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Blackpool Kick Off At Home To Bristol Rovers

  Probably not since the 2012/13 season (the era of Ollie/Appleton/Ince) has there been a clamour to check the new fixtures. That was probably the last time Blackpool fans went in to a season with any optimism or enthusiasm, kicking off with three straight victories including the 6-0 demolition of Ipswich Town. However by the time we reached November and Holloway\'s departure, the curtain started to come down on the \'good times\' at Bloomfield Road and the rest is history. Now, as the ....


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It\'s A New Dawn, It\'s A New Day ....

  .. It\'s a new life, For BFC .. and it\'s feeling good! Some have been waiting months, some years and for others a lifetime but it\'s finally happened. The name of Blackpool Football Club is no longer tarnished with the name of a family we vow on AVFTT never to refer to in an article again. Instead we welcome the dawn of Simon Sadler, who has achieved every fans dream of owning their hometown club and, at the same time given us what we all wanted, a new name above the door at Bloomfield ....


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The 2019 Summer Signings Thread (updated 21.06.19)

  Now the dust has settled on another season, it\'s time to look ahead to 2019/20 and under new ownership how Blackpool FC are shaping up for that new season. Throughout the summer on AVFTT, we\'ll keep you updated on all the arrivals at the seaside, profile the players and bring news of any contract renewals or extensions. 21.06.19 Ben Tollitt signs two year deal Hot on the heels of winger Jamie Devitt, in came Ben Tollitt. He completed a move on a two year deal having been at ....


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Retained, Returned And Released

  Whilst Blackpool fans await news of who will turn up at Bloomfield Road with a heavy wallet and a masterplan for the rebirth of our club, life goes on behind the scenes in preparation for a new season. Maybe one of the truest testaments to the neglect and reckless way that the Oyston family ran Blackpool FC was the summer when we had just half a dozen players on the books. When they returned to training that pre-season, they\'d have struggled with a 5-a-side featuring Phil Horner and ....


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The Avftt Season Review

  \'All good things come to those that wait\'. When Gary Bowyer left the helm at Bloomfield Road after just one game in August 2018, Owen Oyston was showing no signs of being pushed off his throne and defeat to Portsmouth left the Seasiders in the bottom four, it looked as if we would be in for another season of frustration and turmoil. Like a limpet sticking to the pier, Oyston seemed to have a tight grip of the fortunes of Blackpool FC even with mounting debts and dwindling crowds. ....


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Not Buying A Season Ticket .. Don\'t Bother Complaining!

  AVFTT Reader Mark Lucas writes: I can imagine in countries where tyrants rule with a rod of iron, and life is pretty unbearable, that when they get removed there is always the fear that they will return. From Hitler to Hussein there\'s been some nasty individuals in history, and once dealt with, have got their comeuppance. Second comings rarely happen (well apart from over Easter) and the fear of bad guys returning is almost as great as when they had power. It is with some incredulity ....


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Opportunity Knocks By Brr2

  If you are of a certain age you will remember a particularly anodyne quiz game of this name hosted by the very creepy Hughie Green. But the phrase seems to sum up where Blackpool FC currently are very well. It was hard to see this coming, especially at the speed it eventually did. And the very suddenness of it is bound to cause some teething problems initially. But at the moment there is a bucketload of goodwill around the club, a small army of people who are prepared to roll up their ....


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Something Good Comes Out Of Bad

  It\'s ironic that when we asked the question whether \'Glad all over\' should be used as goal celebration music last week on AVFTT, considering the debate it stirred, we bet few noticed it\'s absence on Saturday. Instead there\'s a new anthem in town To many of those attending their first game back in four years, they\'d think\' Herman\'s Hermits\' are an unusual crustacean found on South Shore, however that is the pop group responsible in 1964 for the song \'I\'m in to something ....


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Not So Glad All Over

  If you were to ask any Blackpool fan about the song \'Glad all over\', they would associate it with goal celebrations, joyous pleasure, happy clapping and even weddings and funerals. The Dave Clark Five 1964 song has been the Seasiders celebration music for many years - although when and why it was first introduced is a hazy subject. Maybe it was inspired by a visit to Crystal Palace, where the song is used, or the fact \'it does what it says in the title\' lead to it becoming ....


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How Many For The Big Return?

  One of the most exciting things about the appointment of Paul Cooper and the removal of the Oyston family is the return to football normality. The anticipation of the fixtures, the excitement of Transfer Deadline Day, the prospect of promotion - all those things that for the last five years has been anything but the norm. Another big thing will be a return to predicting exactly what Blackpool\'s fanbase is and how many will actually be in Bloomfield Road on a regular basis. That starts ....


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Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now?

  It\'s somewhat ironic after nearly 5 years of going to DIY stores, supermarkets, garden centres and even other football grounds, that when it comes to the big return to Bloomfield Road that there is so much hesitancy. It was never going to be the utopian return we\'d all dreamed of with marching bands, a sea of tangerine and a sell out crowd but most thought that once the Oyston family had been removed that we would return as one. However, whenever you mention the words Oyston and ....


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And So It Begins ......

  It\'s hard to comprehend what has happened since Judgement Day. Elections on both sides of the pond, Brexit, terrorist atrocities, Royal weddings and births, World Cup, Olympics, deaths of club legends, a relegation, a promotion, three managers and over a hundred players through the doors at Bloomfield Road. When those fans (and a mobility scooter) forced the abandonment of the Huddersfield game in 2015, they surely can\'t have expected when they walked out of the ground, it would ....


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Wanted: New Owner

  Wanted: New Football Club Owner. Must have morals, money, patience and ambition. Will need to be community orientated, have pride in the town and the football club, not inclined to sue fans or make off with any financial windfall that comes from owning the club. Will hopefully work with a current shareholder to bring the fans and glory days back to an ailing club. Needs to restore a neglected ground, build a training centre fit for purpose and give the Groundsman money to restore a much ....


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Calling The Undertaker

  According to a newspaper report, Blackpool were recently employing an undertaker to work on the \'training ground\' but he quit because it was too grim. The good news is that he is needed again at Bloomfield Road to remove a stinking, rotting carcass off the roof of the stadium. The stench around Bloomfield Road is so bad that even an FA Cup game against Arsenal couldn\'t tempt fans back for an FA Cup game against Arsenal. Whilst the unpalatable and odious owner of the club took his ....


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2018: Not Much To Say

  Whilst 2018 has been filled with Brexit, the World Cup and bizarre weather, events off the field at Bloomfield Road haven\'t taken the turn that most fans would have wanted. Whilst on the pitch, the departures of Gary Bowyer and the core of his 2017 Play Off winning side made the headlines, it was another departure that fans really wanted to hear about. Whilst Karl Oyston\'s downfall was satisfying and long over-due, it sadly didn\'t bring about the downfall of his Father. In a year ....


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Back To Our Current Predicament

The Dog posed an interesting question on this board recently when he asked ‘who are the real fans? The 150 outside BR last night or the 150 at Gillingham?’ Despite various replies and various opinions, to me, GJJW summed up the quandary of asking that question in his reply. GJJW said ‘I wouldn\'t dream of stating who a real BFC fan is. I simply don\'t know every individual’s specific circumstances etc. Everyone is different, and I can live with that. I just want my ....


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Actually, It Is Time To Renew The Fight

  This article was written in response to the Editor’s “Time up?” Piece of earlier this week. Not that there was anything wrong with it - he articulated a view that a number of people hold. But it wasn’t how I felt at all, and I thought it might be worth setting out an alternative view. I certainly could never blame anyone for being frustrated by the way our legal system works. It is slow. But it is also thorough, and it tries to be fair to all parties in it. ....


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Time Up?

  Time is a strange beast. The Play Off win against Cardiff and the Premier League season seems like 5 minutes ago, whilst it seems an age since I last stepped foot inside Bloomfield Road. The first was 2010 and yet the latter was only 2015. Maybe it\'s because the memories of 8 years ago bring back so many incredible memories and yet the last 3 years experience has been nothing but pain, angst and frustration. As BST marked 12 months since the judgement that we thought would see fans ....


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Is The End In Sight?

  \'Are you still not going to Blackpool ...?\' is one question I still get frequently asked. Usually followed by \'have the Oyston family still not gone?\'. As life moves on, other stories emerge, Brexit dominates the headlines and Blackpool\'s score is still read out every Saturday, the Seasiders saga has been long forgotten by some. In fact when I answer \'no\' to both those previous questions, the reaction is usually greeted with raised eyebrows. Other than on the Fylde ....


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Another Win For The Blackpool Fans

  The League Cup has been a constant source of embarrassment to Blackpool over the years. First round exits to lower league sides, uninspiring performances and seemingly little interest in what is English football\'s second cup competition. The Seasiders had only progressed to the fourth round once in the last 45 years and, with the club still in the doldrums off the pitch as Owen Oyston refuses to budge, it didn\'t appear this season would be any different. However, Terry McPhillips is ....


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The Best Man For The Job?

  \'The Impossible job\' has claimed many victims over the years. Some have been pushed, others have jumped whilst a few have just given up. When Gary Bowyer threw the towel in for \'family reasons\' (having no budget, training facilities, odious bosses, patience worn thin), it should really have sent the club further in to the downward spiral of decline. The squad he\'d assembled over summer seemed woefully short of quality and experience, he was clearly frustrated by the Curtis Tilt ....


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How Do You Know When An Oyston ...

  ... is going to further alienate fans? They open their mouths! You would have thought after all this time that the family would have learnt that, in their case, saying nothing is the best policy. Instead, Natalie Christopher in her first interview (with BBC Radio Lancashire) follows the family tradition of making a complete hash of appeasing fans (if there are any left waiting for another pile of claptrap). Once again, Owen came out of the interview painted as a self serving, ....


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Game Of Owens

  There are many TV programmes that Blackpool FC could equate itself to - Bargain Hunt, The Price is Right, Salvage Hunters and even on some occasions Loose Women - but, arguably, the most relevant at the moment is Game of Thrones. The depiction of two powerful families - Kings and Queens, Knights and renegades, liars and honest men - playing a deadly game of control. Along the way we\'ve lost a few good men, plenty of fans and now we\'re in the throes of a fascinating conclusion. Players ....


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Bowyers Legacy

  It\'s rare that a manager ever writes his own P45 but Gary Bowyer\'s decision to leave Blackpool two weeks ago was seen as one of integrity, principles and common sense. Two seasons hard work putting a side together under the most testing of circumstances was blown apart by the Oyston families tight fisted and naive approach to wages and contracts.  Bowyer just had to sit and watch as the likes of Daniel, Mellor, Roberson, Vassell and a raft of vital loan players walked out of the ....


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Delusions, Demos, Departures And Defeat

Delusions is a mental health problem that causes people to perceive or interpret things differently from those around them. In Oyston\'s world, we\'ve had a tremendous summer of signings, success is based on pretty patterns in the pitch, fans should be grateful that \'our best manager since Ollie\' left in good spirits, the academy has a class 3 status to train on a weed infested \'pitch\' and Owen is the saviour of Blackpool FC by paying the players with his own money! Where do you even start ....


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