A terminally ill mum whose last wish is to see Preston North End promoted has said she thought their semi-final win was a dream.
Linda Moon, 33, who has incurable cancer, was taken to hospital last week and missed the first two play-off games.
But determined Linda was able to watch the second half of Sunday’s match from her hospital bed, and has been inundated with support from players.
Linda, who has cancer of the bowel and blood, had tickets to last week’s games but was unable to go after being rushed to Royal Preston Hospital and then having more surgery.
She said: “I only watched half of the game.
“I got rushed to theatre in the morning and I got back to my bed and watched the second half.
I got rushed to theatre in the morning and I got back to my bed and watched the second halfLinda Moon
“It was an operation on my bowel – I started haemorrhaging and being sick, but now I’ve got 12 days to try to get right to get to Wembley.”
Linda is now recovering from her surgery in hospital and waiting for more tests.
She said: “Some of the lads came up after the game and then I thought ‘I need to sleep’.
“I woke up and I thought ‘Am I dreaming?’, but I wasn’t.
“I had tickets to Thursday and Sunday but I got Sky on the hospital TV. I was mortified I couldn’t go, but as long as they won, that was all that mattered.
“One of my friends had seen Kevin Davies and he was asking after me.”
Player Davies sent a tweet to Linda, which said: “That was for you, Linda, from all of us, hope today went okay for you.”
She was also sent a tweet by John Welsh, who said: “Thanks for the inspiration!”
Linda said: “It’s 12 days, the countdown is on.
“And my birthday is on May 28 – it will be a perfect birthday to get to Wembley and see us promoted.”