|Ref: Mr A Marriner
Brett Ormerod hit the victory-clincher to take Blackpool into the Premier League and complete an incredible story that the veteran striker himself had started with the winning goal in the 2001 Play-Off Final that took the Seasiders out of The Football League's bottom division.
Nine years later a Blackpool team that started the season as relegation favourites have won the richest match in club football, worth an estimated £90million, and next season they will step proudly into the top flight for the first time in 39 years.
Not for the first but certainly for the last time in an epic campaign, Ian Holloway's side were underdogs as they went into the Play-Off Final against a Cardiff team that had finished two places and six points ahead of themselves in the Championship table.
But in a pulsating match played in on-pitch temperatures that soared above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the Tangerines twice came from behind to write a very special piece of history for this famous old club.
They had to recover from a flying start by the Bluebirds, whose striker Michael Chopra sent a close range shot against the angle of post and bar from left winger Peter Whittingham's third minute cross.
The same combination then brought about the ninth minute opener, Chopra latching on to Whttingham's through-ball to guide a low 18 yard drive inside the far post.
It was a fine 21st goal of the campaign for Chopra, but Blackpool's riposte was an even better 13th minute equaliser as captain Charlie Adam took his season's tally to 19 with a superbly hit 25 yard free-kick that curled just inside the near post.
The Seasiders picked up the pace after levelling the scores and dominated for a long spell but without threatening a second goal.
Instead it was Cardiff who regained the lead and again Whittingham was the provider, his inch-perfect 37th minute pass sending midfielder Joe Ledley through to clip an angled shot past goalkeeper Matt Gilks and into the far corner of the net.
Once more, however, the Seasiders produced an immediate response. Striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher unluckily saw his 40th minute 20 yard shot hit the near post, but from a David Vaughan corner which quickly followed Taylor-Fletched this time forced a brave header into the net after central defender Ian Evatt's over-head shot had been stopped on the line by left back Mark Kennedy.
Having twice come from behind Blackpool got their noses in front in first half stoppage time, Ormerod bagging his fifth goal in eight outings with a low shot from beyond the far post when the ball broke to him following on-loan Everton right back Seamus Coleman's powerful run at the Bluebirds defence.
Understandably after a first half played at such a frenetic pace in super-hot conditions, the second period had a comparatively quiet opening.
But that changed as Cardiff went agonisingly close to drawing level in the 57th minute, right winger Chris Burke feeding the ball through for Chopra to drill a 15 yard shot against the top of the bar.
Four minutes later Blackpool midfielder Keith Southern drove a 20 yard effort just over the top, and then three minutes further on Cardiff substitute Kelvin Etuhu had a goalbound 12 yard shot turned for a corner by the diving David Marshall.
As the game went into its closing stages Blackpool began to sit deeper and Cardiff took the initiative, substitute Ross McCormack zipping a 77th minute shot into the side-netting and four minutes later central defender running through the Seasiders defence but shooting straight at Gilks.
The Blackpool keeper had to keep out a Ledley header in the first minute of stoppage time as the Bluebirds continued their pursuit of an equaliser, but that was the last scare for the Tangerines as the final whistle led to scenes of unmitigated joy amongst players, staff and supporters at the Blackpool end of a rocking Wembley Stadium.
Blackpool (4-3-3): Gilks; Coleman, Baptiste, Evatt, Crainey; Adam, Southern, Vaughan (Bannan 90); Campbell, Taylor-Fletcher (Burgess 53), Ormerod (Dobbie 61).
Substitutes not used: Rachubka, Clarke, Burgess, Euell, Edwards.
Cardiff City (4-4-2): Marshall; McNaughton (Gerrard 74), Hudson, Blake, Kennedy; Burke (McCormack 58), McPhail, Ledley, Whittingham; Bothroyd (Etuhu 15), Chopra.
Substitutes not used: Enckelman, Quinn, Capaldi, Wildig.