Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Queues from 2am as Boro Fans Gather for Tickets for Log Www. Tie Sees Middlesbrough Visiting Man City in Fourth Round of the FA Cup

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Queues from 2am as Boro Fans Gather for Tickets for Log Www. Tie Sees Middlesbrough Visiting Man City in Fourth Round of the FA Cup

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Byline: Laura Woodcock & Mike Brown news@gazettemedia.co.uk

For a video log on to www.gazettelive.co.uk THOUSANDS of dedicated Boro fans waited for hours at the Riverside to buy a ticket for the FA Cup clash with Premier League champions Manchester City.

The queue went from the ticket office at the West Stand side of the stadium right around to the East Stand, with most people in the line having turned up before tickets went on sale to season ticket-holders yesterday at 9.30am.

First in the queue was 19-year-old Elliott May, who arrived at 2am to gain his place at the front.

"I knew it was going to be busy, so wanted to get here early," said the sales assistant.

Aitor Karanka's men will head to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium for the game on Saturday, January 24.

Boro had been allocated 5,423 tickets, and the club confirmed that they would not be receiving another allocation.

Diane Schofield from New Marske was second in line. The South Stand season ticket-holder, who this Saturday will present the player of the month award after winning a competition, said: "I got here at 4am because I wanted to make sure we could get good seats.

"I do go to most away matches and think this will be a good game.

"There is no pressure on us, so we will enjoy the day and might just sneak a win."

Leonard Myers, from Berwick Hills, queued with his grandson Luke, 18, from around 10am - and he wasn't even getting a ticket.

After eventually walking away with four tickets at around 5.30pm, Leonard said: "My son Andrew and grandsons Luke and Keiran are going along, so I came down to help them out and get in the queue. They're Boro mad and go every week.

"It's been a great atmosphere here today, I just hope that everyone waiting got a ticket."

But getting hold of tickets was not so simple for some - with supporters getting in touch with The Gazette about difficulties they faced. …

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