Lakes soccer fan makes 730-miles round trip - to see his teams lose twice!

Steve Wray and his wife Julie

Steve Wray and his wife Julie

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A DIEHARD football fan drove 730 miles up and down the country last weekend to watch his two beloved teams – only to see both lose.

Life-long Bradford City supporter Steve Wray, of Troutbeck, was born and bred in the Yorkshire city and is also a boyhood fan of Scottish Third Division side Berwick Rangers.

The 50-year-old took to the road with wife Julie, 51, late Friday evening, for a three-hour drive to the border to watch Berwick fall 3-1 to Glasgow Rangers on Saturday.

But Bradford City’s unexpected journey to the Capital One Cup final was an ‘unmissable match’ – so the couple made a mad six-hour dash to Wembley early Sunday morning. The League One team were put to the sword 5-0 by Premiership outfit Swansea.

Steve, who works for the Lake District National Park Authority, said: “When the Scottish league fixtures were announced we immediately looked for Glasgow Rangers and got tickets. But after Bradford went on this incredible run we knew that it couldn’t be missed.

“It was quite an experience to see two different matches in two different stadiums in the space of 24 hours.”

It was the first time Bradford had reached a major final since 1911 – but Swansea’s passing game on the hallowed Wembley turf proved a step too far for the Yorkshire side, who beat three Premiership teams on the way to their date with destiny.

“It’s a shame they couldn’t win but the experience was absolutely fantastic. Wembley is a magnificent stadium, it was great to watch my home town team play there.”

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8:18am Thu 28 Feb 13

Kendmoor says...

Cool story bro!
Cool story bro! Kendmoor
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8:40am Thu 28 Feb 13

onelocal says...

But hardly news. Some pretty hot investigative journalism to unearth this one.
But hardly news. Some pretty hot investigative journalism to unearth this one. onelocal
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5:22pm Thu 28 Feb 13

zaney5 says...

Yawn
Yawn zaney5
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6:51pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Waste of petrol - they are paying him too much at the National Park, I think.
Waste of petrol - they are paying him too much at the National Park, I think. Milkbutnosugarplease
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7:24pm Thu 28 Feb 13

MacG says...

Well done Mr Wray - from your old buddy Mr Gadd!! Miserable G!ts above probably support Man U!!
Well done Mr Wray - from your old buddy Mr Gadd!! Miserable G!ts above probably support Man U!! MacG
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7:41pm Fri 1 Mar 13

Headingley says...

As another exiled Bradfordian I also was at Wembley.Interestingl
y I also support Berwick from a distance because many years ago they purchased the old Midland Road stand from Valley Parade & reinstalled it at their ground.
As another exiled Bradfordian I also was at Wembley.Interestingl y I also support Berwick from a distance because many years ago they purchased the old Midland Road stand from Valley Parade & reinstalled it at their ground. Headingley
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9:57pm Mon 4 Mar 13

theoutsider says...

Mr Wray !...Mr Allen here wondered where you had disappeared to ?..great day for the City only problem ?..the team forgot to turn up !, embarrassing really but it was unbelievable and historic to see Bradford City in a national cup final !. Remembering some great Saturdays on the VP terraces back in the 80's-90's...we used to have a right laugh. Thought I caught a glimpse of you at Morecombe last season ?..so it was you !. We'll have to catch up some time. Keep smiling and see you at Wembley in May !..all the best fella Ray & Phil A...whats all this Berwick nonsense ?...team to follow there are the Bandits Speedway team by the way !
Mr Wray !...Mr Allen here wondered where you had disappeared to ?..great day for the City only problem ?..the team forgot to turn up !, embarrassing really but it was unbelievable and historic to see Bradford City in a national cup final !. Remembering some great Saturdays on the VP terraces back in the 80's-90's...we used to have a right laugh. Thought I caught a glimpse of you at Morecombe last season ?..so it was you !. We'll have to catch up some time. Keep smiling and see you at Wembley in May !..all the best fella Ray & Phil A...whats all this Berwick nonsense ?...team to follow there are the Bandits Speedway team by the way ! theoutsider
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