Hull break 14,000 barrier

The Kingston Communications Stadium is preparing to host the biggest crowd of the 2006 Play-Off Series.

Tickets sales of over 14,000 ensure the attendance on Friday evening (October 6th) is set to top last Friday's gate at Knowsley Road.

Home supporters have purchased over 12,000 tickets for the eagerly awaited clash and sales will continue until 5pm Thursday. Meanwhile across in West Yorkshire

Bulls' fans have snapped up 1,700 seats so far.

The fixture sees second place Hull FC take on current engage Super League and Carnegie World Club Champions, Bradford Bulls.

The prize for the winner is a place in the Grand Final at Old Trafford against table toppers and Challenge Cup holders St Helens.

Once again The Bulls are hitting their stride in the Play-off series and after impressive home wins over Salford City Reds and Warrington Wolves they will travel to East Yorkshire in buoyant mood.

After a superb run of form in the second half of the season Hull clinched second place and despite a narrow defeat against St Helens Peter Sharp will also be confident of progressing to the Theatre of Dreams.

Australian Sharp has been quick to praise the Black and White supporters who travelled to Knowsley Road in their hoards last week and out sang the home crowd from the first whistle to the last. Sharp is hoping for similar backing from the fans this Friday.

"They (the fans) are just superb aren't they," Sharp said. "Every week they impress me more, whenever I glanced over at Saints they were all singing and getting behind the boys, even after St Helens scored. We all want to repay their loyalty.

Bradford are doing well again in the Play-offs because they are a good side, it's as simple as that. They are well coached and are a big side physically, we must be aware of their threat. It's certainly exciting that's for sure."

Second rower Shayne McMenemy, says the FC camp are in great spirits: "There is a lot of desire and hunger in this team, this is a happy camp. We have worked towards this since last November we want to go one better and get to Old Trafford."

"There is a real belief that if we play like we did against St Helens then we are going to have a great chance of reaching the Grand Final."

"The Play-off games are so intense; the pace of the game at St Helens was one of the quickest I've ever experienced in my career. It all steps up a gear and you have to be ready to compete. Bradford are another fine team and the intensity of the game will be similar."

Supporters have until 5pm on Thursday to purchase tickets. NO tickets will be on sale on Friday.

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