Review: Five Good, Five Bad – Rochdale (h)

Blackpool’s game against Rochdale was one of those fixtures that felt like it had been pending as a game in hand for forever and wouldn’t actually go ahead. It was seen as a must-win for us to look upwards in the table and still harbour hopes of reaching the top six. And in the end,Continue reading “Review: Five Good, Five Bad – Rochdale (h)”

Interview: Alex Baptiste: “Blackpool chairman jumped in a fountain to sign me for a cut price”

Alex Baptiste has explained how an agreement between then-Mansfield chairman Keith Haslam and the Blackpool chairman led to him joining Blackpool for a cut price deal. Baps signed for just £20,000 following the Stags’ relegation from the Football League, which has gone down as one of our best signings of the 21st Century. But theContinue reading “Interview: Alex Baptiste: “Blackpool chairman jumped in a fountain to sign me for a cut price””

Review: Five Good, Five Bad – Ipswich (a)

There’s no hiding from the fact our visit to Ipswich was bitterly disappointing. From the change in formation, to the two soft goals either side of half-time, it was a bad day at the office. Portman Road is a ground no Blackpool side has ever won at, and given we were only one place behindContinue reading “Review: Five Good, Five Bad – Ipswich (a)”

Interview: Charlie Adam: Why I didn’t come home

Charlie Adam has given his perspective on the homecoming that didn’t quite happen in the summer of 2019. Widely rumoured to be seeking a return to Blackpool following the end of his contract with Stoke City after seven years, Adam was spotted at a pre-season friendly between Blackpool and AFC Fylde, and seemed destined toContinue reading “Interview: Charlie Adam: Why I didn’t come home”

Transfer News: Kevin Stewart

Out of nowhere on a Saturday night, immediately after our elimination from the FA Cup at Brighton, our second signing of the January Transfer Window was announced. Midfielder Kevin Stewart signs for Blackpool on an 18-month contract, having been released in the summer by Hull City upon their relegation from the Championship. Background Enfield-born StewartContinue reading “Transfer News: Kevin Stewart”

Transfer News: New Striker Ellis Simms

It seemed a matter of time before we strengthened in the January transfer window, and at last Ellis Simms has joined on loan for the rest of the season from Everton. Here, we take a look at what Simms will bring to the squad and how it improves our squad. Our attacking options have beenContinue reading “Transfer News: New Striker Ellis Simms”

Analysis: Who’s out of contract this summer?

As we head towards mid-January, focus turns to the Winter Transfer Window. The Blackpool board will surely have targets in mind who have been analysed through the summer and over the season so far. But as well as looking at new faces, it’s also time to start looking at the summer transfer business – namelyContinue reading “Analysis: Who’s out of contract this summer?”

Transfer/Insight: Sam Walker

It’s not yet January, but the Winter transfer business is underway – this time enforced as we bring in an emergency loan goalkeeper in Sam Walker from Reading, following the positive COVID tests from both Chris Maxwell and Matty Virtue. The club has intentionally left a space open in the squad for an emergency goalkeeperContinue reading “Transfer/Insight: Sam Walker”

Opinion: Can we still make the Play-Offs? A comparison to previous seasons

Let’s be fair, most Blackpool fans expected us to be right at the top end of the table this season after the summer of recruitment we had. After all, we’re not used to the level of ambition we’ve seen recently under Simon Sadler, so it may have gone to a few of our heads –Continue reading “Opinion: Can we still make the Play-Offs? A comparison to previous seasons”

Rewind: Barry Bannan’s loan spell at the Seaside

Barry Bannan has had a solid Championship career since coming to Bloomfield Road as a 21-year-old on loan from Aston Villa. Now with Sheffield Wednesday following a successful spell with Villa and a short time with Crystal Palace – signed by Ian Holloway – Bannan has made 27 Scotland caps. He’s fondly remembered by BlackpoolContinue reading “Rewind: Barry Bannan’s loan spell at the Seaside”

Interview: Jamie Milligan on Fleetwood v Blackpool

Ahead of the upcoming fixture between Fleetwood Town and Blackpool, utmp caught up with former midfielder and current Bamber Bridge manager Jamie Milligan. Jamie spent two years at Bloomfield Road, between 2001-03, before going on to play 200 games at Fleetwood where he became a club legend at Highbury, helping them to four promotions inContinue reading “Interview: Jamie Milligan on Fleetwood v Blackpool”

Opinion: Why Critchley Needs More Time

Critchley in or Critchley out? After nine league games and six defeats, momentum is gathering with calls for the manager to be sacked after yet another lacklustre display and no sign of things improving quickly. But does a new manager solve the problem, or simply add to the issues Simon Sadler has taken on inContinue reading “Opinion: Why Critchley Needs More Time”

Transfer News: G’day to Kenny Dougall

It was another successful day for Blackpool in the transfer market with Jamie Devitt departing, and two new signings making their way into Neil Critchley’s squad. Not only that, but two players who have pedigree, with first-hand experience playing in this division and higher. Kenny Dougall was the last player of the summer window toContinue reading “Transfer News: G’day to Kenny Dougall”

Transfer/Insight: Daniel Ballard

Blackpool’s latest signing is Northern Ireland international Daniel Ballard on loan from Arsenal. The 21-year-old joins for the season and will not count towards the 22-man squad limit and therefore leaves two spaces still open for new recruits. Ballard joins on loan until January and adds to our four other options at centre-back. Background DespiteContinue reading “Transfer/Insight: Daniel Ballard”

Five good, five bad – Lincoln City (h)

It was a miserable day at the office, both in terms of the weather conditions and the result at Bloomfield Road. Neil Critchley will have learnt plenty about his side and where this new group of players are at, and with the transfer window still open, may be prompted to make one or two moreContinue reading “Five good, five bad – Lincoln City (h)”

Opinion/Insight: The Role of Jerry in the Side

After two league games and one match in the cup, questions are circling around Jerry Yates and the fact he’s yet to score from open play. Here we try to dissect the potential issues and consider whether we need him to start firing soon, as well as what we need from other players around theContinue reading “Opinion/Insight: The Role of Jerry in the Side”

Transfer/Insight: Luke Garbutt

Blackpool’s 12th summer signing is Luke Garbutt following his release from Everton. “Who?” said manager Carlo Ancelotti when asked about the player who’d been at the club for 11 years, though only made 12 senior appearances and hasn’t been around the first-team picture since 2015. It made for humorous reactions across social media, with GarbuttContinue reading “Transfer/Insight: Luke Garbutt”

Insight: Scout Report on Swindon (h)

With the help of Rich Pullen from the Loathed Stranger podcast, we review Swindon Town’s new signings, pre-season form, style of play under Richie Wellens and consider what we can expect from The Robins on Saturday, in addition to picking out our tips for your Saturday flutter at the bookies. 1,000 fans will return throughContinue reading “Insight: Scout Report on Swindon (h)”

Five Good, Five Bad – Liverpool

A familiar scoreline at Anfield – at least at half-time, eh? Pre-season has been one of the most eventful in recent years with 11 new players, 16 departures, essentially a new management team and plenty of positive signs on and off the field. But surely this and the Everton games go down as the bestContinue reading “Five Good, Five Bad – Liverpool”

Opinion: The Gary Madine Dilemma – Gary Goals or Gary Go?

Blackpool fans, it seems, like a pantomime villain in our squad. The boo boys circled around big money signing Joe Nuttall for the majority of last season, and following his loan move to Northampton, attention from some quarters has now shifted to Gary Madine. So what is it about Madine that’s meant he hasn’t yetContinue reading “Opinion: The Gary Madine Dilemma – Gary Goals or Gary Go?”