2019/20 Opposition Guide: Blackpool

Ahead of the 2019/20 Sky Bet League One campaign, bwfc.co.uk will profile each of Wanderers' opponents.

In our latest article, we have Blackpool, whom we will visit on Saturday 4 January 2020...

Nickname: The Seasiders, The ‘Pool, The Tangerines

Founded: July 1887

Stadium: Bloomfield Road

Capacity: 17,338

2018/19 Finish: 10th in League One

2018/19 Top Scorer: Armand Gnanduillet, 10 goals in all competitions

Manager: Terry McPhillips

Born and bred in Manchester, Terry McPhillips has been in permanent charge of Blackpool since September of last year having previously held the roles of assistant and caretaker manager within the club in recent years.

As a player meanwhile, the 50-year-old started out with Liverpool but failed to make the first team grade at Anfield, with him making his professional debut for Halifax Town in 1987. 

Impressing for the Shaymen, it was to prove to be the highpoint of his career as stints with Northampton Town, Crewe Alexandra, Nantwich Town and various other non-league sides produced just a handful of appearances before he hung up his boots with Caernarfon Town in 1997.

Moving into coaching, he acted as Under-18s coach, assistant manager and assistant caretaker manager with Blackburn until 2015 when he moved to his current employers where he has remained ever since in a variety of job roles.

Distance From The University Of Bolton Stadium: 38 miles

Getting To The Ground

Blackpool Football Club
Bloomfield Road 
Seasiders Way 
FY1 6JJ 

By Car: The route into Blackpool comes courtesy of the M55 motorway, which can be accessed by coming off at Junction 32 on the M6.

The best route for visiting supporters is to follow the M55 to the bottom, take the second exit at the roundabout and head straight down Yeadon Way onto Seasiders Way.

By Bus (From Blackpool town centre): Bus routes to the vicinity are served by numbers 5, 6, 7, 11 and 68 from the town centre bus station, while tram services on the promenade are within 10-15 minutes walking distance of the stadium.

Nearest Train Station: Blackpool South, which is less than a mile away from the stadium.

This station passes Blackpool Pleasure Beach en route to the ground. However, trains to this station run hourly from Preston and vice-versa.

More frequent trains serve Blackpool North train station, which is some 25 minutes walking distance from the ground.

Head to Head: Wanderers and Blackpool have met 107 times competitively, with the first meeting taking place in 1896.

Wanderers have won 43 of the clashes against the Tangerines, with the last meeting between the sides in October 2016 ending in a 1-0 victory as Sammy Ameobi opened the scoring after just four minutes.

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