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Blackpool Football Club

Also known as the Tangerines, Blackpool FC was formed in 1887 but did not play in the football league until 1903. Instead, the early years were spent playing friendly games, against the likes of Kirkham, Marton, South Shore, and Fleetwood Rangers.

In December 1899, fours years before joining the football league, Blackpool and Shore Shores football clubs amalgamated, the new club being known simply as Blackpool FC.

Life in the second division was not easy for Blackpool as the club was often in debt and had few loyal supporters who came to watch games week in week out.

However, the 1929/30 season saw Blackpool's luck change when the team won promotion to Division One as champions. This stint was short-lived and Blackpool found themselves back in the second division within three seasons.

But in 1936/37 the club earned a place back in the top flight, where they would stay for some 25 years.

Football league fixtures were abandoned during the Second World War, but with the signing of striker Stanley Matthews, the post-war years brought success, prosperity and supporters to Blackpool FC.

In 1953 came the Tangerines’ most famous match when the team won the FA Cup final 4-3 at Wembley despite going two goals down against Bolton Wanderers. The game has since been dubbed the ‘Matthews Final’ in recognition of The Wizard of the Dribble’s role in the match.

During these heydays supporters flocked to see the team play, at home and away, making Blackpool the most popular visiting side in the land in seasons 1950/51, 1954/55 and 1955/56. An average of 40,000 fans travelled the country during those seasons to watch the Tangerines in action.

Sadly, Blackpool’s success did not last and the team were relegated to Division Two in 1966/67, and since then there have been highs and lows for the club. The Tangerines currently play in Coca Cola League Division One, where they face teams such as Oldham Athletic and Hartlepool.

Blackpool FC has occupied a number of grounds in the town, the first being at the Royal Palace Gardens, where they played until August 1897 when the club moved to the Athletic Ground in Stanley Park. These days they play at the Bloomfield Road Ground [map].

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