Eagar Bantams’ fans pitched tents in the snow as queues started to form 27 hours before the club’s last Capital One Cup final tickets go on sale tomorrow.
Steven Price, 31, of Shipley, was first to arrive outside the Valley Parade ticket office at 5.45am today to secure four tickets for Bradford City’s Wembley final against Swansea – wrapped up from the cold and armed with a tent.
“I actually wanted to come down last night,” said the fan of 15 years, who had taken time off from his job at Princes soft drinks to join the queue.
“When I got here I didn’t think I’d be the first, I thought more people would be here already.
“The cold hasn’t put me off at all. It’s a bit of history and it will definitely be worth it.”
Third in line was Andy Gledhill, 53, of Saltaire, who already has his Wembley tickets, but wanted to make sure family members did not miss out.
“We’ve got a 17-seat minibus booked and want to make sure all the family can go. We’ve got to make sure everybody’s there because it’s a one off,” he said.
“If it’s anything like the play-off final in 1996 it will be incredible. Hopefully the score will be the same at 2-0!
“I wanted to come down to queue earlier – I came past at around midnight last night to see if people had already started queuing and was down here at 8am.
“It’s a great atmosphere.”
Further down the queue, Emma Crossley, 28, of Little Horton, told how she had initially planned to begin queuing at about 7pm today – but decided to arrive early after seeing pictures of fans in tents outside the ticket office.
“As soon as I saw it I told my mum ‘I have to get there!’ “I got here at around 11am and I think I’m tenth in the queue.
“I am a bit cold, but the snow hasn’t put me off at all. I’m all prepared for sleeping out - my mum’s going to come down later with some food and extra blankets.
“I just can’t wait to see them at Wembley. It’s a bit achievement for the team and it might not happen again for a long time. It’s going to be amazing.
“Once I’ve got the tickets in my hands I’ll feel excitement and relief that I’m definitely going!”
Another fan, Paul Smith, 49, of Lidget Green, was making hot drinks for people in the queue after arriving with a gas stove.
“I’ve got a stove, a tent, sleeping bags, a duvet – it’s all part of the atmosphere, everyone mucking in!
“Everybody’s after the same thing. It’s like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, everyone wants their golden ticket!
“I’m getting tickets for my 11-year-old son, Mason, and my nephew. I promised Mason I’d get him a ticket and a promise is a promise.
“It is cold, but it will be worth it to go to Wembley and hopefully we can come back with a win.”