Nottingham Forest fan Hannah Tongue, 10, was at Wembley last week to report on the Coca-Cola Championship Play-Off Final for The Football League website, having won the trip as part of The Football League's Junior Reporter competition. Here is her fantastic match report and story of her special day out.


Blackpool v. Cardiff City
Saturday 21st May 2010

Attendance: 82,244

Blackpool's Premier League dream came true with a 3-2 win over Cardiff in The Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley.

Despite going behind twice, the Seasiders battled to victory with a goal from Brett Ormerod in first half injury time.

An early goal from Michael Chopra put Cardiff ahead. But Blackpool equalised with a fantastic free-kick from Charlie Adam. Cardiff's striker Jay Bothroyd was substituted because of an injury, but Cardiff continued to press forward.

Joe Ledley put City ahead again but shortly after the Tangerines equalised with a close range finish from Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

Ormerod's winner, a low shot inside the penalty area, meant Blackpool were heading to the top level of English football for the first time since 1971.

As the temperature hit 106 Fahrenheit pitch side, Blackpool soaked up some Cardiff pressure in the second half. But Cardiff could not find an equaliser.

Afterwards, the delighted Blackpool Manager, lan Holloway said, "l can't tell you how proud I am. They could not beat our spirit. I am feeling glad all over."

It is that fighting spirit they now need as they face the strongest test in the Premier League next season.

Man of the Match: Keith Southern (Blackpool)



ln the morning I met Andy Dodd, Marketing Executive of the Football League at Wembley. Andy looked after my family and I for the rest of the day and made sure we all had a wonderful time. Even at this early stage of the day, Wembley was buzzing with excitement from both sets of fans.

Before the match I went into each dressing room and saw all the players kits set out for them along with plenty of drinks that had been delivered too.

Later in the morning I was taken onto the pitch where I met The Chairman of The Football League Greg Clarke, who was looking forward to the match ahead. I had a presentation on the pitch with my certificate and had my picture taken.

I met a lot of people from Sky who all took time to talk to me about the different jobs they do to make the football coverage so successful. Bridget from Sky showed me around all the different Sky vans that transmit the football match and I learnt a lot of new facts. They even let me loose pressing a few buttons that changed the pictures on the screens! Today was the first football match being screened at Wembley in 3D so everyone seemed a little bit nervous hoping that everything would go to plan to make sure the 3D coverage was successful.

I had lunch with the rest of the media in the Media Lounge and also was very grateful to be given the opportunity to speak to Mark Clemmit of The Football League Show who spoke to me about how much involvement from various different people is needed before The Football League Show he fronts can go on air later on a Saturday evening.

I watched the game from the media section of the ground and was very interested to see the media busy writing their notes as the match was played out in scorching temperatures. The match proved to be a very exciting game with Blackpool eventually winning the game 3-2.

After the match I sat in the Press Conference area where both managers gave post match interviews. I was introduced to lan Holloway and was able to ask him a few questions of my own. He came up with some good answers.

Throughout the day I noticed that there were not any female reporters involved in this match. When I am older I would like to change this and become a reporter myself.

I had a very exciting time at Wembley and really enjoyed this very special day.

The Junior Reporter competition forms part of The Football League's 'Fans of the Future' campaign which aims to attract more young fans and families to watch live football and start a lifelong passion for the game.

Click here to find out more about the competition

The Football League - Junior Reporter Competition