Football: Fans Prepare for Blackpool v West Ham Championship Playoff Final
; published on May 19, 2012 at 9:23 am
Fans from Blackpool and West Ham United are heading towards Wembley today for the English Championship Playoff Final between the two clubs.
The teams face off for a 90 minute decider to see which will make it back to the English Premier League – a goal believed to be worth somewhere in the £80-£100 million region to either club.
West Ham, who finished the Championship season in third place – missing out on automatic promotion by just two points – are clear favourites over Blackpool, who placed fifth in the table, but were able to overcome Birmingham, who were fourth, in the semi-final.
Ian Holloway, Blackpool coach, has taken his men to the Premier League before, however, though his opposite number, Sam Allardyce, of West Ham, also has much experience of reaching and remaining in the top flight of football, making this a fascinating encounter for fans and neutrals alike.
Blackpool v West Ham United will kick off at 15:00 BST on Saturday 19th May 2012.