Ricardo Vaz Te's 87th minute goal won the match and ensured the Hammers return to the Premiership after spending a season away. Afterwards, Sam Allardyce called Vaz Te the best ever signing he had made. The Hammers join Reading and Southampton as the promoted teams. For Ian Holloway and Blackpool their luck ran out in the playoffs.
Spare a thought for the irrepressible Holloway, the coach who drops eminently quotable quotes. He was this close to rejoining the top league. His most famous bon mot:
"To put it in gentleman's terms if you've been out for a night and you're looking for a young lady and you pull one, some weeks they're good looking and some weeks they're not the best. Our performance today would have been not the best looking bird but at least we got her in the taxi. She weren't the best looking lady we ended up taking home but she was very pleasant and very nice, so thanks very much, let's have a coffee" His reaction to Blackpool winning "ugly" against Chesterfield.
Here is his first press interview. It's a laugh riot.