WE’RE on our way to Wembley!
Thousands of delighted Pool fans were celebrating yesterday after snapping up the first tickets to watch Blackpool FC take on West Ham United in next Saturday’s play-off final.
More than 30,000 Seasiders supporters are expected to head down the M6 and turn Wembley tangerine in the hope of seeing Pool make an immediate return to the top flight.
Graham Going, 41, said: “It’s definitely worth queuing in the cold to get tickets.
“It’s great to be going back to Wembley and I think West Ham have underestimated us, they will be thinking they have won it already.”
And his 18-year-old son, Paul, added: “It would mean the world to be back in the Premier League, it really would.”
Fans donned Ian Holloway masks – supplied by Bispham business MyMask.co.uk – in a tribute to the manager, who has now led Pool to two Championship play-off finals in just three seasons.
Peter Nuttall, 68, from South Shore, posed in one of the masks with his coveted tickets after four hours of queuing and said: “It is fantastic to be going back and I definitely think we can put one over on West Ham because we play better football.”
Robert Scott, from Kirkham, was getting tickets with his wife, Joan, and said: “It was pretty good at Wembley last time and here’s hoping this is even better. It feels brilliant to have the tickets, it’s absolutely superb.”
The Seasiders defied the odds to beat favourites Cardiff City 3-2 in the 2010 play-off final and make it to the Premier League.
Brian Lisgo, 58, from Bispham, said: “It feels fantastic to have my tickets.
“I am on the way to the dream.
“It’s going to be a fantastic party day.
“The atmosphere was so emotional last time – I was crying because I never thought Blackpool would be in the Premier League.”
Friend Peter Bowley, from Layton, added: “I’m totally excited to be going to Wembley again, we queued for a few hours for tickets but it was worth it.”