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Boro’s Gibson eyes up Wembley double at York

YORK City defender Ben Gibson is targeting double Wembley glory during his loan spell from Middlesbrough.

The Minstermen host play-off rivals Gateshead tonight in the Blue Square Premier before visiting Grimsby Town on Saturday in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy.

The Minstermen are currently fourth in the table, six points clear of Gateshead who are eighth, with this season’s play-off final being staged at Wembley.

Gibson, who made his debut against Stockport County last weekend, said: “Playing at Wembley would appeal to any footballer. That’s always your dream growing up and we’ve got two opportunities to go there.”

Still only 19, Gibson made his Championship debut for Boro last season but spent the first four months of this season on loan with League Two strugglers Plymouth Argyle.

“Plymouth were in administration when I was there so they had a limited squad,” he commented. “The squad here is bigger, more experienced and talented although Plymouth are sorting that out now.

“I know being fairly local to York that the club is a bit of a sleeping giant. They are definitely a Football League club who shouldn’t be in non-League football. Hopefully, if we go on a good run of results, we will be able to sort that out.”

Bradford City have reduced admission price to just £1 for Saturday’s vital home game against Hereford as they desperately try to steer clear of the League Two relegation zone.

Joint-chairman Julian Rhodes hopes the drastic cut in ticket cost will help encourage a bumper crowd at Valley Parade for when the visitors – just four points below them – arrive.

A similar deal saw City entice a crowd of 15,332 for their 3-2 win over Stockport this time last year.

“We need to have every advantage we possibly can and one of those is to get as many people in as possible,” said Rhodes.

Fans must buy their £1 tickets in advance before midday on Saturday.

 

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