Category: Blackpool FC

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.

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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

Blackpool set for one man squad next pre-season?

It took some time after a stuttering start to build upon our ‘squad of 8’ players. Further work is still required to bring more faces into the club, defence and upfront being two priority areas.

For those taking note of the signings we’ve made – three came on loan with the rest all signing one-year deal, which includes an option for a further 12 months”. 

It appears this policy of the ‘one year + 12 months extra’ is the only contract policy at the club, no player joining since David Perkins in January has signed a deal for more than one year.

Positives of the policy – we don’t have any unwanted players under contract, however the negative of this is we might end up with a squad of one player in 12 months. 

Our current squad of 20 players
Details in brackets current contract situation

1 GK Joe Lewis (12 month loan from Cardiff City)
2 DF Donervon Daniels (28 day loan from West Bromwich Albion)
3 DF Joan Oriol – (1 year + 1 year option)
4 MF David Perkins (Contract till the end of the season) – Signed 18 month
5 DF Gary MacKenzie (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
6 DF Peter Clarke – (1 year + 1 year option)
7 MF Tomasz Cywka – (1 year + 1 year option)
8 MF Jacob Mellis – (1 year + 1 year option)
9 FW Steve Davies – (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
10 FW Bobby Grant – (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
11 MF Andrea Orlandi – (1 year + 1 year option)
14 FW Nathan Delfouneso – (1 year + 1 year option)
16 FW Tom Barkhuizen – (Contract till the end of the season)
17 FW Ishmael Miller – (1 year + 1 year option)
18 MF John Lundstram (12 month loan from Everton)
20 FW Sergei Zenjov – (1 year + 1 year option)
21 GK Ell Parish – (1 year + 1 year option)
22 MF José Miguel Cubero – (1 year + 1 year option)
24 DF Charles Dunne (2 year + 1 year option) – Signed 3 year + 1 year option
29 DF Tony McMahon – (1 year + 1 year option)

Remove the loan players leaves us with 17 players

3 DF Joan Oriol – (1 year + 1 year option)
4 MF David Perkins (Contract till the end of the season) – Signed 18 month
5 DF Gary MacKenzie (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
6 DF Peter Clarke – (1 year + 1 year option)
7 MF Tomasz Cywka – (1 year + 1 year option)
8 MF Jacob Mellis – (1 year + 1 year option)
9 FW Steve Davies – (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
10 FW Bobby Grant – (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
11 MF Andrea Orlandi – (1 year + 1 year option)
14 FW Nathan Delfouneso – (1 year + 1 year option)
16 FW Tom Barkhuizen – (Contract till the end of the season)
17 FW Ishmael Miller – (1 year + 1 year option)
20 FW Sergei Zenjov – (1 year + 1 year option)
21 GK Ell Parish – (1 year + 1 year option)
22 MF José Miguel Cubero – (1 year + 1 year option)
24 DF Charles Dunne (2 year + 1 year option) – Signed 3 year + 1 year option
29 DF Tony McMahon – (1 year + 1 year option)

Remove players with contracts till the end of this season – 15 players remain

3 DF Joan Oriol – (1 year + 1 year option)
5 DF Gary MacKenzie (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
6 DF Peter Clarke – (1 year + 1 year option)
7 MF Tomasz Cywka – (1 year + 1 year option)
8 MF Jacob Mellis – (1 year + 1 year option)
9 FW Steve Davies – (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
10 FW Bobby Grant – (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
11 MF Andrea Orlandi – (1 year + 1 year option)
14 FW Nathan Delfouneso – (1 year + 1 year option)
17 FW Ishmael Miller – (1 year + 1 year option)
20 FW Sergei Zenjov – (1 year + 1 year option)
21 GK Ell Parish – (1 year + 1 year option)
22 MF José Miguel Cubero – (1 year + 1 year option)
24 DF Charles Dunne (2 year + 1 year option) – Signed 3 year + 1 year option
29 DF Tony McMahon – (1 year + 1 year option)

If none of the players had their second year activated leaves us with one player.

24 DF Charles Dunne (2 year + 1 year option) – Signed 3 year + 1 year option

In 12 months there is the possibility that Charles Dunne will be our only contracted player. A player who has yet to appear in a Blackpool shirt, yesterday midfielder David Perkins was preferred at left back and not Dunne who was the only eligible left back in the squad.

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That could be the worst situation.  Working on the assumptions that this ’12 month extra’ is “activated” and not “offered” to players out of that batch of 15 players above which players would you want to stay another 12 months?

Removed from the list above, Gary MacKenzie who seems to have some unknown issue, Steve Davies who still as yet to gain match fitness after 12 months, Bobby Grant not been able to make the grade at this level. Leaving us with 12 players, at least there’s a keeper.

3 DF Joan Oriol – (1 year + 1 year option)
6 DF Peter Clarke – (1 year + 1 year option)
7 MF Tomasz Cywka – (1 year + 1 year option)
8 MF Jacob Mellis – (1 year + 1 year option)
11 MF Andrea Orlandi – (1 year + 1 year option)
14 FW Nathan Delfouneso – (1 year + 1 year option)
17 FW Ishmael Miller – (1 year + 1 year option)
20 FW Sergei Zenjov – (1 year + 1 year option)
21 GK Ell Parish – (1 year + 1 year option)
22 MF José Miguel Cubero – (1 year + 1 year option)
24 DF Charles Dunne (2 year + 1 year option) – Signed 3 year + 1 year option
29 DF Tony McMahon – (1 year + 1 year option)

Theres a possibility that in 12 month time we could be back in a similar situation with squad size due to this new contract policy.

Nottingham Forest Vs Blackpool – Four substitutes

The continuing joke of Blackpool FC stepped up another level with us only naming four substitutes this afternoon vs Nottingham Forest.

Two of the substitutes are youth team players, Parrish the keeper, the fourth being Charles Dunne (name spelt wrong on the team sheet and doesn’t start ahead of Perkins at left back)

It seems that a selection of players were not registered in time despite being signed sometime ago.  Miller, Oriol and Cubero three not being registered in time.

Forest meanwhile managed to sell Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow to Newcastle and loan them back ready for the match today.

Damage limitation seems to be best outcome from today.