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End of the season

With two games go we are set for a top half finish thanks to a great run of four wins on the bounce.

It’s been a very strange season on the pitch with the team going a mid season run of 1 win in 14 and then the end of the season with the recent four in a row which could be six in a row with wins over Shrewsbury and Rotherham.

Both are in the playoff, can’t reach Blackburn in second place and can’t take over each other so might rest a few players and naturally will be easing up ready for games against possible Charlton, Scunthorpe, Plymouth or Portsmouth.

For us it looks like there will be summer of upheaval with many players not in contract for next year. Last season with promotion and the “contract cycle” many players were already signed up for this year. However this summer as many as 14 players could be set to leave.

One major worry is Kyle Vasell who has 8 goals so far this season but had a long period out, 8 goals in 20 games is a good return for a player who is now proven at League One level.

Another worry is Mark Cullen who has only make 7 appearances this season due to injury. He might be looking for a new contract but needs to prove his fitness.
It could all result in another Nottingham Forest debacle where we don’t have a full squad for the start of the season. It could be a good idea at this stage to look for UK free bets on us not having a complete squad for the start of next season. Once again the off field problems

And all that is down to the problems off the field.

Progress off the field this season has hit some major milestones. The court case ruling against Oyston, the failure of the Oystons to make payments and sell property. Finally the meetings with the EFL which increases the exposure of what is happening at the club.
Work on that front is still an ongoing battle, but its fantastic to see so many still sitting by their principals of NAPM.

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With all the news that has come out in the past year in the court case about the Oyston’s asset stripping it does help somewhat to reaffirm the position of those fans, who really deep down knew all along what had been going on, but the court case did help solidify everyone’s decisions.

So with two games left to go there isn’t going to be any surprises on the pitch, but there is still time for something off the pitch to happen!

Continued improvement again? Northampton preview

A resurgent Blackpool will aim to extend their unbeaten run to six games when they host Northampton at Bloomfield Road on Saturday. The Tangerines have moved out of relegation danger by taking nine points from their last five games and that has also seen them leapfrog Northampton in the table. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s men have drawn their last two games and will represent stubborn opposition, but Blackpool should feel confident in their ability to overwhelm the visitors. They have been much improved in recent weeks and will aim to end a somewhat testing season on as high a note as possible.

Betonline will have odds for the Blackpool, review them and you will see that the Tangerines are heavy favourites to win this game. That is a mark of how far they have come along since the start of February. They were good value for their win last weekend as goals from Kyle Vassell and Clark Robertson put Portsmouth to the sword. However, they are without a win in their last 10 home games and manager Gary Bowyer is desperate to rectify that.

“It’s always nice to win in front of your home support and that’s something we’ve got to address,” he said. “The win at Portsmouth will give us another confidence boost but it all comes from the hard work in training. We just concentrate on the performances to try to get the results. We’ve got to do the same again next week when we’re back at home. It’s no coincidence there was a lovely surface at Fratton Park and it does make a difference, but this is something that we went through last season. You just take each game as it comes but we’ve now got to take this into next weekend’s game against Northampton.”

After beating Portsmouth last time out, Blackpool now have the 10th best away record in the division. However, they are just 17th in the home table, with five wins from 16, and the loyal home support could do with a greater reward for their efforts. Northampton is a good opponent to pick up that elusive win against. The Cobblers have lost eight out of 17 away games and conceded 31 goals in the process, so Vassell and co should be licking their lips in anticipation of Northampton’s visit. The bookmakers agree and they have Blackpool as odds-on favourites to win the game.

Mid-table obscurity now beckons for the club, who are 200/1 to be promoted and 20/1 to be relegated. That is a result compared to a month ago, when the situation was looking extremely precarious. Maintaining League One status is the bare minimum required at a tumultuous point in the club’s history.

It was reported this week that Blackpool’s losses increased from £1.7 million to £2.2 million during the 2016-17 season when they were promoted back to League One. The club’s owners, the Oyston family, owe at least £20 million to Latvian businessman Valeri Belokon after losing a High Court battle in November. The family missed a £10 million payment due to Belokon this month under the terms of a £31 million court order to buy him out. An independent audit into the club’s finances said the judgement against Owen and Karl Oyston creates material uncertainty over Blackpool’s debts. Amid continued uncertainty off the pitch, the players and manager should be applauded for turning their fortunes around in the league, and they can only try to maintain their focus and keep racking up points. It could be a busy summer in the transfer market and Bowyer and his team will want to make the club as attractive a prospect as possible, and beating Northampton would be a great start.

AFC Wimbledon 0 – 0 Blackpool HT

Half time and 0-0. Both sides not testing the keeper. So far pretty poor with little creativity upfront.

It’s good to see Vassell back but it’s clear he’s someway from full fitness and has been bullied around a little by the Find back four.

Hoping for better in the second half.

Remembering How A Weakened Nottingham Helped Blackpool to the Premier League

Nottingham Forest made headlines recently as they eliminated an under-strength Arsenal from the FA Cup at the third round stage. Much was made of the Arsene Wenger’s decision to play an entire starting eleven made up of reserves, but the hosts still had to beat a team of internationals to progress.

Forest may have benefited from playing against a weakened side, but once upon a time, it was them fielding reserves that aided Blackpool in a spectacular way. Had it not been for belligerent Billy Davies choosing to rest players towards the end of the 2009/10 season, Blackpool may never have tasted the Premier League.

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Billy Davies” by TuborgLight (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Just four games before the end of the season, a superb run by the Tangerines was ended by a 4-1 hammering at Newcastle. Five games without defeat resulted in them sitting in seventh place, one outside the play-off spots. Nottingham Forest were due up next, who were third and had already qualified for the end-of-season lottery.

Swansea, Leicester City and Cardiff were the other teams vying for the final spot, all were in good form and on the afternoon of April 17, all faced teams with little to play for. With third-placed Forest having lost just one in six, Blackpool were likely to be eliminated from the race for the Premier League.

Forest were already assured their place in the top six, though, and Billy Davies decided the trip to Bloomfield Road represented a great opportunity to rest some first team players. Out went Chris Gunter, Robert Earnshaw, Dexter Blackstock and Nathan Tyson. In came James Perch, Dele Adebola, Joe Garner and David McGoldrick. It was a risky strategy and one that drew criticism from the other sides chasing the Holy Grail of a Premier League spot.

Forest, who recently slipped to 150/1 in the current season Championship betting, had let their guard down and a rampant Blackpool grabbed the chance with both hands. Charlie Adam netted from the penalty spot before DJ Campbell grabbed a second. It mattered little that Joe Garner, one of the fringe players, pulled a goal back for Forest because Campbell added a third with six minutes remaining.

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DJ Campbell” by joncandy (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The other three sides all won their games, but the trickiest tie had been overcome. A week later, Blackpool won away at Peterborough, again thanks to DJ Campbell, but Swansea stumbled. They lost 2-0 at Sheffield United, paving the way for a sixth-placed finish for Ian Holloway’s unfashionable Tangerines.

Fate inevitably pitched them against Forest in the semi-finals and this time all of the big guns took part for Forest. It mattered not, as a 2-1 win at Bloomfield Road secured the slender advantage before a DJ Campbell hat-trick eliminated Billy Davies’ side on their own ground, 6-4 on aggregate. The rest, as they say, is history.

Had Blackpool not be given an easier ride a couple of weeks before, it is highly likely that points could have been dropped, resulting in Swansea grabbing the final playoff spot. Would the Tangerines ever have ascended to the Premier League after missing out? Who knows, but it does go to show that plying a weakened side can change the course of history, something Forest have now found out from both sides of the fence.

Blackpool FC up for sale

What an end to the week with the news that the Oystons have put Blackpool FC up for sale.

As mentioned in my last post it’s going to be a long process but steps are being made towards getting our club back and I can’t wait!

As the news broke this afternoon I was in a meeting, but I could hide my excitement rubbing my hands and doing some sort of dance in my chair.

The future bright, the future is tangerine!!!

The £31 million win for Valeri Belokon over the Oystons

How about that for a result. After a long wait the judgment was presented today in the High Court case between Valeri Belokon and the Oystons with the headline being that the Oyston need to buy out Belokon for £31 million pounds.

Many Blackpool fans thought that the decision would be in Belokon’s favour but didn’t see the outcome of the £31 million valuation of Belokon’s stake in the club. That 31 could end up being higher with court fees and interest added.

This is a massive step towards the Oystons possibly leaving the club, there are a few options on the table which could be then selling up to another party to or to Belokon + another party. It will be interesting to see what plays out in the next month.

If you have the time there are 136 pages the Approved judgment Document you can read below.

blackpool fc high court judgement pdf

https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/vbfa-v-blackpoolfc.pdf

Big credit to Valeri Belokon and the team, but also all of those putting pressure on the Oystons including those who helped to point out what was happening with the finances at Blackpool FC over the years.

 

More details on the following URLs

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-41890855

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2017-11-06/valeri-belokon-wins-high-court-battle-with-oyston-family-over-running-of-blackpool-fc/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5054731/Blackpool-Oystons-ordered-pay-31m-Valeri-Belokon.html

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/sport/football/blackpool-fc/belokon-my-future-with-blackpool-fc-is-uncertain-1-8843725

Who is the best ever Blackpool FC player?

The best Blackpool FC player is a tough one to call.

  • Stanley Matthews
  • Jimmy Armfield
  • Stan Mortensen
  • Brett Ormerod
  • Tony Green

Its a really tough one to decide upon as its really hard to compare Blackpool FC over the years. It doesn’t help that the players have played in different levels of the league.

Leave a comment below if you don’t agree

 

Will Blackpool be able to stay in the League One?

According to Edward Carter (football prediction specialist at FootballPredictions.com) it has been six years since Blackpool played their last match in the Premier League. Nowadays the club’s main goal is to secure the League One survival and it remains to be seen if they are going to stay in the English third tier.

Thanks to a 3-1 win over Leyton Orient on the last day of the 2016/2017 season Blackpool booked their place in the League Two play-offs. The Seasiders proved their worth in the two-legged tie against Luton Town and Mark Cullen’s goal helped them beat Exeter City in the play-offs final at Wembley Stadium.

Blackpool have slim chances of securing promotion to the Championship and the team’s main goal is to secure the League One survival. Gary Bowyer is still in charge of the club and his men have been producing fine performances at the start of the 2017/2018 season. The Seasiders kicked off the new League One campaign with a 2-1 loss at Bradford City, but they recorded back-to-back wins over the likes of Milton Keynes Dons and Oldham Athletic in the first two home games of the season. It seems as if Blackpool are going to continue to struggle on the travels, but they showed character in a 3-3 draw with Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Gary Bowyer made a number of changes to the squad in the summer transfer window as they brought the likes of Nick Anderton, Max Clayton, Peter Hartley, Chirstoffer Mafoumbi, Scott Quigley, Jimmy Ryan, Curtis Tilt, Oliver Turnon and Ben Williams to Bloomfield Road, whilst Tom Aldred, Ian Black, Henry Cameron, John Herron, Luke Higham, Dean Lyness, Eddie Nolan, Jack Payne, Brad Potts, Jack Redshaw, Sam Slocombe and Macauley Wilson are no longer part of the team. Blackpool, on the other hand, did well to keep hold of attacking duo Kyle Vassell – Mark Cullen and they are likely to pose a big threat for opposition defenders in the 2017/2018 League One campaign. Colin Daniel, who quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Blackpool is once expected to play an important role in Gary Bowyer’s team.

It is well known that Blackpool are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they need to keep on collecting points from home fixtures if they are to retain their League One status and the team’s performances in the victories over MK Dons and Oldham City are certainly giving fans a reason for optimism. However, given the quality of Wigan, Blackburn, Charlton, Peterborough, Portsmouth and Bradford, I do not believe that Blackpool are capable of finishing the season in top six.

Taking everything into account, the Seasiders should mind their own business and they need to stick to their attack-minded approach as that is the main reason why football fans in England love them (well a few years ago!). Blackpool are not seen as candidates to secure promotion to the Championship, but they are definitely capable of staying in the English third tier. If you are looking for analysis on the English Premier League or Championship instead of the League One make sure to check out these Premier League predictions by Edward Carter.

Doncaster up next

This weekend Blackpool are back on the road and its a NAPM friendly match with tickets on sale on the day. Doncaster are unbeaten so far this season, a draw on the opening day to Gillingham away, a 2-3 win away at Bradford in the EFL cup and then their best result a 1-3 win away at Blackburn.

Donny finished 3rd last year in League 2, only 2 points behind winners Portsmouth and second place Plymouth. On the way to promotion we beat them twice in the league, first 4-2 at home (Potts brace, Vassell and Mellor) and then 0-1 away, a Jordan Flores penalty in the 90th (Doncaster were down to 10 men from the 52nd minute). Mark Cullen had missed in a pen earlier in the second half.

Between those two games we played in the EFL cup, a draw at Doncaster with then us progressing 7-8 on penalties.

With it still being early on in the season its still hard to predict the outcomes of games. Some think that MK Dons will be up there at the end of the season. It’s hard to predict what the result of this Saturday’s game will be, odds for the game this weekend have Doncaster favourites for the match but I can see this one being a tight one.

Looking at a selection of our new players Curtis Tilt looks like a solid player but still with a bit to learn, in the middle new captain Jimmy Ryan has been reliable in midfield who will keep things ticking over in the middle of the park and Sean Longstaff might have something about him with his first goal being the winner last week.

It’s actually a massive turnaround in the team from last season. From the team that played against MK Dons at the weekend, only four were here last season. The ones in bold.

  • R Allsop
  • C Robertson
  • N Wilmer-Anderton
  • C Tilt
  • O Turton
  • J Ryan
  • S Longstaff
  • V Solomon-Otabor
  • B Osavi-Samuel
  • C Daniel
  • M Cullen

One of the reasons why teams who are promoted often do well in the league above straightaway is keeping the momentum going from the previous season. Teams in the past had succeeded in back-to-back promotions from League Two and again from League One. Comparing the Doncaster team who easily beat Blackburn there was only two new starters in the 11.

  • I Lawlor
  • D Andrew
  • A Butler
  • N Mason
  • J Wright
  • T Rowe
  • B Whiteman
  • M Blair
  • J Coppinger
  • J Marquis
  • L Mandeville

One aspect in our favour is Doncaster had an awful finish to the season losing their last 4 games of the season, the main reason they didn’t end up finishing top. Where we won 5 of the last 7 games including the play-off matches.

Start to the season

It’s always going to be hard to get excited for the start of the season while everything off the field has been going on.

Strangely the building of the squad has gone well, not huge signings but for once bodies seemed to be made in a timely manner.

But then it all found down with Brad Potts leaving for Barnsley, Potts could be a great player but was so inconstant for us and when watching live he so often just went missing in games. However last season he did get 10 goals from midfield which will be a miss with no like for like replacement coming in.

If you’re looking to bet on the League One this season then a great site to think about checking out is Footy Accumulators as they offer football accumulator tips for all the games throughout the season.

On the pitch two 2-1 defeats so far – but against Bradford and Wigan who both should do well this season.

Next up is MK Dons who also lost to Wigan, 1-0 on the first day of the season. MK finished mid-table last season bank in the middle after being relegated from the Championship.

 

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