Fleetwood revel in the big time

Fleetwood Town v Torquay at Highbury.From left, Jackie Armstrong, Kieran Armstrong and Cheryl Blofeld.
Fleetwood Town v Torquay at Highbury.From left, Jackie Armstrong, Kieran Armstrong and Cheryl Blofeld.
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FLEETWOOD fans are loving life in the Football League.

That was the message from triumphant fans as crowds flocked into Highbury for Fleetwood Town’s match against Torquay United – their first-ever in league football.

A sun-drenched ground welcomed supporters who were in jubilant mood after last year’s stunning season.

For some, the promise of playing in the Football League had seemed a world away a few years ago.

Dick Gillingham, 64, from Fleetwood, has been part of the Cod Army for more than 50 years.

He said: “I remember coming down here as a boy with my dad, meeting him after he had done a hard day at the docks.

“Back then it was magical to me, but to see where we are now is just superb.

“I recall only a few years ago watching us play Prescot Cables – and look at us now, League football!”

For Michael Burke, 62, from Fleetwood, and his grandson Liam, 11, the sight of a red and white shirt with Football League badges on it’s sleeves was a historic day.

Michael said: “I’ve been coming since 1965 and this is my proudest moment – I’m pleased Liam could come with us to enjoy it, although he has had slightly less of a wait to see us playing league football than me!

“I’m very proud of where we are today, and I think we’ll be in the mix come the end of the season.”

Despite a goalless draw, Fleetwood’s legion of Cod Army fans went home happy, not just for a day out in the sun, but proud of a historic day for the club, with the hope of many more to come.

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