Stephen Dobbie hoping to make Welsh football history

Stephen Dobbie hopes he can help Swansea become the first Welsh side to arrive in the English Premier League by playing his part in back-to-back play-off triumphs.

The former Rangers youth striker will feature in English football's richest game for the second successive season when he lines up against Reading at Wembley today.

On-loan Dobbie was part of Blackpool's rollercoaster ride that took them to the Premier League last season, coming on as a second-half sub to feature in the comeback 3-2 win over Cardiff.

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The Scot returned to Swansea after failing to earn a permanent move to Lancashire but now, as a key member of Brendan Rodgers's squad, has his eyes on another Championship play-off final victory.

He said: "The day itself was pretty fantastic with Blackpool last year. Having had a full season at Swansea, I now understand what it means to the boys here.

"To become the first Welsh team in the Premier League would make history for the club."

He needs no extra motivation to claim another priceless strike.

Dobbie, contracted at Swansea until 2012, added: "The prize on offer is huge, it's obviously a big game money-wise for the club.

"To play in back-to-back finals at Wembley is the stuff dreams are really made of."