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Can we get back on track?

Blackpool Win
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Ipswich Win
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Draw
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32%
 
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Blackpool FC vs Ipswich Town Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Frosty » Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:09 pm

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Saturday 29th February 2020 – 15:00

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Pre-Match Thoughts - Bluemike



Promotion ??....You're Having A Laugh.......



Saturday's home defeat to Oxford Utd all but ended our very slim hopes of automatic promotion, for most it was over before a ball was kicked but the latest home disappointment seems to have ended even the most optimistic fans hopes of a miracle. Yet again the scene was set, a very impressive performance last time out had given rise to fresh belief, another good and expectant crowd, a very real chance to get another little run going had everyone positive again and yet Town did what they do all too often, they blew it, fluffed their lines and sent everyone home thoroughly dejected and fed up, the Burton win being labelled as yet another false dawn, and who can really argue.

The daft thing is that for Forty Four minutes we bossed it and played some good stuff into the bargain, all that was missing from the previous week was the most important bit, a goal or Two, while we created plenty of decent openings we didn't really create loads of gilt edged chances and much of the good approach play was let down in and around the box again. It was opne of those occasions where you really did know what was coming and sure enough on the stroke of half time we were carved wide open and punished with pretty much their only real chance, how many damn times do we say that.

The upshot of it all is that we slip down to Eighth place in the League One table and for me that is so poor, not to mention embarrassing for a club of our so called stature, however there is a big BUT here, are we really where this club now deserves to be ? Are we really nothing more than a mid table Third tier team who will be floundering in the wilderness for years to come, or god forbid will we slip even further into the abyss that awaits as some Town fans have been suggesting for some time ?

Such is the inconsistent mess that we have become that even my own normally unwavering positivity is wearing a bit thin, so much so that I am now thinking the top Six will prove to be beyond us, yes we have a great run in of winnable games but OMG how many times do we say this, how many false dawns do we have to endure, it is getting tedious now I have to admit. Having said all that I still firmly believe we as a club have to stay united through this, Paul Lambert said we have no divine right to romp this league and that promotion at the first time of asking was not going to be easy given how many teams before us have struggled to bounce back at the first time of asking and in that respect he is correct, any talk of replacing him is crazy in my opinion and for what it is worth I don't believe Marcus Evans will even give that option a thought, as some have said on here, has Lambert really had that much of a chance to mold his own team to his own liking ? I don't believe he has at all, he told us in January that he had targeted players but the money was miles above our capabilities, our own Connor Wickham being one such name so he was aiming slightly higher than what we already have and so he has had to knuckle down with what he has at his disposal, that is not to say Lambert hasn't made errors because he has but I think getting shot of him would be a gigantic error which would put us right back to square One again.

We have Eleven games left and I would suggest we need to win at least Eight of them to gain a play off slot so the ask is huge, games like this weekends trip to Blackpool would normally see a point as an acceptable return but with the situation we find ourselves in now it has to be a win, nothing else will do, are we good enough to do it is the question, at our best of course we are but when are we ever at our best for an entire game ? Add to that we have no James Norwood or Kayden Jackson up front, our hopes lay at the feet of Will keane who is still yet to win a header all season and Freddie "The saviour" Sears who frankly wouldn't score if he was the only player on the pitch so we have quite a tall ask ahead of us, it's time for someone to step up and be a hero, Bishop ? Judge ? Huws ? Dozzell ? Please someone, anyone, the time is now, this has to be a win, sadly I see a draw at best which is just not enough. COYB'S.




The Opposition – Blackpool FC



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Football had developed in Blackpool by 1877, when Victoria F.C. were founded as a church club with a ground in Caunce Street. This team disbanded a few years later but some of its members are understood to have merged with old boys from St John's School to form a new club called Blackpool St John's. The two factions remained disunited, however, and on 26 July 1887, at a meeting in the Stanley Arms public house, the members resolved to wind up St John's and form a new club to represent the whole town. It was named Blackpool Football Club.

At the conclusion of the following 1888–89 season, Blackpool became founder members of the Lancashire League. In their first season in the competition, the club finished fifth out of the 13 member clubs. They finished as runners-up over the following three seasons (to Bury twice and Liverpool once), before winning the championship themselves on their fourth attempt.

Blackpool's home at that point in time was Raikes Hall (also known as the Royal Palace Gardens), which was part of a large entertainment complex that included a theatre and a boating lake, amongst other attractions. This meant that the club's average attendances were around the 2000 mark, making the club's formative years a financial success.

After struggling to repeat the success of the 1893–94 season, the Blackpool board decided it was time to leave local football behind, so on 13 May 1896 the club became a limited company and applied for entry to the Football League. Their application was successful, and for the club's debut season, 1896–97, they joined the 16-team Second Division. Blackpool's first-ever Football League game took place on 5 September 1896, at Lincoln City, which they lost 3–1 in front of around 1,500 spectators.

For the 1897–98 campaign, the club played their home games at the Athletic Grounds (at the present-day Stanley Park). They remained there for the first seven home games of 1898–99, before returning to Raikes Hall for the remaining 10.

After finishing third-bottom, the club were not re-elected at the end of the 1898–99 season, and spent the 1899–1900 term back in the Lancashire League. They finished third, and after the Football League's annual meeting, on 25 May 1900, were permitted back into Division Two. It was during this season out of the League that Blackpool amalgamated with local rivals South Shore and moved to Bloomfield Road.

During the 10 seasons that followed, Blackpool could finish no higher than 12th place.

The outbreak of war forced the cancellation of League football for four years, during which time regional competitions were introduced. When normality resumed, in 1919–20, Blackpool had appointed their first full-time manager in the form of Bill Norman. Norman guided the club to fourth-placed finishes in his first two league seasons in charge.

The club's form nosedived in the 1921–22 season, with a finishing position of 19th, before bouncing back to a fifth-placed finish the following campaign. Harry Bedford, who had joined the club from Nottingham Forest, was the country's top league scorer, with 32 goals to his name.

Frank Buckley, who replaced Bill Norman after his four years of service. Blackpool finished fourth in Buckley's first season in charge. Buckley guided Blackpool to top-10 finishes in his final two seasons as manager before he left to take the helm at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Buckley's replacement was Sydney Beaumont, who took charge for the 1927–28 season, but he lasted only until the spring after the club finished in 19th position.

Harry Evans was installed as the new Blackpool manager, in an honorary capacity, for the 1928–29 campaign. In his second season, Evans guided Blackpool to the Division Two championship (their only championship to date).Blackpool lasted only three seasons in the First Division. Two third-bottom finishes were followed by a last-placed finish, and the club returned to the Second Division.

The club's relegation prompted the Blackpool board to install a recognised manager, and they opted for Sandy MacFarlane. MacFarlane occupied the Bloomfield Road hot seat for just two seasons, in which the club finished 11th and 4th.

Joe Smith was appointed Blackpool's sixth manager in August 1935, a role in which he remained for the next 23 years. The club finished tenth in Smith's first season. It was Smith's second season in charge, however, that marked the starting point of the success to come. Blackpool finished the 1936–37 season as runners-up in the Second Division and were promoted back to the First Division.

Two seasons of Division One football were played before the Second World War intervened. Blackpool sat atop the table at the time the abandonment occurred. Regional competitions were implemented again between 1939 and 1945. For the 1945–46 season, after the war's conclusion, Blackpool spent one season in the Football League North.

Post-war Blackpool reached the FA Cup Final on three occasions, losing to Manchester United in 1948 and Newcastle United three years later, and winning it in 1953.

For the first and only time in the club's history, four Blackpool players (Johnston, Matthews, Mortensen and debutant Ernie Taylor) represented England in the infamous 6–3 defeat by Hungary at Wembley on 25 November 1953. Of the four, only Matthews would ever represent his country again.

In 1955–56 Blackpool attained their highest-ever finish in the Football League: runners-up to Manchester United, despite losing their final four league games. It was a feat that could not be matched or bettered over the following two seasons, with fourth and seventh-placed finishes, and Smith left Blackpool as the club's most successful and longest-serving manager.

Smith was succeeded, in May 1958, by Ron Suart, the first former Tangerine to return to the club as manager. Mid-table finishes in 1961–62 and 1962–63 (and an appearance in the League Cup semi-finals during the former) were offset by another lowly finish of 18th in 1963–64. Much of the same ensued over the following two seasons, before relegation finally occurred in 1966–67. Blackpool finished bottom of the table, Stuart had resigned four months before the end of the season. His replacement was another former Blackpool player, Stan Mortensen.

Mortensen picked up the pieces for the club's first season back in the Second Division in 30 years, guiding them to a third-placed finish. At the end of the following 1968–69 campaign, the Blackpool board made the decision to sack Mortensen after just over two years in the job. Their decision was met by fans with shock and anger, as Mortensen was as popular a manager as he was a player.

Les Shannon, who spent the majority of his playing career with Blackpool's Lancashire rivals Burnley, was installed as manager for the 1969–70 season. In his first season, he succeeded where Mortensen had failed, by guiding the club back to the top flight as runners-up behind Huddersfield Town. As quickly as Shannon had taken Blackpool up, he saw them return whence they came. The club finished at the foot of the table and were relegated back to Division Two. Before the season's conclusion, Shannon was briefly replaced in a caretaker-manager capacity by Jimmy Meadows, who in turn was permanently replaced by Bob Stokoe. On 12 June 1971, well over a month after the conclusion of the League season, Blackpool won the Anglo-Italian Cup with a 2–1 victory over Bologna in the final.

Blackpool finished amongst the top 10 teams in the Second Division for six consecutive seasons, under three different managers: Stokoe, Harry Potts and Allan Brown. Twice Blackpool narrowly missed promotion to Division One, by two points in 1974 and one point in 1977.

In February 1978, midway through 1977–78, Brown's second season at the helm, Blackpool were seventh in the division. Having just beaten local rivals Blackburn Rovers 5–2, Brown was sacked by chairman Billy Cartmell for personal reasons. The team won only one more game that season, which ended with their relegation to the Division Three for the first time in their history.

Blackpool were relegated with 37 points (the seven teams above them all having 38), and were not to return to the second tier for 29 years.

Bob Stokoe returned for a second stint as manager for the 1978–79 campaign, at the end of which Blackpool finished mid-table. Stokoe resigned during the summer.

Stan Ternent became Blackpool's seventh manager in nine years, only to be replaced in February 1980 by Alan Ball, the popular former Blackpool midfielder who left the club for Everton 14 years earlier. Ball himself only lasted a year in the job, and departed when the club were relegated to the League's basement division. Allan Brown had taken over from Ball in February 1981, and he remained in charge for the following 1981–82 term. Blackpool finished twelfth in their first season in Division Four; however, unable to handle the pressure of the job, Brown resigned during the close season.

Sam Ellis took over from Brown in June 1982, three years after he finished his playing career with Watford. His first season saw Blackpool finish 21st. It was Ellis's third season, however, that brought the success the club had been looking for. Blackpool finished second behind Chesterfield and were back in Division Three. The club managed to finish in the top half of the table for their first three seasons in the Third Division, but slipped to 19th in Ellis's seventh and final season in charge.

On 17 April 1986, the board of directors put the club on the market after councillors rejected plans to sell Bloomfield Road for a supermarket site in a £35 million redevelopment scheme. The club was then sold to Owen Oyston for £1.

For the 1989–90 season, Blackpool appointed Jimmy Mullen as manager. Mullen's reign last only 11 months, however, and he left the club after their relegation back to Division Four. Graham Carr replaced Mullen, but his spell in the manager's seat was even shorter – just four months. He was sacked in November 1990 with Blackpool in 18th place.

Carr's replacement was his assistant, Billy Ayre. Ayre guided the team to a fifth-placed finish and qualification for the play-offs. Blackpool lost to Torquay United in the Wembley final, on penalties after the score was tied 2–2 after regular and extra time.

The following 1991–92 season finished with Blackpool in fourth place, missing out on automatic promotion by one point, which meant another play-offs experience They returned to Wembley, where they faced Scunthorpe United in the final, and were victorious in the penalty shootout and booked their place in the new Division Two.

Blackpool struggled in their first term back in the third tier of English football, Ayre was sacked in the summer of 1994 and was replaced by Sam Allardyce. Allardyce led Blackpool to a mid-table finish in his first season. The 1995–96 season saw Blackpool finish third and claim a place in the play-offs for the third time in six seasons. In the semi-finals, Blackpool travelled to Bradford City and won 2–0. Three days later, they hosted the Yorkshiremen at Bloomfield Road and lost 3–0. Blackpool remained in Division Two, and Allardyce was sacked not long afterwards.

In 1996, owner Oyston was convicted of the rape of a 16-year-old girl. Former Norwich City manager Gary Megson replaced Allardyce, and attained a seventh-placed finish in his only season in charge. Nigel Worthington succeeded Megson in the summer of 1997, and in the Northern Irishman's two full campaigns in the hot seat, Blackpool finished 12th and 14th. Worthington resigned towards the end of the 1999–2000 season, and his seat was filled by the former Liverpool and England midfielder Steve McMahon.

McMahon arrived too late to save the club from relegation to the Third Division (fourth tier) after a 22nd-placed finish in the table. In his first full season in charge, Blackpool were promoted to Division Two by winning the play-offs. The following season the club received its then record outgoing transfer fee; £1.75million from Southampton for Brett Ormerod, eclipsing the £600,000 QPR paid for Trevor Sinclair eight years earlier. They also gained the first of two Football League Trophy wins in 2002 as Blackpool beat Cambridge United 4–1 at the Millennium Stadium. Their second win was in 2004, this time beating Southend United 2–0 again in Cardiff. In the summer following the Trophy win, McMahon resigned, believing he could not take the club any further with the budget he was being offered. Colin Hendry became the new manager, but was replaced by Simon Grayson in November 2005 after an unsuccessful stint which left Blackpool languishing just above the relegation zone of League One (third tier).

In the 2006–07 season Blackpool qualified for the play-offs, and they met Yeovil Town in the final at the new Wembley Stadium, their first appearance at England's national stadium in 15 years. Blackpool won 2–0, a club-record tenth consecutive victory, and were promoted to the Championship in their 100th overall season in the Football League. The promotion marked their return to English football's second tier for the first time in 29 years.

Blackpool finished the 2007–08 season in 19th place, escaping relegation by two points and ensuring their safety in a 1–1 draw with Watford on the final day of the Championship season.
On 23 December 2008, Simon Grayson left the club to join League One club Leeds United after just over three years in charge at Bloomfield Road. Under the guidance of Grayson's assistant, Tony Parkes, in a caretaker manager capacity, Blackpool finished the 2008–09 campaign in 16th place. Parkes left the club on 18 May 2009 after a meeting with chairman Karl Oyston about finances.

On 21 May 2009, Ian Holloway was appointed as manager, signing a one-year contract with the club with an option of a further year. On 31 July it was announced that club president Valeri Belokon was setting up a new transfer fund, into which he was adding a "considerable amount" to invest in new players identified by Holloway.

Blackpool finished the 2009–10 regular season in sixth place in the Championship, their highest finish in the Football League since 1970–71, and claimed a spot in the play-offs. Blackpool defeated Cardiff City 3–2 on 22 May in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium to earn promotion to the Premier League. It was Blackpool's debut appearance in the Premier League in its 18-year existence and their first appearance in English football's top flight in 39 years. Blackpool had now, uniquely, been promoted through all three tiers of the Football League via the play-off system. Furthermore, they won all nine play-off games they were involved in during the 10 seasons between 2001 and 2010. The fixture was dubbed "the richest game in football", because the victorious club would receive a £90 million windfall. It was more than double the £36 million that the winners of the Champions League received.
On 27 January 2011, the Premier League fined Blackpool £25,000 for fielding what they believed to be a weakened team against Aston Villa on 10 November. Ian Holloway, who initially threatened to resign if punishment was dealt, had made 10 changes to the team for the fixture. The club had 14 days to appeal against the decision but chose not to, with Karl Oyston saying that if the punishment was upheld there was a threat of a point deduction and an increase in the fine.

On 22 May 2011, exactly 365 days after their promotion, Blackpool were relegated back to the Championship

On 9 May 2012, Blackpool secured their place in the Championship play-off final in their second consecutive season in the division after beating Birmingham City 3 the semi-finals. They met West Ham United in the final at Wembley on 19 May, losing 2–1, their first play-off final reversal in 21 years.

On 3 November 2012, Ian Holloway decided to leave Blackpool after accepting an offer from fellow Championship club Crystal Palace to be their manager. He was replaced four days later by Michael Appleton, however, after being in charge for just two months, Appleton left for Lancashire neighbours Blackburn Rovers, becoming the shortest-serving manager in Blackpool's history.

On 18 February, after just over a month without an appointment, the club made former England captain Paul Ince their third manager of the campaign. It was under Ince that the club made their best-ever start to a league season. Their victory at Bournemouth on 14 September 2013 gave them 16 points out of a possible 18. The sequence of results was two wins, a draw, and three wins. This was countered by a run of nine defeats in ten games, which resulted in Ince being sacked on 21 January 2014, eleven months into his tenure.

Barry Ferguson was named caretaker manager upon Ince's dismissal. Of Ferguson's twenty league games in charge, Blackpool won just three and finished the 2013–14 season in 20th place. On 11 June 2014, almost five months after Paul Ince's dismissal, the club appointed Belgian José Riga as manager. He was Blackpool's first overseas manager.

Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season Blackpool suffered a major crisis with some 27 players leaving the club; just two weeks before the season started, the club had only eight outfield players and no goalkeeper. Riga was able to assemble a squad in time for Blackpool's first game against Nottingham Forest, but could still only name four substitutes instead of the permitted seven. Blackpool lost the match 2–0.

On 27 October 2014, after fifteen games in charge, Riga was sacked and replaced by Lee Clark.

On 6 April 2015, with six league fixtures remaining, Blackpool were relegated to League One. On 2 May 2015, the final match of the Championship season against Huddersfield Town was abandoned in the 48th minute following an on-pitch protest by hundreds of Blackpool supporters regarding the actions and management style of the directors and owners. The Football League subsequently declared the result the 0–0 scoreline it was at the time of abandonment, which meant Blackpool finished the season with 26 points.

Following the resignation of Lee Clark on 9 May 2015, Blackpool appointed Neil McDonald as manager on 2 June. In May 2016, a second-successive relegation occurred, which put Blackpool in the bottom tier of English professional football for the first time in fifteen years. Less than two weeks later, Neil McDonald was sacked as manager. He was replaced by Gary Bowyer, the club's eighth manager in three-and-a-half years.
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In May 2017, under Bowyer, Blackpool won promotion to League One after beating Exeter City 2–1 at Wembley in the play-off final. The victory meant that Blackpool became the most successful side in English play-off history, winning their fifth final.

On 10 November 2017, Blackpool was put up for sale by the Oyston family. The sale included the club itself and the properties division that owns Bloomfield Road stadium.

On 2 February 2018, Owen Oyston relieved Karl Oyston of his role as chairman and appointed his 32-year-old daughter, Natalie Christopher, in his place, just two weeks after appointing her to the club's board.

Gary Bowyer resigned in August 2018 after two years in charge, after the first game of the season for undisclosed reasons. He was replaced with his assistant Terry McPhillips as caretaker manager. McPhillips was made the permanent manager a month later.

On 13 February 2019, the football club was put into receivership by the High Court, which forced Owen Oyston to pay ex-director Valeri Belokon some of the £25m he was owed. Oyston was removed from the board of the club by the receiver on 25 February 2019. The receiver was tasked with discharging some of Oyston's assets, as well as Blackpool Football Club (Properties) Ltd, which owns the football club. The ruling could have resulted in the club being deducted twelve league points; however, this was eventually ruled against by the EFL on 11 April 2019.

On 13 June 2019, Simon Sadler was announced as the new owner of the club, officially ending the Oystons' 32-year tenure, purchasing a 96.2% stake. Sadler was born and raised in Blackpool and has worked in asset management in Hong Kong since 2007.

McPhillips resigned as Blackpool manager on 5 July 2019, having informed the club's board that he had no long-term desire to be a manager. He was replaced by Simon Grayson, who returned for a second spell in charge. He became the third manager to return to Bloomfield Road, the others being Bob Stokoe (1970–72 & 1978–79) and Allan Brown (1976–78 & 1981–82).

Despite a strong start, a poor run of results followed and Grayson was sacked for a second time on 12 February 2020.




The Manager (Caretaker) – David Dunn



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Form Guide





Blackpool Last 5 Matches – currently in 16th place with 38 points



1 Feb Oxford Utd 2 - 1 Blackpool


8 Feb Blackpool 2 - 1 Southend Utd


11 Feb Blackpool 2 - 3 Gillingham


15 Feb Bristol Rovers 2 - 1 Blackpool


22 Feb AFC Wimbledon 0 - 0 Blackpool




Ipswich Last 5 Matches – currently in 8th place with 52 points



1 Feb Ipswich Town 1 - 4 Peterborough


8 Feb Sunderland 1 - 0 Ipswich Town


11 Feb AFC Wimbledon 0 - 0 Ipswich Town


15 Feb Ipswich Town 4 - 1 Burton Albion


22 Feb Ipswich Town 0 - 1 Oxford Utd





Marko’s Caption Contest – THE DON CUP




Oxford Picture 1

Number 9 5pts
Bluemike (cap 1) 4pts
Bluemike (cap 2) Frosty & Tangfastic 3pts
AylesburyBlue (cap 1) & DerickIpsw (cap 1) 2pts

Oxford picture 2

DerickIpsw (cap 1) 5pts
Number 9 4pts
Shed on Tour 3pts
Ando (cap 1) 2pts



LEAGUE TABLE

AylesburyBlue 97
DerickIpsw 82
Bluemike 81
Blueblood 57
Number 9 47
Ando 46
Shed on Tour 45
Blue Wilf 38
Frosty 25
JohnnyB 25
Tangfastic 24
Quasar 18
Kerry Blue 11
Watership Down 10
IpswichTownNO1 9
Barmy Billy 8
AshfordBlue 7
Todd66 6
Nicscreamer 5
Charnwood 4
Lucy 1
MasseyFerguson 1




Blackpool Caption picture



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Match Referee – Christopher Sarginson



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Caption 1: Janet street porter uploads holiday photo.....

Caption 2: preview of what travelling Ipswich fans can expect to see this Saturday.... Donkeys on parade.
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Post by Andym » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:13 pm

Blackpool's form doesn't look great......until you notice they've scored in 4 of their last 5. With our current loss of strikers I can only see defeat.

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Post by patthegimp » Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:29 pm

Earl has played as a central striker before. Stick him in there-at least he'll head the ball, .maybe hold it up for someone to have a shot. Nothing really to lose now. 😞

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AylesburyBlue wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 9:29 pm
Caption 1: Janet street porter uploads holiday photo.....

Caption 2: preview of what travelling Ipswich fans can expect to see this Saturday.... Donkeys on parade.
Janet Street Porter :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Andym wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:13 pm
Blackpool's form doesn't look great......until you notice they've scored in 4 of their last 5. With our current loss of strikers I can only see defeat.
AndyM......, by far the slimmest guy on the forum; he can always see defeat! (His feet)

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Post by Andym » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:03 am

marko69 wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:53 pm
Andym wrote:
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:13 pm
Blackpool's form doesn't look great......until you notice they've scored in 4 of their last 5. With our current loss of strikers I can only see defeat.
AndyM......, by far the slimmest guy on the forum; he can always see defeat! (His feet)

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But my predictions are never right. So there's much more chance of yours being right.

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Post by marko69 » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:20 am

I'd rather have expectations and be disappointed, Andy. Otherwise I wouldn't bother following sports. But we're all different.

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Post by tangfastic » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:36 am

marko69 wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:20 am
I'd rather have expectations and be disappointed, Andy. Otherwise I wouldn't bother following sports. But we're all different.
Me too. At the moment I feel flat, deluded and blinded by optimism, but there’s got to be hope of something better. They say it’s the hope that kills you, but without hope you just give up. I can take a battering or an elongated blip as long as the manager/team/club offers at least a glimmer of hope for the future.

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Post by marko69 » Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:50 am

Just had time to read the preview there......., good honest write up and basically says it like it is. Borderline resignation in there with perhaps accepting that L1 football may be the order of the day for next season , but also feeling that Lambert needs to show he can do this with Ipswich Town and stays on. And you're right, even if everyone including the kitchen staff wanted Paul out, Mevans is going to stick with him. Which I too think is correct. Every manager needs help and needs something to click. Even Mourinho needed that at Man Utd.

These "false dawns"; some did think it was starting to click, (myself included) and if the Oxford match reports were to be believed, things ARE sort of clicking, without the end product unfortunately. You have to be in the positions to score; Ipswich are doing that, (job done really) but bursting the net is the issue. Sort that, and it's clicking. And scoring goals definitely takes the pressure off defenders as well in my opinion. Hibs defender Paul Hanlon; good player but Bayern Munich class when Hibs are 2-0 up. (Slight exaggeration). So any discrepancies in defence could sort itself out if the team start scoring, even being only 1-0 up by halftime can uplift everyone.

If Lambert reads TB.com........ STOP USING THE "divine right" quote!! It was started by an extremely negative b*stard and it helps no one at all. What good does it do? What is advantageous about using "we have no divine right"? Absolutely nothing at all and STOP saying it, Paul. No idea who coined it but it was definitely someone struggling to do their job. I fully expect to read it a lot on here if ITFC are defeated by the donkeys........., you cheeky bstds. Suppose I've got no divine right to avoid having balls busted!!
"Well, we have no divine right to come to Blackpool and go away with the 3pts. We don't. To be honest, I'll be happy with two toffee dummies and a "kiss me quick" hat." (DON'T say it, Paul)

Going for the 2-1 Ipswich Town win with Town 1-0 at HT, Keane stepping up because he knows the weight is on him. 2-0 on the counter, late consolation for the donkeys.

Ref caption:
Player: REF, HOW THE FUUUUUU.....
Ref: HEY!!! You've got NO DIVINE RIGHT........


David Dunn caption:
Interviewer on Sky News:
"We were supposed to be speaking with David Dunn, but apparently the wind changed, he can't speak and his face is going to stay like that."

Caption comp:
News report:
Today in Blackpool, a crane driver accidentally attaches chain to Blackpool Tower and pulls it to the side. Local Donkey, originally from Slovakia, Fredric Searsanovic, thought it was absolutely hilarious.

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Post by Shed on tour » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:15 am

tangfastic wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:36 am
marko69 wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 10:20 am
I'd rather have expectations and be disappointed, Andy. Otherwise I wouldn't bother following sports. But we're all different.
Me too. At the moment I feel flat, deluded and blinded by optimism, but there’s got to be hope of something better. They say it’s the hope that kills you, but without hope you just give up. I can take a battering or an elongated blip as long as the manager/team/club offers at least a glimmer of hope for the future.
In my years of following ITFC the one thing I have learnt is always be prepared for disappointment.
If there is a way to feck things up they seem to have this knack of being able to find it.

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Caption

‘Mr Ed has his photo taken beside the worlds largest hypodermic needle’

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Post by Shed on tour » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:46 am

Caption 2: As Ipswich go down to another defeat at Blackpool Paul Lambert is ready to escape the wrath of ITFC supporters on his pre-arranged transport before they can send him to the tower.

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Post by Bluemike » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:56 am

CAPTION... " All this singing at Bloomfield Road this afternoon has made me a little hoarse"

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Post by Shed on tour » Wed Feb 26, 2020 12:26 pm

Another caption: Horse says to another horse. Did you hear that Ipswich supporter that just went past say that was the biggest load of sh*t he has ever seen.
Well obviously he has never seen mine.

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Post by Blue Wilf » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:09 pm

0-2 Town... i hope!

Caption 1: Luke Chambers decides to spend a few days in blackpool before the big game

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Caption 2:- blackpool tower starts to tilt after will keane seen hanging from the top in an effort to win a header

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Post by marko69 » Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:34 pm

Blue Wilf wrote:
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:11 pm
Caption 2:- blackpool tower starts to tilt after will keane seen hanging from the top in an effort to win a header
:lol: Nice

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Caption 1 “Paul Lambert tells donkey it has no divine right to sh*t on the beach!”
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Caption 2 “Princess Anne proclaims she no longer wants to be a Royal!”

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Post by saint jude » Thu Feb 27, 2020 2:27 pm

You omitted the West Ham game from the early 1970's in the pre-game report. In any event voted for us to take it. These are the kind of games you ideally should be taking maximum points from but things rarely go to plan with this club. Their team mascot was Bloomfield Bear some years back don't know if that fact remains. Point being if we mess this one up you may as well expect one to sh*t on a toilet so far as promotion goes. Running out of time and points available to prevent losing further touch with the automatic promotion places. Focus and momentum are critical.

Blackpool 2 Ipswich 3

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Caption poor Bluey has let himself go a bit.

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Post by marko69 » Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:14 am

Blackpool football stadium caption:

Blackpool FC make navigation in the away end easier for visiting Ipswich Town fans and now the Bawbags, the Fuckwits and the C unts know exactly where their section is.

Better add a smiley after that one! :blush:

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Hey donkey, needing anything?
A sca, a sca, a scale & polish.


(Hey David Dunn........, a sca, a sca, a sca........, like a donkey says eeyoh, eeyoh, eeyoh.....,, a sca , a sca, a scale and polish? Funny? No? Ach FK off!)

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Post by Bluemike » Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:25 am

Caption 2..... " Marcus Evan's arrives in his latest disguise to avoid being spotted, unfortunately he's the arse end"

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Post by marko69 » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:09 pm

Ref caption:
(Everyone returning to the pitch after HT)
Lambert: “Aw right, ref. Just snuck into your room there and finished off your Aldi version of Maryland cookies.”
Ref: “They were proper Maryland Cookies, Paul.”
Lambert: “Were they Fk. They were the cheapos.”

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Post by tangfastic » Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:35 pm

Caption:
A true hero arrives in Blackpool ready to salvage ITFC’s season. Freddie “The Saviour” Sears ( not in shot) gallops to the rescue astride his trusty white steed.

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Post by bluejacko » Sat Feb 29, 2020 8:59 am

Right everyone,today’s the day! We are throwing caution to the wind and going for it today 😀
Well that’s according to our fearless leader 😟 just a tad to late in my opinion but hay ho!

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