PROMOTION fever swept through Fleetwood as long-awaited celebrations were finally able to take place –without the team kicking a ball.
A 2-2-draw between Wrexham and Grimsby meant Fleetwood Town became Blue Square Bet Premiership champions – despite the disappointment of Friday’s draw with Lincoln.
Thankfully, the champagne didn’t stay on ice long, and cheers soon rang out in the streets and pubs as the news sank in.
The Fylde coast now has two Football League sides for the first time in its history.
Red and white balloons hung proudly on homes close to Highbury and ecstatic fans celebrated the end of a glorious and historic season for the town.
Mick Beetson, 62, of Oxford Road in Fleetwood, said: “This is a fantastic day. I’d have loved it if we could have gone up through beating Lincoln but we’ve had such a great season it doesn’t matter.
“Andy Pilley and Micky Mellon have done a great job, this is brilliant for the town.”
More than 4,500 fans packed into Highbury on Friday night in the hope of seeing their side raise the Blue Square Bet Premier trophy, but a draw meant it was still mathematically possible for Wrexham to snatch the title.
All was forgiven as fans toasted their team on Saturday.
Stephen Hayton, 50, of Cambridge Road, said: “It feels awesome to have gone up.
“I’ve been a fan for a long time and followed them all over the country so I’m so excited to now be in the leagues.
“To me it doesn’t matter how we got there in the end, we’ve earned it.”
Daz Clarke, 45, of Homestead Way, added: “It’s unbelievable that we’ve done it, this is a historic day for Fleetwood.
“It is a dream come for the town, I’ve been following them since 1977 and never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d get here.”
Mark McAlpine, 36, of Broomfield Road said: “I’m thrilled they’ve made it, I was disappointed last night when we didn’t win but it doesn’t matter now.
“At the beginning of the season when we lost a few games I never imagined we’d be here.
“I can’t wait for next season, watch out Blackpool FC!”
Mike Townley, 43, of Broomfield said: “This will really put Fleetwood on the map, it’s fantastic.
“I feel ecstatic, it’s just a shame they couldn’t have done it on Friday with all the fans at Highbury to see it.”
Sam Bowker, 29, of Kingfisher Way said: “This will mean so much to all the Fleetwood fans.
“Promotion is all that matters, it doesn’t matter how we got there.”
Town will lift the trophy at their home game with Luton Town on April 28. Tickets are on sale at the club now.
Look out for our promotion supplement coming soon in The Gazette.