Back in 2007, Fleetwood Town fans were making trips to watch their side away at the likes of Radcliffe Borough and Prescot Cables, in the seventh tier of English football.
Fast forward 10 years, and they’re on the cusp of securing a place in next season’s Championship, and away trips to Carrow Road and Villa Park.
Uwe Rosler’s side might be lying a point outside the automatic promotion spots having played a game more than Bolton Wanderers.
But we reckon there’s plenty of reason to get on the Highbury Stadium outfit at odds of 12/5.
Play-offs are no problem for Town
The Fylde Coast outfit have found themselves in the play-offs three times in their history, all of those occasions in the last eight years. And while they did lose one Semi-Final, they won promotion on each of the other two occasions.
In fact, a number of the players involved in the club’s League Two play-off triumph back in 2014 – including Conor McLaughlin, Nathan Pond and David Ball – are still at Highbury. And that’s likely to prove an invaluable factor for them.
They have a super record against play-off pack
While Uwe Rosler’s charges have sometimes slipped up against the division’s lesser lights, their record against the other sides in the play-off pack is extremely impressive.
Fleetwood have won their most recent meeting with each of Scunthorpe United (2-0), Bradford City (2-1) and Millwall (1-0), as well as taking four points off seventh-placed Southend United.
With that in mind and a home tie in the second leg of any potential play-off tie looking extremely likely, there’d be every reason to back them in that scenario.
However, they may not need to rely on play-off heroics at all.
Fleetwood flourishing while Bolton are bottling it
While the Cod Army have chalked up nine points from their last four outings in League One, including an impressive victory at Peterborough United, their fellow North-West challengers are beginning to flounder.
The Trotters have scored just once in their last four games, and head into tonight’s clash against Bury on the back of two defeats – including a 1-0 loss at the hands of lowly Oldham Athletic.
If Bolton fail to beat the Shakers tonight, you can expect Fleetwood’s promotion odds to be cut.
And with their final two games coming against Gillingham (19th) and Port Vale (21st) respectively, they couldn’t wish for a much kinder pair of fixtures from which to pick up six points.
Next up for the Fleetwood club is that trip to face the Gills, with 11/10 for the visitors to inflict a sixth defeat in eight games on Ady Pennock’s men.
Meanwhile, it’s currently 12/5 for Rosler’s side to reach the promised land of the Championship – though that price could quickly shrink if results continue to go their way.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing