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On This Day in Football: The Matthews Final, European glory for Porto & Benfica

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On this day in 1953, Blackpool beat Bolton Wanderers to lift the FA Cup in a game that is popularly called the ‘Matthews Final’.

Bolton took the lead in the second minute through Nat Lofthouse before Blackpool legend Stan Mortensen equalised in the 35th minute mark. But goals from Willie Moir and Eric Bell established a two goal cushion for Bolton in the second half and this was when Matthews inspired a stunning comeback.

Five classic FA Cup finals

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London (AFP) – Prior to Arsenal’s meeting with Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, AFP Sport selects five of the best finals from the world’s oldest domestic cup tournament:

Blackpool 4 Bolton Wanderers 3, 1953

Even with his team-mate Stan Mortensen grabbing a hat-trick, the performance of Blackpool’s Stanley Matthews stole the show in a thrilling match that has gone down in history as ‘The Matthews Final’.

Five classic FA Cup finals

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London (AFP) – Prior to Arsenal’s meeting with Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley, AFP Sport selects five of the best finals from the world’s oldest domestic cup tournament:

Blackpool 4 Bolton Wanderers 3, 1953

Even with his team-mate Stan Mortensen grabbing a hat-trick, the performance of Blackpool’s Stanley Matthews stole the show in a thrilling match that has gone down in history as ‘The Matthews Final’.

English Premier League

On This Day in Football: Sir Stanley Matthews passes away, Scotland 11-0 Ireland

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On this day in 2000, footballing legend Sir Stanley Matthews passed away at the age of 85.

A Stoke native, Matthews played for only two clubs in his long and illustrious career – Stoke City and Blackpool. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players to ever play the game, Matthews’ playing career lasted for nearly 35 years.

On This Day in Football: The first ever Ballon d’Or, Sao Paulo stun Liverpool

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On this day in 1956, the inaugural Ballon d’Or award was handed out by France Football to Blackpool’s Stanley Matthews.

The prestigious award was established to recognize the best player in European football. The brains behind the Ballon d’Or was former France international and esteemed football writer Gabriel Hanot.

Can Leeds, Sunderland and co overcome their problems this season?

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As money continues to pour into the Premier League, clubs across the land are desperate to secure themselves a piece of the pie.

Bumper television deals, increased sponsorship and foreign investment has allowed the likes of Leicester City to win a title, while other teams have been able to break into the top flight and be competitive.

Write AFC Bournemouth off at your own peril

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This year, despite being a superb attacking team, AFC Bournemouth have had to suffer the indignity of being labelled as easy pickings for the established Premier League giants. It's frustrating for a soccer fan like me to see a team who were as good as Bournemouth last season automatically written off.

Why Blackpool legend Ian Holloway should think twice about rejoining England’s biggest crisis club

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Hull City reach agreement to sign Tom Ince for £2.3 million

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Hull will pay up to £2.3million for Tom Ince after they reached a compensation agreement with Blackpool over the winger.

Ince, 22, joined the Tigers during the summer after his deal with the Seasiders expired but, due to his age, Blackpool were entitled to recoup a fee for the England Under-21 international.

Hull City reach agreement to sign Tom Ince for £2.3 million

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Hull will pay up to £2.3million for Tom Ince after they reached a compensation agreement with Blackpool over the winger.

Ince, 22, joined the Tigers during the summer after his deal with the Seasiders expired but, due to his age, Blackpool were entitled to recoup a fee for the England Under-21 international.

Done Deal: Tottenham confirm defender transfer

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Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed their defender Grant Hall has joined Blackpool on-loan for the rest of the season on Friday.

The 23-year-old centre-back was on-loan at Birmingham City and recently returned to White Hart Lane and will now spend the remainder of the season with the Championship club.

Promotion Tales: Blackpool in the Premier League? Yeah, right!

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[F]or the second in our narratives exploring fans differing attitudes to promotion to the Premier League, we are pleased to welcome back Chris Walker, @OneDaveBamber on twitter and the maestro behind the Measured Progress blog. As a fan of Blackpool FC, Chris looks back to a season we ourselves chronicled in the first year of this blog's life.

3 Football Blogs we’re enjoying this week: SoccerBlog, Blackpool’s troubles and some holiday snaps

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Our football blogs we're enjoying this week feature is back once again and this week we have another three fantastic blogs for you to check out. Missed any of our earlier posts?

Leeds United

Charlton’s Roland Duchatelet Voted Worst Owner In English Football Among Poll Of 4,800 Fans

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Charlton Athletic's beloved Roland Duchatelet has been voted as the worst club owner in English football in a poll over almost 5,000 fans.

The poll in question, conducted by Against League 3, saw 4,804 supporters give their overall opinion of their club's owners in the form of a 1-10 rating.

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Property is Theft

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[O]nce upon a time, earlier on in my real career in book publishing, I was present at some tense negotiations in which a nicotine moustachioed representative of the National Union of Journalists lost the room a bit with the old adage that 'property is theft'. At the time, our smooth operator of a company MD plunged his head into his hands, the look on his face something akin to that of a Newcastle United supporter on being told that Joe Kinnear would be returning to Tyneside.

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Property is Theft

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[O]nce upon a time, earlier on in my real career in book publishing, I was present at some tense negotiations in which a nicotine moustachioed representative of the National Union of Journalists lost the room a bit with the old adage that 'property is theft'. At the time, our smooth operator of a company MD plunged his head into his hands, the look on his face something akin to that of a Newcastle United supporter on being told that Joe Kinnear would be returning to Tyneside.

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Retro Football: Hideously Ugly Goalmouth Scramble Sees Man City Rescue Dramatic FA Cup Draw Against Blackpool, 1988 (Video)

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There were almost two full divisions between the sides when Man City travelled up to Bloomfield Road for anFA Cup fourth round tie against Blackpool in January of 1988.

Still, it was the Seasiders who drew first blood when young striker Richard Sendall – who had been told he was free to leave the club on a free transfer the week previous scored to put the Third Division side ahead.

Retro Football: Remembering The 1953 FA Cup Final – Was ‘The Matthews Final’ Really All It Was Cracked Up To Be?

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Possibly one of the greatest, and certainly one of the most iconic, FA Cup Finals of all time took place on this very day back in 1953.

It was contested by Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers. Blackpool won 4-3, with Stan Mortenson scoring a hat-trick, but curiously the game has gone down in history as 'The Matthews Final' – that's Stanley Matthews, in case you were wondering.

On This Day In 1965: Arise Sir Stanley Matthews, Professional Football’s First All-Action Knight

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When Stanley Matthews was named a knight of the realm in the 1965 New Year's Honours List, he made history.

Sir Stanley became the first professional footballer to achieve a knighthood while still playing, and to this day remains the only player ever to have done so.

Matthews was playing for Stoke City at the time, aged 49, and the knighthood came just before the end of his playing career.

On This Day In 1960: Live League Football Shown On Television For The First Time – It’ll Never Catch On!

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On the evening of Saturday 10th September, 1960, ITV offered people at homethe chance to watch a live Football League game for the very first time. It didn't go well.

The game selected was Blackpool against Bolton Wanderers. The two sides had sluggedit out in thefamous FA Cup Final iof 1953, but by 1960 both teams were fading forces.

On This Day In 2010: Tangerine Dreams As Blackpool Thump Wigan 4-0 On Premier League Debut

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Blackpool's first ever match in the Premier League saw them stick four unanswered goals past Lancastrian rivals Wigan to seal the club's first win in the top flight for over 40 years and set the Tangerines fans offdreaming about the new-found possibilities that lay ahead.

The game was switched from Bloomfield Road to Wigan's DWStadiumbecause of unfinished renovationwork at Blackpool's ground, though the visitors still turned up and controlled the game from the off.

Everton

Book Review: Living on the Volcano

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Living on the Volcano by Michael Calvin
Published by Century
2015, £7.99

Michael Calvin stands apart from the main crowd of football journalists in the United Kingdom. His previous book, The Nowhere Men was a fascinating expose of that unsung breed, club scouts; often more familiar with Watford Gap services than Watford FC.

THE INTERVIEW: Young, Scottish and Managing – Barry Ferguson & Gary Naysmith get stuck into football management

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Saturday, November 8, 2014 – Scottish League Two side Clyde are 3-0 up against hosts Montrose with just under 20 minutes to go.

Coventry City

Football League 2015/16: The Story so far – Hull City, Gillingham, Coventry City and Plymouth lead the way

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TTU Go Predicting: A Club-By-Club League 1 Preview 2015-16

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Barnsley

2014-15 did not go to plan for Barnsley. Freshly relegated from the Championship and adorned with an array of shiny new signings, a promotion push was on the cards. But an unconvincing start cost Danny Wilson his job in February, and it was left to Lee Johnson to salvage things.

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Blackpool FC Delete Commercial Twitter Account After Using It To Call Fans ‘A***hole W**kers’

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Blackpool FC have taken another huge stride into completeludicracy after using one of their official Twitter accounts to calltheir fans, and we quote, "a***hole w**kers".

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It all began when a Tangerines fan contacted @CommercialBFC and offered to donate £20 to charity if the notoriously threadbare Bloomfield Road pitch was in a playable condition by the first home game of the season against Rochdale.

Blackpool Release 17 Players In One Fell Swoop, Left With Just 10 Players Under Contract

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By Chris Wright

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With the club relegated from the Championship in mournful fashion amid scathing fan protests, the latest instalment in the ongoing tragicomedy that is Blackpool FC is perhaps the most inevitable.

Having started the season with just eight senior players on their books, the Tangerines are ending it in a similarly barren state having released 17 players today in one mass exodus.

Blackpool Face Legal Battle To Keep Andrea Orlandi After Triggering Midfielder’s Release Clause By Mistake

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By Chris Wright

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As if to provide the fitting end to an annus horribilis of nightmarish proportions, Blackpool have been forced to voidAndrea Orlandi's contract after accidentally triggering the midfielder's release clause without realising it.

Oyston Charm Offensive Continues As Blackpool Owners Remove Statue Of Club Legend Stan Mortensen From Outside Bloomfield Road

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By Chris Wright

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Set against a backdrop of a whimpering relegation from the Championship and with multiple law suits against their own fans still pending as well ascontinued bitter protests against their ownership, it looks like the Oyston family's charm offensive at Blackpool shows no sign of abating at any point in the near future.

Championship

Snapshot: Oystons’ Decision To Remove Statue Backfires As Blackpool Fans Protest In Middle Of Pitch…

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By Chris Wright

After seeing their plans to protest around Stan Mortensen'sstatuenixed after it was mysteriously removed by the club's much-malignedowners, the Blackpool fans held up the start of the second half during their final fixture against Huddersfield Town after sourcing themselvesa secondary base of operations.

Video: Fight breaks out in the stands at Blackpool vs Leeds

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Football Vine: Fan Videobombs Sky Sports New Report, Accurately Critiques Blackpool’s Dismal Season

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By Alan Duffy

It's only four years since Blackpool were livin' large in the Premier League, but with the Tangerines currently propping up the Championship, it's no surprise that fans have turned to gallows humour.

During Blackpool's 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough on Wednesday evening, one fan made the most of his 15 seconds of fame during ex-Liverpool striker Neil Mellor's Sky Sports News report.

Catching up on the Championship’s races for promotion, play-offs and avoiding relegation

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This season has proved to be one of the most gripping ever, with nothing between the top six and very little defining the relegation places. As always, managerial dismissals have been a talking point but some of the football being played deserves it's plaudits and is sure to make the dogfight at the bottom and the race to the top more intense than ever before.

Catching up on the Championship’s races for promotion, play-offs and avoiding relegation

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This season has proved to be one of the most gripping ever, with nothing between the top six and very little defining the relegation places. As always, managerial dismissals have been a talking point but some of the football being played deserves it's plaudits and is sure to make the dogfight at the bottom and the race to the top more intense than ever before.

Sene Signs with Blackpool FC

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Former Revolution forward Saer Sene joined Championship side Blackpool onFriday, a month after his option was declined by the New York Red Bulls.

Sene, 28, was traded by the Revolution to the Red Bulls in August after struggling to find consistency for much of the 2014 season.

Wigan 1 v Blackpool 0

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When Wigan beat Blackpool 1-0 at the DW Stadium on a warm day back in August this year, it was expected that The Latics would again make a push for promotion back to the Premier League under manager Uwe Rosler, while Blackpool would face a season of toil.



442 magazine even had Wigan favorites for automatic promotion.

Terrified Of Rollercoasters, Blackpool Boss Lee Clark Promises To Ride ‘The Big One’ If He Keeps Them Up

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By Chris Wright

Despite being deathly afraid of rollercoasters, Blackpool manager Lee Clark has vowed to ride "The Big One" at Blackpool Pleasure Beach if he manages to keep the Seasiders in the Championship come the end of the season.

Having won just one game so far this season after beginning the campaign with about five senior players on their books, Blackpool are currently rock bottom of the Championship,ten points adrift of safety and on the smelly end of a six-game winless streak though Clarke is hoping his little wager will inspire him players to pull their collective fingers out.

The Rest

RIP Jimmy Armfield – Blackpool, England Legend And Everybody’s Favourite BBC Radio Co-Commentator Passes Away, Aged 82

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Sad news has broken this morning that Jimmy Armfield has passed away today at the age of 82. He had been fighting cancer for many years.

One of the great one-club players, Armfield spent all 17 years of his professional career at Blackpool, turning out on no less than 627 occasions for the Seasiders a record unlikely to ever be surpassed.

Blackpool Apologise For Playing ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ Over Stadium Loudspeakers Before Bradford City Match

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Blackpool were forced to apologise after getting Bradford City fans' dander up by playing Billy Joel's chronologic classic 'We Didn't Start The Fire' before the League Onemeeting between the two sides on Saturday.

Bradford's Valley Parade stadium was reduced to cinders by a huge fire in May of 1985that eventually claimed the lives of 56 fans.