Category: Gary Taylor-Fletcher

Ince Stays, Phillips Breaks Arm & GTF to Wednesday

End of the week and it’s good news with Tom Ince rejecting a move to Cardiff. Apparently he wants to stay in the north with his kid. I’m guessing that will alert some Premiership teams in the north-west.

That good news was tainted by a huge injury blow, Matty Phillips breaking his arm. It sounds really bad with an operation needed, it might be a while until we see him.

Finally, GTR has been training with Sheffield Wednesday and before that Wrexham. Still no news on an offer from Blackpool, however with Matty Phillips out he might be getting a new offer!

I’m off for a week to Sweden on holiday! Some new players on my return would be nice!

Tomsett signs, no news from GTF & Ince to Cardiff?

Lots of talk this morning that Cardiff have agreed a deal with Blackpool for Tom Ince with a fee of £8 million. Nothing from either clubs so at the moment just speculation or agent talk to try and get more clubs placing bids. So paper talk.

There’s also no news from Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Paul Ince spoke to the Gazette and confirmed that there’s been no reply from GTF either way who isn’t with the squad currently.

If he did sign up it would mean GTF would be a week behind everyone who are currently training in Portugal.

One player to commit to the club is Liam Tomsett, the young midfielder spend time last year on loan at Hyde and will be looking to gain some first team experience. He’s signed up for a further year.

Away from Pool a really interesting turn of events. Gus Poyet was dismissed from his job as manager of Brighton. He was a studio guest at the BBC for the confederation cup and found out of his dismissal in the first half. It all seems very dodgy, we still don’t know what he did to get dismissed. He’ll appeal but there’s doesn’t look like any chance of him being in charge next season at Brighton.

Couple of transfers in the league today, Millwall signed keeper Stepehen Bywater from Wednesday and also leaving Wednesday was Hayden White to Bolton. White is a teenager who’s yet to make a first team start.

Bolton have been busy with 4 in so far, and another two to come, Robert Hall from West Ham and Jermaine Beckford apparently

If you have nothing to do this afternoon, at 3pm Bob Harris will be on the clubs twitter account answering questions, could be interesting

In for Mackenzie and PNE on Sky

Plenty of news today and best of all – mostly positive. Our match against Preston is going to be live on Sky, if you are attending its only £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. As it’s on Sky it’s being moved to Monday 5 August.

We also have another Friendly against Bury on Tuesday 23 July  at 7.30pm at Gigg Lane. The club also confirmed the game against Penrith at Frenchfield Park for Saturday 6 July kick-off 3pm.

Transfer news is also good, a fee has been agreed with MK Dons for Gary Mackenzie, all that needs to be sorted is personal term which is always the hard part. There’s also indications that we are close to a deal with Stephen Crainey.

No news about Gary Taylor-Fletcher, only that he’s in Ibiza and appears to be eating and drinking well according to his latest tweet.

Gary taylor-fletcher ibiza

In other news Ashley Eastham who was released last year has signed for Bury on a two-year-deal and Mark Halstead signed up for a further year as our number two to Matty Gilks.

£14 Million for Tom Ince

With Tom Ince back into the country after the under-21-championship it’s expected that bids will start to come in. The list of interested clubs is as long as my arm.

The latest to be linked is Crystal Palace who are looking for a replacement for Wilf Zaha. I’m not sure of the source but a price tag of £14 million had been put on Ince’a head to warn off any silly offers of 4 to 5 million.

I don’t think that we’ll get 14 for him considering he only has a year left on his contract. But with Liverpool having a sell on fee its best to aim high, not that we’ll ever see any of the money invested into the team!

The coming week should be interesting, the fixtures are out and the team is back in training. The interesting part will be who will show up for training, Crainey, GTF, Fergerson and Broadfoot are yet to sign and there could be some trialists.

If the above don’t sign and there are no trialists there will just be enough players for a game of five-a-side! Only at Blackpool FC.

Bristol City v Pool

It’s Micheal Appleton’s first away match in charge and a first chance for me to see Appleton’s Pool.

Bristol have had a poor start to the season and prop up the Championship with 11 points.

There will be changes to the starting line up with GTF out with a hamstring tear and Matty Phillips out till the new year with a toe injury. I would expect the Fonze to start upfront and maybe Dicko on the wing.

It will be interesting to see if we go slighly more denfensive compared to our away tactics in previous years which has been attacking / counter attack.

Ticket, beer and train.


Burnley 1 – 0 Blackpool

Another defeat and not good enough again.  A few changes to the starting line up but the same result. Burnley weren’t anything special but once again managed to grab a goal from a cross with Austin grabbing his 16 in 13 matches.

Holloway managed to change things again but this time had four strikers GTF, the Fonz, Ince and Phillips which meant GTF played in midfield which never seems to work.

We never got going untill Ludo came on, which seemed to give us a little boost, GTF should have scored but Grant pulled of a great double save.

So once again a terrible result and a bad feeling for the rest of the season,  a serious rethink is needed.

Blackpool 0 – 2 Charlton

The wheels are off again. The a victory over Hull was really covering up the cracks and similar to the home defeat against Huddersfield another away side did their homework and stuck to a plan to take home all three points.

This time Charlton went for a 4-5-1 formation with Fuller upfront on his own who managed to keep both Evatt and Baptiste occupied. While their midfield coped with our three forcing us to go long too often.

The first goal came from a corner, our inability to defend from crosses again is all too easy to exploit. The second a breakaway goal as we pushed forward.

Worst of all at 1-0 down we didn’t seem to up the pace or the intensity, just strolled on thinking that we would somehow get back into the game. Instead Ollie made some changes and piled on forwards sacrificing the midfield which meant we had to go long all too often.

During the entire match Morrison and Cort won the majority of contests in the air. So taking off the midfield just resulted in more long balls in the last 20 minutes with no hope of winning anything.

The only positives was the performance of Gary Taylor-Fletcher who was by far our best player on the pitch and Tom Ince back in action after injury. If GTF would have taken that chance early on it could have been a whole different result.

It’s a long wait now to the Burnley match, the break will drag even more after that result.

Blackpool 1 – 3 Huddersfield – Found out

In front of the cameras tonight we were found out by a very clinical Huddersfield side. We never really got going in the match, not able to pass the ball with any fluidity and the away side struck with three great “away goals”.

Larry had certainly done his homework leaving two upfront at all times meaning Town could counter attack 2 on 2, the away side were helped by Baptist’s very shaky start and a great movement from Novak and Vaughan. In the middle Southern and Norwood broke up play well but in truth didn’t have too much to do with our players giving the ball away far too easily and too often.

Our goal came from one of few passing movements with a dinked ball into Ince enabling him to turn in the box and find GTF who converted with a neat finish.

And in truth that was as good as it got. Town scored two from set pieces and should have had a further goal from another corner.

Ollie decided to throw on more strikers taking off Gomes which resulted in hopeful balls to the front four as there was no midfield to create. It’s almost as if Ollie gave up on our passing style, how often do you see Barcelona pulling off midfielders, sticking on strikers and going route one. The fans would rather see us lose but still playing good football than loose just hoofing and not passing the ball.

A disappointing night overall but good banter in the pub here in London (The Constitution) with some fellow Tangerines. Attentions turn to Saturday and big spending Cardiff who could move ahead of us with a win. I expect changes and hopefully something to shout about.

Blackpool 6 – 0 Ipswich

And so we continue, three wins in three, top the league and a goal difference of nine already. Ollie rewarded the started 11 from Tuesday’s win over Leeds with another start and despite looking a little tired they did the job easing us into a two nil league before the break.

The first a not so unfortunate own goal came from a poor header from the Ipswich centre half allowing Thomas to cross in to the area where the young Cresswell put into his own net. I think the young centre half was preoccupied with the lurking KP behind him and made a real hash of an attempted clearance.

Ince was back down the left wing before the end of the half and crossed to the ever impressive, ever reliable Gary Taylor Fletcher who smashed the ball home into the roof of the net with a side footed volley.

The first half wasn’t all plain sailing, ex-Seasider Jay Emmanuel-Thomas threatened on both wings and forced Gilks into save at his near post after out jumping Crainey while it was still 0-0. The Tractor boys did look lively in the first half, being first to the ball often and a having a good amount of possession.

After break we really moved up a gear and in truth the away side weren’t able to get near us as we went onto add another 4. Ince twisted and turned in the box to grab his first of the afternoon slotting into the far corned.

10 minutes later the 3rd came, Ince again placed the ball in the far corner of the goal from the corner of the box after some nice play down the wing and in the box from GTF.

For the fifth Ince was involved again taking a short corner and crossing to Craig Cathcart who headed in for his second goal at the club, he nearly grabbed another later heading onto the post.

For the last goal Tom Ince wasn’t involved, Matt Phillips who come on as a sub raced onto a ball over the top, lobbed the ball past the on rushing Scott Loach, another sub Nouha Dicko then tapped in to round off a pretty good day and first week of the season.

Gomes and Osbourne impressed in the middle of the park again, forever pressing and winning the ball back high up the pitch. We had a quick chance to see Alberto Noguera who came on a sub later one. Cathcart played well too, it’s hard to see how either Evatt, Fergerson, Grandin or Matt Phillips will get into the starting lineup.

Overall a great week and good to see us taking more chances, 6 goals from 7 shots on target today compared to only grabbing 2 goals from 8 chances against Leeds on Tuesday. We now are now in the unknown position of behind ahead of competition, we’ve generally been the underdogs picking up form later in the season it will be interesting to see how we handle the pressure, but lets not get ahead of ourselves it’s only a week one, lets just enjoy the performances of the past week!


The Ultimate Blackpool FC Twitter List

Over the past 12 months there’s been an explosion in people using twitter and there’s a few BFC related twitter accounts.

So I’ve created a list of players, ex-players, officials, local press and Pool fan sites. You can see the list and follow people via I’ve also listed all the accounts below.

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


Blackpool FC on the web