THOUSANDS of Pool fans are preparing to cheer their team all the way to Wembley.
Hundreds of excited supporters queued for more than an hour outside Bloomfield Road yesterday to secure their semi-final tickets as play-off fever swept across the Fylde coast.
Blackpool FC take on Birmingham City on home turf on Friday night before heading to St Andrews next Wednesday, and David Akhurst will be cheering his beloved Tangerines on at both games.
The 65-year-old season ticket holder snapped up home and away tickets and said: “We’ve got nothing to lose in the play-offs.
“If you had told me two years ago I would have said the same thing - but it’s going to be a bit more difficult this time because more is expected of us.
“There’s every chance we can do it – with Ollie on board there’s is nothing which can’t be achieved.”
When Pool reached the play-off final two years ago, 73-year-old season ticket holder David Smith, from Standish, spent eight-and-a-half hours queuing for Wembley tickets – and he is hoping to do the same again next week.
He said: “I’m optimistic and if we do win we will be going to Wembley.
“I’m prepared to wait for another eight hours.”
Bloomfield Road is expected to be a sell-out for Friday night’s clash, with more than 2,000 fans set to head off down the M6 to watch the second-leg.
And those who cannot make the away trip are preparing to pack the town’s pubs to see if the Tangerines make it to Wembley.
Graham Thornley, 63, from St Annes, queued for an hour for his home tickets and said: “I’m always excited when I come to Bloomfield Road – I think it will be 2-1 Blackpool on Friday and 2-1 Blackpool in Birmingham.
“It’s hard to get tickets for the away leg, though, so I think I will be watching it in the pub.”
And Jessica Ashworth, 22, from Warton, who queued up with her mum Fiona, added: “We’ve got a good feeling – we were at Wembley last time and the time before and we’re definitely hoping to go again.”