City vs Blackpool - Pre match analysis
It's been 6 years since the Tangerines were playing the likes of Man United but only as recently as a matter of months ago facing 4th division opposition in the likes of Grimsby and Yeovil with a fall from grace that only us Bantams are all too familiar with. On the field though the Lancastrian club seem to be heading in the right direction achieving promotion to the 3rd division for this season distracting slightly from the off field issues surrounding the Oyston family.
Finally the worst time of year is almost out of the way, we can start spending our weekends watching and going to the footy again, it got to such a stage I was tempted to watch a bit of Scottish Cup Football for my fix. Now this summer I have mixed feelings, I feel as a club we've been a bit naive letting some good players go in positions we have failed to re-fill, a couple of injuries at the back and we could easily find ourselves sucked into the relegation fight, but could we find a young gem in the ranks ready to grab his chance? I'm not totally confident, but we only need a team that is good enough for the 3rd division. Over the past half decade we've moaned about signings, but look at our recent achievements with said players.
This is the first game of the season, both teams will still be finding their feet, their best starting 11s and tactics so I don't expect this game to be a classic in any way shape or form, in actual fact I am expecting a bore draw with neither side finding the back of the net. Blackpool are not a bad club at all, well in the respect of supporters, ground and players, and would be a very good result if we can grind out a win.
Head to head
25 wins apiece with 5 draws in all competitions. 2 years ago we got the double and the time before went the Tangerines' way, a whole 11 seasons ago. The last time we both met not a single City player remains including the management and chairmen so we will offer a totally different prospect to the side where Kyel Reid scored the solitary goal. The last 10 games between the Bantams and Tangerines reads like this, City 5 wins, Blackpool 5 wins.
Boz's match verdict: Goalless draw
5 Fun facts
1. Current players to have signed/played for both sides are Ben Williams, Mark Cullen and Colin Doyle. Doyle the only recent transfer between the 2 sides costing the Bantams a whopping £1 last year activating a transfer clause, Blackpool would have received even less after tax.
2. Back in May 1996, Blackpool won the first play off leg at Valley Parade 2-0, so optimistic in their away victory they printed Wembley t-shirts for the play off final only for Hamilton, Shutt and Stallard to make the aggregate result 3-2 in City's favour. I always wondered what happened to all those t-shirts.
3. Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer is the son of Ian Bowyer who won the European cup twice with Nottingham Forest back in 1979 and 1980. Bowyer senior and junior had the pleasure playing alongside each other at Hereford early in Gary's career.
4. The last time the 2 sides met at Valley Parade was November 2015 and potentially this weekend's game may feature the same 2 keepers, but starring for the opposite sides. That game Ben Williams kept a clean sheet for City whereas Blackpool keeper Colin Doyle let in James Hanson on the stroke of half time gifting City a 1-0 win.
5. Stuart McCall's late father, Hamilton born Andy McCall played for Blackpool between 1947-51 playing as a winger early in his career. Let us not forget Andy was injured in the stadium fire in 1985 watching Stuart play that day. Andy McCall left Blackpool after 4 years going on to play for West Bromwich before going on to play for Leeds United.