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Factfile:

Nickname: The Seasiders, The ‘Pool, The Tangerines

Founded: 1887

Manager: Neil Critchley

Stadium: Bloomfield Road

Current league position: 13th

Last season’s finish: 13th

Current top scorer: Jerry Yates (10 goals in all competitions)

FFV’s one for the future: Ellis Simms

INTRODUCTION…

The club were founder members of the Lancashire League in 1889 and were invited into the Football League Second Division in 1896.

They failed re-election in 1899 but had their Football League membership reinstated the following year. Blackpool remained in the Second Division until they won the league title in 1929–30, though they were relegated after three seasons in the First Division.

Promoted again in 1936–37, the club entered a golden period under the stewardship of long-time manager Joe Smith. Blackpool lost the 1948 and 1951 FA Cup finals before winning the competition in 1953, in the so-called “Matthews Final”, in which they beat Bolton Wanderers 4–3, overturning a 3–1 deficit in the closing stages of the game.

That same year, four Blackpool players were in the England team which lost against Hungary at Wembley. In the 1950s they had four top-six finishes in the First Division, with their best position being runners-up to Manchester United in 1955–56. In 1956, Stanley Matthews was the inaugural recipient of the Ballon d’Or.

Blackpool were relegated out of the First Division in 1967 and again in 1971 after winning promotion in 1969–70. They dropped into the fourth tier after suffering relegations in 1978 and 1981, then gained promotion in 1984–85. Between 1987 and 2019, the club was owned by the Oyston family.

During the long years of Oyston ownership, Blackpool were relegated into the fourth tier in 1990, promoted via the play-offs in 1992, then relegated again in 2000.

Blackpool then gradually reached the Premier League after becoming the first club to gain promotion from every division of the Football League via the play-off system; they won the 2001 Third Division play-offs, 2007 League One play-offs and the 2010 Championship play-offs.

They spent just the one season in the Premier League under the stewardship of Ian Holloway and later suffered a double relegation into League Two by 2016, though gained immediate promotion by winning the 2017 League Two play-off final.

Credit: Blackpool FC
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