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Walsall at Wembley: Tickets go on general sale as excitement builds

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Excitement continues to build for Walsall's historic trip to Wembley as tickets went on general sale today.

The club has received an extra 5,000 seats after selling its initial 20,000 batch - and brought forward the sale date from Friday.

It comes as supporters have already been snapping up flags, t-shirts and foam hands as part of a range of special Wembley merchandise.

A selection of commemorative items which also includes t-shirts, scarves, mugs and hoodies have been produced ahead of Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

The Saddlers have seen a 'phenomenal' demand for tickets with fans have queued for hours and throughout the night to secure their seats.

More than 4,000 were sold in the first day alone, and the allocation could increase again, subject to demand.

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The date for general sale has been brought forward to help avoid fans wanting to get tickets for league games later in the week being caught up in ling queues.

Secretary Dan Mole said they were pleased with ticket sales. "We have had a really good response. It just shows how much it has attracted everyone's interest," he said.

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Remaining tickets for the Saddlers first trip to the national stadium, against Bristol City on March 22, are largely in the £20, £28 and £36 categories.

It comes as Wembley merchandise is also being snapped up by fans.

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Around 400 of each commemorative item have been produced, and around half has been sold.

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There has also been demand for the away kit which the team will be wearing on the day of the game.

The cost of the merchandise sees t-shirts from £8 for children and £10 for adults, £5 for foam hands, £9.50 for flags and £9.99 scarves.

Mr Mole said the club shop run by Emma Sutton has been inundated with shoppers.

"There has been a real surge, Emma has been swept off her feet since the stock came in," he said.

"It is to commemorate the fact this is the first time we have got to Wembley, it is such a massive achievement for the football club."

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