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 – Lincoln (a)

The Seasiders were at it again on the road with a strong first half performance but were undone by some basic errors. To not leave with three points really was painful, after witnessing some fantastic football on show, making another top six side look distinctively average at times. Pre-kick off I’d have taken a drawContinue reading “Five Good, Five Bad – Lincoln (a)”

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”

Review: Five good, Five bad – Gillingham (h)

With that Blackpool win it almost certainly puts Gillingham’s promotion push to bed. If Blackpool lost it would have made it a whole lot tougher for the Seasiders. This game really was crunch time, a milestone which would define either side’s season. Pre-match nerves were at an all time high, but they needn’t have been.Continue reading “Review: Five good, Five bad – Gillingham (h)”

Opinion: Neil Critchley is the best Head Coach in League One. Here’s Why.

Following a colossal 11-match unbeaten run, Neil Critchley is beginning to receive the plaudits from near and afar after 12 months of laying the groundwork. After a mass turnover of playing staff in the summer, and a turbulent start to the season, the Seasiders are now playing with confidence and flair, whilst remaining a stubbornContinue reading “Opinion: Neil Critchley is the best Head Coach in League One. Here’s Why.”

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 – Oxford United (a)

What a start! Never had us down as a set-piece team but we’re making the most of them. Couple that with some fantastic passing and performances from Dan Ballard, Kenny Dougall and Sullay Kaikai and us Pool fans are dreaming of the play-offs after our fourth successive away victory. Five good 1. Dougall’s first goalContinue reading “Review: Five good, five bad – Oxford United (a)”

Opinion: Can Blackpool Still Achieve The Play-Offs?

With just 15 games to go in the League One season, Blackpool currently sit 12th in the table, with promotion to the Championship remaining the priority target. George Wincott considers whether we can still make it. Although recent results have caused doubt amongst a portion of the Pool faithful, the Seasiders remain very much inContinue reading “Opinion: Can Blackpool Still Achieve The Play-Offs?”

February review and (belated) March Preview

It’s a preview of the next month but one that’s arriving fashionably late. Hopefully late like a Matty Virtue run to the near post as opposed to late like a James Husband tackle after the ball has sailed over his head… I predicted a non-stop onslaught of Pool victories in the previous article and itContinue reading “February review and (belated) March Preview”

Review: Five Good, Five Bad: Portsmouth (a)

Another three points picked up on the road, courtesy of a Jerry Yates goal in the final 10 minutes. The Seasiders will have one eye on the play-offs now with one, two or in some cases three games in hand to play in comparison to those teams that are currently above us. The very veryContinue reading “Review: Five Good, Five Bad: Portsmouth (a)”

Interview: Jay Spearing: Why I left Blackpool

We sat down with the man who led the Blackpool team out in the homecoming, fired that memorable penalty at Accrington and saw the monumental club ownership change first hand, Jay Spearing. He gave his perspective of the significant changes that happened to the club during his time at Bloomfield Road, as well as hisContinue reading “Interview: Jay Spearing: Why I left Blackpool”

Opinion: January Review and February Preview by Mitch Cook’s Left Foot

Me writing for utmp feels a bit like when some random odd band gets on the telly at tea time cos they’re playing Glastonbury. I feel like it’s a proper football blog with readers, heatmaps, stats, a proper header logo and everything so it’s all a bit daunting when my analysis generally consists of aContinue reading “Opinion: January Review and February Preview by Mitch Cook’s Left Foot”

Review: Five Good, Five Bad – Northampton (h).

The lads put in another dominant display tonight to leap up from 16th to 12th in the league, whilst still harvesting more games in hand than most. It was a comfortable 2-0 victory against the visitors Northampton, who had to travel up north once again; 2 weeks after making the over 350-mile round trip before being told theContinue reading “Review: Five Good, Five Bad – Northampton (h).”

Opinion: January Transfer Window: Winners & Losers

The January Transfer Window has slammed shut for another year, so who’s come out of it stronger than how they went in? I analysed the done deals in League One and assessed which teams are looking upwards in the table compared to those who have suffered in the window. Accrington Stanley IN: Gary Roberts (BalaContinue reading “Opinion: January Transfer Window: Winners & Losers”

Review: 5 Good, 0 Bad – Wigan (a)

Blackpool kicked on up the League One table tonight after an exceptional performance against struggling Wigan Athletic. The match was played with the bare bones of the squad from last Saturday’s FA Cup game against Brighton. It’s been stop start. First it was Covid, then it was a waterlogged pitch (which, to be honest, workedContinue reading “Review: 5 Good, 0 Bad – Wigan (a)”

Squad Review 2021 – Where do Blackpool need to strengthen this January?

With loanees Dan Kemp and Ben Woodburn having departed, and Keshi Anderson seemingly out for the rest of the season, it’s clear to see where Blackpool need to strengthen in the January transfer window. New signing Ellis Simms provides a new option up front and he was joined by free agent Kevin Stewart over theContinue reading “Squad Review 2021 – Where do Blackpool need to strengthen this January?”

What went wrong with Woodburn?

Ben Woodburn joined the Seasiders in October on a short-term loan, with the option to extend until the end of the season. Arriving from Liverpool, the fans’ reaction was overwhelmingly positive as the fans had been calling out for Critchley to lean on his Melwood connections to bring in some Premier League talent. After spendingContinue reading “What went wrong with Woodburn?”