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”

Five good, five bad – Lincoln City (h)

It was a miserable day at the office, both in terms of the weather conditions and the result at Bloomfield Road. Neil Critchley will have learnt plenty about his side and where this new group of players are at, and with the transfer window still open, may be prompted to make one or two moreContinue reading “Five good, five bad – Lincoln City (h)”

Opinion: Expectation vs Reality

There’s a strange feeling in the air at the moment and I believe that we, the fans, are part of the problem. We’ve become spoilt and now that things aren’t going our way, we are beginning to pollute media channels with our negativity. Yes, this blog will be opinionated (aren’t they all?). Yes, you mightContinue reading “Opinion: Expectation vs Reality”

Transfer/Insight: Jordan Gabriel

Whilst Blackpool have had a busy window, the lack of defensive reinforcements was starting to raise concern. The lack of cover in the middle and on the right of defence was clear to see, so the arrival of Jordan Gabriel, on a season-long loan from Nottingham Forest, will help settle the nerves and provide someContinue reading “Transfer/Insight: Jordan Gabriel”

Opinion/Insight: The Role of Jerry in the Side

After two league games and one match in the cup, questions are circling around Jerry Yates and the fact he’s yet to score from open play. Here we try to dissect the potential issues and consider whether we need him to start firing soon, as well as what we need from other players around theContinue reading “Opinion/Insight: The Role of Jerry in the Side”

Five Good, Five Bad – Swindon Town

It’s getting to the stage now where after a win like that I am struggling to pick out things that are necessarily ‘bad’ and more things we can benefit from. It was a real strong performance and win against a side which will hurt teams this season if they continue playing that way. Five GoodContinue reading “Five Good, Five Bad – Swindon Town”

Opinion: Blackpool’s Change in Philosophy Causes a Revolving Door – Should We Be Concerned?

When Simon Sadler arrived at Squires Gate to address the squad as he took the reigns of Blackpool Football Club, we could not have imagined that all but two of the players and coaches stood in front of him would remain just 13 months later. Under Sadler, Blackpool have had one of the division’s highestContinue reading “Opinion: Blackpool’s Change in Philosophy Causes a Revolving Door – Should We Be Concerned?”

Five good, five bad – Plymouth Argyle

It’s taken me until Sunday morning to finish writing this to let go of some of the emotion attached to our first game of the season and really break down what went well and what we could improve on. Let’s start with the negatives and end with the positives – in reality it wasn’t theContinue reading “Five good, five bad – Plymouth Argyle”

Full League One Season Preview Guide – 2020/21

Here at utmp we have previewed all 23 of our opponents in League One this season, highlighting their current state of play and ambitions for the upcoming season. We’ve included a League Table of our anticipated standings, showcasing who we feel will be Blackpool’s direct competitors, and who we feel will struggle and we shouldContinue reading “Full League One Season Preview Guide – 2020/21”

Five Good, Five Bad – Liverpool

A familiar scoreline at Anfield – at least at half-time, eh? Pre-season has been one of the most eventful in recent years with 11 new players, 16 departures, essentially a new management team and plenty of positive signs on and off the field. But surely this and the Everton games go down as the bestContinue reading “Five Good, Five Bad – Liverpool”

Transfer/Analysis: Dan Kemp

Dan Kemp arrived on a season-long loan from West Ham today, further bolstering our offensive options. Kemp spent time on loan at Stevenage last season before Covid struck, and has regularly featured for West Ham’s successful U23 side. Following the departures of Ryan Hardie, Nathan Delfouneso and finally Joe Nuttall, Blackpool were beginning to lackContinue reading “Transfer/Analysis: Dan Kemp”

Opinion: The Gary Madine Dilemma – Gary Goals or Gary Go?

Blackpool fans, it seems, like a pantomime villain in our squad. The boo boys circled around big money signing Joe Nuttall for the majority of last season, and following his loan move to Northampton, attention from some quarters has now shifted to Gary Madine. So what is it about Madine that’s meant he hasn’t yetContinue reading “Opinion: The Gary Madine Dilemma – Gary Goals or Gary Go?”

Insight/Analysis: Head of Recruitment Tommy Johnson

We take a look at the man behind some of the recent transfer business by Blackpool. The Head of Recruitment has certainly been busy these past few weeks as we have seen six new arrivals. We looked at previous stats, records and the interview of Tommy Johnson by This Football Life. The new Head ofContinue reading “Insight/Analysis: Head of Recruitment Tommy Johnson”

Pre-season Match Review: Southport (a)

Blackpool started pre-season with what felt like an almost complete squad in comparison to previous seasons. This one was a bit different with fans only able to watch on a pixelated, motion heavy screen which made the reunion so much harder to watch. One thing that did remain the same however, was the inclusion ofContinue reading “Pre-season Match Review: Southport (a)”

Opinion: Bloomfield Road Clear Out

Some weeks can be slower than others. That’s definitely been the case for Blackpool recently. After an initial flurry of early transfer business, things on the Fylde coast have quietened down – at least on the incomings. However, there have been some departures from Bloomfield Road. Following Ryan Hardie’s loan move to Plymouth Argyle, RyanContinue reading “Opinion: Bloomfield Road Clear Out”

Fan Opinion: Matty Holford Talks Tangerine

Blackpool fan Matty got in touch with us to share his opinion on how Blackpool will fare this coming season, and we were grateful for his input. This blog is written by Matty Holford, 15. Matty’s starting 11Formation: 4-3-3 1. Maxwell 2. Turton 3. Husband 4. Ekpetita 5. McDonald 6. Virtue 7. Anderson 8. KaikaiContinue reading “Fan Opinion: Matty Holford Talks Tangerine”

Opinion: Between a Rock and a Hardie Place

Updated on 3rd September. Ryan Hardie won’t be playing against us this weekend for Plymouth Argyle due to a clause in his loan deal, but should he be lining up for the Seasiders instead? We consider the 23-year-old’s future at Bloomfield Road and whether his current loan spell means the end or if it actuallyContinue reading “Opinion: Between a Rock and a Hardie Place”