At the home of Fleetwood Town FC as they looked to clinch a place in the Blue Square Premier Division (Conference). Alfreton Town FC stood in their way in the play off final of the Blue Square North Division. Come on Cod Army!
It's been a brilliant effort all season by Fleetwood Town FC in the Blue Square North Division but at the end of the day they were just pipped for the title by rivals Southport largely due to Farsley Celtic folding. That resulted in the play offs. After losing 2-0 at Droylsden the second leg finished 3-1 to Fleetwood who progressed to the final on penalties. Their opponents were Alfreton Town FC and as Fleetwood had finished higher in the table they had home advantage.
The tie was was sold out days ago so we had a capacity crowd of 4,000 on a mild Spring afternoon. The Cod Army were out in numbers and they were in good voice. Fleetwood started well and took the lead on nine minutes after Gareth Seddon deflected a shot past the hapless Alfreton keeper. For the last twenty minutes of the half and the first fifteen after the break Alfreton were much the better side and deservedly equalised from the penalty spot.
Minutes later and Fleetwood grabbed the all important winner. A free kick was floated into the box, the keeper came but didn't deal with it and Fleetwood reacted first to score a dramatic second. Although Alfreton went close in added time Fleetwood hung on to earn the victory. After such a good season, few if any would begrudge them their well deserved promotion. Good luck to them next season in the Conference.
Good to see a few friendly faces at the back of the stand. Tally (left), Chris Debar and Barney Woolcock.
The pitch in fantastic condition at the end of the season
Fleetwood Cricket Club FC manager Kev.
The players emerge from the tunnel
Old Town Hall FC manager Mick Hutchinson emerges from the bar
The respective captains toss up
Best seats in the house
Fleetwood with the early pressure
It smelled as good as it looked
Gareth Seddon (9 – left) deflects the shot past the keeper to put Fleetwood ahead. 1-0
The Fleetwood subs celebrate
'Who are ya'
More pressure from the home side
The seating area
It's a sell out – every vantage point is taken
Danny Hurst (Half time)
Half time score: Fleetwood Town FC 1 – 0 Alfreton Town FC
Young Sporty proudly wearing his Blackpool hat mixing it with the Cod Army
The second half gets underway
It looks like the end of Seddon's involvement
Lee Thorpe comes on to replace him
Alfreton equalise from the spot – straight down the middle. 1-1
The away support goes wild
The keeper comes but flaps at it
….and Fleetwood take advantage to regain the lead. 2-1
The Cod Army celebrate
'Micky, Micky..give us a wave”
There's always one
'Five minutes added time?'…you must be joking
Nervy last few moments
There's always two – very patriotic – chemically enhanced
The codlings are under starters orders as they await the whistle
More heroics from the Fleetwood keeper in the dying moments
The final whistle finally goes – Fleetwood Town FC are promoted
Lee Thorpe collects his medal alongside son Lucas
The management team swig the champers
Nathan Pond (Hat)
He deserves it – Congratulations to everyone associated with Fleetwood Town FC
Final score : Fleetwood Town FC 2 – 1 Alfreton Town FC