Gary Bowyer admits it would have been great to have more fans at Wembley
Less than 6,000 supporters made the trip from Lancashire for a rare glory day in a period of despair following relegation from the Premier League.
Goals from Brad Potts and Mark Cullen may have addressed their slump, but the most dramatic of protests against chairman Karl Oyston means this play-off final victory will be forgotten in a hurry.
A quarter of Wembley was completely empty, with Blackpool taking considerably less than the 30,000 taken in 2012 in a message to their much-maligned supremo that was loud and clear.
“What can be done? I can’t answer it,” said Bowyer, on what should have been a day of absolute celebration. “All I can affect is day to day coaching. I will be going to the chairman for new players, that’s my criteria.
“It is a shame. It would have been great to have more here. But I can’t control it. I think my mum will still think I’m mad for taking this job!”
Blackpool’s main strength has been their ability to ignore off the field matters and do the business on the pitch.
Despite the desperately sparse look to their section of Wembley, they took the lead with just two minutes and nine seconds on the clock.
It was Potts who sidefooted home superbly to score goal No13 of the season after being set up by a delightful flick by Cullen.
Mark Cullen scored the winner for Blackpool at Wembley
Exeter were deservedly level five minutes before the break as David Wheeler scored his 21st of an impressive campaign, coolly lobbing home after a quickly taken Craig Woodman free-kick had set up the chance.
But Blackpool turned things around in a much-improved second half showing with Cullen, the hat-trick in the semi-final against Luton, scoring from close range after clever play by Potts.
Exeter, who were bottom of League Two in November, could not respond as Blackpool sealed a fifth play-off triumph, the most in English football.
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David Wheeler scored for Exeter but it wasn't enough for his side
“I’m very proud of the players and the season we had,” said Grecians boss Paul Tisdale. “We will regret the result but should be pleased with what we have done.
“This club is in the healthiest state I’ve ever seen it.”
Blackpool (5-3-2): Slocombe; Mellor, Aimson, Aldred (Osayi-Samuel 30), Robertson, Daniel; Payne (Black 62), Danns, Potts; Cullen (Flores 75), Vassell.
Exeter City (4-4-2): Pym, Stacey, Brown (Sweeney 58), Moore-Taylor, Woodman (Holmes 71); Wheeler, Taylor, James, Harley; Grant (Reid 58), Watkins.