It’s quite unbelievable that I’m actually posting this blog post this evening to say that we are now in the Premier League.
This journey started 9 season ago when Steve McMahon took us up from League 2, that season Brett Ormerod scored 27 times, including the 4th in the 4-2 win over Leyton Orient. Today Brett completed the 3rd promotion taking us to the top flight with the winning goal against Cardiff.
After Macca we had a season of nothingness under Colin Hendry, we really stepped things up under Simon Grayson and with the perfect 10 and promotion. That season under Grayson he installed a new mentality in the club, a winning one and that was really was the changing point for us. Tony Parkes did a great job last season of keeping us up and bringing Charlie Adam and DJ Campbell to the club.
Then 1 year and one day ago, Ian Holloway came to the club. What that man has done it unbelievable, he changed the mentality of the club again, the formation, the way we went about playing football and the way he behaved. It’s all combined in today’s 3-2 win over Cardiff.
Although I couldn’t blog it, as soon as we beat Nottingham Forest I knew that we going to win today, regardless who we played Cardiff or Leicester we had the momentum and the belief. Even going one down to the Chopra goal it was never going to be a problem, they could have scored 6, we would have scored 7.
Charlie poped up with a great free kick, pretty much a perfect effort that absolutely flew in for his 19th goal of the season.
Joe Ledley scored a great goal to make it 2-1. Gary Taylor-Fletcher grabbed a scrappy header, and then Brett finished a neat move with a neat little finish.
The second half was a little nervy, but we managed to hold on and really should have grabbed a breakaway goal. The scenes at the final whistle was brillant as have the full match highlights I’ve just watched on Sky.
We now have the Premier League to look forward to this includes all the little extras including being on Match of The Day, full highlights on Football First, wide scale press coverage, TV coverage at every match, it’s just going to be on another level from what I’ve been used too.
Two last pictures before I get a shower and apply some aftersun to my burnt face , one of Ollie who now hold’s a legendary status on the Fylde coast and. one of me and my old man! An awesome day to end an awesome 9 seasons!