With being away last week I didn’t get a chance to do one of these for Oxford and the midweek clash with Rochdale caught me out as well. Doubtless, I’ll be catching up with those teams later in the season but for now, it’s time for Blackpool to get the treatment.
This Friday is a tough game for the lads to face; Blackpool are one of my pre-season favourites and if you listen to the latest podcast you’ll see that I’m not predicting a happy evening. The transitional period that we’re in is likely to go on for a few games and the last thing we wanted was an away tie against another one of Michael Appleton’s former clubs, especially as we did so well last time we met a team he’d managed.
My own memories of Blackpool are not fond either. We last played them in the league in 2001, losing 2-0 at their place. Although we did beat them in the LDV Vans trophy that season, Bloomfield Road hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for us. We did win there in 1998/99, the year we were relegated out of the third tier, but before that we hadn’t won there since 1903.
We did grab a famous victory over them at the end of the 1991/92 season, two Matt Carmichael penalties preventing them from going up automatically. They still managed to get promoted via the play-offs, but that was the first game I’d ever been too without my Dad and Granddad (Granddad Geoff passed away five weeks before and I think my Dad found it tough to go back to the Bank for a while after that). It’s fair to say I soiled myself as their fans invaded the pitch a couple of times as 13-year-old me sat with my mate in the Stacey West.
I wouldn’t thank them for that, but we do have plenty of reasons to thank the Seasiders, as I explore in this article.