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The Elephant In The Court Room

  From the outside looking in, Blackpool Football Club appears like any other club. A comfortable top half place in League One after a decent start to the season, a long serving member of staff leaves and within days is replaced by a trusted colleague of the manager, a former Premier League player arrives and the side has success in the CheckaTrade Trophy. Nothing to see here unless you acknowledge the stonking big elephant in the room which is the decision of Mr Justice Marcus Smith on ....


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Southend 2 Blackpool 1

  There\'s only one result in October that matters and in the long term future of Blackpool Football Club a 2-1 defeat to Southend will be quickly forgotten. Ironically, it was two of Blackpool\'s best summer signings that might look back on this game with some regret. Curtis Tilt committed two defensive mistakes whilst Jimmy Ryan missed a last minute penalty to deny \'Pool any of the spoils. The last three games have shown the frailties of this squad, but in some ways it\'s also shown ....


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Southend V Blackpool Preview

There are some clubs that few football fans know much about, other than for the supporters of the club itself. Most people know the top Prem teams and even the histories of the likes of Bolton, Derby, Villa and even Blackpool. However, what do you know or, maybe more to the point, what is there to know about Southend? Well, they have never won a major trophy (although have appeared in the FL Trophy 3 times - losing to \'Pool in 2004), their highest honour was Champions of League One in 2005-06 ....


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Blackpool 0 Rochdale 0

  Plenty have pondered the question this season whether this Blackpool side have been over-performing or actually have found a comfortable level in League One. Truth be known, it seems to be a bit of both. Whilst, thus far, they have rarely been overwhelmed by any side, it does feel as if they have been playing to their limit and when they fail to reach that the results reflect it. Tuesday night was another where Gary Bowyer might wonder if he got his selection right but similarly be ....


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Blackpool V Rochdale Preview

  There was a thread a couple of years back on AVFTT called something like \'When did you realise it had all gone wrong\' and a poster replied \'The home game against Rochdale!\'. Anyone remember that game in League One? Neil McDonald\'s home debut on a day when \'Pool had just 45% of possession and a meagre 6 shots on target (to Dale\'s 15). Amongst the Seasiders squad that day Kyle Letheren, David Ferguson, Connor Oliver and Henry Cameron - players who would struggle to make Page 23 of ....


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Bristol Rovers 3 Blackpool 1

  Last season Blackpool had a real problem with teams in the middle of the table. They were fine when playing the top 8 and did well against the bottom 8 but that middle 8 proved fruitless. So it was maybe with some trepidation that Gary Bowyer\'s side went to the Memorial Ground to face mid-table Bristol Rovers. Having not played them for 18 years, it was a new ground for many of the fans and for Sean Longstaff he would have been 1 last time we were there. However, as good as Blackpool ....


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Bristol Rovers V Blackpool Preview

  In 2014/15 under Jose Riga/Lee Clark it took Blackpool 25 games to get to 17 points, under Neil McDonald it took 20 games to get to the same points total the following campaign and last season even Gary Bowyer in League Two took 14 games to get to that 17 point mark. So fair play to the Seasiders for having already picked up that points tally in 8 games this season - their best start to the campaign since Paul Ince was in charge in 2013/14 when his side were also on 17 points after 8 ....


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Blackpool 3 Oxford United 1

  If you want the real story of this game, look no further than the stats. Blackpool had 19 shots at the Oxford goal, of which 8 were on target, along with 11 corners and 53% possession. How Gary Bowyer\'s side didn\'t go in at the break more than two goals up bemused those watching but with 2-0 always being a \'dangerous lead\', there was always the fear the Oxford would come back in to it. Credit to this side then that when Oxford did pull one back they went straight back up the other ....


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Fans Not Numbers (fnn) By Brr2

  As an organised national sport, football has been flourishing for around 140 years now. And if it changed a lot in the period between the 1870s and 1992, there is no doubt that the pace of change since the advent of the Premier League has been truly exponential. It is probably fanciful to argue that Gazza’s tears changed the English game for good, but there is no doubt that since football became “cool” again, it has increasingly become the property of the relatively ....


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Blackpool V Oxford United Preview

  Can there be anything worse than a high profile media millionaire who buys a football club down on it\'s luck, sees them rise to the top flight of English football, hands it over to his son and is still hated by their fans and many in the game. Step forward Robert Maxwell (why? who else did you have in mind?!). The multi-millionaire who bought Oxford United which was on the verge of closure, guided them to the old first division but was despised by fans for attempting to merge them with ....


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Plymouth 1 Blackpool 3

  \'One man team\' has been banded about by some for the success of Blackpool this season, and whilst Sean Longstaff\'s introduction after 57 minutes was clearly to the benefit of the visitors to Home Park on Tuesday, it was goals from Colin Daniel, Jimmy Ryan and Nathan Delfouenso that resulted in the Seasiders first away win of the season.  Whilst Plymouth admittedly picked up their colt 45 and shot themselves in the foot with their third sending off of the season, Gary Bowyer\'s ....


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Plymouth V Blackpool Preview

  Tuesday night sees Gary Bowyer\'s 70th game in charge at Blackpool (according to stats on Soccerbase) and so far he\'s won 41% of games, drawn 35% and lost 24%. Compare that to Ian Holloway 38/27/45, Simon Grayson 37/32/31 and Steve McMahon 40/22/38 and so far it\'s a decent set of stats that the current manager has racked up. Percentage wise he\'s won the most games and lost the fewest, although of course there\'s a big difference between securing results in League Two than the Premier ....


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Scunthorpe 0 Blackpool 0

  The basis of any away performance is a clean sheet and so far that has eluded Gary Bowyer\'s side this season. However, against a side that put four past Plymouth a couple of weeks ago, Blackpool held strong at Scunthorpe and held the home side at bay. However, there is still a question mark over where the Seasiders goals will come from and without the regular Sean Longstaff effort, they drew a blank at the other end. Kyle Vassell is still under the spotlight, and a missed opportunity ....


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Scunthorpe V Blackpool Preview

  I remember going to Glanford Park on practically the last day of the 2006 season when Scunthorpe beat Blackpool 1-0 thanks to a late goal by Billy Sharp. At the time we commented how they were well equipped to fight for automatic promotion the next season with the goalscoring potential of Sharp and Andy Keogh and unsurprisingly they romped home to the title 12 months later. As we trudged away from there having watched the likes of Rory Prendergast, Marcus Bean and Sam Stockley (one for ....


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Blackpool 1 Afc Wimbledon 0

  Gary Bowyer must feel a bit like Oliver Twist at Bloomfield Road. When he went to the Chairman for \'More Sir\', instead of receiving his backing, he got kicked in the Bullseye and saw Fagin sell his prize assett. The departures of Bright Osayi-Samuel and Peter Hartley can\'t have been in the manager\'s plans and with Cullen injured, McAllister a crock and Philliskirk not wanted, it has slowly eroded what looked like a decent size squad. What must be frustrating for the manager is that ....


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Blackpool V Afc Wimbledon Preview

  If August is football\'s month of high hopes, expectations and optimism, September tends to be when reality hits. Quite often it\'ll see the first managerial casualty, fans turning against players, owners twitching over their summer investments and the stark fact that the transfer window isn\'t open for another 4 months to put things right. The first month of the season is usually when the leagues start to take shape and early favourites emerge. League One probably needs a few more ....


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League Stops For Farce Cup

  Forget Gypsy Petulengro on Blackpool front, if you want to know the future just ask Blackpool fans. At the start of August, we asked you how many points the Seasiders would get during the month. 74 votes were for 6-8 points with \'Pool producing a haul of seven following Saturday\'s win against Oldham. 58 botes went to 4-5, 22 said 1-3, a pessimistic 17 thought zero whilst 15 felt we might get 9-11 and an overly optimistic 10 went for the full 12 points. Ask those same fans how many ....


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Blackpool 2 Oldham Athletic 1

  One Oldham fan on the OAFC forum wrote after the game \"I was given a leaflet before this game saying that Blackpool FC is a club in crisis. Really? They want to see a club in crisis then look no further than Oldham. Useless owner, no future and a team of players who will take this club down to the basement division\". Despite this, the Latics fans were a credit to their club at Bloomfield Road today (apart from Mr Lard Bucket who invaded the pitch and the idiots who lobbed blue flares) ....


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Blackpool V Oldham Athletic Preview

  The boardroom wrangles at Bloomfield Road continue to make more headlines than what\'s happening on the pitch, which is a shame for Gary Bowyer and his side who have adapted well to life back in League One. However, until the behind the scenes dramas are sorted, then how well this team does remains a bit of a side show. However, have a quick look around various club\'s message boards and it seems Blackpool\'s problems aren\'t isolated. There are a lot of fans unhappy with the way their ....


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Doncaster Rovers 3 Blackpool 3

  If there is a League One side who will be a decent benchmark for Blackpool, then it\'s Doncaster. Lead League Two for much of last season and finished 15 points ahead of the Seasiders, you get the feeling they will have more than enough to compete in League One this season. So to come back three times against Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium and pick up another important point should be regarded as a decent result for Gary Bowyer\'s side. However, with Mark Cullen pulling up with a ....


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Doncaster Rovers V Blackpool Preview

  The way that football fans minds works is as follows. Blackpool have won the last five games when they\'ve travelled to Doncaster. So for Rovers fans the conversation this weekend will be \'Here comes our bogey team\'; for Blackpool fans it\'s \'the run must come to an end sometime\'. However for the players it\'s just another game where previous results count for very little. For both sides it\'s a chance to build on their first win of the season as they look to adjust to life back in ....


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Champions League Player Signs In

  It must be great supporting TNS. A bit of Champions League football ever season, league titles, cup wins, record winning runs and even the odd game against Liverpool in front of 15,000 fans. It\'s like supporting Europe\'s most succesful side. Of course the prospect of weekly games against Llandudno, Bala Town and Air Bus UK Broughton might take the shine off it slightly, but everyone loves a winner. Maybeit puts in perspective then that the club have just achieved their record transfer ....


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Blackpool 1 Mk Dons 0

  We wrote in the preview for this game that the start to any new season is all about ticking off all those unwanted records that can build as a campaign goes on. The good news for Gary Bowyer\'s side is that they took out three of them in one fell swoop. First three points, first home win and first clean sheet and in the process they again showed that they appear undaunted by the step up to League One. Last weekend a point would have been a bit of a steel but the Seasiders certainly were ....


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Blackpool V Mk Dons Preview

  The start to any new season is all about ticking off all those unwanted records that can build as a campaign goes on. So get the first home win, secure the first away win, collect that first clean sheet etc. So far the unwanted record of two away defeats on the bounce will hardly set the alarm bells ringing, but Neil McDonald became a victim of a long winless run in this league which he found difficult to ever recover from. Home form will play a big part in wherever Blackpool finish up ....


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Weekend Reflections Ahead Of Wigan

  Looking at Luton\'s 8-2 win at the weekend, you do wonder if the right side won the Play Offs last season. The Hatters, who finished fourth, were always the favourites to go up and over the two semi final legs arguably played the better football and looked the stronger of the two sides. On Saturday\'s reckoning, it looks like their promotion to League One has merely been delayed by 12 months. As for Blackpool, ironically despite only scraping in to League One by the skin of their teeth, ....


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