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How Now Alan Gow?

It would seem that everyone gets a second chance at Bloomfield Road. Having spurned the opportunity to join the Seasiders after his loan spell last season in favour of a move to Norwich, it would appear that Ian Holloway is knocking on the door of Alan Gow. Ollie revealed at last night's Deepdale Revisited that he has been in touch with Gow's agent and for £200k and suitable wages, the striker could return.If you ever really want to find out what's happening at the seaside, it would ....

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Euell Time

Billy Clarke must have felt a bit like Billy No Mates when Blackpool unveiled their summer signings, as up to this point he was on his own. However, now he's been joined at Bloomfield Road by Jason Euell. At 32, the former Southampton man ticks another of Ian Holloway's boxes bringing some experience in to the midfield and an ability to pass and move the ball. It's a shrewd signing for Ollie and a good addition to the Blackpool squad.If you read Jason Euell's official site (although his blogs ....

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Burscough 0 Blackpool 4

Ian Holloway was well aware that when he met the fans on Friday night at Bloomfield Road, the only thing they had to judge him on was the signing of Billy Clarke. Well, now he has a 4-0 win against Burscough to add to that as his preparations continue for the new season. Last season, we struggled to buy a pre-season win for love or money, so it's good to get this one off to a positive start.Attention was as much on Ian Holloway as the players at Victoria Park today and the best word to describe ....

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Burscough Bound

For some this Saturday will represent another chance to do some gardening, head to the local DIY store, sit and watch the Ashes or jet off on holiday. However, for the real die hard fans, the new season comes a month early with the opening fixture of pre-season. Unlike at most times during the season, there'll be no need for scarves, thermals and flasks as 'Pool head to sunny Burscough with temperatures in the 70's.It's hard to believe that we're now at the stage of summer where players start ....

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Different Class

"He is absolutely different class – a fantastic human being, a proper pro, a great bloke and I don't want to lose him in an ideal world". Anyone who's met Shaun Barker, seen him play or heard stories about him will know that description given by Ian Holloway is a fitting tribute. His departure would leave a huge hole not only on the pitch but off it.For me, a settled Shaun Barker is on a level with a contract signed by Charlie Adam. The two of them together would form a formidable spine ....

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Ollie To Face Fans

You know what it's like, you're listening to Ian Holloway being intereview on the radio and you're shouting abuse at the reporter for not asking this question or the other ... well now there's a chance to be the next Jeremy Paxman (better him than Garth Crookes!). Ollie will be meeting the fans this week and it's an opportunity to ask him all those things that have so far gone unanswered.It's not a bad time for the new manager to face the fans. Supporters won't have seen a ball kicked yet under ....

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Challenge Or Survive?

Oh how we all laughed at Burnley's marketing tool last season of offering free season tickets to holders if they reached the Premier League. In promotional terms it seemed as daft as the ill fated hoover 'free flight's idea from a few years back. However, 12 months later whilst the bosses at Burnley may be left with a bit of egg on their face, they can wipe it off with a nice big Premier League cheque.I remember listening to a phone in last season after 4 games where Clarets fans wanted the ....

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So Who'll Be First Up?

Around two weeks to go and the first major date of next season's football calendar. The release of the fixture list. A day which rates up there in football terms with the third round of the FA Cup and Boxing Day, as we discover what lies in store for us next season. So will it be the visit of Newcastle or Boro or will we find ourselves plodding off to Peterborough and Scunthorpe (how nice is it not to be this league's most unfashionable club anymore!).Whenever the fixtures come out, ....

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Decision Week?

The 13 week summer break has already been reduced to 12 and at Bloomfield Road the Player of the Season has been selected, the squad have been sent on their holidays and the pitch has been dug up. That's the superficial stuff over and done with, now for the decisions that matter. Who'll be manager for next season, who has been released and how are we shaping up for August?Well, the answers to those questions can only be a matter of days away. Karl Oyston announced at the annual awards night ....

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Charlton Athletic Preview

"Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival". After the defeat to Burnley, there were 10 fixtures remaining and we did wonder whether we could replicate 'The Perfect Ten'. Whilst there's been a few dents and knocks after seven matches, if these 10 games lead to 'Pool staying up, then this run would almost be as good as the one two years ago.3 wins, 3 draws and a defeat in the last 7 has given the ....

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Good Night At The Foot Of The Table

On so many occasions this season Tuesday night's haven't been good to us. Clearly the only way we benefit from these midweek games is for us not to play. As on Saturday, results at the bottom went our way with Barnsley slipping up and Watford and Southampton sharing the points. The results mean the Seasiders remain 5 points above the bottom three.It could have been an uncomfortable night for Blackpool had both Southampton and Barnsley picked up wins last night but the Gods were shining and in ....

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Loans 20 And 21 Arrive

At the start of the season, I doubt anyone would have been able to predict that by the end of the campaign we would have used 21 loan players. Whether this is a clever use of the system, a sad indictment of our squad or just a sign of the times remains to be seen. If we stay up, then arguably you could say it worked. Certainly if either Simon Walton or Lee Hughes bag the goal that retains our Championship status then it's question answered.Transfer Deadline Day's at Bloomfield Road usually have ....

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Will We Make It 20?

The ridiculous rules and regulations that FIFA, the FA or the Football League put in to place about outgoings and incoming deals finally come to an end on Thursday as we witness the third deadline day of the season. Having already used and abused the loans system this year with 19 players heading in to Bloomfield Road (must cost a fortune in new shirts!), will we see the 20th arrive on Thursday?I love the phrase 'emergency' loans because clearly Bloomfield Road has been in a state of ....

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Blackpool 1 Southampton 1

It's points not performances at this time of the season although Blackpool disappointed in both areas today. If today's game had a title it would've been called 'Take your chances whilst you can'. Whilst Southampton appeared to have more of the play, the Seasiders had a number of clear cut chances which they failed to take advantage of and in the end it was only the woodwork which saw them earn a point.Before the game it was all about Alan Suddick. Applause and silence were observed ....

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Barnsley Bounce Back

I should have put a great big wedge of money on Crystal Palace beating Barnsley tonight. The Eagles have been more like dead Dodo's of late whilst Neil Warnock seems intent on launching the most bizarre compensation claim in history and so there was very little surprise that the Tykes put an end to their recent poor form with a 3-1 home win.Things were starting to get a bit tight for Simon Davey at Oakwell with the Seasiders 1-0 win their on Saturday not helping his cause, however 3 points on ....

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Norwich Preview

"Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things". I thought we start all the match previews between now and the end of the season with a bit of Winston Churchill. Another just for good measure "I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else". The reason I start with those two quotes is quite simple. We all know that there has been alot wrong at Bloomfield Road ....

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Nibbling On The Cherry ...

10 games to go and we're a long way from having 'the last bite of the cherry' but we're starting to nibble on it! Every side at the bottom will be thinking the same which is four wins and they won't be far off safety, however with the Championship being such a topsy turvy league this season, could the original predictions of 50 points being enough to guarantee safety now be someway off the mark?With the teams at the bottom showing more nerve than the teams at the top, the only guarantees the ....

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Blackpool 0 Burnley 1

Tin hats on ... pray that another Perfect 10 is on it's way! Although having seen the Seasiders lose their fourth home game on the run, I will run naked down the promenade with 'I love Lee Mason' tattooed on my backside if we repeat that feat of two seasons ago! Never mind the Prefect Ten .. a half decent ten would do as Blackpool look increasingly like they've well and truly landed in the brown stuff.With both Ian Evatt and Rob Edwards worryingly absent, the one eyebrow raiser on the team ....

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Burnley Preview

When the fixtures come out in June, there's always a dozen or so games to look out for. Opening day, Christmas and New Year, Easter, final day and since we returned to the Championship the four local Derby games. Having lost the first two this season, there's a lot more than pride at stake with the remaining two games with all three sides knowing the importance of a win.When we look back at the 08/09 season, two of the worst games will have been against our local rivals. The defeat at Turf Moor ....

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Dreaded 'vote Of Confidence'

Quite often when football chairman give their manager a vote of confidence, it usually means they'll be handing them their P45 within a few days! After Saturday's defeat to Watford, Karl Oyston has come out and given his backing to the caretaker duo and despite an overwhelming call from fans (AVFTT's poll after the weekend was unanimous) for a new man at the helm, KO has decided to stick with what he's got.The Chairman clearly feels it's the injury situation that has left the club struggling ....

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The Cost Of The Cups?

Retaining our Championship status was always this season's ambition (as it will probably be for the forthcoming seasons) however having got the measure of the league last time round and realising that it wasn't as daunting as one feared, I'd hoped that this season's high points would have come in the cup competitions. A few days out to Premier League sides and a headline grabbing win here and there.So what did we get? A trip to Moss Rose and Plainmoor and two demoralising and quite frankly ....

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Ipswich Town 1 Blackpool 1

I have a theory that Tony Parkes reads our AVFTT previews and to make us look daft (not that difficult!) just does everything we say he won't do! Matt Gilks in goal, the return of Claus Jorgensen and no Ian Evatt wasn't what we expected. However, the only way to judge team selections is to look at the result and most Seasiders fans would have taken a point before kick off.The Ipswich reporter on the local rag we referred to this week on the message board who said "Ipswich should be beating ....

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Ipswich Town Preview

The last four games have seen us win one, lose one, win one, lose one which means we don't have to bother with this preview because clearly we're going to win at Ipswich! Truth be known we could probably afford to win one, lose two between now and the end of the season, but it would be nice to get those wins under our belt sooner rather than later starting at Portman Road.Of course not only have we won one, lost one but we've also kept a clean sheet, conceded three, kept a clean sheet and ....

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Tdd In's And Out's

Don't you love a bit of transfer deadline day drama! The FA and the FL get in a tizz because of a bit of snow, international players get holed up in hotels as clubs try to make their minds up, Sky Sports reporters freeze their nuts off outside Premier League clubs whilst at Bloomfield Road the activity is as light as the now but at least there is some movement on the Fylde.There was never going to be a huge amount of business at Blackpool. For a start I can't imagine that Tony Parkes is like ....

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Crystal Palace 0 Blackpool 1

Anyone who's followed Blackpool for any length of time will know to expect the unexpected. Even when Chubs was sent off after 3 minutes at Selhurst Park, there will have always been that little voice in Blackpool fans minds that would have been whispering 'I wonder .....'.When the team news was announced today, there would have been a few gasps and groans. No Rob Edwards, a make shift back four, a midfield who'd hardly had time to gel and the same strike force who'd looked so ....

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