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As with every football club playing professional football in the English leagues, Blackpool odds have become more popular in betting circles in recent years. With League Two being a division well renowned for its surprise results and its unpredictability, even the most seasoned bettors find it tough to judge results in this division. With sides fighting relegation one season and challenging for promotion the next, Blackpool relegation odds are as popular as odds on Blackpool to get promoted.

In huge League Two clashes, such as a playoff match, or a big game against local rivals in a cup competition, Blackpool betting odds can be subject to a variety of bookmaker promotions. As an example, odds on Blackpool v Preston North End can be offered as enhanced odds, with bookmakers such as Coral offering enhanced odds often during the football season.

Odds based on possible events on the pitch are of course common, and many bookmakers also offer odds on what happens behind the scenes as well. For example, Blackpool manager odds or Blackpool transfer odds can also be popular, offering more opportunities for bettors to make profit when betting on football.

History

Blackpool FC are a professional football club based in the town of Blackpool in the county of Lancashire. Blackpool are one of a number of clubs to have won the FA Cup, and the club have spent much of their history playing in the top tier of English football. Having played in all four of the top English divisions, the club currently play in England’s fourth tier, League Two.

The history of Blackpool Football Club begins in 1887. Before this time, Blackpool did have a football side, Victoria FC being formed ten years earlier. Victoria FC became defunct in some years later, and players from that club formed another Blackpool club, Blackpool St John’s. This club again disbanded, and its members formed Blackpool Football Club.

During the club’s first season, Blackpool won two trophies, the Lancashire Junior Cup and the Fylde Cup. A year later, Blackpool became one of the founding members of the Lancashire League, winning the division title four years later.

The 1890’s saw the Blackpool board of directors apply to join the Football League. The club’s application was successful, and the 1896/1897 campaign saw the club play in the Football League Second Division.

The club played at the Athletic Ground during this time, moving back to the club’s first home Raikes Hall a short time after. 

Blackpool finished in the relegation places in the 1898/1899 season and had to apply to be re-elected to the Football League. However, the club’s application was refused and Blackpool re-entered the Lancashire League.

The following year, Blackpool once again applied to rejoin the Football League, and this time they were successful. During the 1900/1901 season, Blackpool merged with local side South Shore, and this merged club moved to Bloomfield Road, the home of Blackpool Football Club to this day.

Blackpool’s first decade back in the Football League Second Division was a struggle, and the club finished in the bottom half of the table in every season during this period. However, this changed in the 1910/1911 campaign, when the club finished in the top half of the Second Division table for the first time in Blackpool history.

Due to the onset of the First World War, the Football League calendar was suspended. When the Football League schedule resumed, Blackpool employed its first ever full time manager, Bill Norman.  

The early 1920’s saw the club finish in the top five in four out of five seasons. The club then became quite an inconsistent side, with finishes as high as six mixed in with finishes as low as 19th. This changed in the 1929/1930, when Blackpool won the Second Division title, and with it promotion to the First Division for the first time.

The club’s time in the top tier of English football was not a successful one. Two 20th place finishes were followed by relegation in the 1932/1933 campaign, and the club returned to the Second Division.

Four years later, though, the club were back in the First Division. A second place finish was enough to send the club back to the top tier, before the outbreak of the Second World War once again halted the Football League calendar.

After the Second World War was over, and the Football League schedule resumed, Blackpool signed two players who would go on to be two of the best players in Blackpool history, indeed in English Football League history. Stan Mortensen signed for the club in 1946, followed by Stanley Matthews a year later.

This pair, amongst others, helped Blackpool to three FA Cup Finals. The club lost to Manchester United in 1948 and Newcastle United in 1951, before finally winning the competition in 1953 with a 4-3 win over Bolton Wanderers. This final became known as the Stanley Matthews Final after the players performance, and is also still the only FA Cup Final in which a hattrick was scored, Blackpool’s Stan Mortensen holding this distinction.

1953 was also the year where four Blackpool players were called up to the England squad. Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen, Ernie Taylor and Harry Johnston all represented England against Hungary at Wembley, the only time Blackpool have had four of their players appearing for the England national side in the club’s history.

In the 1955/1956 season, Blackpool came close to winning the First Division title. Unfortunately for the club, Blackpool finished in second place, still the club’s highest ever league finish.

The club’s league form took a nose dive in the early part of the 1960’s, narrowly avoiding relegation in a number of seasons. Blackpool ultimately lost their relegation battle in the 1966/1967 campaign, when a 22nd place finish saw the club relegated to the Second Division.

The club were quick to bounce back, though, and a runners up spot in the 1969/1970 season saw the club regain their top flight status. However, Blackpool suffered an immediate relegation, and returned to the second tier. 

The first six seasons back in the Second Division saw the club finish in the top half of the table each time. The 1977/1978 season saw a shock relegation when Blackpool, who were expected to challenge for promotion, finished in 20th place, culminating in demotion to the third tier of English football for the first time in Blackpool history.

Things got worse for Blackpool when three years later the club were relegated to the Fourth Division. The club almost lost their Football League status completely in the 1982/1983 season, narrowly avoiding the drop after finishing in 21st place. This remains the club’s lowest ever Football League finish.

Two seasons after the club’s near miss, Blackpool earned promotion. A second place finish was enough to see the club return to the Third Division, where they were to remain for five seasons.

Blackpool’s newly found reputation for being a yo yo club was further enhanced when the club suffered demotion once more in the 1989/1990 season, but earned promotion back to the third tier two seasons later following a Fourth Division playoff final victory.

The 1992/1993 season saw the introduction of the Premier League. This replaced the Football League First Division, and resulted in the other Football League divisions being renamed. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three. As such, Blackpool spent the 1992/1993 season in Division Two.

 The club remained in Division Two until the 1999/2000 season, when Blackpool were demoted once more. However, a Division Three playoff win saw the club gain promotion at the first time of asking. 

In time for the 2004/2005 season, the Football League divisions were again rebranded. Division One became the Championship, Division Two League One and Division Three League Two. As such, Blackpool spent their 2004/2005 campaign as a League One side.

Promotion followed in the 2006/2007 season, and the club were back in the second tier of English football. After two close calls with relegation, Blackpool made the Championship playoffs and won, returning to the top flight and entering their first ever season as a Premier League club.

Despite impressing many in their maiden Premier League campaign, the club were relegated on the final day of the season. Returning to the Championship, Blackpool dropped down the English divisions with two successive relegations in the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons. This meant that Blackpool would spend the 2016/2017 campaign as a League Two side.

Crest

The Blackpool football crest has undergone a variety of changes since it was first introduced. The first Blackpool football badge was based on the town of Blackpool’s coat of arms, used between 1923 and 1938. This badge was updated, and featured three wavy stripes representing the sea and a seagull.

This badge was changed to the club’s initials BFC, worn between 1968 and 1979, before a new Blackpool crest was created that featured a stylised windmill.

In turn, this Blackpool badge was replaced by an image of a Lancashire rose, with a flying seagull encased within the circle shape before the club reintroduced the town’s coat of arms as the Blackpool football crest.

The current Blackpool crest features the town of Blackpool’s coat of arm, featuring the club motto ‘Progress’ and surrounded by the club name.

Colours

The Blackpool colours are famous for being ‘tangerine’. A tangerine colour has been used on Blackpool kits consistently since 1923.

When the club were first formed, the Blackpool kit colours were red and white. The first Blackpool kit featured red shirts, white shorts and red socks. Between 1890 and 1901, the Blackpool players wore a completely different colour - blue, this time, with blue and white striped shirts replaced by a lighter blue and white and replaced by a plain light blue jersey.

The Blackpool strip then reverted back to red and white, and in 1914 the Blackpool kit changed again. The 1914/1915 strip featured a black red and yellow hooped shirt worn with black shorts and black socks.

This Blackpool kit was then replaced with white shirts, dark blue shorts and dark blue socks, before the introduction of tangerine.

Tangerine shirts and white shorts have been worn ever since, with the colour of the socks alternating between black, tangerine and white. Tangerine shorts have also been worn on occasion.

The 2016/2017 Blackpool kit features a tangerine shirt, worn with white shorts and tangerine socks.

Blackpool Stadium

The Blackpool stadium is Bloomfield Road. This stadium has been home to Blackpool Football Club on a permanent basis since 1901.

The Blackpool stadium capacity currently stands at 17,338 making this ground one of the biggest in the Football League.

The Blackpool stadium layout features five main named stands, as well as two corner stands. These stands are the Sir Stanley Matthews West Stand; the Stan Mortensen North Stand, or the Kop; the North-West Stand, also known as the Brands Scaffolding North-West Stand; the East Stand, previously known as the Scratching Sheds; the Jimmy Armfield South Stand; the South-West Corner and the South-East Corner.

Supporters

The majority of Blackpool supporters hail from the town of Blackpool and the surrounding areas. Blackpool supporters are known as the Tangerine Army, and sometimes as the Seaside Barmy Army.

There are a variety of Blackpool supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Blackpool Supporters Association and the Blackpool Supporters Trust.

The Blackpool supporters enjoy a rivalry with Preston North End, and the two take part in the West Lancashire derby. Other rivals include nearby Fleetwood Town, along with fellow Lancastrians Burnley, Oldham Athletic, Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers.

Ownership

The current Blackpool owner is Owen Oyston. Oyston is a universally disliked figure amongst Blackpool supporters, with the fans ire increasing at the majority shareholder over the last two decades.

His son, Karl Oyston, is the current Blackpool chairman, and he is also subject of Blackpool supporters anger into how their club is run. 

In recent years, Oyston has launched legal action against Blackpool supporters who have publicly stated their dislike into how Blackpool Football Club is run, along with the disdain shown towards his criminal convictions.

Stats

The list of Blackpool stats starts with the club’s all time leading league appearance maker. This record belongs to Jimmy Armfield, who made 569 appearances in the Football League for the club between 1954 and 1971.

Armfield is also the club’s most capped player, with Armfield earning 43 caps for England whilst playing his club football at Blackpool.

Blackpool’s all time leading goalscorer is Jimmy Hampson. Hampson scored 252 goals for Blackpool between 1927 and 1938. Hampson also holds the club record for most goals scored in a single season - 45 in the 1929/1930 campaign - and also jointly holds the record for most goals scored in a single match. Hampson netted five goals against Reading in 1928, a record matched by Jimmy McIntosh against Preston North End twenty years later.

Blackpool’s all time record transfer signing is DJ Campbell. Campbell cost the club £1.25 million from Leicester City in 2010. The highest ever transfer fee Blackpool have received is £6.75 million, a fee paid by Liverpool for Charlie Adam in 2011.

The club’s record victory came in 1972, when the club beat Lanerossi Vicenza 10-0 in the Anglo-Italian Cup. Blackpool’s record defeat is 10-1, and the club were beaten twice by this scoreline. Blackpool were first beaten 10-1 by Small Heath in the Second Division in 1901, and then by Huddersfield Town in the First Division in 1930.

Blackpool Players

The current Blackpool players list consists of 25 members of the first team squad, supported by members of the Blackpool Reserves Squad and Youth Team.

Notable ex Blackpool players include the five who were named in the Football League 100 Legends list. These were Jimmy Armfield, Alan Ball, Peter Doherty, Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortensen.

To date, there have been 47 Blackpool players who have been called up to their national squads. The first Blackpool player to play at international level was Fred Griffiths, who appeared for Wales in 1900.

There have been thirty players who have been inducted into the Blackpool Hall of Fame. The most recent inductees are Trevor Sinclair, Dave Bamber, Tony Ellis, Andy Morrison and Phil Clarkson.

To date, there have been seven players named in the PFA Team of the Year whilst playing for Blackpool Football Club. These are Martin Bullock, Richie Wellens, Scott Taylor, Wes Hoolahan, Charlie Adam, Matt Phillips and Tom Ince.

Blackpool Manager

The current Blackpool manager is Gary Bowyer. Bowyer took the Blackpool manager job in the summer of 2016, replacing Neil McDonald.

The club’s longest serving manager is Joe Smith. Smith managed the club for 23 years, between 1935 and 1958, taking charge of 672 matches.

Out of the Blackpool managers who managed the club for at least one season, the manager with the highest win percentage in Blackpool manager history is Sam Allardyce. Allardyce managed the club between 1994 and 1996, winning 41 of his 92 matches in charge giving him a win percentage of 44.57.

Honours

The Blackpool honours list consists of one second tier title (1930); one FA Cup (1953); one Anglo-Italian Cup (1971); two Football League Trophy wins (2002, 2004); one South West Challenge Cup win (2010); seven Lancashire Senior Cup wins (1936, 1937, 1942, 1954, 1994, 1995 and 1996); and two Lancashire Junior Cup wins (1888, 1891).

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