PREMIER LEAGUE sensation Jon Stead will be Town's No1 fan at the Millennium Stadium pledging: "I wouldn't miss this final for the world."
The 21-year-old linked up with Peter Jackson's squad today as they left for a `chill-out' break at a secret location in Lancashire.
He missed the McAlpine decider against Lincoln because of Blackburn's Player of the Year awards, but stayed in touch with events by text messages from his girlfriend!
"I'm absolutely delighted for the lads, I really am, because I went through every emotion with them," said Stead, who netted 18 goals in 31 matches before his £1.3m move to Ewood Park in January.
"I was getting funny looks all through our awards night because my phone kept going off, and I was gutted when those two Lincoln goals went in so close together.
"My girlfriend rang me about the penalty and when Danny scored I just went `yes, get in their Dan' and everyone around me just laughed.
"They knew Town must have scored and, when the result came through, it was just brilliant. I was bloody delighted."
Even though he is desperate for a break after helping Town, saving Blackburn from relegation and earning England Under 21 honours, Stead did not book his holidays until June because he wanted to be clear for the play-off final on Monday, May 31 (3pm).
"I wouldn't miss it for the world, I can't wait for the game to come around and it would be fantastic to for us to go up," added Stead.
"It really would be the perfect ending to an unbelievable season for me, and the lads really do deserve to go up.
"Everyone has worked so hard at the McAlpine this season and promotion would put the cap on it all, not just for the supporters but especially for the gaffer, Taff and all the players."
Town will have to beat Keith Curle's Mansfield to go up following their aggregate 3-3 draw with Northampton last night and a 5-4 success in the penalty shoot-out.
Jackson - whose build-up starts in earnest on Monday - watched and said: "It was tense stuff and very close between two very good sides.
"Northampton will be very, very disappointed to go out on penalties, but whoever we played it was always going to be a terrific match in the final. I've a lot of respect for both managers and I'm looking forward to doing battle with Keith Curle and his side down in Cardiff."
Club owner Ken Davy confirmed Town have had no official approach from Leeds United about Jackson, who is a rumoured target for the current Elland Road board.
"I'm not aware of an approach," said Mr Davy. "Peter has a year of his Town contract to run and it's common knowledge we are very much hoping to extend that for a significantly longer period and look forward to doing so."
Ticket sales for Cardiff start tomorrow (8am to 6pm) for season ticket holders and Blue and White Foundation members. It's the same hours on Sunday, when ticket-stub holders from Wednesday can also buy seats. The club Superstore will also be open both days.