Former Blackpool defender Ian Evatt has told the Blackpool Gazette that the promotion parade following their play-off final win was one of the best days of his life.
Ten years ago, Blackpool secured one of the most shocking promotions in recent times. They managed to sneak into 6th places in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs and go on to win at Wembley, beating Cardiff City 3-2 in the final. Blackpool would go on to a memorable season in the Premier League but they ended up being relegated right back into the Championship. They have not returned to the top tier since.
Evatt was part of that time and while he is doing well as the head coach of Barrow, he remembers that time as one of the best times in his life. What he remembers most of all is the celebration parade on Blackpool Promenade which was packed to the rafters to celebrate its promotion heroes.
Evatt said: “The parade back in Blackpool was another amazing day. I just remember the weather being red-hot once again.
“There wasn’t a yard or two’s gap the whole way down the Promenade. It was madness to see it right from the top.
“Travelling down to the Tower, it was just crazy to see the amount of people there. But it just showed you what kind of achievement it was and how proud everyone was of us.”
This is in comparison to the celebrations on the night, which Evatt revealed to be rather muted.
He added: “To be honest, we were all so tired, emotional and hot, and the whole day was just so draining that it wasn’t too rowdy.
“But a couple of days after we all went away on a stag do to Las Vegas and we had a great time.
“I can remember arriving, walking straight into a nightclub and seeing the whole Nottingham Forest team in there.
“I don’t think they were too pleased to see us but we made sure we let them know that we had won it … and that we beat them in the semis.”