So it begins ...
By Editor
Friday 02 Aug 2019 08:15:00
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Few people who will forget 14th August 2010. Despite the initial disappointment of getting Wigan for our first fixture in the Premier League, 3000 Blackpool fans decorated in anything and everything tangerine watched, in disbelief, as the Seasiders recorded a 4-0 win, and for a short period, saw us top of the Premier league (I bet there are many screengrabs of that still around). The excitement of that day is so memorable as fans began the best trip. The opening day of seasons since then have veered from the angry, to the disinterested, to the sad, as we endured the ultimate fall from grace and supporters had to sit at home rather than watch their club. 9 years after that Premier League season opener, that sense of excitement, anticipation and wonderment is back.

Despite the squad under Simon Grayson still appearing to be a 'work in progress', the arrivals of the likes of Ryan Hardie, Joe Nuttall, Sullay Kaikai and Rocky Bushiri have shown that long overdue intent at Bloomfield Road. Whilst it remains to be seen what they will bring to the side, their presence is more reassuring than a paper boy, a journeyman and a non-league Captain who joined us just 5 seasons ago. For once, we aren't reliant on the old guard, there is serious competition for places and with the money received for Marc Bola, you get the feeling that Grayson can carry on his shopping spree even when the season begins. Whilst Nuttall was heavily speculated, Bushiri came out of the blue and that reflects the professional way the club is now conducting itself off the pitch. The manager confirmed last weekend there were offers in for a number of players and that may well result in more joining before the Bristol Rovers game.

Of course when you see Portsmouth splashing out on the established talent of John Marquis our half dozen additions guarantee us nothing. Few of these players are proven, established players but what they do offer is an exciting prospect of what's to come. It was interesting to read in a recent poll that a majority of Blackpool fans are not expecting promotion in Sadler's first season in charge, which is a very considered and sensible approach. What is important in the next 12 months is re-establishing the fanbase, getting new fans to start coming regularly and getting the infrastructure of the club back to where a professional football club should be. However, that doesn't mean we can't hope, dream and wish and there'll be many going to bed on Friday night who'll be desperately waiting for Saturday to come.

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