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Chairman of BES Utilities and Fleetwood Football Club Andy Pilley outside the new offices, which will create 40 new jobs when they open next month.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
15-8-2013

Chairman of BES Utilities and Fleetwood Football Club Andy Pilley outside the new offices, which will create 40 new jobs when they open next month. PIC BY ROB LOCK 15-8-2013

Just one match against York City stands between Fleetwood Town FC and a date at Wembley – the biggest in the club’s history.

And Town bosses are calling for folk in the port to get behind the team and act as an extra ‘twelfth man’ as the club plays its biggest ever match this week.

With town’s 1-0 win at York City on Monday, Highbury awaits a thrilling League Two play-off return this Friday at 7.45pm.

Up for grabs is an exciting Wembley final which could culminate in Town reaching League One for the first time in its history.

Club chairman Andy Pilley says the home crowd can make a massive difference and he is calling on them to roar his side to victory – and a huge day out in London.

Mr Pilley said: “It was a brilliant result on Monday but we still have a lot of work to do on Friday night – it’s just half time at the moment.

“We want the town to come out and act as our twelfth man, because this is the biggest game in our history

“On the night we are aiming for a party atmosphere, with lots of balloons.

“We want to make it a night to remember and for everyone to go home hoarse!”

But the chairman says tickets are selling fast and if people want to get their chance, they need to act quickly.

Mr Pilley says that fans from Cleveleys, Thornton and Poulton are now among their regular supporters, with Fleetwood fans actually making up 60 per cent of membership.

He added: “We are expecting a 5,000 plus sell-out and it’s a huge event for the Fylde coast.

“But it’s also important that Fleetwood people get their chance as well, to see what will be a massive game for the whole town.”

The first match was played on Monday, live on Sky TV, after horrendous rain caused the postponement of the match on Saturday.

Supporters believe a promotion for the club will help boost Fleetwood’s profile, increasing business in the town.

Fleetwood businessman and Cod Army fan, Steve Lynton, who runs the Granada Fish Bar on North Albert Street, said: “This is undoubtedly the club’s biggest game and if they reach Wembley, it will be massive for the town, with all the publicity.

“They will have deserved it, too, for all the hard work throughout the season.

“There are 28,000 people in Fleetwood, so I’m sure we can fill that 5,000 plus stadium.”

And Jim Parr, of Farmer Parrs Animal World, added: “I’ll be there! I think Fleetwood people will give brilliant support, too.

“It would be wonderful if Fleetwood could win promotion because Andy Pilley and the club have already given so much to Fleetwood.

“It creates a buzz about the place, provides jobs and excitement. Fleetwood Town fans will be cheering like mad this Friday!”

The club has confirmed that normal matchday prices will apply in all stands for the second leg tie against York City at Highbury.

Adult members pay £13 for terrace tickets, £9 for concessions and under 16s free, with adults tickets costing up to £16 for seats. For non-members, terrace tickets are £16, concessions are £11 and under 16s (but over eights) pay £8, while seating is up to £18 for adults.

Tickets are now on open sale and are available to purchase in person at Highbury, over the telephone by calling (01253) 775080 or online.

 

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