The world turns tangerine for final

Harry Smart, eight, who will be watching the game from South West Florida, (below) Thomas Booker, 11, who'll be supporting the team in Australia and (bottom) Bernard Twitchett has lived in the Philippines for the last 10 years, but has returned to Blackpool for the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
Harry Smart, eight, who will be watching the game from South West Florida, (below) Thomas Booker, 11, who'll be supporting the team in Australia and (bottom) Bernard Twitchett has lived in the Philippines for the last 10 years, but has returned to Blackpool for the Championship play-off final at Wembley.
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WEMBLEY will not be the only place turning tangerine tomorrow – foreign fans are on a mission to spread the Seaside gospel across the world.

The whole planet is watching the game with fans staying up late and getting up early to see the Seasiders make their bid for a Premier League return – while one dedicated fan has jetted in from the Philippines.

Thomas Booker, 11, who'll be supporting the team in Australia

Thomas Booker, 11, who'll be supporting the team in Australia

Bernard Twitchett, who has lived just south of Manila for the past 10 years, landed on Wednesday and will be heading to Wembley with his family.

He said: “I’m a big Blackpool fan but I waited for the result to come through against Birmingham before I booked my flight.

“I couldn’t watch the game because we didn’t get it in the Philippines but my son sent me a text with the result at about 4am.

“My friends in the Philippines probably think I’m mad but fingers crossed we will be all smiles when Blackpool go up.”

Bernard Twitchett has lived in the Philippines for the last 10 years, but has returned to Blackpool for their Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Bernard Twitchett has lived in the Philippines for the last 10 years, but has returned to Blackpool for their Championship play-off final at Wembley.

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And two young fans will be doing their bit to turn different corners of the globe tangerine.

Watching from the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia, will be 11-year-old Thomas Booker, who only emigrated to Oz in January with his family.

Thomas, who used to attend Baines Endowed School, in Thornton, watched Pool book their Wembley place against Birmingham City last Wednesday before heading off to school – and will be staying up to watch tomorrow’s final.

His dad, John Booker, said: “Unfortunately we can’t come back for Wembley as we have only been here since January and it isn’t feasible. But Thomas is very excited and will be staying up late with family and friends to watch the game and hoping Blackpool do it.”

Another young fan who will not be in London tomorrow is eight-year-old Harry Smart, from Fleetwood.

The avid Blackpool fan, who attends Shakespeare School, is stuck in the States after his uncle, Tim Smart, from Poulton, scheduled his wedding on play-off final day.

But Harry’s dad, Andy, has convinced a bar in Fort Myers, South West Florida, to screen the game, and said: “We have found a little dusty Cuban sports bar which has promised to put the game on for us at 10am USA time.

“We are only here for a week but Harry has brought seven Blackpool shirts so he can wear one each day - he is on a mission to turn South West Florida tangerine!”

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