HAROLD HASSALL, Town's new international, whose selection to play against Scotland had just been announced, was warmly applauded as he led Town out.
He beat Harry Johnston in the toss who with Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortensen, were to be teammates of his the week after, and set his side to attack the Dalton goal first.
A great crowd of 52,479 had assembled some time before the start of the game in which five of the men who would be playing at Wembley were taking part.
In fact, 15 minutes after the kick-off, crowds were still queueing to get into Leeds Road.
At the same time, a long line of traffic filled the main approaches to the ground.
Many of the people queueing - paddock turnstiles had been closed earlier - were unable to see Town's opening goal.
Town took the lead on six minutes after a superbly worked goal.
Jimmy Glazzard started the move with a pass to Eddie Boot who set Vic Metcalfe going.
The wingman got in a low centre which Ken Taylor met to turn the ball in from close range.
But for all the Town pressure Blackpool had the satisfaction of equalising after 13 minutes and this goal, too, was a splendid effort.
Brown pushed the ball up to Mortensen, who, quick as lightning, turned it to his right, Matthews swept it up and went on almost to the dead line before putting it back inside for the oncoming Mortensen to shoot hard into the Town net.
When Town took the initiative again, goalkeeper Farm had to dive to hold a long-distance shot from Taylor but his goal fell again the next time Town attacked.
A great pass by Taylor opened the way for Hassall to run on to the ball and shoot past the keeper from 18 yards on 22 minutes.
This was Blackpool's first defeat since they met Liverpool on Boxing Day and ended a run of 19 games without loss.
Town: Wheeler, Gallogly, Kelly, McGarry, McEvoy, Boot, Nightingale, Glazzard, Taylor, Hassall, Metcalfe.