BLACKPOOL F.C.
Founded: 1887





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BLACKPOOL F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of BLACKPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

Football had developed in Blackpool by 1877 when Victoria F.C. were founded as a church club with a ground in Caunce Street. This team disbanded a few years later but some of its members are understood to have merged with old boys from St John's School to form a new club called Blackpool St John's. But the two factions remained disunited and, on 26 July 1887, at a meeting in the Stanley Arms public house, the members resolved to wind up St John's and form a new club to represent the whole town called Blackpool Football Club. At the conclusion of the following 188889 season, Blackpool became founder members of the Lancashire League. In their first season in the competition, the club finished fifth out of the thirteen member clubs. They finished as runners-up over the following three seasons (to Bury twice and Liverpool once), before winning the championship themselves on their fourth attempt. Blackpool's home at that point in time was Raikes Hall (also known as the Royal Palace Gardens), which was part of a large entertainment complex that included a theatre and a boating lake, amongst other attractions. After struggling to repeat the success of the 189394 season, the Blackpool board decided it was time to leave local football behind, so on 13 May 1896 the club became a limited company and applied for entry to the Football League. Their application was successful, and for the club's debut season, 189697, they joined the sixteen-team Second Division. Blackpool's first-ever Football League game took place on 5 September 1896, at Lincoln City, which they lost 31 in front of around 1,500 spectators.

During the 192829 campaign and with Jimmy Hampson's 40 goals, the club finished eighth. In the next season, Evans guided Blackpool to the Division Two championship (their only championship to date), finishing three points ahead of Chelsea. Hampson had bagged 45 of the club's 98 League goals. Blackpool lasted only three seasons in the First Division. Two third-bottom finishes were followed by a last-placed finish, and the club returned to the Second Division. The club's relegation prompted the Blackpool board to install a recognised manager, and they opted for Sandy MacFarlane. MacFarlane occupied the Bloomfield Road hot seat for just two seasons, in which the club finished eleventh and fourth. MacFarlane's final season, 193435, marked Jimmy Hampson's eighth successive (and final) season as Blackpool's top League goalscorer. Joe Smith was appointed Blackpool's sixth manager in August 1935, a role in which he remained for the next 23 years. The club finished tenth in Smith's first season, with Bobby Finan taking over from Hampson as top scorer, with 34 goals. It was Smith's second season in charge, however, that marked the starting point of the success to come. Blackpool finished the 193637 season as runners-up in the Second Division to Leicester City and were promoted back to the First Division. Two seasons of Division One football were played before a Second World War intervened. Blackpool sat atop the table at the time the abandonment occurred. Regional competitions were implemented again between 1939 and 1945.

Post-war Blackpool reached the FA Cup Final on three occasions, losing to Manchester United in 1948 and Newcastle United three years later, and winning it in 1953 captained by Harry Johnston. In 195556, and now captained by Kelly, Blackpool attained their highest-ever League finish: runners-up to Manchester United, despite losing their final four League games. It was a feat that could not be matched or bettered over the following two seasons, with fourth and seventh-placed finishes, and Smith left Blackpool as the club's most successful and longest-serving manager. The League Cup came into existence in 196061. Blackpool were knocked out in the second round, the round in which they entered. The club's First Division status came under threat, but they managed to avoid relegation by one point, at the expense of Newcastle United. Local arch-rivals Preston North End were the other club to make the drop. On 12 June 1971, well over a month after the conclusion of the League season, Blackpool won the Anglo-Italian Cup with a 21 victory over Bologna in the final. This was achieved without the services of Jimmy Armfield, who retired in May after seventeen years and 627 appearances for the club. Blackpool finished amongst the top ten teams in the Second Division for six consecutive seasons, under three different managers: Stokoe, Harry Potts and Allan Brown. Twice Blackpool narrowly missed promotion to Division One, by two points in 1974 and one point in 1977. In February 1978, midway through 197778, Brown's second season at the helm, Blackpool were seventh in the division. Having just beaten local rivals Blackburn Rovers 52, Brown was sacked by chairman Billy Cartmell for personal reasons. The team won only one more game that season, which ended with their relegation to the Division Three for the first time in their history.

In the 199192 season, Blackpool finished in fourth place, missing out on automatic promotion by one point, which meant another play-offs experience. This time they met Barnet in the semi-finals and won 21 on aggregate. They returned to Wembley, where they faced Scunthorpe United in the final, the team they knocked out of the play-offs twelve months earlier. Again the score was tied at the end of regular and extra time, but Blackpool were victorious in the penalty shootout and booked their place in the new Division Two (third tier). Blackpool struggled in their first term back in the third tier of English football but pulled to safety in eighteenth place by the end. In late 1993 they were as high as fourth but tumbled down the table in the second half of that season to miss the drop by a whisker in twentieth, avoiding relegation by virtue of a 41 victory over Leyton Orient on the final day of the season.[9] Ayre was sacked in the summer of 1994 and was replaced by Sam Allardyce. Allardyce led Blackpool to a mid-table finish in his first season and saw the club knocked out of both cup competitions at the first hurdle. Tony Ellis was the club's top scorer with seventeen League goals. The 199596 season saw Blackpool finish third and claim a place in the play-offs for the third time in six seasons. In the semi-finals, Blackpool travelled to Bradford City and won 20. Three days later, they hosted the Yorkshiremen at Bloomfield Road and lost 30. Blackpool remained in Division Two, and Allardyce was sacked not long afterwards. In the 200607 FA Cup Blackpool reached the fourth round for the first time in seventeen years, after beating Aldershot Town 42 at Bloomfield Road, but were knocked out by Norwich City, 32 after a replay at Carrow Road.

Blackpool finished the 200910 regular season in sixth place in The Championship, their highest finish in the Football League since 197071, and claimed a spot in the play-offs. On 2 May 2010, the 57th anniversary of Blackpool's FA Cup Final victory, Blackpool hosted Bristol City for the final League game of the season. They needed to match or better Swansea City's result in their match at home to Doncaster Rovers. Both matches ended in draws, with Swansea's Lee Trundle having a late goal disallowed for handball, which meant Blackpool secured the remaining play-off place. On 8 May, Blackpool beat Nottingham Forest 21 at Bloomfield Road in the semi-final first leg.[24] Three days later, they beat them 43 (64 on aggregate) at the City Ground in the second leg to progress to the final (their third in ten seasons) against Cardiff. The result meant Blackpool had beaten Forest in all four of the clubs' meetings in 200910. Blackpool defeated Cardiff City 32 on 22 May in the Championship play-off Final at Wembley Stadium to earn promotion to the Premier League. It was Blackpool's debut appearance in the Premier League in its 18-year existence and their first appearance in English football's top flight in 39 years.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Blackpool F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Seasiders
Year Founded
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1887 (129 years ago)
English County
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Lancashire
Current Ground
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Bloomfield Road
Ground Location
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Blackpool, England
Club's Owners
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Owen Oyston, Valeri Belokon
Club Chairman
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Karl Oyston
Current Manager
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Gary Bowyer
Current League
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League Two
Last Season
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League One, 22nd place
(relegated)


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BLOOMFIELD ROAD
Seasiders Way, Blackpool
Lancashire, FY1-6JJ England


OPENED: ......... October 28, 1899
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. not avaliable
CAPACITY: ...... 17,338
RECORD: ......... 38,098 (1955 vs Wolverhampton)
OWNER: ........... Segesta Ltd.
OPERATOR: ..... Blackpool F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 112 x 74 yards (102 x 68 meters)



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