Five good, five bad – Doncaster (h)

Well, it’s into the play-offs and into third place after a 2-0 win against Doncaster. It never feels comfortable when you’re living through it, but on reflection it never seemed in doubt and we strolled to a win fairly simply. The biggest concern now is the squad depth which seems to be getting worse ratherContinue reading “Five good, five bad – Doncaster (h)”

Five good, five bad – Sunderland (a)

Well, what a win! We don’t do things the easy way, do we? Doing the double over Sunderland but losing without scoring in two games against Rochdale and Shrewsbury in between. When we raise our games against the top sides, we look one of the best sides in the division, but we just seem toContinue reading “Five good, five bad – Sunderland (a)”

Interview: Neil Critchley: One Year In Charge

Neil Critchley became Blackpool manager last March, on the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic, swapping the comforts of Liverpool’s academy setup for League One, Blackpool and Squires Gate. It’s clear that there’s been a culture change at the club during that time, as we’ve come out of the pandemic far stronger than we went intoContinue reading “Interview: Neil Critchley: One Year In Charge”

Five Good, Five Bad – Accrington (h)

These are the games aren’t they. A point tonight would’ve been fine if we’d managed to hold onto all three on Saturday, but ultimately it’s a frustrating one at home again, against a midtable Accrington Stanley. It could’ve been a defeat had it not been for Maxwell’s save of a late penalty for the visitors,Continue reading “Five Good, Five Bad – Accrington (h)”

Interview: Thomas Ince: “I’ll try and take some notes from my dad about managing… but not too many”

Former Blackpool winger Thomas Ince has lifted the lid on what it was like to play under his dad when he was at Bloomfield Road, and unsurprisingly it wasn’t easy for him. The then-22 year old infamously played for 11 months under his dad’s management before the duo went on a European tour to tryContinue reading “Interview: Thomas Ince: “I’ll try and take some notes from my dad about managing… but not too many””

Opinion: What we can learn from our start to the season

When you think back to the first few games of the season, many a Blackpool fan will shudder and think of the comments they made on social media – and rightly so. This season was unique in that nobody could voice their opinions in the stand and therefore opinions were amplified online. Back in October,Continue reading “Opinion: What we can learn from our start to the season”

News: King Kenny’s Australian Dream

Since breaking into the Blackpool side at the end of October, Kenny Dougall has become a clear fan favourite at Bloomfield Road. He notched his first goal recently at Oxford, so how about a call-up for his national team? The bleach blond Australian surely can’t be far off a call up given his performances thisContinue reading “News: King Kenny’s Australian Dream”

Interview: Peter Clarke: “Why I came back”

Peter Clarke was one of our prized assets in the early 2000s under Steve McMahon and Colin Hendry. He bravely helped us against relegation in his two full seasons at Blackpool, winning numerous Player of the Year awards and showing fight, desire and commitment to the shirt. So why did he risk his reputation whenContinue reading “Interview: Peter Clarke: “Why I came back””

Review: Five good, five bad – Peterborough (h)

Well, what a win and what a performance! The last couple of games, I can’t really separate from some of the football we played in the Championship days. I’m looking round our squad – given our injuries – and thinking about how many really strong players we have at this level. All across the side,Continue reading “Review: Five good, five bad – Peterborough (h)”

Interview: Dan Ballard: “When Blackpool came around, it was the perfect fit”

As Dan Ballard heads off to international duty with Northern Ireland, the 21-year-old centre back – fresh from his second Blackpool goal in the 2-0 victory at Oxford at the weekend – reflected on his time at Bloomfield Road so far this season and his hopes for the future at Arsenal. He’s made 15 appearancesContinue reading “Interview: Dan Ballard: “When Blackpool came around, it was the perfect fit””

Review: Five good, five bad – MK Dons (a)

Well, what a win. About time we got over the line after hanging onto a 1-0 win. As it is, we are four points off the play-offs with at least two games in hand on every team between us and sixth. Add that to the fact four of our next five are at home, andContinue reading “Review: Five good, five bad – MK Dons (a)”

Interview: DJ Campbell: “Blackpool’s the club which is closest to my heart”

DJ Campbell has spoken about his three spells with Blackpool, confessing that it’s the club where he holds the happiest memories from throughout his career. The London-born striker stole the hearts of the tangerine faithful during his three spells in tangerine, and has finally confessed that the feelings are mutual. DJ was speaking to theContinue reading “Interview: DJ Campbell: “Blackpool’s the club which is closest to my heart””

Review: Five good, five bad – Crewe (h)

After a good run of form, there was an air of positivity starting to build around the club. A win tonight would’ve made the teams in the play-offs sit up and take notice of the tangerine juggernaut. As it goes, we remain in the bottom half and continue to sneak under the radar – perhapsContinue reading “Review: Five good, five bad – Crewe (h)”

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?”