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Blackpool 2-1 Blackburn Rovers: Injury-hit Seasiders produce a heroic effort to hold on BIG three points in all-Lancashire affair

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Injury-hit Blackpool produced a heroic effort to beat Blackburn Rovers after losing arguably their three strongest players to knocks.


Chris Maxwell, Richard Keogh and Shayne Lavery – the spine of Blackpool’s starting line-up – were all forced to hobble off during this all-Lancashire affair.

With other players going down and complaining of knocks, the Seasiders somehow managed to find a way to see out the win – even when eight minutes of time were added on at the end of the 90.

But Blackburn made for a tense second-half when Ben Brereton-Diaz reduced the arrears five minutes into the second-half.

But Neil Critchley’s side held on for a fourth win in six, extending their superb run of form which has seen them avoid defeat in five of their last six.

Pool now move up to 12th, three points adrift of QPR in sixth and seven points clear of the bottom three.

Jerry Yates celebrates in front of the visiting Blackburn fans

Jerry Yates celebrates in front of the visiting Blackburn fans

With this game being Blackpool’s final fixture before the international break, Critchley opted against making wholesale changes in a bid to freshen up his squad.

Instead, he made just one change from the midweek draw against Hull City, bringing Josh Bowler back into the fold in place of Demetri Mitchell.

Reece James (foot), Matty Virtue (ACL), Grant Ward (achilles), Owen Dale (foot) and CJ Hamilton (foot) all remain sidelined.

There was still no spot in the squad for Jordan Gabriel, who recently returned to training after being forced to self-isolate after his girlfriend tested positive for Covid-19.

Teddy Howe, Oliver Sarkic, Bez Lubala and Joe Nuttall, meanwhile, continue to be left out having not been registered in Blackpool’s squad.

Blackburn, who began the day in sixth place after a strong start to the campaign, made one change from their 3-2 midweek defeat at Huddersfield Town.

The Seasiders got off to a perfect start when, after just four minutes, in-form striker Shayne Lavery added yet another goal to his collection to send an already pulsating Bloomfield Road into raptures.

The hosts, who had made the brighter start of the two sides, edged ahead as Keshi Anderson picked out the Northern Irishman on the corner of the Blackburn box.

The 22-year-old had a surprising amount of time and space to take a touch to settle himself against a defender that bizarrely backed off him.

Lavery, with three goals in his last three games, certainly doesn’t need an invitation to shoot and that’s exactly what he did, firing low across goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski.

The striker’s shot took a wicked deflection that saw the ball loop up and into the far corner, where a recovering Blackburn defender was unable to clear his lines.

While the goal only came four minutes, Blackpool deserved their lead for the positive manner in which they began the game.

Blackburn almost levelled in bizarre circumstances with their first opening of the game, as Dujon Sterling almost picked out the bottom corner of his own net as he sprinted to make a vital interception.

The hosts were dealt a major blow when their goalscorer and form man Lavery was forced off with a knock after an innocuous-looking 50-50 with Daniel Ayala.

The Northern Irishman, who clutched his thigh as he trudged off, was replaced by Jerry Yates, who couldn’t have had a better introduction.

Barely two minutes after coming on, Yates nodded home to double Blackpool’s lead to send Bloomfield Road crazy.

It was a simple enough finish from the 22-year-old, scoring for just the second time this season, heading home from a few yards after Kaminski had saved Gary Madine’s initial effort.

The Seasiders looked so dangerous every time they came forward and could easily have had another goal or two to their tally.

Critchley’s men were oozing confidence, picking up the ball from deep and playing through the thirds with one and two-touch football.

They were so on top, even 36-year-old centre-back Richard Keogh was getting in on the act, waltzing forward with the ball from his own half to the edge of the Blackburn box.

Pool looked to have fairly strong penalty appeals waved away when Yates appeared to be hauled to the ground as he attempted to reach Madine’s deflected cross at the back post.

Blackburn also lost one of their forward men to injury late on in the half, as Sam Gallagher was forced off with a knock. Left-back Tayo Edun replaced him, which saw Tony Mowbray alter things tactically for the away side.

Yates, meanwhile, tried his luck in the dying seconds of the half after spotting Kaminski off his line, only to skew wide with his effort from near the halfway line.

Pool continued to be the side that looked the most threatening, as Josh Bowler saw a long-range shot blocked after the away side were dispossessed of the ball in their own half.

The hosts were a little fortunate to keep their two-goal lead intact at first-half stoppage-time when Tyrhys Dolan played the ball across the face of the Blackpool goal.

Three Blackburn players were in the vicinity ready to tap home, but fortunately Sterling was there to deflect the ball behind.

Nevertheless, the Seasiders were well worth their two-goal lead and Blackburn would have been hugely fortunate to get on the scoresheet after being second best for the entirety of the opening half.

Pool were forced into making another change at the break, as James Husband replaced Keogh – who was presumingly unable to continue after picking up an injury.

Keogh’s absence was keenly felt when the away side reduced the arrears within five minutes of the second half.

Talisman Ben Brereton-Diaz was the man to score Blackburn’s goal, slotting home from Will Buckley’s pinpoint cross.

Play had to be temporarily halted following Blackburn’s celebrations after a smoke bomb was thrown onto the pitch from the away end.

When play did restairt, Brereton-Diaz could have added a second only for his shot from the edge of the box to be saved by Maxwell after two attempts.

Blackpool’s injury woes went from bad to worse on the hour-mark when goalkeeper and skipper Chris Maxwell was forced off with an injury.

Pool’s number one, who was replaced by Stuart Moore, initially tried to carry on but had no choice but to hobble after being given treatment by the physio for a second time.

The makeshift back four came under increasing pressure in the final 20 minutes, Brereton-Diaz almost breaching Pool’s defence on a Blackpool counter before Daniel Ayala headed wide from a corner.

There was real fear Pool would have to end the game with 10 men when Sterling became the latest player to receive treatment after making a heroic last-ditch tackle on Dolan.

Fortunately the Chelsea loanee was able to continue, although he didn’t exactly look to be 100 per cent.

The home side looked really leggy at this point and were now losing all the second balls, having previously competed so well.

Pool did squander a half chance on the break as Anderson did well to pick out the unmarked Bowler inside the Blackburn box.

The winger did well to turn and swivel before firing a slow shot across the keeper and wide of the far post.

From that point onwards, it was unsurprisingly one-way traffic. James Husband made a complete mess of Reda Khedra’s right-wing cross and was thankful for Ekpiteta to be in the right place at the right time to clear behind him.

Brereton-Diaz then clipped the ball over Moore and into the back of the net, but the linesman’s flag had already been raised seconds before.

Pool, who were holding on desperately, survived another scare five minutes from time when Tayo Edun’s attempted cross took a wicked deflection and bounced inches wide of the far post.

Due to all the stoppages, here was no great surprise when the fourth official indicated EIGHT minutes of time were to be added on at the end of 90.

The stoppage-time was bizarrely uneventful until the fifth minute of eight, when Moore made a BIG save to tip the ball away from goal just when it looked to be dropping in at the back post.

Thankfully that turned out to be the final serious goalmouth action of the afternoon as Pool saw out the eight minutes of stoppage time and held on for a heroic three points.


Blackpool: Maxwell (Moore), Sterling, Keogh (Husband), Ekpiteta, Garbutt, Dougall, Wintle, Bowler, Anderson, Lavery (Yates), Madine

Subs not used: Connolly, Stewart, Mitchell, John-Jules

Blackburn: Kaminski, Magloire (Khadra), Carter, Ayala, Pickering, Travis, Rothwell (Butterworth), Buckley, Gallagher (Edun), Brereton-Diaz, Dolan

Subs not used: Pears, Johnson, Clarkson, Poveda

Referee: Josh Smith

Attendance: 13,419



‘He’s been on fire’: Ian Holloway heaps praise on Blackpool man after Blackburn Rovers win

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Former Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has heaped praise on Shayne Lavery for the impact he’s had since joining the Seasiders.


The Northern Irishman notched his seventh goal of the season on Saturday to help Blackpool beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1.

Unfortunately the 22-year-old had to hobble off the pitch after just 22 minutes after injuring his hamstring, a knock that is likely to keep him out of Northern Ireland’s upcoming internationals.

Lavery’s replacement Jerry Yates scored within two minutes of coming on to help Neil Critchley’s side record their fourth win from their last six games.

Speaking to presenter Colin Murray on the EFL highlights show Quest last night, Holloway was glowing with praise for Blackpool’s in-form striker.

“What a sensation he’s been so far,” he said.

“He’s got wonderful little feet and he keeps getting into these great positions.

Former Blackpool boss Ian Holloway

Former Blackpool boss Ian Holloway

“It’s a brilliant bit of play (for his goal), it’s not an own goal. Unfortunately he has to go off after that, but let’s hope it’s not too serious because he’s been on fire.

“It was a great header at the far post (from Madine), a good save and Yates is on the spot – although you probably could have scored that one! But it’s a great reaction from him.

“He works his socks off and he scored an awful lot of goals last season. To be fair to him, there is a step-up but he’s going to be great.

“What a save as well by the way – our sub goalie Stuart Moore coming on for Chris Maxwell.

“We’re on a roll at the minute.”



Northern Ireland boss expecting Blackpool’s in-form Shayne Lavery to get better and better

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Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough expects in-form Blackpool striker Shayne Lavery to get better and better for both club and country.


The 22-year-old notched his seventh goal of the campaign on Tuesday night as Blackpool were held to a 1-1 draw against Hull City.

The former Linfield and Everton man will be looking to build on that record on Saturday, where Blackpool take on Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers at Bloomfield Road, before he jets off on international duty.

“For everybody, whether they are young and old (in our squad), they can learn from Shayne,” Baraclough said.

“I actually spoke to (Hull striker and Northern Ireland teammate) Josh Magennis about him and to see how he performed in September for us was brilliant for everyone.

“Shayne energises everyone and gets us up the pitch quicker. He has a lot of facets to his game he needs to work on and he knows that.

“But to have someone like him coming through is great for everybody. I think he is an inspiration for players in Northern Ireland who want to play across the water.”

Ian Baraclough was impressed by Lavery's recent strike against Barnsley

Ian Baraclough was impressed by Lavery’s recent strike against Barnsley

Baraclough was particularly pleased to see Lavery’s winner against Barnsley at the weekend, a clever run rounded off by a clinical finish from a tight angle inside the area.

“I was so pleased to see his goal last weekend because it was a similar situation he will find himself in many times, one on one with the goalkeeper,” he said.

“He made a great run and produced a side-footed finish with pace. He’s a striker who keeps coming back for more and to see that goal (against Barnsley) was great for me.

“It will lift his confidence and he has carried on his great form at Blackpool, which is great for the group.”

Lavery scored his first international goal last month in Northern Ireland’s 4-1 win against Lithuania.

Baraclough’s side face Switzerland, who are three points ahead of them in their World Cup qualifying group, in Geneva on October 9.

This is followed by a trip to Bulgaria three days later.

Elsewhere, Kenny Dougall is expected to receive another call-up to the Australian squad for their upcoming games against Oman and Japan.



Blackpool FC fans’ groups issue joint-statement over match-day behaviour problem

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At a meeting between Blackpool FC and supporters’ groups this week, the groups elected to make a joint-statement to fans on the issue of the recent antisocial behaviour by a minority inside and around Bloomfield Road on match days.


The statement reads: “Blackpool supporters will probably be aware of the extensive media coverage the club has been getting in recent days and weeks, focused on multiple instances of poor behaviour by a small minority of our own fans.

“This culminated at Saturday’s game with Barnsley, with our victory being marred by fans throwing missiles and attacking visiting supporters and their coaches.

Blackpool fans' groups have echoed the fears of the club over the consequences of misbehaviour by a small minority of supporters

Blackpool fans’ groups have echoed the fears of the club over the consequences of misbehaviour by a small minority of supporters

“Earlier in the week the club issued a strong statement condemning these events and putting supporters on notice that further action could follow.

“On Wednesday the club’s chief executive met with representatives of all the main supporters’ groups to discuss the problem and its implications.

“These events are not consequence-free. The club will ban individuals when they can be identified, but we are already attracting the attention of the footballing authorities and financial penalties may follow.

“These might get more and more punitive if the problem is not dealt with and could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds very quickly.

“The police are taking a close interest and if behaviour does not improve, they may well insist upon more games being identified as high category matches and on reduced ticketing allocations for visiting fans.

“In the current climate they can’t be expected to sanction allowing home fans into the East Stand for big games either. All of this has financial implications for the club, who naturally want to invest in the squad and the club’s infrastructure.

“Higher police costs, reduced crowds and EFL fines could all negatively impact their ability to do so.

“Equally importantly, having in recent years built a reputation in football for all the right reasons, we are as a fan base in danger of throwing it away because of the antics of a few people.

“The undersigned groups all understand the club’s position and are determined to support its response to the problem.

“That includes supporting the steps the club intends to take, but we must also confront bad behaviour ourselves where we see it and help club officials in identifying those who won’t or can’t behave properly.

“Blackpool FC is lucky to have an owner and board who are ambitious and prepared to invest in the club’s future. We need to do our collective bit to support them, and that includes being ambassadors for the club home and away.”

This statement is issued on Friday October 1 on behalf of the following fans’ groups:

Blackpool Association of Supporters in London

Blackpool Supporters Association

Blackpool Supporters’ Trust

Leyland & Chorley Seasiders

Manchester Seasiders

Muckers Support Group

Tangerine Knights

Yorkshire Seasiders



The Matt Scrafton column: Blackpool finding their feet in the Championship and look ready to kick on

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The 10-game mark is traditionally the point at which you’re able to get a good gauge of how the league table is shaping up.


Sitting in mid-table and four points ahead of the bottom three (and above PNE!), you’ve got to say it’s been a really encouraging start to the season from the Seasiders.

After a slow slow start, Neil Critchley’s men have grown into their new division and appear to have adapted to their new surrounds – albeit there’s still a long, long way to go.

Blackpool's Shayne Lavery has taken the Championship by storm

Blackpool’s Shayne Lavery has taken the Championship by storm

I must admit, having never covered the Championship before, I have been taken aback by the step-up in quality.

Of course I was expecting an improvement – there’s a reason why promoted sides from League One tend to struggle in their first season after all.

But, and I don’t know if this is just me, but on the opening day Bristol City’s players appeared to be that extra inch taller, that extra split-second faster and that extra bit stronger. It was instantly noticeable.

It says everything you need to know about Blackpool’s mentality that, despite those disadvantages, they were still able to churn out a late draw.

Land of the giants Cardiff City then rolled into town and put the Seasiders to the sword with a clinical display. Mick McCarthy’s side looked very, very good on the day, which makes their current malaise all the more bizarre.

But since then, Pool have looked very assured and once again resemble the side that stormed their way to promotion from the third tier last season.

It’s no coincidence that Blackpool have conceded just one goal in the three games they’ve won so far this season against Fulham, Middlesbrough and Barnsley.

Defensive solidity was the hallmark of their promotion-winning campaign last season, when Critchley’s side kept the most clean sheets in the division and conceded the fewest goals.

At the other end of the pitch, Blackpool have looked dangerous and the creation of chances hasn’t been a problem.

But having scored just nine goals in 10 games, it’s fair to say the men in tangerine haven’t exactly been potent in front of goal. You dread to think where they’d be without Shayne Lavery!

The Northern Irishman has been a revelation since making the move from Northern Ireland during the summer.

I never thought I’d see another striker work as tirelessly as Jerry Yates but somehow the Seasiders managed to find one.

Not only that, the 22-year-old is so, so dangerous in front of goal. He simply comes alive whenever the ball is in the vicinity of the opposition goalmouth.

With six goals to his name from just 10 starts, Lavery couldn’t have made much of a better start to his Blackpool career. Things are going swimmingly on the international scene, too, having netted his first goal for his country last month.

The former Linfield man now looks to be Northern Ireland’s first-choice striker, which is only going to enhance his reputation.

You must, however, have some sympathy for Yates, who has endured a difficult start to the campaign.

The 24-year-old, who has yet to score from open play this term, was an unused substitute against Barnsley last weekend before getting just 20 minutes against Hull on Tuesday night.

Having been Blackpool’s star man alongside Chris Maxwell last season, Yates would have hoped to be firing on all cylinders to prove himself in the Championship, but it’s not worked out for him yet.

Saying that, it’s a squad game and we know Critchley likes to rest and rotate, so it’s surely only a matter of time until Yates is back in the fold.

Let’s not forget either that it took the ex-Rotherham United and Swindon Town man 11 games to get off the mark in League One last season, and look how he finished the campaign. So no-one will be writing him off any time soon.

Elsewhere, Richard Keogh has really stepped up to the plate after a shaky start to the season.

Keogh took a bit of time getting used to his new surroundings but he and Marvin Ekpiteta have struck up a formidable partnership in the centre of defence, so much so you struggle to see how James Husband, Daniel Gretarsson and Oliver Casey will get a look-in.

Now Demetri Mitchell and Gary Madine are back involved after injury, Pool’s squad depth is really beginning to pay off.

A cursory glance at the bench on Tuesday and we saw Husband, Kevin Stewart, Josh Bowler and Yates.

When Reece James, Matty Virtue, Grant Ward, Owen Dale and CJ Hamilton are back fit, Blackpool’s depth will be frightening, even at this level.

If the Seasiders can steer away from further injury problems – especially long-term ones like Virtue, Ward and Hamilton’s – then you’ve got to be confident Critchley’s men can stave off a relegation battle.

Before a ball was kicked this season, I predicted Blackpool would stay up relatively comfortably and would finish above the two sides that joined them from League One last season, Hull and Peterborough United.

So far, so good.



Blackpool chief executive Ben Mansford warns of serious penalties facing club over crowd disorder

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Fines, a reduced capacity and smaller ticket allocations for away games are some of the punishments Blackpool could face due to the mindless actions of a “small minority” of fans.


It comes after Preston North End were allocated just 2,200 tickets for this month’s derby at Bloomfield Road.

It follows disorder at recent home games, with pyrotechnics and missiles thrown from the North Stand. Chief executive Ben Mansford told The Gazette it’s a “real shame” Bloomfield Road won’t be open to full capacity on October 23, when half of the East Stand will be left empty.

Blackpool FC have warned that the misbehaviour of a 'small minority' of supporters has massive financial implications for the club

Blackpool FC have warned that the misbehaviour of a ‘small minority’ of supporters has massive financial implications for the club

Mansford said: “The vast majority of our fans have created the best atmosphere I’ve seen in a Championship stadium so far this season. Since the Oxford game, the support has been outstanding.

“However, we’ve got a minority, and a very small one at that, of predominantly younger fans that have caused trouble since the Cardiff and Coventry games, which escalated around the Fulham game and really escalated against Barnsley.

“What that means is that the police, who we ask to help us manage the threat of any disorder and risk, have been very clear that this is a high-risk fixture, as everyone would acknowledge, and they do not feel comfortable there being more than 2,200 Preston fans in the stadium.

“It’s a real shame for the atmosphere in the ground, but not only does it mean we’re having to restrict the number of tickets to away fans, we were also hoping we’d have demand for the northern end of the East Stand for home fans.

“Clearly they will now not be able to use that empty space either. It is a real disappointment.

“And along with us not being able to sell the maximum number of tickets to Barnsley and Blackburn fans, that has cost the club well over £100,000. The only way we can recuperate that is through a curtailment of investment in the squad and infrastructure.

“There are so many knock-on consequences: increased police cost, EFL and FA sanctions and fines, not selling alcohol to fans… the list goes on.

“There’s a strong suggestion we will now face strong sanctions from the EFL and FA and they could be considerable again.

“Some of the implications could well be a reduced capacity in the North Stand. It could be that blocks A and B are closed for certain games.

“We will have budgeted for the game against Preston to be towards full capacity and now it won’t be, so it’s very sad.

“I just hope the minority of individuals involved realise the extreme damage they’re doing to this football club and how badly they are undermining the huge amount of unbelievable work done by Critch and his staff and players.”

The reduced allocation hasn’t gone down well among Preston fans, who have suggested their club retaliates by limiting Blackpool’s following for the return game in March.

Mansford added: “That’s a question for Preston and their safety team to answer many months down the road.

“But if this minority of fans don’t behave appropriately quickly, then I think there are going to be implications for away ticket allocations.

“It will be a real travesty if Blackpool fans who want to get behind Critch and the boys away from home are prevented from doing so by the behaviour of a small minority.”

Blackpool fans’ groups are to issue a joint-statement on Friday morning echoing the club’s worries over the problem.



Hull City 1-1 Blackpool: Seasiders waste golden chance to make it three wins after being pegged back late on by 10-men Tigers

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Blackpool wasted the chance to make it three wins on the spin as they were pegged back by 10-man Hull City late on.


The Seasiders looked to be heading to their fourth win in five games thanks to Shayne Lavery’s superfly-taken first-time strike.

But the game flipped on its head 10 minutes from time when the struggling Tigers were reduced to 10 men in the 80th minute.

The Seasiders looked to be heading to a third straight victory thanks to Shayne Lavery's first-half strike

The Seasiders looked to be heading to a third straight victory thanks to Shayne Lavery’s first-half strike

But the dismissal seemed to spur the home side into life and Tom Eaves came off the bench to level matters four minutes from time.

Neil Critchley’s side still had chances to retake the lead in the dying minutes, but they were unable to make the most of their chances.

While a draw away at Hull is not to be sniffed at, it feels more like a defeat given the nature of how Hull equalised.

Nevertheless, Pool are still looking in healthy shape having lost just one of their last five games.

There was a surprise inclusion in the Blackpool side in the form of Gary Madine, who was handed his first start in eight months.

The striker has previously made three substitute appearances so far this season following his recovery from a niggling groin injury.

Tyreece John-Jules was the man to make way, while Demetri Mitchell came in for Josh Bowler.

It was also a first start of the season for the winger, who had been sidelined for eight weeks with a knee injury sustained in pre-season.

There was still no spot in the 18 for Jordan Gabriel, who returned to training on Sunday after being forced to self-isolate after his girlfriend tested positive for Covid-19.

But Kevin Stewart returned from a foot injury to be included among Blackpool’s substitutes.

Reece James (foot), Matty Virtue (ACL), Grant Ward (achilles), Kevin Stewart (foot), Owen Dale (foot) and CJ Hamilton (foot) all remain sidelined.

Teddy Howe, Oliver Sarkic, Bez Lubala and Joe Nuttall, meanwhile, continue to be left out having not been registered in Blackpool’s squad.

Hull, meanwhile, made three changes from their 2-0 defeat to Stoke City at the weekend.

Grant McCann’s side, who joined the Seasiders in winning promotion from League One last season, started the day inside the bottom three, having failed to win since the opening day of the season.

Unsurprisingly then, Hull looked short on confidence in the early exchanges, as Blackpool did most of the early running.

With Demetri Mitchell and Shayne Lavery dropping in-between the lines, the Seasiders looked a threat when they got into Hull’s final third.

But it was the hosts who produced the first shot in anger of the night, Greg Docherty whistling one harmlessly wide from long range.

Pool’s first chance of the game came via their main dangerman Lavery, who fired across the face of goal after latching onto Madine’s clever flick-on.

The Seasiders were still looking the more threatening side though, working the ball into some dangerous positions on a fairly regular basis.

The atmosphere among the home crowd finally stirred midway through the opening half as Mitchell and Keshi Anderson produced a couple of meaty challenges.

Critchley’s men were given a major let-off on 27 minutes when Chris Maxwell produced a weak pass out from the back straight to Ryan Longman.

The forward pulled the ball back to Mallik Wilks in front of goal, but the Hull man delayed and delayed before the chance eventually went to waste.

Wilks looked to atone for his wastefulness a moment later when he met a ball in from the left inside the six-yard box, but Maxwell was equal to his downward header.

In either case, the referee blew for a foul after Wilks was adjudged to have shoved Richard Keogh to the ground prior to meeting the cross.

Pool, who had just slipped off their game for a 10-minute period or so, hit back with a chance for Mitchell, whose curling effort from the right was palmed away from danger by Matt Ingram.

The Seasiders began to become a little sloppy at this moment, which allowed Grant McCann’s men to get on top. But neither side were creating a great deal and there wasn’t much quality on either.

Four minutes before the interval, Dujon Sterling was required to make a vital interception after Wilks had sprung the offside trap.

Just as it looked like Hull were getting on top, Blackpool took the lead with a goal of real quality.

Ryan Wintle laid the ball off to Mitchell, who had switched flanks to come over to the left.

The winger played a lovely ball into the centre where Lavery lashed the ball high into the roof of the net for his seventh goal of the season.

The Tigers were clearly given a rocket during the break by McCann as they emerged three or four minutes early for the start of the second-half.

They caused Pool’s backline one or two problems early on too, Longman firing into the side-netting after the Seasiders could only partially clear a free-kick.

Richard Keogh then made a vital block to deny Keane Lewis-Potter as the home side continued to pile on some pressure.

The Seasiders responded well though as Lavery came to life once again, the Northern Irishman firing over after being played in by Keshi Anderson.

Critchley freshened things up on the hour mark, introducing Josh Bowler in place of Mitchell, who got a useful 60 minutes under his belt on his first start of the season.

Bowler almost made an instant impact against his former club, breaking forward at speed before seeing his shot well blocked.

Jerry Yates was the next man to be introduced from the bench, replacing Madine who was given a healthy ovation as he trudged off the pitch by the travelling Pool fans.

As Hull threw caution to the wind in the final 15 minutes and threw more men forward, space began to open up for Pool on the counter.

On one occasion, Anderson was allowed to race towards the edge of the box where he wastefully lashed wide of the upright.

Hull’s task became even harder when they were reduced to 10 men 10 minutes from time, former Fleetwood man Lewie Coyle shown a second yellow for a pull back on Lavery.

Despite being a man down, Hull drew themselves level four minutes later.

The hosts were inexplicably allowed to counter at speed, as Lewis-Potter picked out substitute Tom Eaves who fired home past Maxwell.

It could have got even worse for the Seasiders, who almost went behind to the 10 men as Maxwell turned Tyler Smith’s curling effort around the post.

Pool still had chances to win the game late on, Bowler going close on two occasions with two similar opportunities.

The winger, cutting in from the right, fired a goalbound effort into teammate Yates before lashing just wide in the five minutes of stoppage time.

Luke Garbutt had the final chance of the night, arrowing a right-footed effort towards the near post, but Ingram got across well to palm the ball away.


Hull: Ingram, Coyle, Jones, Elder, Greaves, Cannon (Eaves), Docherty, Moncur, Wilks, Lewis-Potter, Longman (T. Smith)

Subs not used: Baxter, Smallwood, Emmanuel, M. Smith, Bernard

Blackpool: Maxwell, Sterling, Keogh, Ekpiteta, Garbutt, Dougall, Wintle, Mitchell (Bowler), Anderson, Lavery (John-Jules), Madine (Yates)

Subs not used: Moore, Connolly, Husband, Stewart

Referee: Matthew Donohue

Attendance: 10,189



Blackpool FC fan named and charged after Bloomfield Road incident

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Blackpool FC faced Barnsley on Saturday but the fixture had a sour taste with away coach buses target by ‘missile throwers’


The home of Blackpool FC, Bloomfield Road
The home of Blackpool FC, Bloomfield Road (Image: Getty Images)

A Blackpool FC season ticket holder has been charged with carrying a weapon in a public place following the club’s match with Barnsley this weekend.

On Saturday (September 25) The Seasiders faced off against Barnsley at Bloomfield Road, winning the match 1-0 thanks to a Shayne Lavery goal.

But the fixture was marred outside of the stadium with objects alleged to have been thrown at coaches meant for Barnsley supporters visiting for the fixture.

Following this, one season ticket holder – Callum Ross, 29, of Ash Street – has been arrested and charged.

He faces a charge of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

Ross has been bailed until October 26 when he is due at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

A brief statement to LancsLive from the force said: “Callum Ross, 29, of Ash Street, Blackpool, was charged with possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.

“He has been bailed to appear at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on October 26.”

Taking to social media, the official Seasiders Police account appealed for further information on ‘missile throwers’ following ‘disorder at the away coaches this weekend’.

It also said the club had been contacted in regards to Ross being charged and his status as a season ticket holder.



Concern at revival of bid to build new pub – 16 years on

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A bid to now take up planning permission granted 16 years ago for a pub and restaurant that were never built has prompted a wave of  objections.


An application for the development of a hotel pub and restaurant on land opposite Blackpool FC’s stadium was granted in 2005, but only the hotel was built, with the Travelodge opening on the site between Seymour Road and Seasiders Way in 2012.

The revived bid is from a company called Denaxe, formerly Blackpool Football Club (Properties) Ltd, which lists as its director Owen Oyston, the disgraced former owner of the Seasiders.

The pub is planned for a site off Seymour Road, South Shore

The pub is planned for a site off Seymour Road, South Shore

The aim to revive the plan has prompted a wave of objections to Blackpool Council but a council spokesman said those objections will not have any effect on the decision, which is now with the council’s legal team.

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“Unlike planning applications, where public views are invited and taken into account, this is purely a legal decision.”

Along with concerns over Mr Oyston’s involvement, objectors say they feel that part of South Shore already has enough pubs, the site is close to a school as well as in a residential area, and there is already considerable congestion.

Planning permission was granted for the pub restaurant along with the hotel in 2005, but only the hotel was built

Planning permission was granted for the pub restaurant along with the hotel in 2005, but only the hotel was built

Callum Best said: “I think this would hinder the already great local establishments in the local area. Along with the past issues with the applicants and Blackpool FC I think this will cause more damage than good.”



Blackpool striker’s success hasn’t shocked former Seasiders loanee

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Shayne Lavery’s bright start for both club and country has come as no surprise to his Northern Ireland teammate Dan Ballard.


The striker has scored four goals in his first seven games with Blackpool.

The 22-year-old’s latest strike at club level came against Ballard at The Den last weekend during Blackpool’s 2-1 defeat to Millwall.

Ballard, now on loan with the Lions following his season-long stint at Bloomfield Road last term, has since linked up with Lavery on Northern Ireland duty.

Shayne Lavery netted for Northern Ireland on Thursday night

Shayne Lavery netted for Northern Ireland on Thursday night

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Both were on the scoresheet for the first time in their international careers during Northern Ireland’s 4-1 World Cup qualifying win against Lithuania on Thursday.

Ballard said: “From such a young age, you could always see Shayne’s class and quality.

“You have seen how aggressive and fast he is and how hard he works, so to be on the flipside of that and play against him on the weekend, you can really feel it.

“It was a real struggle trying to contain that and obviously he got a goal, so I’m glad to have him on our side for these next few games because he can cause real issues.”

Ballard, who also played with Lavery for Northern Ireland’s Under-21s, believes the Championship is the ideal stage for the forward to progress his career.

“He has come in and done really well and I’m not surprised that he is scoring goals this early on, because he has always done that throughout his career,” Ballard added.

“I’ve been really impressed by Shayne, especially on the weekend, in terms of how tough he makes it for the opposition.”

Lavery began his career with Everton’s youth set-up before joining Linfield in 2019, scoring 47 goals in 77 appearances.

His return of 30 goals in all competitions last season, which helped Linfield win the double, earned him the Northern Ireland player and young player of the year awards.

Lavery will be looking to add to his tally when Northern Ireland face Estonia in a friendly on Sunday (5pm).

Their last game of this international window comes against Switzerland on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Ian Baraclough’s side sit third in their qualifying group for next year’s World Cup in Qatar, having claimed four points from their opening three games.

Switzerland sit in second on six points, while Italy lead the group on 10 points.

Elsewhere, Kenny Dougall was an unused substitute as Australia beat China 3-0 on Thursday before facing Vietnam on Tuesday, the game kicking off at 1pm UK time.

Tyreece John-Jules had hoped to make his first appearance for England’s Under-21s last night, but the Young Lions’ friendly against Romania was cancelled after two positive Covid-19 tests within the England U21 camp.

Lee Carsley’s men take on Kosovo in Milton Keynes in their opening qualifying game for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship on Tuesday (7pm).