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Local club out in force at cup final

Manchester City's Yaya Toure (second right) is congratulated by his team mates after scoring the equalising goal during the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 2, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Manchester City's Yaya Toure (second right) is congratulated by his team mates after scoring the equalising goal during the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 2, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Final. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Eight Manchester City fans made the trip from Lurgan to Wembley to witness the boys in sky blue lift the league cup for the first time in 38 years.

Chairman of Gilford Manchester City Supporters Club Ian Uprichard told the ‘MAIL’ Sunday’s success made up for his last visit 
to Wembley.

The eight members of the club - Ian, his partner Barbara Webb, Stephen Woods and his wife, Jerome McAreavey and his two sons and Davy King - flew to London on Saturday morning for the big match 
against Sunderland.

Ian had been at Wembley to watch City beat Stoke in 2011 and was there again in 2013 when they were defeated by a last-minute goal by Wigan.

Best of all, Ian was at the Etihad Stadium when Man City clinched the league title at the expense of their Manchester rivals with a injury time Sergio Aguero goal against QPR.

Ian said: “I don’t think anything will ever better that, but it was a great day out on Sunday. We saw some amazing goals, including the Sunderland one which was well-worked goal.

“We were side-on for the Yaya Toure goal, around the 18-yard line. He shaped to hit it and the next thing we saw the net ripple. It was 
some goal.

“At that stage we’d been worried. Sunderland played really well in the first half and deserved to be 1-0 up.

“It was looking like Wigan all over again. The morning of the Wigan final we’d been putting on bets for 3-0, 4-0, 5-0 and so on. We ended up getting beat 1-0.

“We learnt you can’t take things for granted. Sunday’s win made up for the 
Wigan match.”

Ian added: “I usually go over to about eight games a year, but I’ve missed about three games this season because I got a hip replacement and wasn’t able to travel for three months.

“Man City are very good at making sure their overseas supporters get tickets.”

 

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