Blackpool Predictions

Our Championship predictions and best odds include all of Blackpool’s upcoming fixtures in the competition.

Blackpool Football Club is a professional English football club based in the town of Blackpool. The club currently competes in the Championship, which is the second tier of the English football pyramid.

Blackpool currently plays their home matches at Bloomfield Road, which has been their permanent home since 1901. The ground currently has a maximum capacity of 17,338 and has three stands named after legendary players in the club’s history — Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen and Jimmy Armfield.

Blackpool’s biggest rivals are fellow Championship side Preston North End and the club are nicknamed the Tangerines due to their orange home strip.

Blackpool Honours

Blackpool have never won the First Division title in their history, but did win the Second Division for the only time in the 1929/30 season when they were promoted alongside Chelsea. The Tangerines finished three points ahead of the London club in what is one of four promotions they have enjoyed to the top flight. The others came in 1936/37, 1969/70 and 2009/10, with the latter being a promotion via the Play-Offs. Blackpool have also been promoted twice from the third tier of English football and four times from the fourth tier.

The most famous trophy in the club’s history is the 1953 FA Cup, which is also the only time they have won England’s oldest trophy. They defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in the final at Wembley in what is one of the most memorable in the competition’s history. Blackpool have also won the Football League trophy twice, coming in 2002 and 2004, as well as the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1971. They were winners of the Football League War Cup in 1943.

Blackpool History

Blackpool was founded on 26 July 1987 and played their home matches at Raikes Hall and the Athletic Grounds before settling on Bloomfield Road as their permanent home in 1901. They were initially founder members of the Lancashire Football League in 1889 before joining the Football League Second Division in 1896. The Tangerines were promoted to the First Division for the first time in 1930 and were regulars in the top flight until the 1970/71 season.

This was undoubtedly a golden period for the club, who had legendary players such as the aforementioned Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen and Jimmy Arfield in the team. It culminated in Blackpool winning the FA Cup for the only time in their history, as they defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-3 at Wembley. Mortensen scored a hat-trick for Blackpool and William Perry scored a 92nd-minute winner, but the game is best remembered for the performance of winger Matthews, after whom the match is nicknamed the “Matthews” final. The game is also remembered for being the first televised FA Cup final and was redemption for the two FA Cup finals Blackpool and Matthews had lost in 1948 and 1951 to Manchester United and Newcastle, respectively. Matthews was also the first-ever winner of the Ballon d’Or in 1956.

Since being relegated in the 1970/71 season, Blackpool have only played one season in the top flight, even playing multiple seasons in the fourth tier. Their one Premier League season came in 2010/11 after they defeated Cardiff in the 2010 Championship Play-Off final. Playing under the guidance of Ian Holloway, the team were relegated on the final day of the season after losing away to Manchester United.