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Elland Road
  Leeds United v Bradford City
Carling Cup 1st Round
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011, 7.45pm
Jamie Larsson

(Bradford City fan)

I was really looking forward to going to this game. I am a massive Bradford City fan but this was to be the first time for me that I would witness my team play against our biggest rivals Leeds United.

My father and me set off to the game at about 5:45pm for a 7:45 kick off. We were arrived at Elland Road just before 7pm, after a good journey across Bradford and onto the M62. We parked in a private car park around a five minute walk away from the stadium at a price of 3. We were surrounded by Leeds fans on the way up to the ground but there were no problems and we had decided not to show colours.  We didn't go to a pub before the game and headed straight into the stadium. There were plenty of police outside the away turnstiles. Inside we had time for some refreshments from one of the smartest kiosks I have ever seen at a football ground.

As we went inside the stadium to our seats, I got my first view of the stadium which I thought was spectacular (Bradford had been given the South Stand behind one goal and the "cheese wedge" South East corner).

The stadium began to fill gradually and despite it being Leeds United's lowest crowd of the season there was plenty of Bradford Fans who were making all the noise. Leeds look the more dangerous team in the first half, but despite this Bradford took the lead after 30 mins and I have never seen a goal by city celebrated like it. The atmosphere was brilliant and the best I have ever been in. There were no Leeds fans near us as they were towards the other end of the stadium but a few near by were ejected from the ground for winding up the city fans. I was sat on the lower tier of the stand and my view was poor in the first half as Bradford were attacking toward to other end which seemed miles away.

At half time City were winning. But it didn't last long with Leeds equalising early in the second half. A wonder strike from Michael Flynn for Bradford made it 2-1 to the visitors and a few fans were thrown out for running onto the pitch in celebration. This resulted in a small army of stewards being assembled in front of the Bradford fans to prevent repetition. Unfortunately, they had nothing to worry about as the next two goals came from Leeds and they ran out 3-2 winners.

At the final whistle the City fans applauded our teams efforts and we made our way to the exits and to my surprise we were let out straight away. We returned to the car and we didn't encounter any trouble on the way. We got out of the car park relatively quickly and we were back on our way back to Bradford in no time at all.

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Elland Road, apart from the result which was a shame. I'll look forward to visiting again someday.

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