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Summary

  1. Blackpool promoted to League One
  2. Mark Cullen netted Blackpool's winner from close range
  3. Brad Potts scored in third minute for Blackpool
  4. David Wheeler equalised for Exeter before half-time

Live Reporting

By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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Days to dream of

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Love them or hate them, you can't deny play-off finals bring a healthy dose of drama, emotion and intensity - and this game was no exception.

It's cruel on Exeter. 49 league games culminate in no reward after a slog of a campaign.

For Blackpool, a summer of preparation lies ahead but tonight is for celebrating. Fans, players, managers and directors all have their moment.

Thrilling stuff.

It's not over for the English Football League, with the Championship final still to come tomorrow.

Until then, thanks for joining us. Have a great evening whoever you support.

Coming up on Monday...

Huddersfield Town v Reading (Monday, 15:00 BST)

Hull celebrate winning the Championship play-off final
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The football season is almost at an end, but there's still the small matter of the Championship play-off final to be settled.

Huddersfield and Reading will meet at Wembley for a place in the Premier League, and at least £170m in extra revenue over the next three years for the winners.

We'll be here from 11:00 BST tomorrow with all the build-up to the game, for a 15:00 BST kick-off.

Who will follow in Hull's footsteps from a year ago and reach the top flight?

'Sheer determination and guts'

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Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer told Sky Sports:

"We grew into the game, we were clinical in front of goal,"

"I can't stress how proud I am of this team. Sheer determination and guts.

"The start is what you dream of but we had to contend with how Exeter came back at us. What an unbelievable effort."

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Wembley is a place for winners, but there also has to be losers.

Exeter have that sad feeling today.

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Play-off kings

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5 - Blackpool have now won more play-off finals than any other Football League side. Pedigree.

5 - Blackpool have now won more play-off finals than any other Football League side. Pedigree.

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Bittersweet day for the Tangerine army

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There's no doubt this win will mean an awful lot to some genuinely huge Blackpool fans whose principles stood between them attending this final at Wembley.

It won't sour the joy of gaining promotion, but I'm sure there's disappointment among them that they felt unable to support their club in person on such a key day.

Blackpool delight

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Blackpool lift the play-off trophy
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Tom Aldred and Andy Taylor take the play-off final trophy in their hands and lift it aloft to the delight of the bouncing Seasiders on the gantry.

Tickertape flutters in the breeze... Blackpool have the silverware in their hands and are heading for League One next season.

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Regular skipper Andy Taylor missed this game with a hamstring injury but he's about to help lift that big cup...

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These players have just given their all over 90 minutes but you wouldn't know it as they stride gleefully up the many steps to the royal box and the gantry at Wembley.

Blackpool can see the silver before them... minutes keep them from clutching it!

More Blackpool reaction

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Blackpool midfielder Neil Danns told Sky Sports:

"I was confident we'd score again, Cullen the superhero.

"It was an absolute pleasure to be part of this team and this occasion."

Blackpool defender Tom Aldred told Sky Sports:

"I said before, when I joined this club it was clear to see there were problems.

"From the bottom of my heart I want to be there to take this club where it deserves to be."

Blackpool heroes on winning promotion

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Blackpool midfielder Brad Potts told Sky Sports:

"It's unbelievable, we set out this season to go straight back up.

"Its been tough, we've had ups and down but it's unbelievable.

"Gary's been great for the lads, set us up and been great all season."

Blackpool match-winner Mark Cullen told Sky Sports:

"It was brilliant to get the winner at Wembley.

"Everyone watching has been able to see what we're capable, winning at Wembley is the ultimate dream."

'Just about the right result'

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Steve Claridge

Ex-Leicester striker, BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

It's a deserved result, you've got to say.

I don't know quite what happened in either dressing room at half-time, but Blackpool came out absolutely fantastic from the get go.

They were second-best in the first half, but the second half was a wonderful performance.

Exeter didn't turn up, we didn't see the best of them, and this was just about the right result.

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Blackpool are up

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Amid all the turbulence off the field, Gary Bowyer has guided Blackpool back to the third tier with success against a brave Exeter side.

Goals from Brad Potts and Mark Cullen were enough, as Exeter's David Wheeler scored in vain.

Success against the odds for the Seasiders. Commiserations to Exeter.

BreakingBLACKPOOL ARE PROMOTED!

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Blackpool are back in League One after one season away!

FINAL 30 SECONDS

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CLOSE!

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Ollie Watkins could have levelled as he had a goal to aim at with his header... WIDE!

Blackpool goal kick.

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Boos for Bright Osayi-Samuel as he wastes a few seconds receiving treatment for cramp.

Jordan Flores gets a timewasting yellow card. Exeter get a free-kick.

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Exeter fans
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Agonising watching for those Exeter fans... no time for giving up yet. Remember those semi-finals!

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If Exeter do win this, they owe Christy Pym there! Great stop from Kyle Vassell whose shot was goal-bound.

Blackpool look teak solid as Exeter press again...

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Exeter's grip on the game is fingertips as we go into the final minute.

Bright Osayi-Samuel could have sealed it for Blackpool but dragged wide.

Five additional minutes to play!

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Sanctified: Has to be Cameron Jerome. Leading from the front for Norwich City and bullying the Boro defence the whole game.

Chris Osborn: Andy Thomson, Gillingham's hero in 2000 after the heartbreak of the Man City final in 1999 - best play-off final ever.

Sam Watson: My play-off hero? Daniel Nardiello for Barnsley, superb game against Swansea in 2006 in their own backyard at the Millenium Stadium.

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Blackpool's reduced group of supporters (plenty of big fans boycotting in protest at the club ownership) breathe a sigh of relief as Sam Slocombe gobbled up a corner.

Exeter just throwing a few digs at Blackpool now, mainly from distance as the defensive line is proving tight.

FIVE MINUTE WARNING

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Exactly. Time to step up, Exeter.

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Exeter unlikely to go long

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James Law

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The rain here at Wembley has abated and the jackets are off for both managers - they mean business.

With all six substitutions made, we know it's down to the 22 players on the hallowed turf to see their side through.

Don't expect Exeter to go long in desperation though, it's not really their style.

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Buccaneering run by Blackpool centre-back Will Ainson, who almost suffered a nosebleed as he ran out of ideas in Exeter territory.

Big intervention at the other end cuts out a cross for a corner. Phew. Lungbuster.

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Blackpool frustrate Exeter and then strike when they are out of position, with Bright Osayi-Samuel once again involved.

I am assuming he's had a dream where he curls a shot into top right corner to win it and is determined to see it come true. That's twice now he's skied one.

Meanwhile a flicker of danger for Blackpool keeper Sam Slocombe as the ball swings into the box and is headed just wide by the Grecians. Inside the final EIGHT minutes. Plus stoppages.

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Ryan Harley revs through the middle of the park (been waiting to use that one) and Exeter get the ball wide.

Reuben Reid is found in the box but his shot fizzles wide. Close but no cigar.

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Blackpool are using Bright Osayi-Samuel (can I get that on a hot-key please? It's time consuming to type...) as a major outlet on the right.

It's testing Exeter almost as much as my touchtyping skills.

Meanwhile, Lee Holmes swung a cross almost in from the left-hand side but just over the top. Goal kick for Blackpool and time ticks by.

SUBSTITUTION

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Mark Cullen
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Exeter not happy that Brad Potts is stretching when a throw-in is waiting to be taken.

Meanwhile, Blackpool's possible hero Mark Cullen gets a well earned break as Jordan Flores comes on.

Nah, he's not Spanish, he's from Wigan.

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Bright Osayi-Samuel just dances down the left hand side, albeit with sledgehammer power, before cutting back for Neil Danns who misses the chance to finish it off by smashing over the bar.

Exeter pour forward, Blackpool hit them on the break and win a corner...

Big 17 minutes to go.

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Winger Lee Holmes comes on for full-back Craig Woodman.

Exeter have been trying to thread the eye of the needle and Holmes' left foot will bring them a bit of quality.

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Lewis Edwards: Robert Zamora and Ricardo Vaz Te. Most important goals in my lifetime supporting West Ham.

Ian Fearn: Not many Wycombe fans will forget Dave Carroll's brace in 1994, won 4-2 against Preston from 2-1 down.

Russ Gardner: Got to be Alex Smithies, one of our own. Winning penalty 8-7 v Sheffield Utd in 2012... Would settle for same tomorrow #wagnerevolution

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Blackpool under siege on the back of the goal as Exeter press.

Lloyd James got a shot away from the edge of the box which was blocked, and subsequent attempts to get the ball wide floundered eventually as Ollie Watkins was called offside.

Cullen and Potts combine again

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Steve Claridge

Ex-Leicester striker, BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

It's a fantastic break from midfield, Potts has looked to do that time and time again.

He gets inside of the defender, shoots for goal, and there's a little deflection straight into Cullen's path.

Cullen does what all good centre forwards do, he controls the finish into the far corner.

Those two were instrumental in the first goal, and they were instrumental in the second goal.

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GOAL - Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

Mark Cullen

Mark Cullen
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Is that the goal that clinches it for Blackpool?! We've still got a while to go, but it's key.

Brad Potts was teed up for his goal by Mark Cullen, and returned the favour for the striker for Blackpool's second.

The ball forward was flicked down neatly by Kyle Vassell for Potts to latch onto, and his teasing ball across the six-yard box was nudged into the net by the stretching Cullen.

Big goal from the Ashington lad, Northumbria will be bouncing.

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Ian Black - formerly of Hearts - comes on for Jack Payne. Can he continue that quarterback-style passing from deep?

He was part of the Hearts side that beat fierce rivals Hibs 5-1 in the 2012 Scottish Cup final at Hampden.

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Up to the hour. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Who will it be?

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Katie McMillan: Paul Dickov and Nicky Weaver! Still get shivers watching that game 18 years later

Jonny Slater: Beckford once again. What a performance that was. 4-0 as well

Wayne Andrews: As a Luton Town fan, I have NO happy memories of play-offs, thank you

Rodney Marshall: John Frain's sublime, injury-time free-kick to take us (Northampton) past Jan Molby's Swansea.

I'm a Forest fan, Wayne. Know how you feel.

SUBSTITUTIONS

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Reuben Reid has come on for Joel Grant, as Exeter alter their attacking options.

There's a forced change as well, as defender Troy Brown departs and Pierce Sweeney enters the fray.

One change left for Paul Tisdale.

A special finish in store?

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James Law

BBC Sport at Wembley

Both managers have emerged for this second half sporting coats - yes, it's getting a bit chilly on that touchline.

This final still has the potential to be special, but was disrupted by regular injury stoppages before the break.

If the game starts to flow, I predict action.

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