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Blackpool : Club Background
Football in Blackpool dates back to 1877, but the first two attempts to form a club ended with first disbandment and secondly factional dispute. Out of this second failure the Blackpool F.C. we have today was formed at a meeting in the Stanley Arms Hotel on the 26th of July, 1887.

From 1888 the club became founder members of the Lancashire League, winning the Championship in 1893-94. In 1896-97 they applied to join the Football League and were accepted. Although losing their place in 1899 they were re-elected after one season back in the Lancashire League in 1900, and have sustained their Football League status ever since although needing the help of the chairmen's votes on a few occasions. They also moved into Bloomfield Road in 1899.

Yeovil fans at Bloomfield Road, 2000
Those were the days! How Non-league.......er, Seria A!
This terrace has since gone.
Photo 2000 Ciderspace

It is easy to forget that for substantial parts of their history Blackpool were one of the powers of the land in football. Although never capturing the Division One title they were runners-up 1955-56. They were in the top flight from 1930-33, 1937-67 and 1970-71. They can also boast one of the most famous players of all time, Stanley Matthews, bought from Stoke City for 11,000, and winning the F.A. Cup in the 'Matthews Final' in 1953. Their two other Final appearances, in 1948 and 1951, ended in defeat.

After their last brief foray in Division One Blackpool were a solid enough Division Two side for the rest of the decade until 1978-79. It had been a hard winter with many postponements but seaside Blackpool had escaped and completed their fixtures early. Although it was a tight table Blackpool looked comfortably safe in mid-table and went off for an end-of-season tour in the United States. It was there they learnt every single result over the last days of the season was going against them. When in the very last game played Orient beat Cardiff City at Ninian Park to avoid the third relegation spot Blackpool were relegated to Division Three for the first time in their history. The team broke up and, as other clubs were to find, the appointment of Alan Ball as manager a couple of seasons later was not a wise move. He stayed long enough to take them down to Division Four. By 1983 they were seeking re-election.

Although this was perhaps the club's lowest point their recovery has only been partial. For the last twenty-five years they have bobbed about in the bottom two divisions. High points were promotion from Division Four as runners-up in 1984-85 and from then Division Three through the play-offs, defeating Leyton Orient at the Millennium Stadium, in 2000-01; low points relegation in 1989-90 and 1999-2000. They have had success in the LDV Vans Trophy in recent seasons, winning the competition in both 2002 and 2004.

Before the 2005-06 season the Glovers and Seasiders had met only once. In the 2000-01 season the clubs were drawn in the Second Round of the F.A. Cup. The tie at Bloomfield Road was switched to a Sunday for live coverage on Sky Sports. If the cameras had not been there we've no doubt the match would have been postponed, conditions where that bad. As it turned out the travelling fans were particularly pleased it went ahead as Nick Crittenden twinkled through the puddles to score the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time.

Nick Crittenden scores the winner in the F.A. Cup
Nick Crittenden scores the goal that took Yeovil through to Round Three.
Photo 2000 Ciderspace

Blackpool changed their manager again in 2005-06, Colin Hendry out, Simon Grayson in. If it made any difference it was to keep them up by the skin of their teeth, as the Seasiders spent the whole campaign battling down the wrong end of the table, eventually finishing 19th. Over that summer though, a Latvian sugar-daddy, Valeri Belokon, came in and although they had a slow start to the 2006-07 season, they finished it going like a steam train and got themselves into the play-offs. There they met a certain club from Somerset - unfortunately by then Blackpool were unstoppable - their 2-0 win at Wembley Stadium was their tenth consecutive victory and it took them into the Championship.

A slow start to Championship life saw them finish 19th and then 16th, with Grayson jumping ship for Leeds United, whilst his replacement Tony Parkes didn't last too long after. Then in the summer of 2009 in came Ian Holloway. Once again they sneaked into the play-offs, beating Nottingham Forest in the semi-finals and Cardiff City in the final to put them into the Premier League for the first time in the club's history.

Not too surprisingly, Blackpool in the Premier League was like Yeovil Town in the Championship - difficult! They lasted just the one season, finishing 19th, but in doing so they'd armed themselves with a sackful of Premier League revenue and parachute payments and so were now a very different proposition. They almost returned to the Premier League a second time in May 2012, losing out to West Ham United in the final, and that was to be Holloway's swansong as he departed for Crystal Palace. Since then the wheels have come off a little bit amidst a churn of managers - Michael Appleton lasted just two months, with discontent with the club's ownership also becoming a rising issue. Paul Ince lasted eleven months as manager before he had one of his 'crap days' and left the building.

When we played Blackpool in the Championship, the tail end of the Ince rein showed a club that was in danger of falling off a cliff edge. A rapid succession of losses at the end of the 2013-14 season didn't quite see them go down with us, but it was a close run thing. Instead, under Jose Riga and then Lee Clark they went down at the end of the 2014-15 season, and then followed that up with Neil McDonald guiding them to a double relegation. They had fallen from a Championship play-off final that could have seen them back in the Premier League for the 2012-13 season, into the Football League's bottom tier for the start of 2016-17. Gary Bowyer is the man to try to get them out of this mess, although fans groups ongoing dispute with the Oyston family who they blame for the rapid slide will mean that the spotlight will not always be on him.

Bloomfield Road, 2006
About half the stadium looks this good - but one side is still 'temporary'.
Photo 2006 Ciderspace

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Blackpool : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Blackpool

10/12/2000AwayFAC2W1-03757Crittenden 45
13/08/2005HomeCCL1D1-15698Amankwaah 45
25/02/2006AwayCCL1L0-25747
14/10/2006AwayCCL1D1-16812Stewart 86
17/03/2007HomeCCL1L0-16012
27/05/2007AwayL1PFL0-259313
03/12/2013HomeCHPW1-05530Lundstram 21
05/04/2014AwayCHPW2-113310Hayter 16, Lawrence 74
03/09/2016HomeEFL2L0-33108
21/01/2017AwayEFL2D2-22885Zoko 34, Ward 80


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Blackpool

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
1122522268334813


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Blackpool : Photo Galleries
Photo Galleries for Yeovil vs Blackpool

Date Event Match Report Photo Gallery Total

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Blackpool : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

28/02/2017BarnetHomeEFL2D2-22094Delfouneso 59, Vassell 90
04/03/2017MorecambeHomeEFL2W3-13453Cullen 14, Potts 54, Edwards 80
07/03/2017Plymouth ArgyleAwayEFL2W3-010568Potts 30, Cullen 30, Flores 62
11/03/2017Wycombe WanderersAwayEFL2D0-03774
14/03/2017Stevenage BoroughHomeEFL2W1-02456Cullen 15
18/03/2017Newport CountyAwayEFL2W3-12427Osayi-Samuel 16, 90, Cullen 68


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
Brad Potts10101012
Kyle Vassell9002011
Mark Cullen700007
Kelvin Mellor410207
Jamile Matt320005
Armand Gnanduillet300205
Nathan Delfouneso400004
Colin Daniel400004
Bright Osayi-Samuel310004
Jordan Flores200002
Tom Aldred200002
Isaac Vassell100001
John Herron000101
Jack Payne100001
Andy Taylor100001
Jim McAlister000101
Michael Cain100001
Sanmi Odelusi100001
Own Goals300003

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 5471, vs Carlisle United, 17/09/2016
Lowest League Attendance: 2080, vs Crawley Town, 07/02/2017
Average League Attendance: 3210

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 8
Games Without A Home Defeat: 7 Games Without An Away Defeat: 4
Games Without A Draw: 2 Games Without A Score Draw: 5
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 2 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: DDDDWW
Away Results Sequence: WLDWDW Overall Results Sequence: DWWDWW


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Blackpool : Club Information
Bloomfield Road Stadium
Seasiders Way
Blackpool
Lancashire
FY1 6JJ

(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0870 4431953
Fax : 01253 405011
Email: info@blackpoolfc.co.uk

Chairman : Karl Oyston
Fixtures Secretary : Peter Collins
Community Liaison Officer : Helen Stannard - publicrelations@blackpoolfc.co.uk
Manager : Gary Bowyer

Capacity : 17,338
Seated : 17,338
Covered Terrace : N/A
Record Attendance : 38,098 v Wolverhamptom Wanderers, Division 1, 17/09/1955.

Colours : shirt - tangerine with white trim; shorts - white with tangerine trim; socks - tangerine
Nickname : Seasiders

Ticket Prices :

Away supporters are housed in the North Stand. This is a change from our recent visits that used the side-facing East Stand. Ticket prices for the 2016-17 season are as follows:

Adults: 22.00; Aged 60 and over: 18.00; Under-19s: 10.00; Under-11s: FREE.

The offer for the Under-11s is on the assumption that you are also purchasing an Adult or Senior ticket at the same time.

There is no increase if you purchase tickets on the day. However, you must buy tickets from the Kiosk located next to the away end. You'll also need to pay cash only. The new facilities are situated behind one goal - for smaller followings Blackpool keep fans in Block A and B, which are at the North-East end of the ground, but the stand will seat up to 2,000 spectators if opened up entirely.

Disabled Info: Disabled supporters pay the relevant price category according to their age, as above, but receive a free carer ticket. For further information call 01253 404331 or e-mail info@blackpoolfc.co.uk.

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Blackpool : Directions To The Ground
General

Stadium Map of Blackpool's ground. Away supporters usually take the two blocks by Entrance 3
Stadium Map of Blackpool's ground. Away supporters usually take the two blocks by Entrance 3

Everyone knows about Blackpool, even if they haven't been there. Even in these years of decline for the traditional British seaside holiday, with numbers going to Blackpool declining by 30% since the start of the Nineties, it is still the biggest resort in the country with 17 million visitors per annum. Your official guide to tourism in the town is here.

By Road

A straightforward, if long and potentially frustrating, drive for those based in the West Country. Get onto the M5, then M6 up to Junction 32, then it's the M55 into Blackpool.

Coming off the end of the M55 simply follow signs to 'Car Parks' and 'South Shore'. Keep heading along Yeadon Way and you can't miss the ground to your right.

Parking

There's extensive Pay & Display parking just across the road from the stadium. The most relevant car parks are Seasiders Way (previously Lonsdale B), Lonsdale Road and Bloomfield Road. You'll pay 3.00 for a three hour stay, or 5.00 for up to six hours.

The Spion Kop
The Spion Kop
Photo 2006 Ciderspace

By Rail

Blackpool has two stations. North Station is the main one, but is about 25 minutes walk from the ground. South Station is more convenient for the ground at under 10 minutes walk, but is served by less trains.

If travelling from Yeovil the train is only really an option if you intend to make a long weekend of it. If from the South-East the best route is from Euston Station. All services require a change at Preston from Virgin to Northern Rail. Journey times vary between 3hrs 9 mins and 4hrs 56mins so pick your timings carefully. The last decent service out of Blackpool North to get you back to London on Saturday departs 19:20, arriving at Euston 22:45.

If arriving at Blackpool North the No.11 bus departs from the station and takes you near the ground.

NOTE: January 2017 Trip: There are major railway engineering works taking place in that area over the next couple of years. From October 2016 until May 2018, Network Rail are upgrading the railway between Preston and Blackpool to provide electrification of the line, meaning that on occasions that service will be unavailable. On each weekend from 21st January until 2nd April 2017 there will be no service running between Preston and both the Blackpool North and Blackpool South stations.

You'll be turfed off your train at Preston. There will be a Bus Replacement Service available for that leg of your journey, however it means that the time you need to allow for your journey will almost certainly be longer. Those booking advance rail tickets for this match should ensure they book a service that doesn't get in too close to kick-off!

By Air

Blackpool has an international airport three miles out of town. Ryan Air has a service from (London) Stansted Airport with two flights each way on weekdays and one on Saturdays and Sundays. Flight times are 55 to 60 minutes.

By Bus

From the town centre Nos. 5 and 11 are the best services for the stadium.

By Tram

Oh go on, you know you want to. The nearest tram stop to the ground is Manchester Square.

By Taxi

A selection of Blackpool taxi companies can be found here.
The Matthews Stand
The Matthews Stand
Photo 2006 Ciderspace

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Blackpool : Web Resources
Web Sites

AVFTT.com
Another View From The Tower in case (like me) you wondering. This has been running for a long while in various guises - once a fanzine, then on the now defunct Rivals platform, and now on the Fansonline platform. Independent fans run website.


Blackpool Official
PTV site, registration required to view.


BSA Web
Nothing to do with the old British motorcycle makers, instead the site of the Blackpool Supporters Assciation.


seasiders.net
Blackpool's footy.mad web presence. Home of the BFC mailing list.


Web Message Boards

AVFTT
Part of the main AVFTT site - this is a very busy Blackpool board.


Seasiders.net
Mad. And not very busy.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Tangerines
Page from where you can join, should you wish to. Founded in 1996 and with around 300 members.




Local Press

Blackpool Gazette
On-line coverage of the Blackpool Gazette, which looks to be updated regularly. There is a specific section for Blackpool FC which can currently be found here.



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Blackpool : Food & Drink
General :

The whole of Blackpool is geared up for the visitor, be it holiday makers, day trippers, stag and hen parties, conferences or football fans. As such there's establishments offering food, drink, entertainment and accommodation in profusion. Although October is beginning to be out of season most things are still open at the weekend at least. Unless you head inland off the beaten track expect prices to be relatively expensive.

Club Bar :

Blackpool's East Stand. Photo by Terry Robinson
Blackpool's East Stand as it looks today. Photo by Terry Robinson

With the ground developments that have occurred home fans now enjoy bars and new food areas. The food is passable: a selection of hot pies from Hollands, hot dogs, chips together with hot beverages and cold soft drinks. Long queues are the norm.

Local Pubs :

Nothing special, but fairly convenient
Nothing special, but fairly convenient
© Martin Baker
Albert: Little bit further from the ground than The Old Bridge (below) - but still less than five minutes walk. Tolerable but mediocre as we recall. Allowed children in one of the rooms. Note that elsewhere in the town, there is a (non-pub) Albert Hotel, whilst this place is also sometimes referred to as the Albert Hotel. You want the one in Lytham Road.
Albert, 215, Lytham Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 6ET. Tel: 01253 408642. Map: Click Here.

Dog & Partridge: This pub has had a fairly recent refit and is now part of the John Barras pub chain. They turn 'ordinary' pubs into sports bars - plenty of darts boards and plenty of Sky Sports screens. They offer real ale on a rotating basis - by the looks of it you've got a typical 'Wetherspoon' style feel to that - Greene King and Adnams as the bulk standard offerings and a mix of guest offerings that look fairly decent, although as is often the case in such managed bars you're at the whim of how good the bar's manager is in that respect. They also serve a typical pub food menu - fish'n'chips, mixed grill, burgers etc.
Dog & Partridge, 265, Lytham Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 6ET. Tel: 01253 404047. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Dunes Hotel: Flying up to Blackpool? 1.7 miles from the stadium, but only a few hundred yards from the airport. Separate lounge and public bars. This is now a John Barras chain pub, and so will be in a similar style to the Dog and Partridge above. Rotating real ale options based on Greene King, Adnams and other rotating guests. Also a typical pub food menu. Wheelchair friendly and a nice patio if the weather is good. Own parking, and on the No.11 bus route into town.
Dunes Hotel, 561, Lytham Road, Squires Gate, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY4 1RD. Tel: 01253 403854. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

New Road Inn: Convenient for Blackpool North Railway station but one and a half miles from the ground. Has pool, darts and a small stage for entertainment. There are six real ales on tap - Jennings Dark Mild, Sneck Lifter and Cumberland, with three rotating guests. Opening is 11.00 a.m. - midnight except for Sundays where they open an hour later and close half an hour earlier. Food is restricted to baguettes and barmcakes. The pub is regarded by locals as gay-friendly/mixed in terms of clientele.
New Road Inn, 244, Talbot Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 3HL. Tel: 01253 628872. Map: Click Here.

Pump & Truncheon: Just back from the seafront and close to Central Pier. Its position means it's almost always busy. Open 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. with an extension to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. In the summer months (probably not now) they also open an hour earlier on Fridays/Saturdays. They do six real ales including typically the likes of Cross Bay, Jennings and Clarks. Open fire, wooden floors and bare brick walls establishes the genre. They also do very cheap looking food - pies, curries, chillies etc. About a fifteen minute walk to the ground.
Pump & Truncheon, 13, Bonny Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AR. Tel: 01253 751176. Email: pumpandtruncheon@blueyonder.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Ramsden Arms Hotel: Pretty much bang outside Blackpool North railway station, which makes it a half hour walk from the ground. General opinion is that real ales are OK but a bit generic - Pedigree, Ruddles County, Wadworth 6X - so not exactly obscure northern ales! Food at lunchtime. There's a juke box and pool table. Rooms supposedly reasonably priced.
Ramsden Arms Hotel, 204, Talbot Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 3AZ. Tel: 01253 623215. Map: Click Here.

Saddle Inn: Oldest pub in Blackpool, on the A583 which is the main route into town. Several bus routes pass the pub. For the ground there's a few turns, then straight down Bloomfield Road for just over half a mile - total walking time about 15 minutes. The stadium is on your right. Monday-Thursday: 10.30-23.00; Friday and Saturday: 10.30- midnight; Sunday 11.00 - midnight. Food served until 9.00p.m. daily. There is a play area for children. Beers are Draught Bass, Moorhouse and the local Lytham Ales.
Saddle Inn, 286, Whitegate Drive, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 9PH. Tel: 01253 607921. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Fairly typical Wetherspoon
Fairly typical Wetherspoon
© Martin Baker
The Auctioneer: This was a Wetherspoon pub but they've since sold it on to Hawthorn Leisure. However, because Hawthorn were buying a number of Wetherspoon outlets, they've decided to keep the rough 'theme' of what was there before - so a variety of real ales and typical pub grub. Recent reviews suggest that it's keeping to that, with Morland Old Speckled Hen and Ruddles Best as fixed beers and up to six guests. Conveniently situated between Blackpool South railway station and the stadium, about five minutes walk from each. Open from 9.00a.m. until midnight, with food served until 9.00p.m. Like Wetherspoon pubs, expect the first hour or two to be for breakfasts and coffees only.
The Auctioneer, 235-237, Lytham Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 6ET. Tel: 01253 346412. Map: Click Here.

The Blue Room: Pretty much in the heart of Blackpool, a quarter of a mile inland from The Tower. Wide variety of regularly changing beers, various pub games - that sort of thing. Twenty minute walk to the stadium. NB: This pub closed during 2013, but was due to reopen around December 2013 - so we're not 100% sure what its current status is.
The Blue Room, 139, Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 3NX. Tel: 01253 316393. Map: Click Here.

The Manchester: Stonegate pub situated close to the ground on the Promenade. This is a sports bar that serves food as well. Open 11.00a.m. until midnight, with food until 9.00p.m. No real ale. Has a bit of a reputation for being a bar that attracts stag and hen parties, or large groups of tourists on holiday, and in general seems to be appealing to that kind of an audience.
The Manchester, 231-233 Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 6AH. Tel: 01253 408692. Email: manchester.blackpool@stonegatepubs.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

The Old Bridge: Probably the closest pub to the stadium. There are 2 rooms inside, with the back room being a cabaret room with a 200 capacity, a large stage and a kitchen.
The Old Bridge, 124, Lytham Road, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 6DZ. Tel: 01253 403354. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

They understand everyone whilst there's still money in their wallets / purses. Blackpool is a seaside resort - they're used to grockles.

Top-Tip :

Spend the weekend. Blackpool is the home of tasteless hedonism - which is fun once in a while.

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Blackpool : Local Amenities
How Blackpool's East Stand looked like around 2006
How Blackpool's East Stand looked like around 2006
Photo 2006 Ciderspace

Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

Blackpool Pleasure Beach, a 42 acre theme park, gets around 7 million customers a year, the third most visited place in the country outside London. Blackpool Tower at 518 feet is an entire entertainment complex in itself with of course the famous ballroom, but also a circus, Undersea World Aquarium and the largest indoor children's adventure play area in Britain. If you are into fish, apart from eating them in Harry Ramsden's, the Sea Life Centre is one of the biggest in Europe. The pubs, clubs, restaurants and live entertainment venues in Blackpool are legion and cater for virtually every possible taste......... and those with none.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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