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League One Preview: Blackpool

2 June 2015

A look at the teams we'll be taking on next season - we look at Blackpool.

Who are this lot then?
Blackpool. A former Premier League side who were a 'breath of fresh air' when they were in the Premier League in 2010-11. They only spent a season in the top flight with Ian Holloway at the helm and Charlie Adam pulling the strings in midfield, but certainly put up a good fight in their bid to remain in the division.

Did they get up to much last season?
Last season was a disaster for Blackpool as they suffered relegation from the Championship to League One after a campaign to forget. The Tangerines won just four games all season, and suffered an astonishing 30 defeats in all competitions after a summer of craziness in Lancashire with a severe lack of signings. The club will be hoping for better in League One this time around.

Who's the boss?
Following the departure of Lee Clark (below) at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, Blackpool are yet to appoint a new manager. Neil McDonald, Graham Westley, Richie Kyle and Ian Holloway are the frontrunners judging by the odds on offer from Sky Bet.

Any stand out players?
With a small squad already, the most notable players for Blackpool are Andrea Orlandi (below), Jamie O'Hara and Nile Ranger. Orlandi is a former Brighton & Hove Albion and Swansea City playmaker, O'Hara was formerly with Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Wolves, whilst Ranger has been with Newcastle United in the past.

Any links?
Former Blues defender Peter Clarke is a former Blackpool man, before departing Bloomfield Road recently, opting to move to Bury. Our very own Phil Brown spent his final two years as a player with the Tangerines, appearing 44 times for the club. Ex-Blue strikers Liam Dickinson and Scott Vernon are two others to have represented the Lancastrians as well as Southend.

What's the ground like?
Blackpool's home since 1901, Bloomfield Road has played host to all four of the Football League divisions. It holds just below 17,500 supporters. Blues fans will be on the side for the trip to Bloomfield Road, with the section of the East Stand for visiting supporters holding 2,500 fans.

How far away is the place?
A round trip to Blackpool from Southend means a grand total of 544 miles – the second-longest trip  that Blues will need to make next season.

Any big name fans?
The Nolans are believed to be big Blackpool supporters, as was TalkSport presenter Mike Dickin.

Good memories against them?
Southend United wins: 8
Draws: 2
Blackpool wins: 10

We haven't met Blackpool since September 2007, when we did battle at Bloomfield Road in the Carling Cup. We lost 2-1 that day but the last time Blackpool travelled to Roots Hall resulted in a 2-1 win for Southend. Our first meeting with the Lancashire outfit was back in January 1921 in the FA Cup – we won 1-0.

What are the odds on that?
Blackpool are 10/1 to win promotion for the upcoming season.

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