Driff Tigers’ Wembley date

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Hundreds of people from the Driffield area are heading to Wembley to support Hull City against Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 17.

And that’s despite the cost of tickets being between £45 and £115, which is almost double what fans paid to watch the semi-final, also at Wembley.

Fans have branded Wembley prices as “extortionate” – and that includes £5 for a pint of beer and £9 for burger and chips outside the ground.

But chairman of the Official Hull City Supporters Club, Rich Beachell said people were prepared to pay the money.

He said: “You generally find that for an occasion like the FA Cup people will find the money because it is going to be a one-off occasion.

“Everything has fallen right for us this year, what with the draw and everything and that hardly ever happens.”

Mr Beachell, who is a farmer at Bainton, said he estimated there would be between 500 and 1,000 fans making the trip from the Driffield and Market Weighton areas.

And he said the success of Hull City in recent years was winning the support of local people over Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

He said: “My kids used to get teased at school for wearing Hull City shirts, but as they have grown up their friends have switched allegiances.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Hull City said he did not expect any tickets for the final to make it to general sale, because the allocation would be snapped up by season ticket holders and fans who attended the semi-final.

He was unable to say exactly how many season ticket holders there are from the Driffield area (with a postcode of YO25), but the figure is estimated to be in the hundreds.

Hull City fan Dave Rugg, 52, from Driffield, who has been a season ticket holder for almost 40 years, said: “Everybody I know who went to the semi is going to the final. We might never get there again. I never thought we’d get there in my lifetime.”

But he added: “Some of the prices are extortionate. At the semi it was £4.80 for a small bottle of Bud and £5.10 for a hot dog.

“The only thing I’ll be buying is a programme.”

The Driffield branch of the Hull City Supporters Club is attended by people from as far afield as Scarborough and Filey.

Mr Beachell added: “At the semi the police were fantastic. They were so low key and I hope they’re exactly the same for the final.”

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