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Bradford book trip to Wembley

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

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BRADFORD City are set to net £1m after becoming the first fourth-tier football team to make it to the final of a major cup competition in England for more than 60 years.

They dumped struggling Premier League side Aston Villa out of the Capital One Cup at the semi-final stage on Tuesday night.

Leading 3-1 from the first leg, Bradford fell behind to a Christian Benteke goal scored in a first half dominated by Villa.

However, James Hanson sent a free header in from a corner in the second half to draw the match level on the night. Bradford then held onto their aggregate lead despite a late goal from Andreas Weimann.

Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson added that the money earned by the run to the final will secure the future of the club – as well as the place of his side in the history books.

"These lads will be remembered in the history of Bradford City for years to come," he said.

Rochdale were the last side to make it to the League Cup final from the fourth tier of English Football, having achieved that feat in 1962.

However, it has been a turbulent week for the Greater Manchester club as they sacked their manager John Coleman on Monday and then replaced him with Keith Hill the following day.

Hill is in his second spell in charge of the club having guided them to their highest finish in League One in 2011. However, he left the club to become boss of Barnsley.

Hill was then dismissed on December 29, with the Tykes struggling in the lower reaches of the Championship.

Speaking about his sudden return to Rochdale, a delighted Hill revealed: "When the club approached me about coming back to Spotland, I didn't hesitate."

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