FROM FA CUP HERO TO LONDON TOURIST!
MOST FA Cup shocks are celebrated with beer on the bus. Jon Stead decided to go to Parliament.
“I had my family down so I didn’t go back on the coach,” he says. “We had a meal, a ‘few’ drinks in the evening and then I spent Sunday doing the sights.
“So if anyone saw a slightly hungover, bleary-eyed bloke walking past Westminster and Buckingham Palace, that was me!
“I didn’t get recognised but I saw a few people with Chelsea shirts and scarves and it brought a smile to my face every time.”
A famous upset looked a mile off when goals from Gary Cahill and Ramires put Chelsea two-up, but Stead’s screamer hauled the Bantams back into the game before Filipe Morais rattled in an equaliser. Andy Halliday then struck a third before Mark Yeates wrapped things up in stoppage tme.
“To be honest, I thought we might have scored the equaliser a little bit early,” says Stead. “I was thinking ‘This is a long time to hang on for a replay’. But when we went 3-2 up I think everybody relaxed – we knew that even if they got one back we’d still take them back to Valley Parade.
“When Jose Mourinho came into the dressing room afterwards, I didn’t even realise he was there. I only noticed when I came out of the shower and I saw this guy going round shaking everybody’s hand – staff, players, the lot. He said congratulations, told us we had big balls and then walked out. It was pretty bizarre, but a touch of class.”
Bradford now face a home tie with either Sunderland or Fulham in round five and Stead is pleased to be back at Valley Parade.
“On the football side, it’ll be a good leveller because our pitch isn’t great,” he says. “But it’s also great for the fans.We sold out the tickets for Chelsea in about 24 hours so it’ll be great for all the people who watch us every week to come and see us in a Cup tie.”