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Johnstone?s Paint Trophy set to smash records

4 February 2013

The Johnstone's Paint Trophy is on the brink of a record-breaking feat as the four remaining clubs target an unforgettable Final appearance at Wembley.

With ticket salves proving extremely popular, Coventry City's home Northern Area Final first leg with Crewe Alexandra at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday is on course to attract a 30,000-plus attendance.

That has raised hopes that the tie could set a tournament record for the biggest 'non-Final' attendance in the competition's history.

The current record currently stands at 29,901 for the Southern Area Semi-Final between Southampton and Milton Keynes Dons at St Mary's in 2010.

Coventry have sold out the home allocation for the first leg and the club's ticket office manager Dan Walker admitted everyone at the club was delighted with the way in which fans have embraced the big game.

"We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket for the JPT tie," he said.

"We couldn't have asked for a better response from the supporters and this really is their night."

On the same evening that Coventry host Crewe, Leyton Orient and Southend United will meet at the Matchroom Stadium in the first leg of the Southern Area Final.

Johnstone's Paint brand and sponsorship manager Ben Wilde believes the deciding rounds of the tournament will provide a fitting finale to what has been another unforgettable campaign for the competition.

"There has been a real buzz around the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this season and there have been some excellent games throughout," Ben said.

"The fact there is every chance the game between Coventry and Crewe will be a new record demonstrates just how excited fans are about the prospect of reaching Wembley.

"With the huge success of the Paint Pot Challenge as well, this truly has been a memorable season for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy."

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