Pilley so close to dreamland

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FLEETWOOD Town say they will be in dreamland if they make it to the Football League.

And though it is a long, hard road to attain such an ambitious goal, starting with tonight’s play-off semi-final first leg at an expectant Highbury against AFC Wimbledon, Fleetwood go into the match in a confident frame of mind, shrugging off any thoughts of the visitors being the favourites.

Fleetwood striker Gareth Seddon

Fleetwood striker Gareth Seddon

Fleetwood players, officials and management admit that they have exceeded expectations, but they are determined to give it their best shot and prove they are worthy of a place in the League for the first time in their history.

Proud chairman Andy Pilley said: “We are buzzing as a club, and there is real excitement and anticipation, and it is fantastic to be involved.

“In our heart of hearts, we didn’t think we would get in the play-offs.

“We don’t feel any great pressure in as much as we feel we have over-achieved in getting here.

“Of course, we will give it everything we have got and if we could sneak into the Football League, it is dream territory.”

Pilley was the driving force behind the £4.5million new East Stand that now dominates Highbury, and the Fleetwood chairman says it mirrors the club’s ambitions.

“It is a statement of intent – when you build a stand like that it signifies where you would like the club to be in future years – we want to get as high as we can.

“We don’t see any immediate ceilings.”

Pilley admitted that when he took the chair that getting anywhere remotely close to the Football League was ‘totally unrealistic’

“I wanted us to progress as far as we could, but never thought we would be this close to the Football League within seven years.

“We have had four promotions in the last six years – if we could make it five in seven years that is virtually unheard of in football.”