Jubilant Fleetwood Town fans told of a “magical” night after the club booked a ticket to the League Two play-off final at Wembley by beating York City on aggregate.
After winning the first leg at York 1-0 thanks to Matty Blair’s goal, a nervy 0-0 draw saw Graham Alexander’s men set up a winner-takes-all showdown with either Burton or Southend on Bank Holiday Monday, with promotion to League One the prize.
And at the final whistle last night, joyous fans among the sell-out crowd of more than 5,000 invaded the pitch, with players embraced by proud supporters.
Eddie Holt, 91, of Pharos Street, Fleetwood, has been a Town fan for more than 80 years. He called it a “magical” night for the club.
He added: “I’ve been a fan since the 1930s. I’ve never seen anything like it before - it is absolutely delightful.
“It is a magical moment in the club’s history.”
Fellow fan Bill Cropper, 70, added: “I’ve been supporting the club for more than 10 years, long before the chairman Andy Pilley arrived. We played so well.
“I can’t believe I am going to Wembley - we were superb.”
Cod Army fan John Ball, 67, said: “It was very tense - we definitely did not want a 0-0 - we wanted a lot of goals and to put the game to bed quickly.
“But it did not work out like that. The manager brought on the right subs at the right time. I can’t wait for Wembley.”
Robert Whittaker, 76, of Toronto Avenue, Fleetwood, added: “We have never seen anything like that before. Thank you Mr Pilley for all you have done.
“It got so tense but the team came good, It must be the proudest moment in the club’s history.”
Bob Danson, 66, of Preesall, added: “I’ve been to every single game this season, home and away. It is my proudest moment as a fan. It was such a good team they were playing tonight. You can’t credit the players and manager enough.
“I’m definitely going to Wembley.”
David Bradford, 67, of Blackburn, visited the game with daughter Natalia, a former press officer with the club.
He added: “I thought Fleetwood didn’t turn up first half, but they were fantastic in the second half - they were probably playing for a draw anyway.
“The first half was a bit of a disaster, but it was a damn good game. I’m certainly going to go to the final.”
The visit to Wembley is the club’s first since 1985, when they lost the FA Vase Final to Halesowen Town.
And proud Town chairman Andy Pilley said he couldn’t wait to take the club back to the home of English football.
He added: “I am over the moon. I am not sure I can believe it - it is every club’s dream to go to Wembley.
“It has been 30 years since we were last there.
“I am so proud of the manager, the players, the staff and the fans. What they have done is so special.”
Club president Jim Betmead added: “It is absolutely great - I am absolutely delighted. Credit to the manager, he did what he had to do.
“There were not a lot of chances. At 1-0 from the first leg the game could have gone either way.
“But I remember the club playing the likes of Bacup Borough in 1998, it has come so far.
“I have got to say thank Andy Pilley for what he has done. I do not think you can underestimate how much the club has improved in his time here.”
Ticket details for Fleetwood’s Wembley clash are expected to be announced in the coming days.