Excited Blades fans queue up to get their hands on play-off final tickets
SHEFFIELD United fans are one step closer to Wembley after queuing up at Bramall Lane to get their hands on tickets for the play-off final.
The first supporters to arrive at United’s ground were David Hobson, aged 49 and his 16-year-old daughter Megan Gill, who landed at 12.50am yesterday.
The Conisbrough Blades said they were surprised to find themselves first in line to get their tickets and were rewarded for their efforts by Sheffield United, who presented David with a top.
Father-of-three David said: “I have been a fan for 45 years, I have been going since my dad took me as a nipper so missing Wembley was not an option.”
Roy Jackson, aged 76, of Intake, Sheffield, among the first in the queue after arriving at the ground at 6am armed with five season tickets, said: “I have been a Unitedite all my life and in all those years the only thing they have ever won was the Fourth Division Championship years ago, so this trip to Wembley and the possibility of promotion has been a long time coming.”
Accountant Steven Reinhardt, 27, of Hackenthorpe, who arrived at Bramall Lane to join the queue at 4.15am, said: “Both United and Huddersfield have bad records in play-offs so surely our luck has to change.”
Jaime Waters, 31, of Gleadless, arrived at Bramall Lane with her deckchair at 7am after volunteering to buy tickets for her 31-year-old husband, David, and her father-in-law, who were both at work.
She said: “I like to go to all the big games and predict a 1-0 scoreline to the Blades.”
Adele Moore, 20, of Gleadless, who started queuing with her grandmother Lynn Moore, 56, from 6am, said: “I was at Bramall Lane on Monday when we won our semi to get us to Wembley and the atmosphere was absolutely fantastic. I went to the last play-off and can’t wait to go again.”
Janet Turner, 63, of Newfield Green, said: “I got here at 6.45am because nothing would stop me getting a ticket to see the Blades at Wembley.”
Her husband Kevin Turner, 62, said: “This may be our sixth play-off but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t win.”
David Holland, 58, from Eckington, said: “It means everything to get to Wembley, as long as we get the right result.”
United managing director Dave McCarthy said: “I turned up at 7.30am and the car park was nice and full and there were plenty of fans queuing at that time, which was good to see.”
n Sheffield United is putting on coaches and has chartered a train to take fans to Wembley.
Tickets for the coaches cost £38 per person and first-class tickets on the train cost £60 or £50 for standard seats, which can all be bought from Sheffield United ticket office, by calling 0871 995 1889 or at www.sufc.talent-sport.co.uk.