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Blackpool fc logo.png
Full name Blackpool Football Club
Nickname(s) The 'Pool,
The Seasiders,
The Tangerines
Founded 26 July 1887[1]
Ground Bloomfield Road
Blackpool, England
(Capacity: 10,035)
Owners Owen Oyston (Majority owner);
Valeri Belokon (President)
Chairman Karl Oyston
Manager Ian Holloway
League The Championship
2008–09 The Championship, 16th
All-time top scorer Jimmy Hampson (252)
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Blackpool Football Club (pronounced /ˈblækpuːl/) are an English football club founded in 1887 and located on the Fylde coast in the Lancashire seaside town of Blackpool. They have been a member of the Football League continuously since 1900. Their 100th consecutive (and 103rd overall) League season is in progress.

The club currently plays in The Championship, the second tier of professional football in England, after winning the 2006–07 League One Play-Off Final.

The club's home ground has been Bloomfield Road since 1901, and their main nicknames are the 'Pool, the Seasiders and the Tangerines, the latter in reference to the colour of their home kit. Their motto is Progress, as featured on the club crest.

They have a fierce rivalry with local arch-enemy Preston North End, and any League meeting between the two clubs is known as the West Lancashire derby (or, alternatively, the M55 derby).

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 Wembley appearances in six years and came close to winning the League Championship on several occasions. They also supplied the national teams with many players, notably for England in 1953 when four Blackpool men lined up at Wembley, causing the Daily Mirror to declare that "Blackpool F.C. are playing Hungary today",[1] though it became a day that English football fans would want to forget.

Conversely, in 1982–83, Blackpool finished four places from the bottom of the entire Football League, their lowest-ever ranking in the competition, and were only saved from relegation to the Alliance Premier League (now the Conference) because the re-election system voted in their favour. Twelve years earlier, the club was playing in English football's top flight.

Ian Holloway was appointed as the club's manager in May 2009. He succeeded Simon Grayson, who left the club for Leeds United and who guided Blackpool to promotion to The Championship in 2007.



A graph displaying Blackpool's finishing positions in the Football League.

Formation and early years

Blackpool Football Club were formed on 26 July 1887, after a merger with a breakaway group from the local St. John's Football Club. The club managed to win two pieces of silverware in its first season in existence, 1887–88: the Fylde Cup and the Lancashire Junior Cup.

At the conclusion of the following 1888–89 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 Gardens (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. This meant that the club's average attendances were around the two-thousand mark, making the club's formative years a financial success.[1]

After struggling to repeat the success of the 1893–94 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 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 3–1 in front of around 1,500 spectators.[1][2]

After three seasons in the League, Blackpool were not re-elected at the conclusion of the 1898–99 season, after finishing third-bottom. They had moved to a new home, at Stanley Park's Athletic Grounds, the same season.

On 12 December 1899, Blackpool amalgamated with local rivals South Shore. Shortly afterwards, the club, after a brief return to Raikes Hall, moved to a new ground at Gamble's Field, on Bloomfield Road at the southern end of the town. The name of the ground was subsequently renamed for the road on which it stood.

Early 20th century

Blackpool's season out of the Football League was a success: they finished third upon their return to the Lancashire League, and after the Football League's annual meeting, on 25 May 1900, were permitted back into Division Two.

During the ten seasons that followed, Blackpool could finish no higher than twelfth place. The club's top goalscorers in the league included Bob Birkett (ten goals in 1900–01), Geordie Anderson (twelve goals in 1901–02) and Bob Whittingham (thirteen in 1908–09).

At the end of 1910–11, the club found themselves in seventh place, thanks largely to Joe Clennell's haul of eighteen goals.

It was a case of as-you-were, however, for the four seasons leading up to World War I, with finishing positions of fourteenth, twentieth, sixteenth and tenth. For the latter of those seasons, Joe Lane netted 28 goals.

The outbreak of war forced the cancellation of League football for four years, during which time regional competitions were introduced. When normalcy resumed, in 1919–20, Blackpool had appointed their first full-time manager in the form of Bill Norman. Norman guided the club to fourth-placed finishes in his first two League seasons in charge (he was installed as manager during the final inter-war season), with Lane again netting close to thirty goals in the former.

The club's form nosedived in the 1921–22 season, with a finishing position of nineteenth, before bouncing back to a fifth-placed finish in the following campaign. Harry Bedford, who had joined the club from Nottingham Forest, was the country's top league scorer, with 32 goals to his name.

Bedford repeated the feat the following season, this time under the watchful eye of new manager Frank Buckley, who replaced Bill Norman after his four years of service. Blackpool finished fourth in Buckley's first season in charge.

The 1924–25 season was not as successful; a seventeenth-placed finish tempered only slightly by the club's reaching the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time. A single-goal defeat at fellow Lancastrians Blackburn Rovers ended the Seasiders' run.

Buckley guided Blackpool to top-ten finishes in his final two seasons as manager — with Billy Tremelling's thirty goals in the latter helping considerably — before he left to take the helm at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Buckley's replacement was Sydney Beaumont, who took charge for the 1927–28 season, but he lasted only until the spring after the club finished in nineteenth position.

Harry Evans was installed as the new Blackpool manager, in an honorary capacity, for the 1928–29 campaign. Due in no small part to Jimmy Hampson's 40 goals, the club finished eighth. In his second 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, 1934–35, 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 1936–37 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.[3] Regional competitions were implemented again between 1939 and 1945. For the 1945–46 season, after the war's conclusion, Blackpool spent one season in the Football League North.

Post-World War II

Scottish defender Hugh Kelly had arrived at Blackpool in 1943, as had fellow defender Tommy Garrett in 1942. Forward Stan Mortensen joined the club after the war in 1946. Mortensen went on to become Blackpool's top league goalscorer for the next nine seasons, sharing the honour with Allan Brown in 1952–53. Stanley Matthews, who became a regular source of goals for Mortensen, joined Blackpool in 1947, as did centre-forward Jackie Mudie. Goalkeeper George Farm signed in 1948 as did outside-left Bill Perry in 1949. Kelly, Garrett, Matthews, Mudie, Farm and Perry would play with the club throughout the 1950s, the most successful decade in the club's history.

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 1955–56, 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.

Smith was succeeded, in May 1958, by Ron Suart, the first former Seasiders player to return to the club as manager. In his first season, he led the club to eighth in the First Division and the sixth round of the FA Cup. A 23-year-old Ray Charnley topped the club's goalscoring chart with twenty, in his first season as a professional, and went on to repeat the feat for seven of the eight seasons that followed.

The League Cup came into existence in 1960–61. 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.

Mid-table finishes in 1961–62 and 1962–63 (and an appearance in the League Cup semi-finals during the former) were offset by another lowly finish of eighteenth in 1963–64, with Alan Ball top-scoring with thirteen goals. Much of the same ensued over the following two seasons, before relegation finally occurred in 1966–67. Blackpool finished bottom of the table, eight points adrift of fellow demotion victims Aston Villa. Suart had resigned four months before the end of the season. His replacement was another former Blackpool player, Stan Mortensen.

Late 20th century

Mortensen picked up the pieces for the club's first season back in the Second Division in thirty years, guiding them to a third-placed finish. They had gone into the final game of the season at Huddersfield Town knowing that a win would likely secure a return to the First Division. They won 3–1, but once the premature celebrations had ended, they discovered that their nearest rivals, Queens Park Rangers, had scored a last-minute winner at Aston Villa. Q.P.R. were promoted by virtue of a better goal-average: 1.86, to Blackpool's 1.65.

At the end of the following 1968–69 campaign, the Blackpool board made the decision to sack Mortensen after just over two years in the job. Their decision was met by fans with shock and anger, as Mortensen was as popular a manager as he was a player.[1]

Les Shannon, who spent the majority of his playing career with Blackpool's Lancashire rivals Burnley, was installed as manager for the 1969–70 season. In his first season he succeeded where Mortensen had failed, by guiding the club back to the top flight as runners-up behind Huddersfield Town. Their promotion had been sealed after the penultimate game of the season, a 3–0 victory at rivals Preston North End, courtesy of Fred Pickering hat-trick. The result effectively relegated the hosts to the Third Division.

As quickly as Shannon had taken Blackpool up, he saw them return whence they came. The club finished at the foot of the table and were relegated back to Division Two, along with Burnley. Before the season's conclusion, Shannon was briefly replaced in a caretaker-manager capacity by Jimmy Meadows, who in turn was permanently replaced by Bob Stokoe. On 12 June 1971, well over a month after the conclusion of the league season, Blackpool won the Anglo-Italian Cup with a 2–1 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.

Brown's second season at the helm, 1977–78, ended with the club's relegation to the Division Three for the first time in their history.

Stokoe returned for a second stint as manager for the 1978–79 campaign, at the end of which Blackpool finished mid-table. Stokoe resigned during the summer.

Stan Ternent became Blackpool's seventh manager in nine years, only to be replaced in February 1980 by Alan Ball, the popular former Blackpool midfielder who left the club for Everton fourteen years earlier. Ball himself only lasted a year in the job, and departed when the club were relegated to the league's basement division.

Allan Brown had taken over from Ball in February 1981, and he remained in charge for the following 1981–82 term. Blackpool finished twelfth in their first season in Division Four; however, unable to handle the pressure of the job,[1] Brown resigned during the close season.

Sam Ellis took over from Brown in June 1982, three years after he finished his playing career with Watford. His first season saw Blackpool finish 21st, with Dave Bamber topping the club's goalscoring chart for the second consecutive season with ten strikes.

It was Ellis's third season, however, that brought the success the club had been looking for. Blackpool finished second behind Chesterfield and were back in Division Three.

The club managed to finish in the top half of the table for their first three seasons in the Third Division, but slipped to nineteenth in Ellis's seventh and final season in charge.

For the 1989–90 season, Blackpool appointed Jimmy Mullen as manager. Mullen's reign last only eleven months, however, and he left the club after their relegation back to Division Four.

Graham Carr replaced Mullen, but his spell in the manager's seat was even shorter — just four months. He was sacked in November 1990 with Blackpool in eighteenth place.

Carr's replacement was his assistant, Billy Ayre. Ayre guided the team to a fifth-placed finish and qualification for the play-offs. They lost only five of their thirty league games that remained at the time of Ayre's appointment. The run included thirteen consecutive home wins in an eventual 24–game unbeaten run at Bloomfield Road.[1]

After beating Scunthorpe United in the two-legged semi-finals of the play-offs, Blackpool lost to Torquay United in the Wembley final, on penalties after the score was tied 2–2 after regular and extra time (see Blackpool F.C. season 1990-91#Final).

The following 1991–92 season finished with Blackpool 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 2–1 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.

Blackpool struggled in their first two terms back in the third tier of English football, demonstrated by eighteenth- and twentieth-placed finishes, avoiding relegation in the latter season by virtue of a 4–1 victory over Leyton Orient on the final day of the season,[4] which resulted in a pitch invasion by the Blackpool supporters. 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 1995–96 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 2–0. Three days later, they hosted the Yorkshiremen at Bloomfield Road and lost 3–0. Blackpool remained in Division Two, and Allardyce was sacked not long afterwards.

Former Norwich City manager Gary Megson replaced Allardyce, and attained a seventh-placed finish in his only season in charge. Nigel Worthington succeeded Megson in the summer of 1997, and in the Irishman's two full campaigns in the hot seat, Blackpool finished twelfth and fourteenth. Worthington resigned towards the end of the 1999–2000 season, and his seat was filled by the former Liverpool and England midfielder Steve McMahon.

21st century

McMahon arrived too late to save the club from relegation to the Third Division after a 22nd-placed finish in the league.

McMahon gained promotion via the play-offs in his first full season in charge. He comfortably stabilised Blackpool in Division Two (now League One) for the next two seasons. It was during the first of these, 2001–02, that the club received its record outgoing transfer fee: £1.75million from Southampton for Brett Ormerod, eclipsing the £600,000 Q.P.R. paid for the services of Trevor Sinclair eight years earlier. They also gained the first of two LDV Vans Trophy wins in 2001 as Blackpool beat Cambridge United 4–1 at the Millennium Stadium. He repeated the LDV Vans Trophy feat in 2004, this time beating Southend United 2–0 again in Cardiff; however, McMahon believed he could not take the club any further with the budget he was being offered and resigned in the summer of 2004.

Bloomfield Road, Blackpool F.C.'s home since 1899, during its reconstruction phase in the early part of the 21st century. This view is looking north.

Blackpool chose another high-profile individual as McMahon's successor: ex-Blackburn Rovers and Scotland captain Colin Hendry, who finished his playing career with the club. Hendry's reign lasted seventeen months, though the club remained in the new League One.

Hendry was replaced by Simon Grayson, who also ended his playing career at Bloomfield Road, in November of the 2005–06 season.

On 6 January 2007, Blackpool reached the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in seventeen years, after beating Aldershot Town 4–2 at Bloomfield Road. They were knocked out in the fourth round by Norwich City, 3–2 after a replay at Carrow Road on 13 February, narrowly missing out on a trip to London to face Chelsea in the last sixteen.[5]

On 21 April 2007, Blackpool guaranteed themselves at least a place in the play-offs after a 2–1 win at Cheltenham Town.[6] Seven days later, they beat Scunthorpe United 3–1 at Bloomfield Road in the penultimate game of the regular season.[7] The visitors were crowned champions of League One despite their defeat, while Blackpool moved two points behind the second automatic-promotion place after Bristol City lost by a single goal at Millwall.[8]

On the final day of the regular season, Blackpool won 6–3 at Swansea City,[9] a result which ensured that the Tangerines finished in third place, ended Swansea's play-off hopes, resulted in Oldham Athletic's finishing the season in sixth position, and meant Blackpool finished the season as top scorers in League One with 76 goals.[10]

Blackpool and Oldham met in the two-legged semi-finals of the play-offs. Blackpool won both legs — 2–1 at Boundary Park on 13 May[11] and 3–1 at Bloomfield Road six days later.[12] On 27 May they met Yeovil Town in the final at the new Wembley Stadium, their first appearance at England's national stadium in fifteen years. Blackpool won 2–0, a club-record tenth consecutive victory, and were promoted to The Championship in their 100th overall season in the Football League.[13]

On 11 August 2007, Blackpool beat Leicester City by a single goal at the Walkers Stadium in their first game in The Championship, and their first game in the second tier of English football for 29 years.[14] It was also the first time the club had won their opening league game since the 2000–01 season.

Seven days later, the club's run of twelve consecutive wins ended after they drew with Bristol City at Bloomfield Road.[15] Their thirteen-game unbeaten run was ended the following game, with defeat at Wolves on 25 August.[16]

Blackpool knocked Premier League side Derby County out of the League Cup at the second-round stage on 28 August 2007. The match ended 1–1 after ninety minutes and 2–2 after extra time. The Seasiders won the resulting penalty shootout 7–6.[17] On 25 September, Blackpool beat Southend United 2–1 after extra time[18] to reach the fourth round for the first time in 35 years. They were drawn away to Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur in the last sixteen, a match they lost 2–0.[19] Tottenham went on to win the competition.

On 8 December 2007, Blackpool beat Preston North End at Deepdale by a single goal in the first West Lancashire derby since 1 April 2000.[20]

Blackpool finished the 2007–08 season in 19th place, escaping relegation by two points and ensuring their safety in a 1–1 draw with Watford on the final day of The Championship season. It was their highest-placed finish in the Football League since 1970–71.

Recent events

On 23 December 2008, Simon Grayson left the club to join League One club Leeds United after just over three years in charge at Bloomfield Road.[21] Under the guidance of Grayson's assistant, Tony Parkes, in a caretaker manager capacity, Blackpool finished the 2008–09 campaign in 16th place. Parkes left the club on 18 May 2009 after a meeting with chairman Karl Oyston about finances.[22]

On 21 May 2009, Ian Holloway was appointed as manager, signing a one-year contract with the club.[23] On 31 July it was announced that club president Valeri Belokon was setting up a new transfer fund, into which he was adding a "considerable amount" on 5 August in order to invest in new players identified by Holloway.[24] Four days later Blackpool broke their transfer record by signing Charlie Adam from Scottish champions Rangers for £500,000,[25] eclipsing the £300,000 paid to Hull City for Stephen McPhee the previous year.


Blackpool have played their home games at Bloomfield Road since 1901. The current capacity of the stadium is 10,035, although a new stand — the Jimmy Armfield South Stand — is due to open in 2010.


Current squad

As of 9 March 2010.[26]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Paul Rachubka
2 England DF Danny Coid
3 Scotland DF Stephen Crainey
4 England MF Keith Southern
5 Wales DF Neal Eardley
6 England DF Ian Evatt
7 Republic of Ireland FW Billy Clarke
8 Scotland FW Stephen McPhee
9 Republic of Ireland FW Ben Burgess
10 England FW Brett Ormerod
11 Wales MF David Vaughan
12 England MF Gary Taylor-Fletcher
14 England MF Joe Martin
15 England DF Alex Baptiste
No. Position Player
16 Algeria MF Hameur Bouazza
17 England FW Danny Mitchley
18 Jamaica MF Jason Euell (club captain)
19 England FW D. J. Campbell (on loan from Leicester City)
20 Sierra Leone MF Al Bangura
21 England GK Matthew Gilks
24 Wales DF Rob Edwards
25 England FW Louis Almond
26 Scotland MF Charlie Adam (team captain)
27 England MF Ishmel Demontagnac
28 England DF Andy Butler (on loan from Huddersfield Town)
29 Scotland MF Barry Bannan (on loan from Aston Villa)
30 Scotland MF Stephen Husband
33 Scotland FW Stephen Dobbie (on loan from Swansea City)

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
13 England GK Mark Halstead (to Hyde United)
22 England DF Ashley Eastham (to Cheltenham Town)
No. Position Player
23 Wales FW Daniel Nardiello (to Oldham Athletic)

Reserve team

The reserve team competes in the Central League Division One West. They have been Central League champions twice, in 1919-20 and 1949-50.

Youth team and Centre of Excellence

The youth team competes in the Football League Youth Alliance, North West Conference. They are also eligible to enter the FA Youth Cup and the Lancashire FA Youth Cup, which they won in the 2007-08 season. In the final on 28 April 2008, they beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at Bloomfield Road.[27] They also won the Lancashire FA Youth Cup in the 1985-86 season. Youth-team players can also play in the club's reserve team.

Players to have come through the Blackpool youth team include Danny Coid, who is currently the longest-serving player at the club. Other players to have made it into the Blackpool first team in recent years have included Danny Mitchley, who made his first-team debut in the 2008-09 season, as well as Ashley Eastham and Louis Almond, both of whom made their first-team debuts in the 2009-10 season. Almond made his debut whilst still being a member of the youth team. Current Premier League player Clarke Carlisle and former Premier League players Trevor Sinclair, Paul Stewart and Alan Wright were also products of the Blackpool youth department. Others include Matthew Blinkhorn, Phil Doughty, Lewis Edge, Matty Kay, John Hills and Rickie Lambert.

The head of the youth department is former Blackpool player Gary Parkinson and the assistant head is Garreth Barker. Former Blackpool player Phil Clarkson is the Under-15s coach and Mark Westhead is the goalkeeping coach and Under-13s coach.

The club also has a Centre of Excellence with boys teams in age ranges from under-9s to under-16s. The Centre of Excellence runs Development Centres in Preston and Lytham St Annes. They also have two partner clubs: Isle of Man Football League side Union Mills and Thornton Cleveleys of the West Lancashire Football League.

See also:

One-club men

Nine players spent their entire professional playing career with Blackpool:[28]

Name Years Apps Goals
Bob Birkett 1896–1906 (10) 215 44
Edward Threlfall 1900–1911 (11) 320 11
John Charles 1912–1924 (12) 228 30
Bert Tulloch 1914–1924 (10) 178 00
Harry Johnston 1934–1955 (21) 398 11
Hugh Kelly 1943–1960 (17) 428 08
Jimmy Armfield 1954–1971 (17) 569 06
Glyn James 1960–1975 (15) 399 22
Mike Davies 1984–1995 (11) 310 16


Blackpool have had 38 full-international representatives. Their first was Fred Griffiths, for Wales, in 1900. Their most recent were Neal Eardley and David Vaughan for Wales, Charlie Adam for Scotland, and Hameur Bouazza for Algeria in 2009 and 2010.

Many players won additional caps with other clubs, but the totals given below apply solely to appearances made while with Blackpool.

England England

Name Years Caps Goals
Harry Bedford 1923–1924 002 001
Jimmy Hampson 1930–1932 003 005
Harry Johnston 1946–1953 010 000
Stan Mortensen 1946–1954 025 023
Stanley Matthews 1946–1957 036 003
Eddie Shimwell 1949 001 000
Tommy Garrett 1951–1954 003 000
Ernie Taylor 1953–1954 001 000
Bill Perry 1955–1956 003 002
Jimmy Armfield 1958–1966 043 000
Ray Charnley 1962–1963 001 000
Tony Waiters 1963–1965 005 000
Alan Ball 1964–1966 014 001

Scotland Scotland

Name Years Caps Goals
Phil Watson 1933 001 000
Alex Munro 1938 001 000
Frank O'Donnell 1938 002 000
Jimmy Blair 1946 001 000
Allan Brown 1951–1954 011 003
George Farm 1952–1959 010 000
Hugh Kelly 1952 001 000
Jackie Mudie 1956–1958 017 009
Tony Green 1971 004 000
Charlie Adam 2009–2010 002 000

Wales Wales

Name Years Caps Goals
Fred Griffiths 1899–1900 002 000
Dai Astley 1938–1939 001 001
Glyn James 1965–1971 009 000
Wyn Davies 1973–1974 001 000
David Vaughan 2008–2010 004 001
Neal Eardley 2009 003 000

Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Prior to 1924, there was only one Irish national team. In that year, the Republic of Ireland began playing separate matches, and that position is reflected here.

Name Years Caps Goals
Sammy Jones 1933–1934 001 001
Peter Doherty 1934–1936 004 000
Malcolm Butler 1938–1939 001 000
Derek Spence 1976–1980 015 003
James Quinn 1996–1998 010 001

Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland

Name Years Caps Goals
Mickey Walsh 1975–1977 004 001
Wes Hoolahan 2008 001 000

Latvia Latvia

Name Years Caps Goals
Kaspars Gorkšs 2006–2008 014 001

Algeria Algeria

Name Years Caps Goals
Hameur Bouazza 2009–2010 06 001

Hall of Fame

The Blackpool F.C. Hall of Fame was established on 22 August 2006, with a plaque unveiled by Jimmy Armfield. Organised by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool fans around the world voted on their all-time heroes. Five players per decade are inducted.[29]







PFA Team of the Year

Four players have been included in the PFA Team of the Year whilst playing for Blackpool.

Football League 100 Legends

The Football League 100 Legends is a list of "100 legendary football players" produced by The Football League in 1998, to celebrate the 100th season of League football. Five former Blackpool players were included in the list.[30]

Non-playing staff

As of 27 January 2010.[31][32]
Name Role
Latvia Valeri Belokon President
England Karl Oyston Chairman
Latvia Normunds Malnacs Director
England Owen Oyston Director
England Gavin Steele Director
England Matt Williams Club secretary
England Ian Holloway Manager
England Steve Thompson Assistant manager
England Peter Fox Goalkeeping coach
England Gary Parkinson Reserve-team coach
England Phil Horner Physiotherapist


There have been 30 different managers of Blackpool, all of whom have been of United Kingdom nationality. The longest-serving manager was Joe Smith, who occupied the role for 23 years. The club has, on average, appointed a new manager every 3.03 years.

The statistics in the table below account for Football League games only.
As of 16 March 2010.
A pie chart displaying (in chronological order, clockwise from noon) Blackpool's managers and their years of service to the club. Note: caretaker managers have been omitted; multiple terms have been combined
A bar chart displaying (in descending order) Blackpool's managers by their total number of Football League games in charge (as of the end of the 2007–08 season). Note: caretaker and part-time managers have been omitted; multiple terms have been combined
A bar chart displaying (in descending order) the win percentages of Blackpool's managers in Football League games (as of the end of the 2007–08 season). Note: caretaker and part-time managers have been omitted; multiple terms are displayed as an average
Name From To Games Won Drawn Lost Win% Honours won
No manager 1896 1903 196 63 38 95 32.14
England Tom Barcroft1 (secretary-manager) 1903 1909 220 61 55 104 27.73
England Jack Cox1 (player-manager) 1909 1911 76 30 18 28 39.47
No manager 1911 1915 152 48 35 69 31.58
England Bill Norman2 c. 1 August 1918 c. 31 May 1923 168 74 36 58 44.05
England Major Frank Buckley 1 July 1923 c. 31 May 1927 168 67 41 60 39.88
England Sydney Beaumont c. 1 August 1927 c. 31 May 1928 42 13 8 21 30.95
England Harry Evans (honorary manager) c. 1 August 1928 c. 31 May 1933 210 83 35 92 39.52 Division Two championship (1929–30)
Scotland Sandy MacFarlane 1 July 1933 31 July 1935 84 36 24 24 42.86
England Joe Smith c. 1 August 1935 30 April 1958 714 306 164 244 42.86 Promotion to Division One (1936–37), FA Cup (1953)
England Ron Suart1 1 May 1958 1 February 1967 363 116 91 156 31.96
England Stan Mortensen1 1 February 1967 30 April 1969 99 40 27 32 40.40
England Les Shannon 1 May 1969 26 October 1970 56 22 17 17 39.29 Promotion to Division One (1969–70)
England Jimmy Meadows (caretaker manager) 26 October 1970 20 December 1970 8 1 1 6 12.50
England Bob Stokoe 20 December 1970 23 November 1972 80 28 24 28 35.00 1971 Anglo-Italian Cup
No manager 23 November 1972 1 January 1973 7 4 0 3 57.14
England Harry Potts 1 January 1973 5 May 1976 143 52 47 44 36.36
Scotland Allan Brown1 5 May 1976 6 February 1978 69 28 23 18 40.58
No manager 6 February 1978 7 March 1978 2 0 1 1 00.00
England Jimmy Meadows (caretaker manager) (second time) 7 March 1978 20 May 1978 13 1 6 6 07.69
England Bob Stokoe (second time) 20 May 1978 17 August 1979 46 18 9 19 39.13
England Stan Ternent 19 September 1979 1 February 1980 29 9 7 13 31.03
England Alan Ball1 February 1980 28 February 1981 51 13 14 24 25.49
Scotland Allan Brown1 (second time) 1 March 1981 31 May 1982 58 17 17 24 29.31
England Sam Ellis 1 June 1982 30 April 1989 317 118 89 110 37.22 Promotion to Division Three (1984–85)
England Jimmy Mullen (caretaker manager) 30 April 1989 20 May 1989 5 4 1 0 80.00
England Jimmy Mullen 20 May 1989 30 April 1990 45 10 16 19 22.22
Scotland Tom White1 (caretaker manager) 30 April 1990 11 June 1990 1 0 0 1 00.00
England Graham Carr 11 June 1990 30 November 1990 16 5 3 8 31.25
England Billy Ayre 30 November 1990 10 June 1994 164 68 37 59 41.46 Promotion to (new) Division Two (1991–92)
England Sam Allardyce 19 July 1994 29 May 1996 92 41 23 28 44.57
England Gary Megson 5 July 1996 1 July 1997 46 18 15 13 39.13
Northern Ireland Nigel Worthington1 8 July 1997 23 December 1999 113 34 32 47 30.09
England Steve McMahon 7 January 2000 6 June 2004 209 72 54 83 34.45 Promotion to Division Two (2000–01), League Trophy (2002 and 2004)
Scotland Colin Hendry1 7 June 2004 10 November 2005 62 18 19 25 29.03
England Simon Grayson1 (caretaker manager) 10 November 2005 5 June 2006 30 9 10 11 30.00
England Simon Grayson1 5 August 2006 23 December 2008 116 43 37 36 37.06 Promotion to The Championship (2006–07)
England Tony Parkes (caretaker manager) 24 December 2008 18 May 2009 22 6 9 7 27.27
England Ian Holloway 21 May 2009 Present 36 13 11 12 36.11
Totals 4,329 1,589 1,094 1,646 36.71

^1 – Also played for Blackpool
^2 – Norman was the club's first full-time manager




* denotes most recent honour


Shirts and sponsors

Blackpool first began wearing tangerine for the 1923–24 season, after a recommendation from referee Albert Hargreaves, who officiated a HollandBelgium international match and was impressed by the Dutchmen's colours.[33]

Before changing to tangerine permanently, the team tried several different colours: blue-and-white striped shirts in the 1890s; a mixture of red or white shirts at the turn of the twentieth century; and even red, yellow and black during World War I. After the war, they wore all-white. The board introduced another change in 1934 when the team appeared in alternating dark- and light-blue stripes (which have been reintroduced as the club's away shirt several times since the mid-1990s), but they bowed to public pressure in 1939 and settled on tangerine.[33]

Lytham St Annes-based energy-conservation company Inenco sponsored Blackpool for three seasons in the early 1990s.
Blackpool's away shirt for the 2009–10 campaign.

Below is a list of Blackpool's shirt sponsors:

Years Sponsor(s)
1979–1981 Easywear
1981–1982 None
1982–1983 Pembroke Hotel
1983–1984 None
1984–1985 JK Brown
1985–1986 None
1986–1988 Harry Feeney Autos
1988–1990 Bass
1990–1991 Vaux
1992–1994 Inenco
1994–1997 Rebecca's Jewellers of Southport
1997–2001 Telewest
2001–2003 Electricity Direct
2003–2004 Life Repair Group
2004–2005 Pricebusters
2005–2007 (home and away); Kimmel Lager (third)
2007–2008 Floors-2-Go
2008–2009 Carbrini Sportswear

Back-of-shirt sponsors:

Years Sponsor(s)
2005–2008 Glyn Jones Estate Agents (home); JMB Properties, Ltd. (away)

Shorts sponsors:

Years Sponsor(s)
2005–2007 Derek Woodman BMW (home); Derek Woodman Mini (away)
2007–2008 Blackpool Leisure



Blackpool supporters are known by the general terms Tangerine Army or Seaside Barmy Army. Whilst Blackpool have one of the lowest average home attendances in the Championship, the atmosphere generated by the home support is regarded as loud and intimidating.

Scunthorpe United manager Nigel Adkins, speaking in November 2007, said of Bloomfield Road: "It's an intimidating place to go."[34] In February 2008, Mick McCarthy, manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers praised the Blackpool support, saying: "It's an amazing crowd they have. There are only two sides but you wouldn't believe it, it was fabulous. The drum roll and everyone chanting drove them on."[35]

In September 2009, freelance journalist Mike Whalley said after attending a game against Peterborough United: "The home fans certainly make plenty of noise. Bloomfield Road does not lack for atmosphere. Or a drummer. Every home game is played to a thumping drum beat."[36] After Blackpool beat Newcastle United 2-1 on 16 September 2009, Scott Wilson of The Northern Echo wrote: "Almost 10,000 spectators created a hostile and intimidating atmosphere that was a throwback to footballing days gone by"[37] while the Sky Sports match report described the Blackpool support as "boisterous".[38]

The Atomic Boys

Blackpool were one of the first football clubs to have a Supporters Group. The Atomic Boys followed the Seasiders from the late 1940s to the 1960s. They would dress up in exotic tangerine clothing, even borrowing outfits from Louis Tussaud's Waxworks. They adopted a duck as a mascot, with one being donated to the group by American actor Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.. At home games The Atomic Boys would walk around the town before big games drumming up support and rousing the crowd on match days.[39] The tradition of dressing up for important matches has been continued to the present day.

Blackpool F.C. Ladies

Blackpool F.C. Ladies were founded in 2008, and competed their inaugural season in the Lancashire FA Women's County League Division Two, which sits at the seventh level of the national league system in women's football in England. In their first season they won all eighteen league games, scoring 133 goals, and won promotion as champions to Lancashire FA Division One for the 2009-10 season.[40]

The under-16 team compete in the Lancashire FA Women's County League Under-16 Division. There are also four other age group sides: under-11s, under-12s, under-13s and under-14s, all of which compete in the West Lancashire Girls Football League.

They are based at Bourne Poacher Playing Fields, Fleetwood Road North, Thornton Cleveleys.[41]


Matchday programmes

Blackpool's home-game matchday programmes have been given several titles over the years. Below is a list of their titles, if any, and their prices.

Era Name Price
1950s Blackpool Football Club two pence[42]
Early 1970s Blackpool Football Club one shilling
Circa 1972 The Seasiders 7 pence (75th anniversary season of their debut in the Football League)
Mid-1970s Tangerine News 8 pence
Circa 1976 The Seasider 15 pence[43]
1980s Seasiders Scene 20 pence
1990s The Seasiders[44] 80 pence
1990s 'Pool Review £1.10
 ? to 2007 BFC £3.00
2008 Up the Pool[45] £3.50


Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992 (1992), by Roy Calley. The front cover depicts (clockwise from top left): Steve McIlhargey saving a penalty from Scunthorpe United's Graham Alexander in the 1991–92 Division Four play-off final at Wembley Stadium, which helped Blackpool to promotion; Sir Stanley Matthews, "arguably the greatest-ever footballer";[46] Jimmy Hampson, the Seasiders' "pre-war goalscoring machine";[46] and Jimmy Armfield, "a great Blackpool skipper".[46]

A number of books have been written about Blackpool F.C. and club players. One of these is Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992 (ISBN 187362607X), which is written by journalist and Blackpool F.C. fan Roy Calley. Published in hardback-only by Breedon Books Sport on 20 October 1992, the book plots the history of the club over 105 years, from its foundation in 1887 through to the end of the 1991–92 season. The first statistical history of Blackpool F.C., it documents the club's results, line-ups and scorers in each competitive game between 1896 (the club's debut year in the Football League) and 1992. Also included is a biography of each of the club's nineteen managers up until that point.

A copy of the book is available at Harvard University Library, Trinity College, Dublin, and the University of Oxford, amongst other libraries.[47]

The book's foreword is provided by Owen Oyston, who was the club's chairman when the book was published. His son, Karl, now occupies the role.

Around 1,500 statistical errors have come to light since the book's publication. Gerry Wolstenholme, the official historian of Blackpool F.C., has compiled some of them here.

Other books on Blackpool F.C. include:

  • Daniels, Robin (17 October 1972). Blackpool Football: The Official Club History (1st ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. ISBN 0709135017. 
  • Wolstenholme, Gerry (7 December 1998). Cup Kings - Blackpool 1953. Blackpool: The Bluecoat Press. ISBN 1872568580. 
  • Prestage, Michael (September 2000). Blackpool: The Glory Years Remembered (1st ed.). Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd. ISBN 1859831982. 
  • Singleton, Steve, ed (19 December 2007). Legends: The Great Players of Blackpool F.C (1st ed.). Blackpool: At Heart Ltd. ISBN 1845471822. 
  • Gillatt, Peter (30 November 2009). Blackpool FC on This Day: History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year. Pitch Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1905411502. 


Cover of The Seasiders, which was released in 2005. It features illustrations of each of the club's crests during its history.

Several DVDs on the history of Blackpool F.C. have been released. One of these is the two-disc The Seasiders, which documents historical matches of the club. The most notable inclusions are highlights from the 1953 FA Cup Final, their Anglo-Italian Cup Final victory in 1971, and their two successive visits to Wembley, in 1991 and 1992. The compilation, released in 2005, was put together privately by a group of Blackpool F.C. supporters.

Each disc begins with archival footage of Bloomfield Road in the first few years of the 21st century, before its redevelopment.

The collection concludes with a tribute to Billy Ayre, Blackpool's manager between 1990 and 1994, featuring a quote from former Seasiders defender and Ayre's fellow Geordie, Phil Brown, who played alongside Ayre at Hartlepool United and Halifax Town and under him at Halifax: "He was the salt of the earth, a man you could trust with your life. There weren't many people like him."


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Blackpool F.C.
Full nameBlackpool Football Club
GroundBloomfield Road
Blackpool, England
(Capacity 9,650)
ChairmanKarl S. Oyston
ManagerIan Holloway
LeaguePremier League
2009/10League Championship, 6th

Blackpool F.C. is an English football club. They currently play in the Premier League. The club is based in Blackpool in the county of Lancashire. They started in 1887 and play their home games at a stadium called Bloomfield Road. The club won the FA Cup in 1953.[1]


League position

2000/01Third Division7th
2001/02Second Division16th
2002/03Second Division13th
2003/04Second Division14th
2004/05League One16th
2005/06League One19th
2006/07League One3rd
2007/08League Championship19th
2008/09League Championship16th

Former position

Other wesbites


  1. "Blackpool FC". eBlackpool. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 


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