Six Manchester City fans were all up for their match against Sunderland on Sunday - until they realised they had the wrong tickets.
Unbelievably, the fans had made their way to Piccadilly train station in Manchester to catch a train to London, ready for the match at Wembley that saw City win their first League Cup trophy in 38 years, with tickets for a league match between the two at the Etihad Stadium.
The original fixture had been postponed earlier on this season when extreme weather conditions left authorities no other option but to call the game off.
The group of friends only realised the blunder on their way to the Manchester train station, when one of the eagle eyed pals noticed that it didn't have the usual picture of the Capital One trophy on the ticket for the game, and read the date on the ticket to their horror.
When most people would give up hope and go home or to their nearest pub to watch the game, these hardcore supporters decided to make the journey down to London anyway, with four of the men being lucky enough to obtain the real Capital One Cup final tickets from fellow Manchester City fans, who sold them for face-value when hearing this story.
Two of the lads however, had to watch Vincent Kompany and his men lift the trophy - from a local curry house.
The person responsible for the catastrophe - Phil, was one of them.
Luckily for Phil, that was as bad as his day got as Manchester City rallied back from an early set back when Fabio Borini scored with 10 minutes gone to give Sunderland a 1-0 lead.
Spectacular goals from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri completed the turnaround, with Jesus Navas scoring a late third goal.
Andrew Herald who is a friend of the group spoke to Manchester Evening News and said: "He’d bought the tickets on the City website ages ago and put them all into envelopes for everyone. They hired a minibus to take them to Piccadilly and he handed them their envelopes.
“They opened them and one of them spotted that there was no picture of the cup on their ticket. He thought that was odd and looked a bit closer at the date. They saw that they were for the home match at the Etihad that got called off last month!
“They had all paid £70 for a train ticket so they decided to come down anyway and called me to see if I could get them any. I spoke to a tout but he was after £200.
“Fortunately four of them managed to get one from City fans who wouldn’t charge them more than face value but Phil and another lad ended up watching it in a curry house.”
Andrew added that Phil had continued to receive stick when he got back home for his error.
“He was very apologetic and buying everyone drinks,” he said. “He said he was in a rush when he got the tickets and didn’t check properly.”
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