On Sunday, I published a piece looking back at Blackpool’s 4-0 win over Wigan on the opening day of the 2010-11 Premier League season. Of course the Tangerines are now in League Two following relegation in the past two campaigns. It’s been a horrible few years to support the club following the euphoria of top flight football, and I’ve recruited one Blackpool fan to tell the story.
It’s been an incredible time for Blackpool fans, five years ago we were everyone’s favourite second team and now we are in the bottom tier of the Football League.
Ian Holloway arrived at the club in the summer of 2009 and in my view; he changed the club and gave everybody belief. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that within twelve months, we, Blackpool Football Club would be a Premier League side.
One of Holloway’s key signings was Charlie Adam in 2009, he was on-loan at the club the season before from Rangers and from his short spell everyone knew it was important that Blackpool got their talisman for the 2009-10 season. Adam scored 19 goals from midfield that season as Blackpool won the Play-Off Final 3-2 against Cardiff City on 22nd May 2010; a day all of us Seasiders will never forget.
Blackpool attacked the Premier League from day one, winning 4-0 away at Wigan Athletic and doing the double against Liverpool. Who would have predicted that at the start of the season? The football we played was unbelievable, however it wasn’t enough to survive on the last day at Old Trafford. Pool won 39 points that season which is one of the highest ever totals to be relegated with. In most Premier League seasons, that would have seen you safe.
Now five years down the line, Blackpool are playing in League Two. Last year, ex Pool boss Neil McDonald struggled to attract players to the club, as many were aware of what had gone on over the years. Fans protested inside and outside of the ground to make their concerns heard, and this saw attendances drop dramatically with fans wanting to make a statement to the footballing world. We want to know where the money has gone from gaining promotion to the Premier League and from selling the likes of Adam to Liverpool, DJ Campbell to Queens Park Rangers and also Matty Phillips. There seem to be no legacy at the club from our season in the Premier League.
Matters off the field haven’t been great either in recent years. Fans have been sued for a variety of reasons (which we won’t go into) and President Valeri Belokon has taken the Oyston family to the High Courts in a battle over money. The preliminary hearing has taken place and now fans are looking forward to the next court date, which will take place in 2017.
Looking at where we are now, we have played four games (winning three, losing one). Gary Bowyer has taken the reigns at the club and is looking to put his own stance on the playing side of things. I think we will do well this year but over the season I am sure there will be some difficult times.
We as fans need to stick together. This is OUR club!