Review: Five Good, Five Bad – PNE (h)

Well, we’ve waited eight years to reclaim the bragging rights from that lot down the M55 and it was exactly how we’d hoped and expected it would be. A fantastic atmosphere, a far superior show of quality from both the manager and the players, and three points taking us up the table. Five good ComposureContinue reading “Review: Five Good, Five Bad – PNE (h)”

Opinion: Why the doubters keep getting proven wrong

Throughout preseason and the early games of this season, I’ve been astounded by the amount of negativity around our fanbase from some supporters. It’s easy for me to sit and write a blog after two wins in three games which have essentially made it a steady start to the season, but now feels like theContinue reading “Opinion: Why the doubters keep getting proven wrong”

Interview: Alan Nixon gives transfer update on Embleton and Gabriel

Things are likely to come to a head on Elliot Embleton and Jordan Gabriel in the next couple of weeks according to reputable journalist Alan Nixon. Blackpool have been rumoured to be chasing the two former loanees, who helped fire the Pool to the Championship last season, all summer but both have returned to parentContinue reading “Interview: Alan Nixon gives transfer update on Embleton and Gabriel”

Transfer News: Introducing Callum Connolly

Last week, Blackpool welcomed sixth summer signing Callum Connolly to Bloomfield Road on a two-year deal with a one-year extension. One that has gone under the radar with many Blackpool fans, for those who pay a keen eye to the Championship and League One will have been aware of the combative displays this young manContinue reading “Transfer News: Introducing Callum Connolly”

Interview: Casey Explains Why He Signed for Pool

“With a club like Blackpool, you might as well go permanently. – especially the way the club is going. It’s on the up and has ambition, so why not?” Those are the words of new defender Olly Casey, who was brimming with excitement when we caught up with him on Sunday morning. Olly travels toContinue reading “Interview: Casey Explains Why He Signed for Pool”

Transfer News: Lavery Jubbly

Derek Spence, James Quinn, Craig Cathcart, Daniel Ballard, Shayne Lavery. We have a good history of Northern Irish players and that trend looks set to continue as the 22-year-old striker joins from Linfield in his home country after a prolific two-year spell since leaving Everton. It was a case of three is the magic numberContinue reading “Transfer News: Lavery Jubbly”

Opinion: A Thank You to Simon Sadler

A week on from our success at Wembley, it still hasn’t sunk in what has happened and that Blackpool FC are in the Championship.. I felt compelled to summarise my thoughts and thank Simon Sadler – and everyone else associated with the club – for what’s happened over the last couple of years, but ofContinue reading “Opinion: A Thank You to Simon Sadler”

Analysis: A look at Blackpool’s Record in Finals

We all know how good our play-off record is going into the game this Sunday against Lincoln, but how does our record in finals stand up against the rest of the clubs in the country? Paddy Power have done the research to find out. The research looks at the Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup,Continue reading “Analysis: A look at Blackpool’s Record in Finals”

Opinion: Ranking the signings under the current board

The proof is in the pudding when it comes to the signings from last summer, which made me consider the impact the new board has had since they were appointed by Simon Sadler. After a chaotic first summer for Sadler where Terry McPhillips was replaced by Simon Grayson and the majority of our signings wereContinue reading “Opinion: Ranking the signings under the current board”

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)”