Cod Army’s date with destiny

Fleetwood Town fans are on their way to Wembley
Fleetwood Town fans are on their way to Wembley
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This is the day that Fleetwood Town fans have been waiting for.

Today, the club travels to Wembley where they find themselves 90 minutes away from promotion to the third tier of English football.

The whole town stands united behind the players who have given fans something to cheer about in recent years.

Since the club reformed in 1997, it has gone from strength to strength and has risen steadily up the divisions.

Victory over Burton Albion today in the play-off final would see the Cod Army promoted to League One – after just two years in their current division.

And today fans have been lining up to voice their support for a team that has done the town proud.

Social media has been flooded with messages of support.

Lisa Wainwright posted on Facebook: “Good luck you lads, you can do it. We will be making the journey to cheer you on.”

Phil Corris wrote: “Good luck boys, play well, put your chances away and it’s League One footy next season. Do us proud.”

Thousands of fans are expected to make the trip down to Wembley today, while many more will be watching on TV when the teams kick off at 3pm.

And with the Championship and League one play-off finals taking place over the last two days, a sense of anticipation has been building.

Yesterday, Jack Beane tweeted: “Seeing Wembley on TV getting me more and more excited for Monday.”

Craig McOmish, who runs the Beach Kiosk, has been selling Cod Army 99s in support of the team.

He approached the club about selling the red and white ice creams – in honour of the club’s strip colours – to get behind the players.

He said: “We are all behind the team. It’s a brilliant time for the town.”

Chairman Andy Pilley has won plenty of praise for guiding the club to victory,with back-to-back promotions since taking over in 2003.

He said: “To potentially be playing the likes of Preston North End and Sheffield United is exciting and shows the progress we have made in the last 10 years.

“But we are not going to be complacent – we have one more game to go.”