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Blackpool v West Ham

by Football Reporters 2011 - 2012

Championship Play Off Final

A victorious West Ham beat Blackpool at Wembley with a lucky late goal from Ricardo Vaz Te in the 88th minute, that was to break the hearts of the Tangerines.

After months and months of football, the long Championship journey that started last August for both West Ham and Blackpool, came to a climactic end with the highly anticipated Championship Play Off Final at Wembley Stadium, on Saturday, 19th May 2012. West Ham won an excess of at least £80 million and is granted promotion to the big time as they make their way into the Premier League to join football's elite. Considered a lottery by many, today's Play-Off produced some surprises.

The victory for the Hammers is the perfect finale after a turbulent season that has had as many highs as it has had lows. New manager, Sam Allardyce has faced a fair amount of criticism for the style of play he has implemented on his West Ham team, but surely a victory today and an instant bounce back to the Premiership for West Ham will make the Hammers faithful forgive Big Sam for the direct and long ball style that has been adopted by the Irons this season. West Ham have proved to be consistent for the majority of the season, however many fans were hoping that promotion would not have to be achieved this way and they of course would have preferred the more comfortable and less stressful route of automatic promotion. Check out just some of the happy Hammers below...

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