there is a game this weekend at home to Gillingham which could see us move back closer to the play-offs and that 3rd automatic promotion spot which is still within reach. Would be nice to see more than the usual 10k there.[/p][/quote]This. Bradford City are for life, not just for Wembley.[/p][/quote]Seconded. ;-) Chillum Bantam
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11:13am Tue 5 Feb 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

I'm presuming at least 55 people from the Second West will be making the short trip to Valley Parade on Saturday.
I'm presuming at least 55 people from the Second West will be making the short trip to Valley Parade on Saturday. Thee Voice of Reason
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11:19am Tue 5 Feb 13

Whoisevans? says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
I'm presuming at least 55 people from the Second West will be making the short trip to Valley Parade on Saturday.
Why not if they pay their way. Every season ticket holder and regular City fan will have their tickets by now.Don't forget these people are contributing to our great football clubs coffers and it will add to the atmosphere like it did in 96. Come on City!!! Dare to Dream.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: I'm presuming at least 55 people from the Second West will be making the short trip to Valley Parade on Saturday.[/p][/quote]Why not if they pay their way. Every season ticket holder and regular City fan will have their tickets by now.Don't forget these people are contributing to our great football clubs coffers and it will add to the atmosphere like it did in 96. Come on City!!! Dare to Dream. Whoisevans?
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11:31am Tue 5 Feb 13

bazzathetyke says...

Correct me if I am wrong...BUT
Didnt the Bradford City Council turn it's back on Bradford City when they asked for assistance when the Club was financially strapped?
NOW the Bradford City flag is fluttering in all its glory from the City Hall.
Correct me if I am wrong...BUT Didnt the Bradford City Council turn it's back on Bradford City when they asked for assistance when the Club was financially strapped? NOW the Bradford City flag is fluttering in all its glory from the City Hall. bazzathetyke
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11:45am Tue 5 Feb 13

theoutsider says...

Bratfud Carn't'cil are just bandwagon jumping hippocrites...bazza your not wrong there. Its fine to use the club 'to promote t'City' when we're off to Wembley but they could not give a toss if the club folded when JR/ML could have done with a hand.

We'll let them join in ..and the countless other plastics but like it says Bradford City is for life not just for Wembley and folks would do well to remember that on Saturday v Gills and when all this is history !
Bratfud Carn't'cil are just bandwagon jumping hippocrites...bazza your not wrong there. Its fine to use the club 'to promote t'City' when we're off to Wembley but they could not give a toss if the club folded when JR/ML could have done with a hand. We'll let them join in ..and the countless other plastics but like it says Bradford City is for life not just for Wembley and folks would do well to remember that on Saturday v Gills and when all this is history ! theoutsider
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1:09pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Bantambessie says...

Come on all you people who have bought a wembley ticket through a season ticket holder. Come and support us on Saturday at home.
Come on all you people who have bought a wembley ticket through a season ticket holder. Come and support us on Saturday at home. Bantambessie
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1:23pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Meanwhile at The Second West

http://youtu.be/qaey
foeV_34
Meanwhile at The Second West http://youtu.be/qaey foeV_34 Thee Voice of Reason
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2:42pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Meanwhile at The Second West http://youtu.be/qaey foeV_34
Hmm, seems it has included a " at the end.

http://youtu.be/qaey
foeV_34

Hopefully works.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Meanwhile at The Second West http://youtu.be/qaey foeV_34[/p][/quote]Hmm, seems it has included a " at the end. http://youtu.be/qaey foeV_34 Hopefully works. Thee Voice of Reason
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2:55pm Tue 5 Feb 13

cheekymofo says...

OutOfBradford wrote:
Any jobs going at the T&A?! I'd like to meet Lorna and Sophie please.
The puppets sure have a big smile on their faces.
[quote][p][bold]OutOfBradford[/bold] wrote: Any jobs going at the T&A?! I'd like to meet Lorna and Sophie please.[/p][/quote]The puppets sure have a big smile on their faces. cheekymofo
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3:36pm Tue 5 Feb 13

The Hoffster says...

cheekymofo wrote:
OutOfBradford wrote:
Any jobs going at the T&A?! I'd like to meet Lorna and Sophie please.
The puppets sure have a big smile on their faces.
True, but not sure if you want someone's hand up your @rse.
[quote][p][bold]cheekymofo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OutOfBradford[/bold] wrote: Any jobs going at the T&A?! I'd like to meet Lorna and Sophie please.[/p][/quote]The puppets sure have a big smile on their faces.[/p][/quote]True, but not sure if you want someone's hand up your @rse. The Hoffster
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4:12pm Tue 5 Feb 13

m.r.c says...

A massive city shirt draped over the old Yorkshire Building Society HQ building on Westgate would look fantastic. A bit like the Newcastle shirt over the Angel of the North years ago.
A massive city shirt draped over the old Yorkshire Building Society HQ building on Westgate would look fantastic. A bit like the Newcastle shirt over the Angel of the North years ago. m.r.c
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4:18pm Tue 5 Feb 13

oakydoaky says...

had my car all stickered up in BCFC livery just waiting for my stick-on City crests to arrive through the post then will gladly drive it round the city and down to Wembley CTID
had my car all stickered up in BCFC livery just waiting for my stick-on City crests to arrive through the post then will gladly drive it round the city and down to Wembley CTID oakydoaky
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5:12pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Joedavid says...

Will the team be wearing claret and amber shirts when playing at Wembley?
Will the team be wearing claret and amber shirts when playing at Wembley? Joedavid
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5:12pm Tue 5 Feb 13

RollandSmoke says...

Nice to see Bradfordian's using terms like "a sea of claret.." rather than the usual "rivers of blood" rhetoric
Nice to see Bradfordian's using terms like "a sea of claret.." rather than the usual "rivers of blood" rhetoric RollandSmoke
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12:44pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Andy2010 says...

OutOfBradford wrote:
Any jobs going at the T&A?!

I'd like to meet Lorna and Sophie please.
Who cares about the cup final

As above would rather see more pictures of these two beauties
[quote][p][bold]OutOfBradford[/bold] wrote: Any jobs going at the T&A?! I'd like to meet Lorna and Sophie please.[/p][/quote]Who cares about the cup final As above would rather see more pictures of these two beauties Andy2010
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1:07pm Wed 6 Feb 13

RollandSmoke says...

Andy2010 wrote:
OutOfBradford wrote:
Any jobs going at the T&A?!

I'd like to meet Lorna and Sophie please.
Who cares about the cup final

As above would rather see more pictures of these two beauties
I'd like to add the author of this piece, reporter Hannah Postles, to the list. She looks like a cutie although far too young for me.
[quote][p][bold]Andy2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OutOfBradford[/bold] wrote: Any jobs going at the T&A?! I'd like to meet Lorna and Sophie please.[/p][/quote]Who cares about the cup final As above would rather see more pictures of these two beauties[/p][/quote]I'd like to add the author of this piece, reporter Hannah Postles, to the list. She looks like a cutie although far too young for me. RollandSmoke
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2:56pm Wed 6 Feb 13

GABRIEL.NORDE says...

theoutsider wrote:
Bratfud Carn't'cil are just bandwagon jumping hippocrites...bazza your not wrong there. Its fine to use the club 'to promote t'City' when we're off to Wembley but they could not give a toss if the club folded when JR/ML could have done with a hand.

We'll let them join in ..and the countless other plastics but like it says Bradford City is for life not just for Wembley and folks would do well to remember that on Saturday v Gills and when all this is history !
...And morrison did same as well t "City", that's why i NEVER shop in his stores.
[quote][p][bold]theoutsider[/bold] wrote: Bratfud Carn't'cil are just bandwagon jumping hippocrites...bazza your not wrong there. Its fine to use the club 'to promote t'City' when we're off to Wembley but they could not give a toss if the club folded when JR/ML could have done with a hand. We'll let them join in ..and the countless other plastics but like it says Bradford City is for life not just for Wembley and folks would do well to remember that on Saturday v Gills and when all this is history ![/p][/quote]...And morrison did same as well t "City", that's why i NEVER shop in his stores. GABRIEL.NORDE
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