THE FA Cup tie the whole Fylde coast has been dreaming of since the third round draw was made ten days ago is now a reality.
Non-league high flyers Fleetwood Town will welcome Championship neighbours Blackpool to Highbury, probably on Saturday January 7, after seeing off Yeovil 2-0 in last night’s unforgettable replay in Somerset.
Town, who needed two goals in the final eight minutes to earn a second crack at the Glovers, were dominant in the rematch to seal their second League One scalp of this seasons’ competition following a first-round defeat of Wycombe.
Fleetwood’s phenomenal achievement came courtesy of Jamie McGuire’s first-half strike and a 15th goal of the season from Jamie Vardy in stoppage time at the end.
Both sides had a defender sent off for two bookings, with Town’s loss of skipper Steve McNulty causing late anxiety before Vardy’s match-clincher, but manager Micky Mellon was soon able to celebrate a historic win, which sees his club through to round three for the first time ever.
Mellon said: “With the opportunity of a tie against Blackpool it was important that we gave everything and I’m absolutely delighted.
“I can’t tell you how pleased I am for the chairman. It was a really emotional moment when he turned to me at the end and said, ‘Thank you’. That was special.
“We knew that we didn’t see the real Fleetwood (in the first game), with the wind and the conditions. I knew we could pass the ball better and at times our football was quite fantastic. We wanted to represent non-league properly because a lot of non-league clubs play good football and we did that.
“It will be a very special event to look forward to in the new year, but before then we have to get back to the league.
“I’m going to be a bit of a killjoy manager and say the league is our bread and butter but I wanted to deliver this victory for my chairman, my fans and for the people of Fleetwood.”