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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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  1. Days to dream of

    FT: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    Blackpool celebrate

    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.

  2. Coming up on Monday...

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

    Hull celebrate winning the Championship play-off final

    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?

  3. 'Sheer determination and guts'

    FT: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    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."

  4. Post update

    FT: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

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

    Exeter have that sad feeling today.

    Pierce Sweeney
  5. Play-off kings

    FT: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

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  6. Bittersweet day for the Tangerine army

    FT: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    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.

  7. Blackpool delight

    FT: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    Blackpool lift the play-off trophy

    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.

  8. Post update

    FT: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

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

  9. Post update

    FT: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    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!

  10. More Blackpool reaction

    FT: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    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."

  11. Blackpool heroes on winning promotion

    FT: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    Brad Potts

    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."

  12. 'Just about the right result'

    FT: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    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.

    Blackpool celebrate
  13. Blackpool are up

    FT: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    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.

  14. BreakingBLACKPOOL ARE PROMOTED!

    FT: Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    Blackpool celebrate

    Blackpool are back in League One after one season away!

  15. FINAL 30 SECONDS

    Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

  16. CLOSE!

    Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

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

    Blackpool goal kick.

  17. Post update

    Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    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.

  18. Post update

    Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    Exeter fans

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

  19. Post update

    Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    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...

  20. Post update

    Blackpool 2-1 Exeter

    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!