Monday, 24 May 2010

Blackpool tower over Cardiff

Saturday 22nd May, Blackpool beat Cardiff at Wembley in the final of the play-offs for the third club from the Championship to rise into the Premier League. Cardiff score early on, Blackpool equalise. Cardiff score another, Blackpool equalise, and then just before half time Blackpool score again to lead 3-2. And that was the final result in a heat wave with 106 degrees Fahrenheit at the pitchside. Reportedly the Blackpool squad were offered a 5 million pound bonus for a victory. An entertaining match, even in the second half when the pressure was on both teams to endure and succeed. Blackpool did. They had finished the season in 6th position, the lowest of the play-off teams.

The Blackpool manager, we were told regularly by the television people, is an amusing character. At the end of the match he said he was proud of his players and glad to have played a part in getting more money for them! Some people have no class. You are not supposed to mention the money, Mr Holloway!

So a touch of tangerine, and memories of Stanley Matthews to add to the Premier's 2010-2011 season, and a player to add to your Fantasy League team perhaps: Charlie Adam, mid-fielder, good at free-kicks.

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