Nothing compares to achieving promotion at Wembley.
That’s according to Blackpool hero Brett Ormerod and if anyone should know, it’s him.
The former striker experienced the exhilaration of play-off success in both 2001 and 2010 – and will forever go down in Blackpool folklore for the winner that clinched Premier League promotion.
Automatic promotion is always the main aim but, according to Ormerod, there’s no better feeling than doing it in front of a big crowd at the national stadium.
He said: “Blackpool always tend to turn up and put a performance in on the big occasion and hopefully they can repeat that on Sunday.
“I’ve always said getting automatically promoted is brilliant but if you can guarantee promotion through the play-offs, it’s the best way.
“At the start of the season you’d rather take the automatics because it guarantees you promotion but if you could pick a route, it would be to do it at Wembley. There’s no atmosphere to rival it, it’s fantastic.”
Ormerod walked out in front of more than 82,000 people when the Seasiders saw off Cardiff City 3-2 in the 2010 Championship play-off final.
Sunday’s crowd won’t be anywhere near that but it’s still something he believes both sets of players have to savour.
He added: “It’s fantastic to walk out there. It’s pretty much indescribable. Not every player gets the chance to play at Wembley so it’s something you’ve got to look forward to and savour, but not let it get too much of a distraction.
“If you asked every player in the squad I think they’d all say when they were young they dreamed of playing at Wembley.
“The first time we got to the play-off final it was at the Millennium Stadium, and when I played in the FA Cup final with Southampton that was at the Millennium while the old Wembley was redeveloped.
“That was my only fear at the time; that as good as the Millennium is and it’s a fantastic venue, I may have missed out of playing at Wembley.
“Fortunately I managed to go to Wembley four times after that.”