FROM FA CUP HERO TO LON­DON TOURIST!

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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.”

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