Category: Blackpool FC

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.

loft and bsa protest

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.

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

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

Will Blackpool be able to stay in the League One?

According to Edward Carter (football prediction specialist at 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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Six players Blackpool should sign this summer

Last season was a bitter-sweet for Blackpool. On the one hand, they won their first promotion since that glorious Wembley victory over Cardiff in 2010. On the other, there were around 35k fewer fans in London to see it. Many boycotted the best moment of the season in order to protest, understandably, against the Oyston regime. The spirit and camaraderie within the dressing room remained strong however – and these are six players who could improve the Seasiders’ squad ahead of the 17/18 League One campaign.


Scott Wharton

Gary Bowyer has spent 11 years of his career at Blackburn and would be foolish not to utilize his contacts at Ewood Park. If Charlie Mulgrew and Darragh Lenihan stay with Rovers, or if another defender joins, they may be open to loaning out the 19-year-old, who recently impressed at Cambridge. Wharton may be deemed to be too young by Tony Mowbray but at Blackpool – who are 6/4 for relegation with Bet Ways as of the 11th July – more grounded expectations present a little more room for error. Tom Aldred’s move to Bury means Pool may require a centre-back, especially if Bowyer plans to use three at the back.

Demetri Mitchell

The wing-back system gives Kelvin Mellor and Andy Taylor the freedom to focus more on the attacking side of their game, the duo providing use width last term. Taylor though is 31 and there may be scope for Pool to upgrade on Colin Daniel as competition in this area. Mitchell has progressed steadily through the ranks at Manchester United in more than one position, having an impressive debut at left-back against Crystal Palace. The Red Devils may at a push be willing to let him go out on loan to a nearby League One club, although if they expected the 20-year-old to start every week, that would complicate matters with Taylor named captain.

Neil Danns

Aldred started as captain in the play-off final, but when he went off injured, Neil Danns took on the baton with some aplomb. The Bury loanee battled superbly in the second half, imposing his physicality to ensure Exeter passed sideways and never broke into the final third. The Seasiders will have similar tactical ambitions in a lot of their games this season, particularly away from home and a return for the experienced Danns – who has often played at Championship level – would help their cause.

John Welsh

If a deal for Danns cannot be reached, then perhaps John Welsh would be a good contingency option. His defensive discipline was key to Preston North End’s promotion in 2015, particularly in the crucial play-off games. Blackpool need a holding midfielder with Jim McAlister their only option at present. While signing a player from the Lilywhites may not seem attractive, it’s worth pointing out that the likes of Tony Ellis and Brett Omerod made themselves cult heroes at Bloomfield Road.

George Moncur

Barnsley are reportedly interested in Brad Potts, who combined well with Mark Cullen for numerous goals in the play-offs according to Soccer Base. Should the Tykes show desperation to sign the 23-year-old, Bowyer may sense an opportunity. He could demand a player plus cash deal involving George Moncur, who is the same age and does a similar job to Potts but has arguably done it at a higher level, with a better goalscoring record to boot. The signings of McGeehan and courting of Potts may make Moncur feel uneasy about his position at Oakwell and Blackpool could take advantage.

Mark Bunn


Reports suggest Aston Villa had shown interest in Bright Osayi-Samuel, who caught the eye with his impressive solo goal at Newport. While the inside forward did well last season, he only started 13 times and may not fit smoothly into a first eleven which will include two out-and-out strikers and an attack-minded midfielder. Pool could use the youngster as a bargaining tool for getting Mark Bunn. The goalkeeper has only started 15 league games out of a possible 84 at Villa and having possibly met Bowyer in his time at Blackpool, he may be willing to drop down a league to get regular games. This may be harsh on summer signing Ben Williams, but Myles Boney needs to prove himself lower down the pyramid before becoming second choice at this level.

The aforementioned sextet may be slightly ambitious, but Blackpool already have 28 senior professionals on their books, so any new signings must improve the quality of their first eleven.

NAMP at Blackpool FC drops attendances 103% year-on-year & average capacity to 20%

I posted back in January about the falling attendances at Blackpool FC as a direct result of the NAPM (Not a penny more) campaigns which is supported by many fans. With all home games completed this season we can calculate that attendances dropped 103% compared to last season and overall Bloomfield Road on average was at 20% capacity.

That original post was written after the match vs Yeovil when only 2,885 attended, one of the lowest in many years. Since then there was four games with a lower attendance;

  • Colchester 2,772
  • Stevenage 2,456
  • Barnet 2,094
  • Crawley 2,080

There was a few bumper crowds since then;

  • Hartlepool United 5,374
  • Grimsby Town 4,668
  • Accrington 4,300

The common theme between both, Southern Vs Northern teams.

The graph below shows that attendances at the end of the season did pick up, but didn’t keep increases as the season ended.

Click on the graph below to see in detail

blackpool fc attendances chart

As mentioned capacity is down to 20%, meaning in just a few season we’ve gone from 80%+ to 20%

Blackpool FC Season Capacity

Average for the season comes in at 3,474, which is a year on year decrease of 103% compared to 7,052 last year.


Blackpool FC Season Average Attendances


Season Average of Attendance
2009 to 2010 – Championship 8,744
2010 to 2011 – Premier League 15,780
2011 to 2012 – Championship 12,809
2012 to 2013 – Championship 13,917
2013 to 2014 – Championship 14,213
2014 to 2015 – Championship 10,928
2015 to 2016 – League One 7,052
2016 to 2017 – League Two 3,474

All very depressing to read. What will be interesting is to see what happens next year. Promotion and I think attendances will go up slightly.  Remaining in League Two, attendances will go down.

However what really seems to effect attendances is who we are playing, how many big teams, how many in the north Vs the south.

Once again data was from Wikipedia.


Blackpool Vs Luton Playoff First Leg

I should be in the pub near to Bloomfield Road.

I should be thinking about the result.

I should be looking forward to the atmosphere before the game.

I should be excited by the Sky cameras at the game

I should be thinking about a forthcoming Tuesday night play-off second leg

I should be having those same feeling and experiences of Hartlepool away or Forrest 

I should be looking forward to a visit o our national stadium

But I’m not. I’m in the car heading back to London. 

All due to one family…