IAN Evatt dedicated the thrilling play-off success over Birmingham to Seasiders fan Keith Griffiths.
The 76-year-old passed away during the first leg at Bloomfield Road, after suffering a heart attack.
Pool’s players wore black armbands last night as a mark of respect for Mr Griffiths and Evatt pointed to his as he celebrated the aggregate win.
“That victory was for Keith,” said Evatt.
“The lads were all very aware of what happened during the first game. “As we walked in at half-time in that Bloomfield Road match, Keith’s daughter told us her dad had passed away and she wanted us to win this tie for him.
“It has been on everybody’s minds since, and I think we showed the grit and determination for him on the night. That is what we are all about as a group of players and a club.”