Training Facilities6/20
Youth Facilities8/20
StadiumBloomfield Road
Stadium Capacity16,750
LeagueBarclays Premier League


[edit] History

Blackpool are a side with a lot of history, mainly due to the 1953 'Matthews' F.A cup final, in which they beat Bolton 4-3 with a memorable come-back. However, in recent years, football in the top two tiers of English football has eluded Blackpool. They have not been in the Coca Cola Championship for 29 years. Simon Grayson took charge of this once great club in the middle of the 05/06 season, after Colin Hendry was sacked. Grayson managed to save Blackpool from relegation from Coca Cola League One in the few months left in the season. The next year, during Grayson's first full season in charge, Blackpool won promotion to the Championship via the Play-offs, where they beat Yeovil Town 2-0 at Wembley. Whilst the euphoria died down, 'Pool fans soon began to see how difficult it would be for Blackpool to stay up in the 07/08 season. This didn't seem to matter to Simon Grayson's men, who had finally joined the league which held their fierce rivals - Preston North End and Burnley. The 08-09 season began in similar fashion, with Blackpool lingering near the bottom of the table and being touted as relegation favourites. Relegation was then looking possible in December as Simon Grayson left for Leeds United and Tony Parkes stepped up as manager. Tony Parkes managed to keep Blackpool up, despite the consequences.

Tony Parkes's contract wasn't renewed for the 09-10 season, and football's liveliest character Ian Holloway was appointed manager. Holloway set the target of survival for Blackpool, and started his reign as manager by making many key signings, such as, Charlie Adam and Hameur Bouazza.

Holloway managed to motivate his team and use the pundit's relegation predictions as means of enthusiasm for his team to win promotion to the Premier League via the Play-offs in an entertaining match against Cardiff City. A remarkable season which noone predicted ended in Blackpool becoming the 44th team to ever play in the Premier League. Blackpool currently sit 14th in England's top tier, with impressive wins over Liverpool and Newcastle.

[edit] General Information

Nation: England

Year Founded: 1887

Status: Professional

Reputation: Regional

Chairman Status: Happy to Stay

Favoured Personnel: Sam Allardyce, Trevor Sinclair, Steve Banks, Peter Clarke

Fierce Rivals: Preston North End, Burnley

Other Rivals: Oldham, Tranmere, Wigan, Bolton

Finances: Okay

Estimated Value: £1.7M

Stadium: Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Planned Expansion: None

Stadium Capacity: 16,750 all-seater

Pitch Dimensions: Length: 103m, Width: 68m

Maximum Pitch Dimensions: Length: 113m, Width: 76m

Reserve Stadium: Highbury Stadium, Fleetwood

Training Facilities: Average training facilities (New Facilities Planned)

Youth Facilities: Average youth facilities (New Facilities Planned)

Continental Competition: None

Media Prediction: 20th

Squad Average Age: 24

Squad Personality: Ambitious

Club Captain: Jason Euell

[edit] Transfer Budgets and Wage Budget

Bank Balance: £600k

Attempt to avoid Relegation- 600k/86k p/w

Avoid Relegation- £600k/86k p/w

Mid-table finish- £675k/90k p/w

Top-half finish- £750k/92k p/w

Promotion- £825k/92k p/w

Title challenge-£900k/94k p/w

Winner-£975k/96k p/w

Wage Budget: 86k p/w

Current Wage: 83k p/w

Difference: 3k p/w

Average Wage: £3.5k p/w

[edit] Board Expectations

Barclays Premier League- Fight Bravely against Relegation

Fa Cup- Third Round

League Cup- Second Round

[edit] Squad

Position Name Information
GK Matthew Gilks
GK Paul Rachubka
GK Mark Halstead
GK Richard Kingson
DR Neal Eardley
DL Stephen Crainey
DC Ian Evatt
DRC Rob Edwards
DRC Alex John-Baptiste
DC Craig Cathcart
DC Dekel Keinan
DC Ashley Eastham
D,M L Danny Coid
D,WB,AM L David Carney
AMLC Charlie Adam Vice Captain
AMLC David Vaughan
AMLRC Elliot Grandin
AMC Stephen Husband
DM, MC Malaury Martin
DM, MC Ludovic Sylvestre
DM, MC Keith Southern
DCR, DM, MC Chris Basham
MLC, ST Jason Euell Club Captain
AM RC, FC Gary Taylor-Fletcher
WB R, AM RC, FC Matt Phillips
M R, ST Brett Ormerod
AM RL, ST Luke Varney On Loan from Derby County
AM L, ST Ishmel Demontagnac
MC, ST Louis Almond
ST Marlon Harewood
ST Billy Clarke
ST DJ Campbell
ST Thomas Barkhuizen

[edit] Boardroom

Karl Oyston, Chairman

Normunds Malnaks, Director

Valeri Belokon, Director

[edit] Staff

Ian Holloway, Manager

Steve Thompson, Assistant Manager

Stephen McPhee, Coach

Andy Furman, Goalkeeping Coach

Gary Parkinson, Youth Coach

Phil Horner, Physio

Liam Sweeting, Match Analyst

[edit] Kits

Home Away
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