“Back where we should be!” – Blackpool fans celebrate Wembley win over Lincoln City in League One play-off final

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The Blackpool fans celebrated their side sealing a historic sixth Wembley on Sunday, defeating Lincoln City 2-1.

Blackpool fans at Wembley.

Blackpool fans at Wembley.

Despite conceding inside a minute, the Seasiders fought back to earn their place in the Championship.

Ollie Turton steered the ball into his own net from Brennan Johnson’s low cross before some fans had settled in their seats.

Pool were stunned by the early concession but rallied and grew into the game, Kenny Dougall scoring on his left foot from outside the area to draw level just before the break.

Blackpool fans took to Twitter to show their delight on their side’s win, with @SalmonSport showing his appreciation for the goalscorer.

He tweeted: “Kenny Dougall you wonderful Australian man!”

And @sesider76 said: “We’ve only gone and done it!”

@MatthewCogan said: Play-offs? Completed them (yet again!)”

@hpseasider1989 said: “Bring on Preston!”

@HereLiesJeff tweeted: So happy right now! Blackpool are back! Championship football next season!”

As Blackpool will be back in the Championship next season, many fans were enjoying pointing it out and savouring their new status.

@cobyjwat06 said: “We’re back where we should be.”

@The RealAlderado said: “Championship here we come! What a season! We are going up!”

As Blackpool made it six wins at Wembley, there was an inevitable feel around the result, which @OllyGregg pointed out: “Death, taxes and Blackpool doing the business in the play-offs.”

Following Simon Sadler’s positive impact on the club, the owner also came in for some thanks from the Pool fans.

@kuztard1971 simply said: “Thank you, Simon Sadler.”

And Gone under the radar all season, Sky Sports never even clipped us in the play off promotion videos. Thank you Simon Sadler, Critch, the supporters who still believed at the start, the players and everyone involved at the club, going to be so good for this town!”

 

Wembley hero Kenny Dougall reflects on firing Blackpool to promotion with double in play-off final against Lincoln

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Blackpool’s play-off final hero Kenny Dougall has revealed his boss Neil Critchley told him not to shoot earlier this season.

 

The midfielder scored both of Blackpool’s goals as the Seasiders ran out deserved 2-1 winners to secure promotion to the Championship.

Critchley’s side had to recover from a goal down to claim the win, after Ollie Turton had scored a freak own goal after just 48 seconds.

But the day ended in celebrations as the Seasiders held on for a win that makes it six promotions via the play-offs in the nine campaigns the club has taken part in.

“It’s special, that’s all I can say,” Dougall told Sky Sports after the game.

“To play at Wembley and to score two goals is fantastic.

“I’m sure there were a few watching in Australia and obviously it’s great for my parents who have had to get up early every week all season.

Kenny Dougall was Blackpool's unlikely two-goal hero at WembleyKenny Dougall was Blackpool’s unlikely two-goal hero at Wembley

“Obviously it was the worst possible start but credit to all the lads for getting ourselves together.

“Earlier in the season the boss was telling me not to shoot but I’m just happy for the team to get the job done.

“You don’t want to come to Wembley and lose, so my commiserations go to Lincoln but I just want to enjoy the moment.

“It’s a shame there are only 9,700 here, so maybe that makes it bittersweet, but the fans who are here will have thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Pool were dealt a major blow prior to kick-off when it emerged that in-form striker Ellis Simms wasn’t fit enough to play. But, as they have done all season, Critchley’s side got on with things and found a way to get the result.

“We all felt sorry for Ellis when he pulled up in training,” Dougall said.

“It’s one of those things but we pulled it out of the hat for him. We’ll be ready for next season and go again.”

 

Blackpool goal hero Kenny Dougall reveals: Boss told me not to shoot earlier this season

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Blackpool’s play-off final hero Kenny Dougall has revealed his boss Neil Critchley told him not to shoot earlier this season.

 

The midfielder scored both of Blackpool’s goals as the Seasiders ran out deserved 2-1 winners to secure promotion to the Championship.

Critchley’s side had to recover from a goal down to claim the win, after Ollie Turton had scored a freak own goal after just 48 seconds.

Two-goal Kenny Dougall with the man of the match awardTwo-goal Kenny Dougall with the man of the match award

But the day ended in celebrations as the Seasiders held on for a win that makes it six promotions via the play-offs in the nine campaigns the club has taken part in.

“It’s special, that’s all I can say,” Dougall told Sky Sports after the game.

“To play at Wembley and to score two goals is fantastic.

“I’m sure there were a few watching in Australia and obviously it’s great for my parents who have had to get up early every week all season.

“Obviously it was the worst possible start but credit to all the lads for getting ourselves together.

“Earlier in the season the boss was telling me not to shoot but I’m just happy for the team to get the job done.

“You don’t want to come to Wembley and lose, so my commiserations go to Lincoln but I just want to enjoy the moment.

“It’s a shame there are only 9,700 here, so maybe that makes it bittersweet, but the fans who are here will have thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Pool were dealt a major blow prior to kick-off when it emerged that in-form striker Ellis Simms wasn’t fit enough to play. But, as they have done all season, Critchley’s side got on with things and found a way to get the result.

“We all felt sorry for Ellis when he pulled up in training,” Dougall said.

“It’s one of those things but we pulled it out of the hat for him. We’ll be ready for next season and go again.”

Critchley later explained that his instruction to Dougall not to shoot had been given when the newly-signed midfielder had shown a desire to take aim from 30 yards. The Pool boss says he never had a problem with the Australian shooting from 20 … and we can all see why.

 

Historical Blackpool restaurant set to reopen under new owners

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Mamma’s Ristorante closed in 2020 some 40 years after first opening

Mamma's Ristorante, Blackpool

Mamma’s Ristorante, Blackpool

A popular Blackpool Italian restaurant looks set for a new lease of life with renovation plans on the horizon.

Mamma’s Ristorante on Topping Street closed last year after 40 years of trading in the resort when owners Giuliano Giacomini and his wife Susi decided to call it a day during the pandemic.

But planning documents reveal the premises have been taken over by new owners Claire and Lee Martin who have applied for planning permission for renovations including a replacement awning, new timber windows, planting boxes on the first floor and repairs to the frontage.

Blackpool based architect Joseph Boniface, who has drawn up the scheme, says in a design statement: “Mammas Restaurant is a Blackpool institution and has recently come under new ownership.

“The new owners, Claire and Lee Martin, are currently undertaking an extensive refurbishment of the interior and exterior to which this application relates.

“The scheme is designed to complement the existing work underway as part of the Quality Corridors initiative.”

Documents add “extensive works are required to the external facade” including replacing rotten timber, repairing brickwork and rendering.

The premises, which has space for around 60 diners, was advertised last year for lease at £24,000 a year.

It had been forced to close in March 2020 due to the coronavirus lockdown, and Guiliano and Susi then decided to step down permanently due to Susi having to self-isolate while Giuliano was coming up to 80 years old.

Susi said at the time: “It has been wonderful, we have made so many friends and worked with so many wonderful people, we are going to miss it.

“But with everything that has gone on and the health restrictions, we think it is time to retire.”

Giuliano had worked in several places before opening his first restaurant Da Vinci’s in King Street.

“But he realised there was big market for pizzerias and set up Mamma’s Ristorante in June 1980.

 

BLACKPOOL ROCKS! Crowds flock to the resort to soak up the sun

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Thousands of people flocked to Blackpool to make the most of the sunshine on a glorious Bank Holiday weekend.

 

The sun shines on the busy promenade

Here’s a selection of some of the happy sun-lovers. Pictures by Martin Bostock.