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In Focus: Blackpool

6 June 2019

Name: Blackpool Football Club

Founded: 1887

Ground: Bloomfield Road

Capacity: 17,338

Manager: Terry McPhillips

Last season: 10th in Sky Bet League One

A trip to the Fylde Coast will await Tranmere Rovers next season as manager Micky Mellon will take his side to his old club.

Blackpool, who concluded last term with a 10th placed finish in Sky Bet League One, enjoyed a positive campaign both on and off the pitch as they look to a promising future at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders ended the season with 15 wins, 17 draws and 14 defeats as they collected 62 points in total, under the guidance of boss Terry McPhillips.

Having seen Gary Bowyer resign from his position of manager back in August, in-stepped McPhillips who took charge, initially on an interim basis.

A month later, in September, Mancunian McPhillips was appointed permanent manager of Blackpool, as the Tangerines enjoyed a stable season of football which also saw changes at boardroom level.

And McPhillips, in his first senior management job, oversaw a surprise Play-Off push which saw Pool pick up impressive away victories at Portsmouth, Coventry City and relegated Bradford City, come the turn of the New Year.

At their Bloomfield Road home, Blackpool won eight out of their 23 games played, while winning a further seven on their travels.

In his playing career, McPhillips started out as a youth team apprentice at Liverpool before going on to sign professional terms at Halifax Town in 1987.

The forward made 93 appearances for The Shay outfit between 1987-1991 and he also represented Northampton Town and Crewe Alexandra before featuring for Nantwich Town and ending his career in Wales at Caernarfon Town, hanging up his boots in 1997.

His coaching career began with a role as academy director at Crewe in 1992, combining the position at Gresty Road, where he spent 14-years in total, with the end of his playing career.

McPhillips was later in charge of Blackburn Rovers’ youth team before being appointed as assistant manager at Ewood Park under Bowyer.

He reunited with the former Blackburn manager when Bowyer moved to Blackpool in 2016, becoming assistant manager.

Following Bowyer’s Bloomfield Road departure, the 50-year-old was appointed after a brief spell as interim boss last September and led the Lancashire side to a top half finish.

And Blackpool have started their summer recruitment early, recently agreeing a deal to sign Solihull Moors’ 21-goal forward Adil Yussuf.

Tranmere Rovers will play Blackpool in a competitive fixture for the first time since April 2007, a game which was also contested in the third-tier.

Rovers have a good record against Blackpool, winning 20, drawing six and losing 10 since their first meeting on Boxing Day 1978.

TRFC last came up against Blackpool in a pre-season friendly at Prenton Park back in July 2016, which ended goalless on the Wirral.

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