“I COULDN’T be more proud if I tried.”
An emotional Ian Holloway was beaming with joy after his Seasiders team booked their place at Wembley and edged ever nearer the Promised Land of the Premier League.
And he called on the entire town to get behind the team as Wembley gets set to be turned Tangerine on Saturday, May 19.
After last night’s nerve-racking play-off win over Birmingham, the Seasiders will play West Ham in a winner-takes-all final.
“It was a wonderful night and our supporters were superb,” said Ollie, “it’s fantastic what this bunch of players have achieved.
“It’s great for the town that we’re going back to Wembley and I’m sure the people of Blackpool will support us like they always do.
“It’s going to be a tough game against West Ham, but you write my players off at your peril.
“We excel at proving people wrong.”
Goals from Stephen Dobbie and Matt Phillips either side of half-time gave Pool a 2-0 lead on the night before Birmingham scored twice to set up a nervy last 15 minutes.
But Pool held their slender advantage to the final whistle to set up amazing scenes at St Andrew’s.
Seasiders chairman Karl Oyston admitted: “It was nerve-racking and I was the most worried I’ve ever been, but it’s a great achievement by the manager and players.
“This is what the manager and players have striven for.
“Going to Wembley is a fantastic and I’m sure everyone in the town will want to be involved and support the team.”