Blackpool

FL125 VOTE

 

  What is Blackpool's best ever match?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Blackpool 3-2 Cardiff City (2010) 55%
2 Nottingham Forest 3-4 Blackpool (2010) 26%
3 Preston North End 0-3 Blackpool (1970) 19%
     

The FL125 Greatest Match voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatGames.

The nominations were:

Preston 0-3 Blackpool (1970) - The game was played on a Monday evening in front of 34,000 at Deepdale, of which around 20,000 were Blackpool fans. The result meant Pool were promoted to Division One, while their rivals would be relegated the following week. Fred Pickering was the hero, scoring a hat-trick and sparking jubilant scenes among the Seasiders inside and outside of Deepdale.

Nottingham Forest 3-4 Blackpool (2010) - A simply unbelievable game and one that furthered the belief that Blackpool could in fact win promotion to the Premier League. The Seasiders had their goal advantage from the first leg wiped out after just seven minutes when Rob Earnshaw scored. 25 incredible second-half minutes turned the tie in Pool's favour as DJ Campbell netted a hat-trick and Stephen Dobbie scored one.

Blackpool 3-2 Cardiff City (2010) - Blackpool's dramatic season came to an equally dramatic end as they secured promotion to the Premier League thanks to Brett Ormerod's strike just before half-time. Michael Chopra opened the scoring for Cardiff, but Charlie Adam levelled things up with a fantastic free-kick shortly after. Joe Ledley gave the Bluebirds the lead again before goals from Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Ormerod in the five minutes before the interval turned the tide. The Seasiders saw out the game at a sun-drenched Wembley and in doing so etched their names into Blackpool folklore.

 

  Who is Blackpool's greatest ever player?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Stanley Matthews 34%
2 Jimmy Armfield 31%
3 Charlie Adam 20%
4 Stanley Mortensen 8%
5 Brett Ormerod 7%
     

The FL125 Greatest Player voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurGreatestPlayer.

The nominees were:

Stanley Mortensen - The hat-trick hero from the 1953 FA Cup Final bagged an impressive 222 goals in 354 games for the Seasiders in a Blackpool career spanning 17 years. He played local football in South Shields before making the move to the Fylde Coast in 1938. ‘Morty’ was a fast and powerful striker with a killer instinct in front of goal. He built up a fine relationship with Stanley Matthews, often getting on the end of his crosses and finding the back of the net. His statue, situated in the North West corner at Bloomfield Road, pays testament not only to the quality of the player Mortensen was, but also his loyalty to Blackpool Football Club.

Stanley Matthews - Widely regarded as one of the greatest players to grace a football pitch, Stanley Matthews played the game for a longer period of time than any other player at top level. Matthews joined Blackpool when he was 32-years-old; a time when many thought he was passed his best. He soon proved any doubters wrong, helping the Seasiders to three FA Cup Finals, while going on to win many more international caps. His greatest moment came in 1953, where he helped Blackpool to FA Cup glory as they overturned a 3-1 score-line against Bolton. The Final will forever be known as ‘The Matthews Final’.

Jimmy Armfield - A one club man with a record 627 appearances over 17 years at Blackpool makes Jimmy Armfield one of Blackpool’s greatest ever servants. Ten of those 17 years were spent as captain, reflecting his superb loyalty and leadership. He was a right-back who brought a new dimension to the position by offering the overlap; something that worked well when he struck up a partnership down the right with Stanley Matthews. Like Stan Mortensen, Armfield has a statue outside the ground, while in 2010 the South Stand was named after him following its reconstruction.

Brett Ormerod - The only player to score in the top four divisions in English football for the Blackpool is someone who was a real fans’ favourite in his two spells at the club. The frontman formed a frightening partnership with John Murphy in his first spell with the Seasiders and while he wasn’t blessed with pace on his return to Bloomfield Road in 2009 he hadn’t lost his predatory instincts in front of goal. It was fitting that it was Ormerod who got the winning goal in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley in 2010, having put the icing on the cake nine years earlier in the Division Three Play-Off Final win over Leyton Orient.

Charlie Adam - Probably the best £500,000 Blackpool have ever spent was on Charlie Adam in August 2009. The midfielder made an impact earlier in the year having joined on-loan from Rangers, in which time he endeared himself to the Pool fans by scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win at Deepdale. In his first season after signing permanently Blackpool won promotion to the Premier League and it was Adam who played a huge part in the success as he became the club’s top scorer with 19 goals for the campaign. He went on to score 13 times in the top flight for the Seasiders before Liverpool stumped up £9,000,000 to take him to Anfield in July 2011.

 

  When was Blackpool's best season?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 2009/10 64%
2 1952/53 24%
3 1955/56 12%
     

The FL125 Greatest Season voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestSeason.

The nominations were:

1952/53 - Blackpool, led by manager Joe Smith, lifted the FA Cup for the first time in their history, beating Bolton Wanderers 4-3 on penalties. The Seasiders had lost in the final on two previous occasions - 1948 and 1951. In the league the team finished seventh in Division One.

1955/56 - A second-place finish in Division One remains Blackpool's highest ever in the club's history. The Seasiders picked up 49 points from 42 games to be named runners-up to champions Manchester United.

2009/10 - Among the favourites for relegation, Blackpool finish the campaign promoted to the Premier League in Ian Holloway's first season in charge. Some fantastic attacking football led the club to the Play-Offs, where they beat Nottingham Forest over two legs and then Cardiff City 3-2 in the final at Wembley.

 

  Who is Blackpool's best ever manager?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Ian Holloway 64%
2 Joe Smith 21%
3 Billy Ayre 15%
     

The FL125 Greatest Manager voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatManagers.

The nominees were: 

Ian Holloway - 'Ollie' guided Blackpool to the Premier League in his first full season in charge after the Seasiders beat Cardiff City 3-2 in the Play-Off Final at Wembley. They were among the favourites for relegation that season, but Holloway took the Tangerine Army on what was regarded as 'the best trip' they've ever been on. His love for the Seasiders and attacking philosophy endeared him to the Blackpool faithful over the course of his three-and-a-half year tenure.

Billy Ayre - A hugely popular manager among the fans; Ayre took over from Graham Carr in 1990 and transformed the club from relegation candidates to promotion material. They just missed out on promotion to Division Two in his first season in charge, but made it the following year, beating Scunthorpe on penalties in the Play-Off Final. Ayre sadly passed away in 2002 following a long battle with lymph node cancer. He is still highly regarded by supporters.

Joe Smith - Blackpool's longest serving manager was in charge for an incredible 23 years at Bloomfield Road ranging from 1935-1958. Smith brought together a promotion-winning side in his second season in charge, while taking the Seasiders to three FA Cup Finals, being successful in one as they beat Bolton 4-3 at Wembley in 1953. He famously brought Stanley Matthews to the club at the age of 31, despite many feeling he was passed his best. Of course they were all wrong.