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BRAD ALL OVER; Brave City set for Wembley.

Blackpool 0, Bradford 3

(Bradford win 3-2 on agg)

Chris Kamara's battling Bradford booked the club's first trip to Wembley last night.

The City manager masterminded this gutsy triumph and led the wild celebrations at the end.

The pumped-up Yorkshiremen simply blew Blackpool apart from the first minute onwards to turn round the two-goal advantage the Seasiders had gained in the West Riding.

Mark Stallard should have had a penalty when he was brought down by Dave Linighan, and both Carl Shutt and Des Hamilton might have scored as they flooded forward.

Veteran Shutt finally broke the deadlock in the 39th minute when he took a Graham Mitchell knock-down and volleyed home from close range.

Shutt had two good chances at the start of the second half but he headed one over and then chipped wide when he was in the clear.

But City drew level in the 68th minute when Andy Kiwomya ran along the by-line and cut the ball back for Hamilton to shoot home.

Blackpool could hardly believe it. They had been outplayed but they hit the bar through Tony Ellis and then Andy Preece lobbed on to the woodwork in an exciting finish. But City were not to be denied.

With twelve minutes left Shutt tangled with keeper Eric Nixon as they went for a cross. The ball broke for Stallard and he scrambled it in.

On this form City should be able to win at Wembley and get back to the First Division.

Kamara's drive and passion must make them favourites to beat Notts County.

A hoarse Kamara said: "In the end it could have been four or five. I'm chuffed to bits. This is the best night of my career.

"Everything was stacked against us but we knew we would win it. We've made Wembley and done it in style."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Nixon, Alan
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 16, 1996
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