Last Saturday night, the East End of London witnessed its biggest party since Peggy Mitchell screeched "The drinks are on the aaassse!"

As thousands of Fairy Liquid spheres floated across Wembley Stadium following West Ham's dramatic Play-Off Final win over Blackpool, bubbles of a different kind were being cracked open in the dressing room.

For Big Sam Allardyce it was vindication after months of sniping about his perceived playing style.

Funnily enough, when I spoke to my Hammers mates after the game, not one of them mentioned the manner in which they performed - in fact they barely got beyond "You *!@*&! Beauty!"

On the flip side, of course, Blackpool hearts were well and truly broken as the Tangerine dream turned sour.

On another day, Ian Holloway's men could have been out of sight but a combination of poor finishing and downright awful finishing cost them dearly.

Matty Phillips has been a revelation in the Championship this season and with the big boys sniffing around you suspect he may have played his last game for Blackpool.

The fact Blackpool did get themselves back into it after Carlton Cole had opened the scoring is a tribute to the never-say-die spirit Holloway has installed in the team.

Thomas Ince's second-half strike appeared to be taking the game into extra-time but Ricardo Vaz Te ensured there would be no fairytale ending when he breached the visitors' defence three minutes from the end, before pausing to lash home the winner.

Or as MC Hammer put it in 1990 smash Can't Touch This: "Break it down. Stop. Hammertime!"

Incidentally, that song also includes the following verse:

"My, my, my music hit me so hard,

"Makes me say 'Oh my Lord'

"Thank you for blessing me,

"With a mind to rhyme

"And two hype feet."

Sorry, did he say a mind to rhyme?

Vaz Te was christened 'Donkey' from Shrek by skipper Kevin Nolan for his dubious hairstyle, but of all Big Sam's January signings he's certainly proved to be the mule in the crown. Ahem.

Over on West Ham's Knees Up Mother Brown forum, 'Upton Girlie' summed up the delight of the Hammers fans. She (just about) wrote: "I an soz driunk. Ray Winstone with wad of fifties buying champagne for everyone in Bobby Moore suite.

"Bar girl says it's free. Ray buys Laurent Perrier rose for everyone instead. I love everyone and Sam Allarydice lifted me up and carried me and then kissed me and said we are going up. I love West Ham!"

And amidst all the tears there was even a small corner of happiness on Blackpool's A View From The Tower messageboard, courtesy of 'Super Kev', who wrote:

"Mr Ian Holloway, I've supported Blackpool for 20 years and I have never ever had such love for a manager that I have for you. I've never met you personally but if I did I'd shake your hand and probably try to give you a kiss.

"Ollie is the Bill Gates of Microsoft, the Steve Jobs of Apple and the Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook!!

That's how highly I rate him and his achievements so far!"

Blimey, imagine his reaction if Holloway had taken Blackpool up…

This coming weekend, the focus switches to the four clubs hoping to make it out of Leagues 1 and 2.

Sheffield United and Huddersfield are looking to rub noses with Blackburn, Bolton and Wolves next season. Throw in Leeds, Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham Forest and next term's Championship has a real top-drawer feel about it.

If anyone is planning to have a bet on the winner of the division, I've got two words for you. Good luck.

With Jordan Rhodes passing 40 goals for the season in the3-2 aggregate win over MK Dons in the semi-finals, Huddersfield probably just about start favourites after the Blades squeaked past Stevenage at the death.

It's too difficult to call but the sad fact is that one of these White Rose giants will undoubtedly end up with Yorkshire pudding on their face come Saturday teatime.

The following day, Cheltenham face Crewe for the right to play in League 1.

The two sides only finished sixth and seventh in League 2 but respectively disposed of Southend and Torquay in the semi-finals.

Both sides go into the final in a rich vein of form but I reckon whichever one gets to wear their customary red will definitely have the edge.

And finally, congratulations to York City, whose 2-1 defeat of Luton at Wembley ensured they will be back in The Football League next season after an absence of eight years.

When they departed in 2004, a fella called Eamon was at No. 1 with the cruelly poignant 'I Don't Want You Back'.

York fans' message to the one hit wonder after Sunday's triumph will surely be the same as the chart-topping hit that followed his. F.U.R.B.

Have a good weekend one and all.

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