Leeds United: FA Cup tie tickets bonanza for Whites

Leeds United are set to score with a huge financial bonanza as they prepare to welcome the mighty Arsenal to Elland Road.

Devoted fans were up with the lark yesterday as they vowed to turn their home ground into a fortress for next Wednesday's massive FA Cup replay clash with the Gunners.

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Whites' CEO Shaun Harvey said the match has once again put the club back on the world football radar after years in the wilderness.

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He told the YEP: "Financially the game is of benefit to the club, but much bigger than that is the international profile that it brings us.

"After a number of dark years, we were in a position last season where we gained worldwide exposure through our cup games against Liverpool, Manchester United, and Tottenham, and the games against Arsenal are of the same ilk. The benefit in terms of profile and exposure is immeasurable.

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"It's also great for the fans to be able to see games like this against opposition like this. We took 8,500 to Arsenal on Saturday – the biggest away support ever seen at the Emirates – and hopefully we will have a full house here for the replay."

Eager fans queued for hours in the rain yesterday to score their tickets for this latest FA Cup glamour tie following Saturday's tense 1-1 thriller in North London. Last season the Mighty Whites beat arch-enemies Manchester United 1-0 and dumped them out of the competition.

Aris Spink, 77, from Holbeck, a Leeds fan for 62 years, said: "I thought we were going to do it on Saturday but once we've got our home crowd behind us, I think we might get a 1-0 win."

Fans will be hoping for a repeat of the 1972 final at Wembley which saw Leeds triumph 1-0 over Arsenal to lift the trophy in the club's only triumph in the competition.

The replay will take place on Wednesday, Jan 19, kicking off at 8pm.

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