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Blackpool

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Charlton vs Blackpool (23 Dec)

Established
1887 (130 years old)

Sport
Soccer

Manager
Gary Bowyer

Stadium/Home
Bloomfield Road
(17,338 Capacity)

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Location
Seasiders Way, Blackpool, England

Keywords
Seasiders, BFC

League
English League 1

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Upcoming Events
23 Dec Charlton - Blackpool The Valley
26 Dec Blackpool - Scunthorpe Bloomfield Road
30 Dec Blackpool - Plymouth Bloomfield Road
01 Jan Rochdale - Blackpool Spotland
06 Jan Oxford Utd - Blackpool Kassam Stadium

Latest Results
16 Dec Shrewsbury 1 - 0 Blackpool New Meadow
09 Dec Blackpool 1 - 2 Rotherham Bloomfield Road
28 Nov Blackpool 2 - 4 Blackburn Bloomfield Road
25 Nov Fleetwood Town 0 - 0 Blackpool Highbury Stadium
21 Nov Blackpool 1 - 1 Gillingham Bloomfield Road

Description

Blackpool Football Club are an English football club founded in 1887 and based in the Lancashire seaside town of Blackpool. For the 2014–15 English season, the team are competing in the Football League Championship, the second tier of professional football in England, for the fourth-consecutive season. When they reached the Premier League, at the end of the 2009–10 campaign, Blackpool became the first club in English football to have won promotion from every division of the Football League via the play-off system.

Blackpool's home ground has been Bloomfield Road since 1901. Their main nickname is the Seasiders, though they are also called the 'Pool and the Tangerines, the latter in reference to the colour of their home kit, which is often referred to as orange. The club's motto is Progress, as featured on the club crest. Blackpool have a local rivalry with Preston North End and matches between the two clubs are known as the West Lancashire derby. They have not met in the League since February 2010.

Blackpool's most notable achievement is winning the 1953 FA Cup Final, the so-called "Matthews Final", in which they beat Bolton Wanderers 4–3, overturning a 1–3 deficit in the closing stages of the game. During that post-war period, Blackpool made three FA Cup Final appearances in six years and, during the 1950s, had four top-six finishes in the Football League First Division, their best position being runners-up to Manchester United in the 1955–56 season. In 1953, four Blackpool players were in the England team against Hungary at Wembley, causing the Daily Mirror to declare that "Blackpool are playing Hungary today", though England lost. Blackpool's least successful period was in the 1980s particularly when, in the 1982–83 season, they finished 21st in English League football's lowest tier, their lowest-ever League finish.

Lee Clark was appointed manager on 29 October 2014, replacing José Riga, who was sacked two days earlier after fifteen games in charge.

Team Members

Scott Quigley

Will Aimson

Ryan Allsop

Max Clayton

Callum Cooke

Paul Correia

Mark Cullen

Sessi D'Alm

Colin Daniel

Nathan Delfounes

Armand Gnanduill

Sean Longstaff

Christoffer Mafo

Jim McAlister

Kelvin Mellor

Dolly Menga

Danny Philliskir

Clark Robertson

Jimmy Ryan

Viv Solomon-Otab

Jay Spearing

Andy Taylor

Curtis Tilt

Oliver Turton

Kyle Vassell

Ben Williams

Nick Wilmer-Ande

Stadium or Home

Bloomfield Road is a 17,338-capacity all-seater football stadium in the English town of Blackpool, Lancashire, in an area known as South Shore. It has been the permanent home of Blackpool F.C. since 1901 and is named after the road on which the stadium's main entrance used to stand. The stadium has been in a process of redevelopment since 2000. June of that year saw the demolition of the Spion Kop at the north end of the ground; an all-seated stand has now replaced it. The rebuilding of the West Stand was completed in August 2002. In March 2010, the South Stand, whose original structure was pulled down in 2003, was opened by Jimmy Armfield, the former Blackpool player for whom the stand is named. A temporary East Stand opened on 28 August 2010 with a capacity of 5,120 seats, initially increasing capacity to 16,220 with further hospitality seating in the South Stand to be installed later in the year. Bloomfield Road is ranked 45th in the list of English football stadiums by capacity and the third-smallest in the Championship.

Before moving to Bloomfield Road, Blackpool had called two other grounds home during their short existence. Firstly, between 1896 and 1897, they played their fifteen home Football League matches at Raikes Hall Gardens (also known as the Pleasure Gardens). In 1897, they moved to the Athletic Grounds at the present-day Stanley Park, which hosted thirty-two League matches over two seasons. After a short spell back at Raikes Hall Gardens in 1899, during their season out of the League, and again for all but the first home game of the 1900–01 campaign, Blackpool made the permanent move to Bloomfield Road.

The record attendance at the original Bloomfield Road was 38,098, which occurred when Blackpool played Wolverhampton Wanderers on 17 September 1955. The record at the reconstructed stadium is 16,116, which occurred for the visit of Manchester City on 17 October 2010. The record gate receipts for a home game is £72,949, for the FA Cup third-round tie against Tottenham Hotspur on 5 January 1991.

The stadium hosted three matches during the 2005 UEFA Women's Championship. It has also been the venue for the annual final of the Northern Rail Cup, a rugby league tournament, since 2005.

The club's mascot, who can be seen at every home game, is Bloomfield Bear. He replaced the long-serving Cable Cat, who was retired in June 2000.

Between 8 September 1900 and 28 December 2014, Blackpool have played 2,203 Football League games at Bloomfield Road. Between August 2010 and May 2011, they played nineteen Premier League games at the ground. Of these they won five (26%), drew five (26%) and lost nine (48%).

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