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Blades fans braved a cold and frosty Monday morning to score tickets for their club’s FA Cup semi-final appearance at Wembley.

About 100 loyal supporters queued up at Bramall Lane at the crack of dawn to get in line for the dream tickets.

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Temperatures dipped but spirits were high as the fans, many armed with woolly hats and flasks of hot drinks, waited patiently in line.

Those at the front of the queue had arrived at about 6am. Increasing numbers of people were starting to arrive by 8am and the queue snaked around the car park before the ticket office opened for United fans with the most loyalty points at 9am.

Trevor Barron, aged 70, of Sheffield city centre, said he had shown up early to make sure he could get tickets for his two soldier sons.

His son Dean, 48, has been in the Army for 22 years and younger brother Anthony, 36, has just returned from a tour of Afghanistan.

Trevor said: “They’re mad Unitedites.

“They never miss a game when they get home - that’s all they come home for!

“They go all over the country with them. They’re fanatical Unitedites and I’m the same. I have been all my life.”

Chris Booth, aged 51, of Arbourthorne, said: “I got here at 6.30am. I worked all night and then came down here straight from work at 6.30am.

“The atmosphere has been a bit subdued because it’s been very, very cold but apart from that it’s been all right.”

Sheffield United are set to clash with Hull City at Wembley on April 13.

Superfan Andrea Hough, 43, of Woodhouse, said she was looking forward to seeing the team in action down in London.

“I had to get down here early to get my tickets just to make sure I got them,” she said,

“I’m hoping for a good game, a good performance and for them to get to the final to bring the cup back to Sheffield.”

Andrea Hough, 43, Woodhouse, said: “It’s in your blood. Once you start going to see United you can’t stop. I’m hoping for a good game.”

Trevor Barron, 70, Sheffield, said: “I came down here for my sons, who are both in the Army. One is just home from Afghanistan.”

Geoff Johnson, 75, Harthill, said: “I want to get the seats I’d prefer to sit in. Not in the corner - I want to be near the half way line.”

Sheffield United have been allocated the west side of Wembley stadium and just under 32,000 tickets are available.

Tickets will go on general sale on Sunday.

The Blades’ bid for glory will kick off at 4.07pm.

Sheffield United have been allocated the west side of Wembley stadium and just under 32,000 tickets are available.

Tickets will go on general sale on Sunday.

 

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