A look at the teams we'll be taking on next season - today we look at Blackpool...
Nicknamed the Seasiders or the Tangerines, Blackpool are a Lancashire based former Premier League side. On promotion to the Premier League, at the end of the 2009–10 season, Blackpool became the first club in English football to have won promotion from every division of the Football League via the play-off system. The Seasiders spent one season playing at the highest level of English football under the management of one of the most notable characters in football management, Ian Holloway. Blackpool’s greatest achievement was winning the FA Cup in 1953, they beat Bolton Wanderers 4–3 in the final, overturning a 1–3 deficit in the late stages of the game.
How did they get on last season?
Last season didn’t go to plan for Blackpool. They were relegated to League One on 6th April 2015, after a disastrous 2014-15 campaign which put an end to their four-season stay in the Championship. Blackpool were marooned at the bottom of the Championship table from October till the end of the season, having won only four games and suffering thirty defeats in all competitions.
Who's the Gaffer?
Lee Clark left Blackpool at the end of the 2014-15 campaign and was replaced by former West Ham United Assistant Manager, Neil McDonald on 2nd June 2015. McDonald previously managed Carlisle United for one year but was sacked in August 2007, just one game into a new season.
Who’s the star player?
Blackpool currently have a limited number of senior players on their books, two of the most notable being Jamie O'Hara and Nile Ranger.
Midfielder Andrea Orlandi was the Seasiders' top scorer last season with four goals. Orlandi joined Blackpool in August 2014, after departing from Brighton & HA. He was one of the players that featured on the sides’ retained list after a miserable campaign. The club chose to activate their one-year option on his contract.
New summer signing Peter Clarke joined the Shakers at the end of May after being released by Blackpool. Peter was a regular in Blackpool's starting eleven last season and was rated as one of the best performers in the side. He has had two spells with the Seasiders, joining them in 2004 on a permanent basis, skippering the side and returning in 2014 on a one-year deal.
About the ground
Bloomfield Road holds 17,338 and is an all-seater stadium. On our visit to Bloomfield Road Bury fans will be housed in the East Stand which holds 2,500 fans. The journey to Blackpool is a 97.8 mile round trip for Shakers leaving from the JD Stadium.
What are the current odds on Blackpool getting promoted next season?
Blackpool are priced at 14/1 to gain promotion from Sky Bet League One this coming season.