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Owls Given Hope By Blackpool

Owls Given Hope By Blackpool

Ian Holloway's Blackpool did the unthinkable yesterday in gaining promotion to the Premier League - and it gives hope to scores of clubs looking to reach the top flight.

The Tangerine Army saw off Cardiff City 3-2 at Wembley in the Championship Play-Off final yesterday to earn the right to host clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool next season at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool's promotion is arguably the most unexpected since the Premier League originated - even boss Ian Holloway and their supporters wouldn't have given promotion a second thought at the start of the campaign.

But they completed the fairy tale in scintillating fashion yesterday.

And in turn their promotion gave clubs throughout the Football League hope that they too could one day be playing amongst the elite.

It can certainly give Wednesdayites plenty of hope following the relegation to League One football next season.

Blackpool's wage budget was on a par, if slightly higher, than Wednesday's last season and it just goes to show that team spirit and the right manager at the helm can achieve the unthinkable.

In contrast to Blackpool's relatively low wage budget and transfer activity, big spenders such as Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City, and the so-called 'big' clubs like the Owls, Leeds United, Southampton etc. will remain in the Football League next season.

Blackpool's stay in the top flight may well only be brief (I'm not writing them off, but the odds will most certainly be against them), but their promotion will set them up for many years to come, and with the right management from the top they could well find themselves up there a little more often thanks to their latest success.

We may have suffered a season to forget last season, but Blackpool's success certainly raises that little bit of hope amongst football fans up and down the country - it's what the beautiful game's all about.

Well done, Blackpool.



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Writer:Nick
Date:Sunday May 23 2010
Time: 3:28PM

Comments

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blackpool have good players tho! and players with fight a team like that takes time to make and some money to spend!
Wednesdayforlife
23/05/2010 16:02:00
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Its the lack of money thats holding us back nothing else. A loan or a mortgage goes down each year as you pay it off month by month until after so many years its gone. Why after 15 years is our loan still is as big as it as always been ?
Handsworth Owl
23/05/2010 18:23:00
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where is bladesforlife or what ever his name. hes anoying on vital cardiff city i would rather you than the blades.
aderynglas
23/05/2010 20:16:00
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no im not annoying on cardiff vital just adding to many comments already posted on there by others inc owls fans..and yes i agree with the wendy boys 'you shouldn't be in the english leagues you sheep sh@gg3rs!!
bladesforlife1889
23/05/2010 21:40:00
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How does this give us hope? Completely different types of club. Blackpool are well run, well organised and play for the shirt aswell as having a quality manager. We don't have any of those.
Danigol_10_SWFC
24/05/2010 10:32:00
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no surprise that BFL is a racist idiot
robc
24/05/2010 10:44:00
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BFL is right they should stick to their own welsh league.
owlswfc
24/05/2010 11:38:00
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Why should they. They have a decent ground and support that is too big for the welsh league. I'd be happy to have an irish team in there as well. I agree with danigol why does this give us hope, i don't get it.
Radon Barrier
24/05/2010 12:35:00
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i don't understand why Cardiff can compete in the English leagues. why not let Celtic and Rangers in then and for that matter Real Madrid, Barcelona and whoever else? ultimately it is called the english league and should be represented by english clubs just like any other league around the world
Hirsty's Shinpads
24/05/2010 15:54:00
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BECAUSE IT IS NOT A ENGLISH LEAGUE!!! and barcelona is too far away.
aderynglas
24/05/2010 16:43:00
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