Hundreds of Castleford Tigers fans lined the streets of the town centre this morning as the club’s team bus set off for Wembley.
Cas will take on Leeds Rhinos on Saturday in their first Challenge Cup final appearance since 1992.
The Tigers bus weaved its way through hundreds of fans on Wheldon Road and through the town centre.
Tigers fan David White, who was there to cheer on the team, said: “I am 64 and I feel like a six-year-old child at Christmas. It’s just amazing.
“For a club like us to be in the final when 18 months ago we were in the depths of despair is incredible.
“It means so much to the town. Just look at how many people are here - that tells you everything.
“But more than anything club chairman Jack Fulton and chief executive Steve Gill deserve all of this.”
Leanne Ellis, 33, was there to cheer the team on with her three-year-old son Cooper Winn.
She said: “I’ve been following Cas since I was three so it means so much and my son is Tigers mad which makes it even better.
“We don’t read stories to him at bed time - he always wants the club’s programmes reading to him. He’s so excited.”
See this week’s Express for a special eight page supplement previewing the final.