Opinion: Pre-Season Reviewed

“And you may ask yourself, ‘Well how did I get here?’” Talking Heads – “Once in a lifetime” Two months is a long time in football. At the end of May, Blackpool fans had reasons to be optimistic. Under Neil Critchley, the side finished 16th with survival almost guaranteed from February. Our exciting young managerContinue reading “Opinion: Pre-Season Reviewed”

Opinion: Michael Appleton – 10 Years On

Michael Appleton is back for a second spell as Blackpool’s head coach, with a remit to “kick-on” and continue Blackpool’s progress in the Championship. But what has he been up to over the last decade, and what should Blackpool fans expect? Michael Appleton is not popular among Blackpool fans. We know it. He knows it.Continue reading “Opinion: Michael Appleton – 10 Years On”

Opinion: Assessing the potential outgoings

Us Blackpool fans are riding the crest of a wave at the moment. The recent news about the long-awaited training ground and East Stand plans getting underway, closely followed by the club’s handling of the Jake Daniels news as he became the first gay professional footballer in the UK in over 30 years, has genuinelyContinue reading “Opinion: Assessing the potential outgoings”

Opinion: Sadler’s Summer Shopping List

After back to back defeats effectively ended our season, focus now turns to the summer Transfer Window. I take a look at the positions that require strengthening in order for Blackpool to compete at the top end of the championship next season. There’s been a lot of inactivity from utmp on the blog front, butContinue reading “Opinion: Sadler’s Summer Shopping List”

Opinion: utmp’s Christmas Wish List

International breaks give you the chance to sit back and consider where we’re at as a football club. What a joy it is to study the Championship league table and see us sat nicely in the top half, above PNE and with a nice cushion between ourselves and the relegation zone. We’re only a pointContinue reading “Opinion: utmp’s Christmas Wish List”

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”

Review: Five Good, Five Bad – Middlesbrough (A)

The Pool travelled to the Riverside Stadium on the back of a heavy blow, in the form of a 3-0 defeat at home to Huddersfield Town on Tuesday. Conversely, Boro came into this fixture full of confidence, after an impressive 2-0 win in midweek over Nottingham Forest. In what what can only be described asContinue reading “Review: Five Good, Five Bad – Middlesbrough (A)”

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

The Seasiders’ wait for our first league win back in the Championship is finally over, thanks to a 1-0 triumph over former league table toppers Fulham. The Cottagers travelled to Bloomfield Road on Saturday full of confidence, having been unbeaten in the league this season prior to Saturday’s fixture. However on the day, the WestContinue reading “Review: Five Good, Five Bad – Fulham (h)”

Transfer Analysis: Walking in a Wintle Wonderland

Blackpool have confirmed the signing of Ryan Wintle on loan from Cardiff City. Here’s what the tangerine army need to know about our 10th signing of the summer: Background Wintle is joining on a season-long loan from Cardiff, who do hold the option to recall him in January. The Bluebirds signed Wintle on a freeContinue reading “Transfer Analysis: Walking in a Wintle Wonderland”

Analysis: “High Five” – how Blackpool attack like the world’s best teams

Blackpool are sitting in the Championship relegation zone, are winless in the league and have crashed out of the Carabao Cup. Neil Critchley’s squad has not started 2020/21 as an elite side – although they are playing like it. In their performances this season, the Seasiders have consistently attacked goal with a structure shared byContinue reading “Analysis: “High Five” – how Blackpool attack like the world’s best teams”