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Birmingham City fans get ready for Wembley cup final
Daryl (L) and Paul
Daryl (L) and Paul are on their way to Wembley

Birmingham City fans started queuing at 6.30am on a cold blustery Monday morning to be amongst the first to get their tickets for Wembley.

Blues play Arsenal in the Carling Cup Final there on Sunday, 27 February.

Gold member season ticket holders could get their tickets for the big game on Monday, 7 February.

The club has been allocated nearly 31,500 tickets which then go on sale to different groups of supporters over the following days.

Ticket tales

First in the queue at St Andrews were Daryl and Paul, both lifelong Blues fans who follow Birmingham City at home and away.

Daryl was first to the office and clutching his ticket said he was "ecstatic".

Janet (L) and Rosie
Janet (L) and Rosie are lifelong fans

"I can't believe I've got one in my hand to be fair, right behind the goal, the seat I wanted," he said.
"It's fantastic," added Paul. "It's been a great achievement, even better if we can go there and bring the trophy back. There's no reason why we can't, we've got to be positive.

"It's going to be great for the city, great for the club and fans."

Heading for Wembley

Eighteen year old Sean, who'd also been queuing at the ground from early morning, said it was fantastic for the club.

He said: "I'm excited now that we've finally got our hands on the tickets after weeks of planning and booking hotels...it's all a bit unreal now to be honest."

Lifelong Blues fans, Janet and her mum Rosie, were also braving the blustery winds to be amongst the first to get their Wembley tickets.

For Janet, ticket in hand, it still hadn't sunk in.

"Finally got my hands on the ticket. I can't wait to go, it's just still a dream," she said.

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