Category: Blackpool FC

5 BFC players who have lit up the recent dark years at Blackpool

It has been a sorry tale for Blackpool since the heady days of the Premier League, with multiple relegations seeing the club languishing in League Two.

Managers have come and gone, with current incumbent Gary Bowyer the Seasiders’ eighth boss in three-and-a-half years when he took the reins in 2016.

Currently one place outside the League Two play-off zone, it remains to be seen if they can make the post-season, there are of decent odds available from online bookmakers if you want to place money on their chances if you fancy their chances of making the playoff games.

There have been the odd bright spots to dwell on, with a few players who have given the fans cause for hope during what has been a dreadful spell for the Lancashire outfit.
Brett Ormerod may have done his best work in a tangerine shirt during his first spell at the club between 1997 and 2001, but his return following relegation from the top flight was a boost.

Never giving of less than 100 per cent, the forward bagged 15 goals during his second stint and became the first man to have played for the club in all four divisions.

Having scored the winning goal in the 2010 Championship play-off final to send Blackpool into the Premier League, the 40-year-old will always be part of the club’s history.
Tom Ince enjoyed a couple of solid seasons at Bloomfield Road and was rewarded with a call-up to the England Under-21 side.

A return of 31 league goals from 100 outings is commendable for a midfielder and, such was his prowess at the time, several top clubs, including Inter Milan, were keen.

His father’s exit as manager meant the writing was on the wall for Ince and, following a spell on loan at Crystal Place, he left for Hull City in the summer of 2014.

The Stockport-born schemer was real a talent and one that Blackpool could have built their midfield around had they remained in the Championship or above.

Striker Kevin Phillips might have spent the majority of his playing career in the Premier League but he enjoyed a couple of years with the Tangerines and scored 16 goals from 38 appearances during the 2011-12 march to the Championship play-offs.

Blackpool’s bid for an immediate return to the promised land was ultimately unsuccessful but the former Sunderland hit-man was still a class apart despite being in the latter stage of his career.

Had he been able to guide the club back to the top flight, things might not have taken a turn for the worse over the past five years.

Charlie Adam was part of the side that went down from the Premier League in 2011 but he was not the reason as the Scot was arguably Blackpool’s best player during that campaign.

The 31-year-old has since gone on to play for Liverpool and Stoke City but his return of 28 league goals from 78 appearances while at Blackpool proved how vital he was to the cause.

The Dundee-born midfield has not been part of the demise over the past few years and, had he stayed, he may have been the glue to hold things together.

Finally goalkeeper Matt Gilks was given the thankless task of trying to prevent an avalanche of goals and his displays between the Blackpool posts earned him three Scotland caps.

The 34-year-old left in 2014 but was virtually ever-present between 2011 and 2014 and, with the side on the wane during those years, it will not have been easy.

But he performed admirably and his saves kept Blackpool in many games they might have lost during his three seasons.

Blackpool FC falling attendances

Blackpool’s last match vs Yeovil saw only 2,885 attend, it’s the lowest attendance for a home match in some time. We all know that numbers have dwindled following all that has happened at the club and the #NAPM stance many, including myself, are following.

I decided to look into the past 8 season of attendances at Bloomfield Road.

  • Highest average of 15,780 in 2010-11 in the Premier League season
  • Average this season is 3,461
  • 104% reduction in average from last season
  • Attendances went up in our second and then third season back in the Championship

Click below to see in more detail

Blackpool FC Falling Attendances

 

Below looks at the averages per season, green is a promotion, black no change and red a season with a relegation. It’s amazing to see how attendances remained so high even after the relegation from the Premier League – what a platform to build from.

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Capacity wise this season is just about 20%.

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As mentioned the Yeovil game attendance was 2,885, the highest in the past 8 seasons was 16,116 Vs Manchester City

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  • All the data comes from Wikipedia season pages https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010%E2%80%9311_Blackpool_F.C._season
  • I’ve not included the abandoned game against Huddersfield in the 2014-15 season
  • There are no exact records around capacity in the 2009-2010 season. The last figure was 9,650 and then the South stand was opened for the Crystal Palace match on 20-05-10 – where the capacity I think increased to 12,025 – however the attendance vs Bristol on the last league game was 12,296

It will be interesting to see these numbers at the end of the season.

Can Blackpool make a play-off push?

Where there is a long-running dispute between a club’s ownership and its fans on-field, success is normally hard to come by. As with any organisation, sporting or otherwise, a breakdown in this relationship (for companies swap fans for shareholders) makes for a messy situation, not the bedrock for a rosy future.

Unfortunately, there are many examples of this in football right now as Hull City know only too well. Their team are stuck at the wrong end of the Premier League table and have recently dispensed with the services of a good football man in Mike Phelan.

Allam Out

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In the Championship, unrest between the board and the fans has been rumbling for years at clubs such as Coventry City and Nottingham Forest, while in League Two the Tangerine Dream has turned into a nightmare for Blackpool F.C.

While Hull City fans won’t rest until they get shot of Assem Allam, Blackpool chairman, Karl Oyston, has been the target of abuse following the club’s fall from grace after demotion from the Premier League a few short years ago.

The supporters have stayed away in droves – a club record lowest-ever attendance of just 766 fans turned up to see their side bow out of the Checkatrade Trophy against Wycombe the other night – and playing at home has become a handicap not a help.

A run of three home games in the space of just eight days clearly places pressure on the purse strings of fans; however, the mistrust and antipathy towards Oyston and his cohorts is the biggest factor behind so many stayaways.

Stuck in mid-table and without a win since they beat Hartlepool, a run stretching to five matches, Blackpool need all the encouragement they can get if they are to somehow turn the situation around and make a late push for the play-offs.

That said, Gary Bowyer’s side are only five points off the play-off zone in League Two and have a game in hand on seventh-placed Colchester. Also, their goal difference of +11 is better than those teams immediately above them.

After Tuesday’s F.A. Cup 3rd round replay, Blackpool take on Yeovil at home and then follow in the footsteps of Liverpool and make the long trek down to Plymouth, a game likely to be hotly contested by tipsters such as SBAT. Argyle sit second in the league and have their tails up after holding Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at Anfield in the cup, so getting anything there might be a tough ask, which makes bagging all three points against Yeovil, who are four places and four points below them in the table, all the more vital.

Win that game and the next two at home, against Colchester and Crawley, and Blackpool fans might start believing that bad things can sometimes turn to good. First, they’ll have to mend their goal-shy ways, a problem that has bedevilled quite a few managers who’ve passed through the Bloomfield Road revolving door in recent years.

Only once have Blackpool scored more than one goal in a game (2-0 away to Luton) in the last 10 games, in league and cup, producing a paltry return of six goals. With that sort of fare on offer, no wonder the fans are reluctant to turn up. After all, there is plenty more excitement to be had elsewhere in Blackpool, where the phrase ‘being taken for a ride’ has a much more positive connotation.

Can Bowyer Lead Blackpool Back to League One?

Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, Lancashire.

“Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, Lancashire.” (CC BY 2.0) by Matthew Wilkinson

Blackpool are on the right course to regain their place back in the third tier of English football, despite their off-the-field problems. Supporters are still demanding the removal of chairman Karl Oyston due to his perceived mismanagement of the club following their fall from grace over the past five years, including back-to-back relegations into League Two.

Player sales and poor managerial appointments started the slide, but the club appear to at least be on their way to solving their problems under the tenure of Gary Bowyer, who has begun to steady the ship. The Tangerines have been solid in their campaign thus far, but a strong run in the second half of the season could see them challenge for a place in the playoffs.

Bowyer’s men are currently five points off the pace of seventh-place Barnet, although they do have a game in hand on some of their rivals battling for the four spots. As a result, Blackpool are backed in the latest football betting odds at 9/2 to earn promotion back to League One.

The Tangerines have been one of the most inconsistent sides in the division this term, although they have managed to stave off poor runs of form that can often run sides down the table – as fans are well aware of given their struggles in recent seasons.

Bowyer has managed to establish some semblance of a solid outfit and since the beginning of November, the club have enjoyed more wins than losses or draws, suggesting that the manager might well have cracked on to a successful formula.

Defensively Blackpool have been strong at the back throughout the campaign, conceding just 25 goals in their 24 matches. Clark Robertson, Kelvin Mellor, Tom Aldred and Andy Taylor have formed a resilient unit, which has kept seven clean sheets in League Two and notched another in an impressive display in their FA Cup tie against Championship outfit Barnsley.

Should they raise the level of their performance towards the end of the season they can be the foundation on which the Tangerines can launch a push for the playoffs.

Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

“Bloomfield Road, Blackpool” (CC BY 2.0) by yellow book

At the other end of the pitch, Bowyer’s side are in the middle of the pack with 36 strikes to their name this term. Kyle Vassell has led the way with nine strikes, but the club must find a way to alleviate the pressure on him. The 23-year-old has failed to find the net in his last six contests, including the Tangerines’ 1-0 defeat at the hands of Mansfield at Bloomfield Road.

Jamille Matt and Armand Gnanduillet will need to rise to the occasion as they have scored just five goals between them, although Brad Potts has displayed a propensity to push forward from midfield to chip in with six strikes. Blackpool will need a surge of goals in the second half of the season and Bowyer will have to ensure that the burden does not all fall on Vassell.

After years of disappointment, the shoots of recovery might now be in progress on the pitch at least. However, Bowyer and his men must maintain the standards they’ve set in the first half of the season and improve in all areas to drive back into the third tier.

Relegation day

A second relegation in as many years is on the cards, we’ve just gone 1-0 up at Peterborough and Fleetwood are winning 2-0 against Crewe.

Even if it did happen, it’s delaying the inevitable for another season. For more than half the season we’ve been in the bottom 4.

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Last weekend it was good to join in Judgement Day 2, it was amazing to see the sheer numbers of people out in force. Next season it’s going to be even more visible with attendance figure below two or three thousands in the ground and will be interesting to see when the last years accounts do come in – https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/01970661

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Blackpool FC Squad for 2015/16

The Gazette mentioned that Pool currently have an 18-man-squad in preparation for the 2015/16 season. The 18 players are listed below, but at best it’s actually 12  / 14 players.

Players from last season – 7

— DF Tom Aldred
— DF Charles Dunne
— DF David Ferguson
— DF Luke Higham
— MF Henry Cameron
— MF Connor Oliver
— MF Bright Osayi-Samuel

Players signed this summer – 5

— GK Colin Doyle
— GK Kyle Letheren
— DF Clark Robertson
— MF Brad Potts
— MF Jarrett Rivers

Question mark if they will be here but are under contract – 3

— MF José Miguel Cubero
— FW Nile Ranger
— MF Andrea Orlandi

Players out of contract – 3

— MF Mark Waddington
— MF Jamie O’Hara
— FW Dom Telford

Total number of players, not including the players out of contract or with a question mark.

GK – 2
DF – 5
MF – 5
FW 0

12 players in total, 2 of those goalkeepers and no recognised striker.

Blackpool FC Team for next season so far

It could be possible that Cubero and Orlandi will be here next next year, which would bring the squad to 14 but still no source of goals with only 51 days till we face Colchester on the opening day of the season.

Where does Karl Oyston’s 6 week ban leave us

The Football Association announced yesterday a six-week ban for chairman Karl Oyston following the text incident with a fan. The short length of the ban is somewhat surprising considering he breached rules multiple times and all that has been going on at the club.

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The suspension doesn’t start for four weeks and Oyston has the right to appeal. This leaves us with 4 weeks to build the squad before he leaves, it’s been apparent in the past due to the management structure (or lack or) all deal are overseen by the chairman. So who will oversee the signings of new players? Our secretary hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory in the past year with a number of incidents.

However for some it’s questionable what proactive work Karl Oyston actually does to the benefit of the football team so him being away will anyone notice any difference?

Overall it leaves us in a very dangerous place with half a team and no leadership (again was there any to start with?)

I don’t think we’ve heard the last of this, the balls in Karl’s court and who knows what he’s going to do.

Judgement Day as Blackpool Vs Huddersfield is Abandoned

A judgement of guilty was passed today on Karl Oyston following a horrendous season.

Even without the protests the fact Lee Clark only named 6 players on the bench today showed all that the situation hasn’t changed much since the opening day defeat at Nottingham Forest where there was only a squad of 15 players.

Nothing is going to change while the Oystons remain in charge, come the start of next season its very likely we’ll have a thin squad as we start life in League one.

The main talking point from today will be the pitch invasion, subsequent abandonment of the game and charge on the directors box.

Hopefully the publicity created from today will further raise awareness around the problems at Blackpool. The Oystons will use it to further fuel the idea of a “mob” with banning orders etc.

What needs to happen now is further protests over the summer, the heat can’t be taken off. It’s going to be interesting if the match is re-scheduled, if it is – more protests.

A little round-up of today with photos, videos and links.

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Further links

ITV – http://www.itv.com/news/2015-05-02/fans-invade-pitch-as-protest-halts-blackpool-game/
BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32459756
Mirror – http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/blackpool-vs-huddersfield-abandoned-after-5622109?
Star – http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/439928/Championship-round-up-Cherries-win-title-play-offs-decided-Derby-tears-Blackpool-chaos
Telegraph – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/blackpool/11579126/Blackpool-fans-invade-pitch-and-camp-in-centre-circle-in-Karl-Oyston-protest-as-Huddersfield-match-suspended.html

Stan Mortensen Statue Removed

With #judgementday coming it seems that the club have taken a pre-emtive move to remove the Stan Mortensen statue from outside the ground. I think I’m right in thinking that the statue is located on private property (e.g. the football ground) and may well be the property of the Football Club. The statue was going to be a focal point of the protest this Saturday.

The lack of a statement before removal and the timing is most likely to wind fans up even if there is a real reason for the statue to be removed. I’m guessing the club will say that it is being removed due to the planned protests – if this is the case, why not remove the Jimmy Armfield statue, the sign for the hotel…

And if this wasn’t a move by the club why no tweet from the club to say it’s been stolen…

For those who don’t know about the Stan Mortensen statue the cost and organisation was conducted by the fans and the council. £25,000 was raised to pay for the statue which was revealed back in 2005 – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/4175058.stm

It’s almost if they want to be hated….

Blackpool FC Players on Twitter List – Updated 2014

With a new crop of players settling down I’ve updated the Blackpool FC players on twitter list.

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As well as the current crop all the old players (It’s growing each year) are on the list too.

All the accounts below are listed on a twitter list www.twitter.com/blackpoolfcblog/the-ultimate-blackpool-fc/members.

If you think I’ve missed anyone out leave a comment or message on me on twitter.

Current Players

Ex Players

Officials from the club

Press

Blackpool FC on the web