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Hundreds of Swansea City fans gather overnight to pick up Capital One Cup Final tickets

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

  • Swansea fans celebrate getting their tickets for the Capital One Cup Final

  • Swans fans queue for tickets for the Capital One Cup Final

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HUNDREDS of Swansea City fans queued through the night to secure their tickets for the Capital One Cup final.

Supporters camped in the Liberty Stadium to guarantee their tickets for the big match against Bradford City at Wembley.

According to officials at the ground, around 800 dedicated fans turned out to get their hands on the tickets for the game, which will see the Swans appear in their first ever major cup final on February 24.

And while the first team were playing out a goalless draw at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, fans were already making their way to the ticket office.

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First in line to pick up his tickets was Martin Northy of Penlan.

The 31-year-old said: “It’s a very special occasion. I was here at 5.30pm on Tuesday, it was cold and windy but it was worth it.

“I won’t be selling any of them, I can’t wait to enjoy the day.

“It is my girlfriend Clare’s birthday so I am taking her and her parents, we will be going up on the Friday and coming back Monday.

“I think they will do it, 100 per cent.

“We are doing really well, the manager has done so well, I am really proud of the boys.”

Another fan, Paul Cullen, 24, from Morriston, who arrived at 6pm on Tuesday night, said: “It was a freezing night but it was a good laugh — everyone was all excited about it.

“We brought a two-man tent along with us just in case we were outside.

“We have got tickets for all the boys and we will be going on the coach together.

“The Swans have come so far in such a short space of time and we are going even further.

“If we win this we will get into Europe.”

As fans queued through the day, patience began to wear thin for some supporters due to the sheer demand of tickets.

One fan, Peter Davies, expressed his frustration about the lack of information given to fans.

He said: “I have been here since 4.30am and it is terrible.

“Everyone around me is moaning.

“There has been no manager here telling us anything, there is a tannoy system here but no-one has said a word.”

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  • Philosoraptor  |  February 01 2013, 10:46AM

    Chelsea1955, Ospreys still get the same 9000 per match average they had when the Swans were in League One!!!! The problem the Ospreys have is that there are Rugby fans who refuse to ever start supporting the Ospreys, those there are not leaving them.

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  • hywel79  |  February 01 2013, 8:40AM

    if its meant to be 2 ticckets per season ticket holder how have the guys in that photo got so many? also why stand in a que for 12 hours, just buy them online !!

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  • Hugodboss  |  January 31 2013, 8:01PM

    daiswan, thanks for your comments. Unfortunately i do not qualify for any concessionary season tickets and as for not having a season ticket previously this is the first time in my life that i have been in a position to watch The Swans regularly. This does not mean I am any less committed supporter - having watched games down the vetch in the old 4th division many times, followed by the rise during Toshack's days then the slippery slope. My point however is on behalf of those supporters who do not currently hold a season ticket and the difficulties involved in watching any live Swansea City football.

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  • chelsea1955  |  January 31 2013, 7:57PM

    are there any Osprey supporters left, i know a lot that have dumped them and jumped on the Swans bandwagon soon as they got to the promised land, Ospreys cannot give the tickets away just see all the empty seats on TV, that's what it use to be like being a Swans fan!!!!!!!!! not just at the Vetch but also the Liberty had low crowds when we were in Div 1 and the Ospreys were flying high. GOD FORBID WE EVER GOT RELEGATED, THE ONLY GOOD TO COME OUT IT WILL BE I CAN GO AND WATCH MY SWANS AGAIN

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  • Hugodboss  |  January 31 2013, 7:54PM

    daiswan, thanks for your comments. Unfortunately i do not qualify for any concessionary season tickets and as for not having a season ticket previously this is the first time in my life that i have been in a position to watch The Swans regularly. This does not mean I am any less committed supporter - having watched games down the vetch in the old 4th division many times, followed by the rise during Toshack's days then the slippery slope. My point however is on behalf of those supporters who do not currently hold a season ticket and the difficulties involved in watching any live Swansea City football.

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  • daiswan  |  January 31 2013, 7:08PM

    Hugodboss I really don't know where you are coming from - I was a season ticket holder at the Vetch first on the North Bank then the family stand through all the highs and lows from the 70s to the present. When the Swans moved to the Liberty all the loyal supporters had 'first grabs' on the seats at the Liberty and our 'group' got what we wanted. The renewal process enables us to have early discounts or staggered payments. I'm a 'senior' on a pension paying a ridiculously low price for Premiership football - what more can the club do? That isn't a private members club or prawn sandwich brigade - we are simply supporters who have stuck with the Swans through thick and thin. We are now enjoying the fruits of our loyalty. The reality is if, God forbid, we hit the slippery slope we experienced after Toshack we'll still be here. Will the moaners join us then? I doubt it!! And Philostraptor just for the record our 'group' got all that we wanted sitting together at a price we could afford. But like superduper79 says queuing for 12 hours is SHOCKING!!

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  • Hugodboss  |  January 31 2013, 5:41PM

    I am really concerned that Swansea City is fast becoming a 'Private Members Club'. What I mean by that is that (in my experience), unless you are a season ticket holder you cannot watch a home game, unless you are a season ticket holder you cannot watch an away game, unless you are a season ticket holder you cannot get a ticket for Wembley. The problem with getting a season ticket is you have to be able to que for one as well as have the up front finances. This is massively restrictive and a huge amount of swans supporters - supporters who used to go to the Vetch and witnessed the ups and downs over the years are unable to see their team. The Swans are fast becoming what Manchester United have been accused of, watched by the 'prawn sandwich' brigade. I feel that I have had to air my views here as I feel totally frustrated by the whole situation.

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  • odinhouse  |  January 31 2013, 3:50PM

    Well i wonder how many '' Tickets '' will be on SALE on some site ie E-BAY at inflated price's, ( Watch this space E-Bay ) and how many that have bought them will take some one with them that's never been to see the Swan's play...? i am just glad they ( Swan's ) are going to Wembley ,,,, But watch out as Cardiff may be up there as well next Season..? with the Swan's ..

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  • richie2803  |  January 31 2013, 3:34PM

    Thank you EP but WE GET IT!!! Swansea's football team are going to play a football match and obviously tickets are going to be on sale, along with flags, tee shirts, strips and any other overpriced items you care to mention. Give it a rest, you can scratch your ar*e but there is no need to tear it to shreds!!!!

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  • chelsea1955  |  January 31 2013, 2:14PM

    WELL DONE Superduper, maybe you could a place on the board instead fo the so call SUPPORTERS TRUST who are very quite over the wembley tickets (our voice on the board)

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