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Exeter City and Newport County offer warming antidote to football’s gaudy elite

Gary Bowyer, manager of Blackpool applauds as Paul Tisdale, manager of Exeter City looks on during the Sky Bet League Two Playoff Final between Blackpool and Exeter City at Wembley Stadium...

For Exeter City the 1-0 win over Newport was as sweet as they come and they are coming quite often at present. They stay top of League Two. For County, starting the game in second and unbeaten, the defeat was understandably frustrating after failing to make their domination of the first 35 minutes count. All it did in the end was add to Exeter’s satisfaction.

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Blackpool players celebrate after Luton's Stuart Moore scores an own goal and the third for Blackpool

Blackpool fans boycott League Two play-off final against Exeter’s jolly volunteers

The symbolism will hang heavily in the air at Wembley on Sunday afternoon. At one end of the ground, a sea of red and white will offer a perfect demonstration of the positives that can be achieved when supporters have a say in the running of their club. Facing the followers of Exeter City, however, the swaths of empty seats in the Blackpool section will tell a sorry story about what happens when football fans are pushed too far.

Gary Bowyer, manager of Blackpool applauds as Paul Tisdale, manager of Exeter City looks on during the Sky Bet League Two Playoff Final between Blackpool and Exeter City at Wembley Stadium...

Exeter City and Newport County offer warming antidote to football’s gaudy elite

For Exeter City the 1-0 win over Newport was as sweet as they come and they are coming quite often at present. They stay top of League Two. For County, starting the game in second and unbeaten, the defeat was understandably frustrating after failing to make their domination of the first 35 minutes count. All it did in the end was add to Exeter’s satisfaction.

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Gary Bowyer, manager of Blackpool applauds as Paul Tisdale, manager of Exeter City looks on during the Sky Bet League Two Playoff Final between Blackpool and Exeter City at Wembley Stadium...

Exeter City and Newport County offer warming antidote to football’s gaudy elite

For Exeter City the 1-0 win over Newport was as sweet as they come and they are coming quite often at present. They stay top of League Two. For County, starting the game in second and unbeaten, the defeat was understandably frustrating after failing to make their domination of the first 35 minutes count. All it did in the end was add to Exeter’s satisfaction.

Blackpool players celebrate after Luton's Stuart Moore scores an own goal and the third for Blackpool

Blackpool fans boycott League Two play-off final against Exeter’s jolly volunteers

The symbolism will hang heavily in the air at Wembley on Sunday afternoon. At one end of the ground, a sea of red and white will offer a perfect demonstration of the positives that can be achieved when supporters have a say in the running of their club. Facing the followers of Exeter City, however, the swaths of empty seats in the Blackpool section will tell a sorry story about what happens when football fans are pushed too far.