FC Halifax Town fans queued up from 5.30am to get tickets for Sunday’s play-off final - the club’s biggest game since it reformed in 2008.
The Shaymen travel to Brackley for the Blue Square North play-off final, and sold out their 1,000 ticket allocation on Thursday morning.
Tickets went on general sale at 10am yesterday and were sold out 20 minutes later.
Among the lucky fans to get their hands on a ticket was Vicky Allanson, 22, a student from Lightcliffe, who queued up from 8.30am. She said: “The ticket is for my brother’s 23rd birthday present. He drives up from London for Town games.”
Daniel Mitchell, 20, a student from Barkisland, said: “I got a train down from Newcastle at 5am to be here but it was worth it. I think it’ll be a close game but hopefully we’ll do it.”
Steve Parker, 58, a retired builder from Southowram, said: “I’ve been supporting Town for more than 50 years so I had to get a ticket. I think we’ll win, I really fancy our chances.”
Mick Gligorovic, 57, a retired bank employee from Copley, said: “I’m very relieved to get my ticket. After the performance against Guiseley in the semi-final, I’m really confident we can do it.”
Dave Holcroft, 38, a taxi driver from Savile Park, said: “I got here at 8.15am but it’s definitely worth it. I’m confident we’ll win. I think it’ll be 2-1 to Town.”
If they win, FC Halifax will return to the Conference Premier, five years after the old club folded due to financial problems.
Leader of Calderdale Council, Coun Tim Swift said: “I’m delighted that FC Halifax Town have progressed to the play-off final, and I’m sure everyone in Calderdale will be wishing the team the best of luck in achieving promotion.”
Halifax MP Linda Riordan said: “It would be fantastic for the team and the town to see Conference Football at the Shay once more. The team has had a great season and deserve to win on Sunday.”