Silverware at home and abroad for Fleetwood Town and UAE sister club Fleetwood United

Fleetwood Town have found success abroad this season as their sister club Fleetwood United have won promotion from the UAE Third Division.

By Tom Sandells
Tuesday, 10th May 2022, 8:00 am
Fleetwood United celebrate their promotion.

Fleetwood United was launched in Dubai at the beginning of this season by Town owner Andy Pilley.

Pilley was interested in forming a club in the UAE, though the selection process for clubs to be accepted into the country’s league structure was difficult – 500 clubs applied and few spaces were available.

Fleetwood United were chosen and entered the UAE Third Division, a competition split into two.

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Owner Andy Pilley is celebrated by the Fleetwood United players on their promotion Picture: FLEETWOOD TOWN

They won eight of their 10 games to finish top on their side of the league.

The top two from both sides contested the play-offs, in which the Dubai Cods won both legs against Sport Support 2-1.

That has put them through to Friday’s grand final against Gulf United to determine the champions of the UAE Third Division, though both sides will be promoted.

Pilley went out to watch Fleetwood United in the play-offs, as did CEO Steve Curwood.

Closer to home, there was also some silverware for goalkeeper Alex Cairns, who was named the Cod Army’s community player of the year for 2021/22.

The award was given to the long-serving shot-stoppper for his work in the community, making visits and going the extra mile for Fleetwood Town’s Community Trust. The 29-year-old made 44 Town appearances this season.