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http://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/Article.aspx/583233

 

FOURTEEN thousand Aberdeen fans are getting ready to rock Hampden tomorrow.

 

A fleet of 95 buses, scores of cars, trains and even a convoy of stretch limos have been commandeered by the Red Army to take them to the Scottish Cup semi-final clash with Queen of the South.

 

It’s the biggest exodus of Dons fans to Glasgow since the 2000 cup final against Rangers.

 

Dons boss Jimmy Calderwood said: “It’s brilliant so many fans are making the effort to back us.

 

“Seeing Hampden a sea of red and white will inspire the team.

 

“The atmosphere is going to be fabulous.

 

“We aim to reward their backing by making sure they are back at Hampden again at the end of May for the final.â€

 

The Dons had sold 13,700 tickets before the office at Pittodrie opened today. The remaining tickets are only on sale until 3.30pm and fans are reminded none will be available at Hampden.

 

The fans’ cup fever meant brisk business for the majority of the North-east’s bus hire companies.

 

A spokesman for First Aberdeen coach hire said; “We have only had seven coaches available and they’ve all been booked.

 

“Fans have also already been on asking to book coaches to go to the final!â€

 

First Scotrail have not organised any specials, but warned customers intending going to Glasgow tomorrow to arrive early.

 

Fans have also hired every available stretch limousine to take them to the big match in style.

 

Veronica Cook, of Aberdeen-based Hollywood Cars, said: “We could have hired out 20 stretch limos if we had them.

 

“The interest has been incredible.â€

 

Queen of the South have sold around 9,000 tickets for the game, which kicks off at 12.15pm.

 

FANS travelling by road to Hampden have been warned to leave early.

 

Roadworks on Dundee’s Kingsway will cause serious disruption.

 

Dons fans are advised to park within Polmadie playing fields, Polmadie Road, near to Hampden. They will be charged a small fee.

 

Come on ewe reds!

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