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?”

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?”

Opinion: Quality over Quantity

With January additions surely around the corner at Blackpool, unlike the previous transfer window, it’s quality that Blackpool will be after rather than quantity. After the recent performance against Bristol Rovers in which we had 21 chances, of which only five were on target, it is conclusive what area the transfer activity needs to happenContinue reading “Opinion: Quality over Quantity”

One year since Sunderland… Squad Review

Yes, Christmas came early, another new addition to the utmp writing team! @MitchCooksLeftFoot joins us and will be chipping in with a few special editions for utmp. If you like his stuff and want more regular content then visit his pride and joy here Mitch Cook’s Left Foot. As there is no game, he givesContinue reading “One year since Sunderland… Squad Review”

Opinion: Can we still make the Play-Offs? A comparison to previous seasons

Let’s be fair, most Blackpool fans expected us to be right at the top end of the table this season after the summer of recruitment we had. After all, we’re not used to the level of ambition we’ve seen recently under Simon Sadler, so it may have gone to a few of our heads –Continue reading “Opinion: Can we still make the Play-Offs? A comparison to previous seasons”

COMPETITION: Christmas Giveaway

We’ve teamed up with the team over at Farmyard Ales (@farmyardales) to offer UTMP readers a chance of receiving their little own 12 Tins of Christmas! We all know 2020 has been a tough year, so here’s our attempt at raising a small cheer. UTMP is happy to announce the launch of the 12 TinsContinue reading “COMPETITION: Christmas Giveaway”

Interview: Jamie Milligan on Fleetwood v Blackpool

Ahead of the upcoming fixture between Fleetwood Town and Blackpool, utmp caught up with former midfielder and current Bamber Bridge manager Jamie Milligan. Jamie spent two years at Bloomfield Road, between 2001-03, before going on to play 200 games at Fleetwood where he became a club legend at Highbury, helping them to four promotions inContinue reading “Interview: Jamie Milligan on Fleetwood v Blackpool”

Opinion: Critchley’s Class of 2020

Yes, you read that headline right – Critchley Class of 2020. I don’t mind the ‘Critchley & Calderwood Class’, but please never just the ‘Colin Calderwood Class’. Let’s not forget who the main man is – the man who left Liverpool for a project he felt was ‘special’ and who put the wheels in motionContinue reading “Opinion: Critchley’s Class of 2020”

Opinion: Review of the Season so far

We’re now at the quarter way stage of the season and, given the international break, now seems an opportune moment to review what we’ve seen so far. Each of our writers have given their view on Blackpool’s results and performances so far and how that has impacted our expectations. Tom Thoughts on results so farContinue reading “Opinion: Review of the Season so far”

Five good, five bad – Burton (a)

Often the majority of the five goods/bads have been underlined with draws and losses. Finally, we get to be positive and leave most of the negative undertones at the door. Here, I pick out the positives and slight negatives from yesterday’s win at the Pirelli Stadium. Five Good 1. Back to winning ways on theContinue reading “Five good, five bad – Burton (a)”

Opinion: Why Critchley Needs More Time

Critchley in or Critchley out? After nine league games and six defeats, momentum is gathering with calls for the manager to be sacked after yet another lacklustre display and no sign of things improving quickly. But does a new manager solve the problem, or simply add to the issues Simon Sadler has taken on inContinue reading “Opinion: Why Critchley Needs More Time”

Opinion: Patience is a Virtue

Given our recent run of form, we were crying out for a little bit of positivity and it duly came earlier this week as Matty Virtue signed a 12-month extension to his deal which was due to expire next summer. Virtue has been a real miss for us in midfield so far this season andContinue reading “Opinion: Patience is a Virtue”

Opinion: Why it’s Fine to Question Critchley

Everyone is hurting after yesterday’s performance. The players, the manager, the board, and most of all, the fans. It’s bad enough having to watch that dross, but at home without your mates and watching a second rate stream on a phone or laptop, it doesn’t make for pleasant reading. Social media platforms show fellow fans’Continue reading “Opinion: Why it’s Fine to Question Critchley”

Transfer/Insight: Daniel Ballard

Blackpool’s latest signing is Northern Ireland international Daniel Ballard on loan from Arsenal. The 21-year-old joins for the season and will not count towards the 22-man squad limit and therefore leaves two spaces still open for new recruits. Ballard joins on loan until January and adds to our four other options at centre-back. Background DespiteContinue reading “Transfer/Insight: Daniel Ballard”