Enjoy live football action or a behind the scenes tour at Blackpool’s historic Bloomfield Road Stadium.
Open since 1899, Blackpool Football Club was founded in 1887. Since then, it has remained at the heart of the community
Blackpool Football Club, or ‘The Seasiders’ as they are sometimes known, have a club motto of ‘Progress’. It’s a motto that they have attempted to live by at various times in their existence, none more so than when they won promotion to the Premier League in 2010 and became the first ever club to gain promotion from every division within the Football League via the play-off system. That is nothing compared to the club’s 1953 FA Cup win, when they overturned a 1-3 deficit towards the end of the match to win 4-3. It was one of three FA Cup finals the club reached in the 1950s, though they only won it once.
It hasn’t always been good news for Blackpool, though. In 1983 the club finished 21st in the lowest tier of English football – their worst ever league finish. Financial issues at the club meant that the 2014-2015 season was nearly a disaster before it even began. 27 players left the club before a ball was kicked, leaving the then manager, José Riga with just eight players and no goalkeeper to play in the club’s first game. In the end he was able to name eleven starting players but he could only choose from four substitutes rather than the usual seven. Unsurprisingly Blackpool went on to lose the game 2-0.