League One play offs: Blackpool FC entertain the football world and quieten any of coach Critchley’s lingering critics

In my junior years, Lincoln biscuits represented a rare treat that to this day are sadly missed, both for their unique taste and ubiquity of availability. Putting aside the obvious but lazy dreaming spires and punting on the Isis(river) cliches, Oxford is brought to my mind for reasons of Robert Maxwell, the old Manor Ground,…

A mounting fixture list will put Blackpool FC’s play off credentials to the ultimate test

At what should be the business end of the EFL League One season, Blackpool find themselves with almost half a campaign to play. As momentum builds from what was an extremely slow start that at one point drew into question Neil Critchley's continuation as head coach, it remains to be seen if a perfect storm…

Blackpool Football Club: Backed to the hilt Neil Critchley and the squad of his choosing must now deliver owner Sadler’s vision

Four competitive games into his managerial career at Blackpool Football Club Neil Critchley will have long since defined the very different world of the third-tier professional game from a starkly contrasting hothouse atmosphere within Liverpool's youth set up. The dramatic change from working on Merseyside for the best domestic team in world football to a…

Blackpool Football Club put faith and serious money into an ‘up and (hopefully) coming’ transfer strategy

Stealing a march on their divisional rivals is not something that Blackpool Football Club are historically known for, especially during the Oyston era when often during pre-season an insufficiently staffed squad would be hurriedly padded out before the August kick off. It is though despite Covid-19 ravaging lower league finances and depleting squads to the…

Mired in mediocrity the EFL Championship affords little preparation for the culture shock awaiting those promoted from it

The English Football League(EFL) Championship: highly competitive, much of a muchness, or of such a poor standard that it is merely rearing the next battery farmed, low quality fodder for next season's Premier League? Notwithstanding the enforced Covid-19 break the Championship season is roughly at the mid-April stage, a point where the league table has…

Have Blackpool Football Club actually benefited from an unprecedented churn of personnel during the January Transfer Window?

Whether or not the now former Blackpool F.C. manager Simon Grayson had remained in situ at Bloomfield Road his January transfer window business warrants critical scrutiny, from which it is arguable that the club have failed to secure the expected commensurate uplift from an unprecedented churn of 25 players. Many have suggested that Grayson should…

Blackpool Football Club: An unprecedented transfer window creates more questions than answers for underfire manager Grayson

The prophecy from Blackpool Football Club manager Simon Grayson that he expected the Bloomfield Road outfit to be the busiest club in England during the thankfully now closed January transfer window appears to have been fulfilled. With 24 players either departing or arriving the 50-year old Yorkshireman has been true to his word. On the…

Disparity between Premier League & Bundesliga exemplified by Hummels’ return to Dortmund

The return of Mats Hummels to Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park highlights the widening gap between those long regarded as Bundesliga elite and their Premier League counterparts. Television money and restrictive, although hardly egregious, ownership rules designed to ensure fans remain as such in the eyes of the clubs they support, and not assets from…