Thousands of dedicated Leeds Rhinos fans are travelling across the Pennines to cheer their team on to Grand Final glory.
The Rhinos are preparing to take on Wigan Warriors in the Super League First Utility Grand Final at Old Trafford.
Dozens of buses carrying hordes of fans overwhelmed by a mixture of nervousness and excitement have set off from Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
Chrissie Ibbertson, of Meanwood, said she was wearing her lucky pants to cheer on the Rhinos.
She said: “I’m really excited. It’s a massive game and we want to win it. We can’t let Wigan win!”
Austin Bishop, of Kirkstall, said: “I feel nervous but excited. I’m a big Rhinos fan and we have a chance of doing the treble in the three legends’ last year which would be great, especially for Kevin Sinfield.
“We have the best team right now in the modern era.
“The atmosphere will be great, Old Trafford is a great stadium.”
David Thorp, of Seacroft, said: “I’m feeling nervous because we’re so close to the treble.
“I’ve been to all the Rhinos finals and this one is the biggest ever.”
Andy Haley, of Skipton, said: “It’s going to be a 50/50 match. It could go either way right down until the last second but I really want the legends to go out with a win. As long as all the lads give 100 per cent, that’s all we can ask.”
When they arrive in Manchester, a range of pop-up activities will be on offer to keep them entertained until the 6pm kick off.
There will be a Fans’ Village at Old Trafford, which will include inflatables, face painting and games with prizes for supporters who have made the trip.
The Rugby Football League announced on Tuesday that the match had officially sold out, with a record crowd of around 73,000 spectators in the stands.
Manchester will be packed with rugby-mad fans today, with more than 140,000 expected to be in the city, as England’s national rugby union team also prepares to do battle with Uruguay at Manchester City’s Eithad Stadium at 8pm.
A coveted treble is at stake should the Rhinos triumph in the final, following on from their Challenge Cup and League Leaders’ Shield accolades earned this season.
But win or lose, the occasion will be charged with emotion as stalwarts Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield and Kylie Leuluai will take to the field to play their last game in a Leeds jersey.
The trio will appear at the First Direct Arena tomorrow evening for the Heroes event to mark their retirement, as well as the club’s trophy successes in 2015.
It will feature a string of guests including Leeds’ featherweight boxer Josh Warrington.