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Crawley Town fans snap up tickets for FA Cup tie

Old Trafford
Crawley will travel to Manchester United's Old Trafford ground for their historic FA Cup fifth round tie

Crawley Town fans are relishing their FA Cup fifth round tie away to Manchester United after getting their hands on tickets for the match.

Ron Parsons, who has been a fan since 1962, was the first to buy seats.

"Who'd have thought we'd be going to play the biggest club in the world in the FA Cup?" he told the BBC. "It's out of this world."

Ron had started queuing at the front of the line at quarter past seven on Friday morning ahead of the ticket office opening at 1 o'clock.

Crawley fans queueing
Reds fans queue outside the Broadfield Stadium for tickets

He bought seven tickets, and will be attending the match with his son, grandson, brother, nephew, and two friends.

"Despite the long wait and the freezing cold it was definitely worth it," he added.

"It's fantastic to get tickets."

Fans waited patiently in the Broadfield Stadium car park over the weekend until the club's initial allocation of almost 8,000 tickets were sold out.

Demand was so high the club had to ask Manchester United for an extra 1,200 seats.

Star striker Matt Tubbs, who scored the winning goal against Torquay to set up the tie, added: "It's great support for us.

"Not many people get to go and play at Old Trafford.

Crawley Town fan Ron Parsons
Ron Parsons gets his hands on the first tickets for Crawley's tie

"It'll be great for the fans to live the high life."

However supporter Paul Prendergast hopes the fans who have jumped on the FA Cup bandwagon continue supporting the club once their run in the competition comes to an end.

"It will galvanise interest but there's a lot of people who just want to go to Old Trafford," he said.

"We've got a lot of new supporters.

"They should be here every week. Let's hope some of them come back."

The non-league side also sold 300 season-tickets to supporters who wanted to be sure of a seat at Old Trafford.




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