Tangerinecath rides again 😀 (I am in the middle of the shot, waving the chequered flag)
It was with some surprise and a large dollop of delight that I found myself at the new Wembley Stadium this afternoon – after all it has been a good 3 years since I last saw Blackpool FC in the flesh due to pregnancy, birth and ensuing skintness. The League One Play-off Final was far too good a game to miss though so I persuaded my Mum to come and babysit Little’un (she didn’t need to be asked twice) so that The Yorkshireman, Sibling 3 and I could spend a day travelling to and from London in the persisting rain.
And yes, rain it did. Solidly. All day. But were we downhearted? No! Blackpool emerged victorious after an easy win over a fairly hapless Yeovil so the rain ceased to be an issue.
Apologies, as video recorders go, my camera makes a great doorstop so the quality of the films is shocking, but hopefully you’ll get an idea of what it is like at Wembley now.
The new Wembley Stadium is a fantastic place but lacks the soul of the old stadium. In the delapidation of the old Twin Towers you knew you were at Wembley whereas in the new stadium you could be anywhere. The walk up Wembley Way toward the stadium is impressive but without the twin towers framing the view it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi.
We were very high up in the cheapish seats (not being willing to pay more than £38 a person) and had a great view of the pitch although binoculars may have been needed had we been much further away. The atmosphere was fantastic, when the crowd sang it reverberated around the stadium and you couldn’t fail but be caught up in the moment. Even The Yorkshireman, whose loyalties lie elsewhere, seemed slightly pleased that the right team won on the day.
The Blackpool end after the trophy presentation:
The Yeovil end after the trophy presentation:
Unless many £££’s are spent then the chances are we will be back in League One for the 2008-2009 season but we had some fun getting into the Championship and hopefully we’ll have more fun once the new season starts. We get to play our local and fiercely despised rivals Preston North End in this league. Which will be nice. I think Lancashire Constabulary will be less than pleased though.
Many thanks to my Mum for making the day possible in more ways than one, and to The Yorkshireman who is responsible for the better quality photos taken on the day, some of which I have blatantly stolen for this post.