60,000 welcome Pool home

WELCOME to the all-new Tangerine Mile.

A 60,000-strong army of fans lined Blackpool's world famous Promenade to welcome home the triumphant Seasiders on their euphoric victory tour.

And boy were they Glad All Over.

Ian Holloway's Premier League stars (who will ever tire of hearing that) paraded their play-off final trophy and led the chanting as the town went Seasiders crazy.

Billed as "the biggest moment in the town's history" an open-top bus carrying the players and officials was lost amid a sea of tangerine which stretched as far as the eye could see.

Manager Ian Holloway told the fans at the mass party at the new Waterloo Headlands: "This is the most unbelievable moment of my life.

"I've jumped on the best ride of my life and I don't want to go home.

"No matter how much we were knocked down, the lads got themselves up.

At Wembley they went behind twice but that didn't matter. They have got us a chance in the Premier League."

And he pledged to continue to try to dazzle the fans with exciting football no matter what global icons like Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres have to throw at them.

"We are going to play a different way, we are going to attack the Premier League," he pledged. "We don't want to defend it, that's no good. We will try and play entertaining football."

A sense of joy, hope and expectation was clear as the team bus made it's way down the Prom.

Seasiders chairman Karl Oyston said: "It's obviously the best day in football for us so far.

"I'm going to have the busiest summer of everyone now trying to build a new stand, but it's well worth it.

"To see so many thousands of fans is incredible."

His father, club owner Owen Oyston added: "I have hardly slept for weeks.

"I wake up and think it's a dream. To be in the Premier League – incredible."