THIS DEVASTATED youngster mirrored the feelings of thousands of Blackpool fans at Wembley.
Dressed in his tangerine shirt, scarf and jester’s hat, Curtis Bell, eight, from South Shore, painted a picture of sadness as he contemplates another season in The Championship.
Almost 30,000 supporters made the trip to the national stadium on Saturday, but left heartbroken as the Seasiders lost 2-1 to West Ham United.
But after being caught on camera by a photographer from The Gazette, Curtis, a St Nicholas’ Primary School pupil, has spoken of his feelings which prompted his Wembley sulk.
He said: “I was very sad we had lost but I was happy that I had gone because it was a great day.
“It was a good game but sometimes you have to lose and I’m still proud of them for getting that far.
“It was the first time I had been to Wembley and I thought the stadium was so huge, it was brilliant.”
“But even now, a couple of days after the game, I still feel the same.”
Curtis travelled to the game with a party of ten including his dad Nick, his older brother Lewis and their three uncles and four cousins.
Like thousands of others travelling from the Fylde coast, the family set off early and made a day of it by spending time in London, before suffering the heartache of defeat.
Curtis added: “The start of the match was great and I enjoyed it a lot. I enjoyed the second half even more and thought we were to go on and win it until West Ham scored.”
Mr Bell said: “I thought it was a shame because it wasn’t the right result and didn’t reflect how they played.
“I enjoyed my day out, though. It was absolutely fantastic and the team put on a really good display for all the fans.”
Curtis now hopes his hero Ian Holloway remains in charge to take Blackpool back in to the Premier League.
He added: “I think we might get back up through the play-offs. And once we are promoted we will stay up because I like Ollie and think he is a great manager.”