In a dramatic final at Wembley this afternoon, Blackpool beat Cardiff City 3-2 to get the 3rd promotion spot from the CC Championship into the Premiership for next season.
Ian Holloway - great job in first season at Blackpool
All 5 goals came in a terrific first half of attacking football, and Cardiff were twice ahead before former Southampton forward Brett Ormerod gave Blackpool the lead for the first time, on the stroke of half time.
Although Cardiff City had chances in the second half, the central defense of Blackpool were in outstanding form, and Blackpool held onto their lead fairly comfortably.
Once again a team that finished in the bottom two playoff places in the Championship, has advanced to the Premiership League by winning the play-off final.
Burnley finished 5th last season in the Championship and then won the play-off spot by beating Sheffield United 1-0 at Wembley – but of course were then immediately relegated.
Newcastle-born Michael Chopra had a good game, and scored a great first goal for Cardiff City after 9 minutes, and hit the woodwork twice with great efforts.
But at the conclusion of the game, Michael was seen to be in tears sitting on the Wembley turf, as Cardiff failed again to make it into England’s top division.
Blackpool will no doubt now buy several players this summer, but they will also be odds-on favorites to be relegated in their first ever season in the Premiership.
But now to the important thing.
Can Newcastle now tempt Cardiff midfielder Joe Ledley to Tyneside?
Joe is available on a free transfer – and looks certain now to leave his home-town club this summer. We have to hope that Newcastle at least make a strong move for this very talented 23 year-old.
Howay The Lads!!