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”

Opinion: The Case for Optimism

Blackpool sit just above the relegation zone, having only one point from nine and having lost two consecutive home games. Isaac Selley discusses why the start of the season been so underwhelming and why we should feel positive moving forward. As I stood in the North stand after the final whistle blew on our defeatContinue reading “Opinion: The Case for Optimism”

Review: Coventry – Five Good, Five Bad (H)

Last Saturday Cardiff brought Blackpool down to earth after a 2-0 defeat at home, the first defeat since April at Bloomfield Road. Last night’s game was time to make amends and to try and get back on track but it wasn’t to be – another defeat and another game without a goal to cheer. We’reContinue reading “Review: Coventry – Five Good, Five Bad (H)”

Opinion: UTMP Predict the League Table

We didn’t do too bad on the League One predictions. Dan faired better than others by naming three of the four going down (Rochdale, Bristol Rovers and Northampton Town) and getting one of the promoted teams in Peterborough. This time we decided to publish the tables instead of our usual combined league table prediction. ConorContinue reading “Opinion: UTMP Predict the League Table”

Analysis: One Step Beyond – What does “good” look like in a new league?

With Blackpool’s promotion to the Championship, Neil Critchley and the Seasiders have the unenviable task of trying to keep the club in the second tier among fierce competition. There are no longer four clear laggards in the Championship (just one in Derby County!). Blackpool could play well, transition better than your average promoted side andContinue reading “Analysis: One Step Beyond – What does “good” look like in a new league?”

Opinion: McCall is the Perfect Man to Replace Calderwood

Following the surprise departure of Colin Calderwood last month, Blackpool appointed former Bradford and Motherwell manager Stuart McCall last week. Our new writer Isaac Selley has reviewed this appointment and the departure of the man who many fans felt was pivotal in last season’s success. The Colin Calderwood-shaped hole has now been filled by StuartContinue reading “Opinion: McCall is the Perfect Man to Replace Calderwood”

Player Profile: Tyreece John-Jules

Neil Critchley’s experience and connections at the Premier League U-23 level continue to pay-off; securing the services of Arsenal’s Tyreece John-Jules for a season long-loan. The 20-year-old, who spent last season with Doncaster Rovers in League One, has also had a loan spell with Lincoln City. It was with Lincoln where he scored his firstContinue reading “Player Profile: Tyreece John-Jules”

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: Sonny at the Seaside

Last week, Sonny Carey signed for Blackpool from King’s Lynn, following the ongoing rumours over the last few weeks as per my recent piece highlighting that it might be in the pipeline. The Seasiders saw off competition from the likes of Luton, Bournemouth and Swansea to secure a deal with the attacking midfielder. ApproachIt’s notContinue reading “Transfer News: Sonny at the Seaside”

Transfer News: Case Closed – Olly Casey Signs

I mean it was no big mystery really was it? At last the rumours have come to fruition and former Leeds centre-back Oliver Casey joins the Pool on another three year deal. He joins Marvin Ekpiteta, Jordan Thorniley, Daniel Gretarsson and James Husband as options in the centre of defence. It’s a new era forContinue reading “Transfer News: Case Closed – Olly Casey Signs”

Opinion: Who should Blackpool sign this summer?

In this blog I analyse the various transfer rumours of who Blackpool have been linked with and suggest a few names I think we should consider, based on our recruitment strategy over the past few windows. Firstly the Rumours Oliver Casey – Centre Back – Leeds U23Very much a young project, who has been likenedContinue reading “Opinion: Who should Blackpool sign this summer?”

Transfer News: Glad All Bowler

For a man who ran Liverpool’s academy, Neil Critchley seems intent on signing products of Everton’s youth set-up. On Saturday, the club confirmed the signing of Josh Bowler, a winger for the Toffee’s U-23 team who has previous experience on loan at Hull City. He follows Ellis Simms and joins Shane Lavery as the latestContinue reading “Transfer News: Glad All Bowler”

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”

Transfer News: Getting to know Reece James

When Blackpool announced their first signing of the summer as full-back Reece James, there will have definitely been a couple of eyebrows raised! However, it was a case of “Not That One!”, as the England International’s namesake Reece James joins the Pool on a free transfer from Doncaster Rovers. This follows a very fruitful 2020/21Continue reading “Transfer News: Getting to know Reece James”

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”

Opinion: Three Key Points from Blackpool’s Released List

Blackpool published their Retained/Released list yesterday afternoon. It included a couple of surprises with Ollie Turton and Sullay Kaikai – our two longest serving players – both departing. So what does this all mean and where do we go from here? If you haven’t already seen it; here’s the full breakdown: New contracts offered to: Continue reading “Opinion: Three Key Points from Blackpool’s Released List”