By Daniel Lynch
Season ticket sales have seen a massive boost after Bradford City AFC’s promotion to League One.
And fans from across West Yorkshire have been rushing to buy next season’s kit – with more shirts sold in two days than in two months following last season’s launch.
The club’s return to the third tier of English league football – following a six season spell in League Two – has been hailed a great achievement for the city.
Luke Sherry, assistant manager of the club shop, said to meet demand the launch of next season’s shirt was brought forward because last season’s kit had completely sold out before the final.
“The launch exceeded expectations, it was crazy,” he said.
Mick Lamb, Bradford City ticket office manager, said that 2013/14 season tickets had been selling steadily since last December but there had been an increase since Saturday’s 3-0 triumph over Northampton at Wembley.
Bradford City Council have been meeting today to discuss plans for a public event to celebrate the team’s success, with details expected to be released later today.
The West Yorkshire club already boasts the largest crowds in League Two with an average attendance of 10,322 last season. A similar attendance rate next season would see them among the top five most watched teams in League One.
Lifelong fan, Ben Cunliffe, 22, who is a current season ticket holder and witnessed Saturday’s victory said: “It’s the best thing to happen to the club in 13 years and it’s done wonders for West Yorkshire.”
He is expecting to see even larger attendances for the League One campaign next season and said: “It was great to see so many new supporters from all backgrounds at the game on Saturday, it’s really united the community.”
And Mr Cunliffe hopes the growing support will continue next season and that club attendances will swell further.
He added: “Because the fans can relate to the players we can really get behind the team and show our support.”