Lowly Bradford defies odds with run to cup final

ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- At a time when financial disparity is soccer is widening and racism has blighted the game, England is reveling in a heart-warming story of one underdog's remarkable run.

Bradford has twice fought for its survival in the last decade and plummeted into the fourth division. It is known most by many people for a 1985 fire in its Valley Parade stadium that caused the deaths of 56 people.

Now it will play against Swansea in the League Cup final on Feb. 24 in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley and tens of millions more watching globally on television.

It's the first time in 51 years that a team from the lowest professional league has reached a major English final.