HUNDREDS of Sheffield Wednesday fans braved the cold as they queued through the early hours to get their hands on a precious ticket for a crunch Owls game.
And many diehard Wednesdayites were up all night outside the Hillsborough Stadium ticket office to ensure they got hold of one when they went on sale to the club’s 12,000 season-ticket holders yesterday.
Cafe owner Gary ‘the Bull’ Wainwright, who lives and works in Hillsborough, arrived at the ground to join the queue shortly after 5.30am - and there were already hundreds of people front in of him when he arrived.
The 54-year-old said: “It’s in the blood. You’ve just got to be there for this one.”
Wednesday are currently embroiled in a battle with cross-city rivals Sheffield United to secure second spot in League One and automatic promotion behind leaders Charlton Athletic - and avoid the end-of-season play-offs.
By the time fireman Steve Marchant arrived at 6.15am, the queue had snaked its way around the car park, along Penistone Road and halfway down Vere Road.
The 38-year-old, from Stocksbridge said: “When I arrived it was absolutely freezing, but it was worth it.
“There was no way I was going to miss out on a ticket.
“Hopefully we can finish second and avoid the play-offs. They are a lottery and anything can happen and we don’t want that.”
Electrician Michael Allen arrived at a similar time to Steve. The 56-year-old said: “I’ve come with two mates. We can buy up to five tickets each, but only need eight between us. We’re not greedy and would hate to deprive someone who had come, like us, to queue for a ticket.”
Ian Kennedy, 58, a teaching assistant for Handsworth wanted to see the game as much as anyone, but said there was something he wanted to see more.
He said: “I just want to see us finish above United. Can we do it? You bet we can.”
Mark Devlin, Brentford chief executive, said the club had considered sending Wednesday a bigger allocation, but said: “This is a home game and we want to maintain home advantage.”