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The Reckless Guide to...Blackpool

26 February 2017

All the information you need for your trip to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday...

Blackpool v Barnet
Sky Bet League 2
Tuesday 28th February 2017
Kick Off 7.45pm

Stadium: Bloomfield Road Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ
Telephone: 01253 685 000
Club Colours: Tangerine and White
Nickname: The Tangerines

Key Personnel
The current Manager at Blackpool is Gary Bowyer. Manchester-born Gary's father is Ian Bowyer, a two-time European Cup winner with Nottingham Forest. A long coaching career for Gary, notably at Derby County, preceded a spell as manager at Blackburn Rovers.

Brief Directions by Road
M1 and M6 to its Junction 32. Pick up the M55 towards Blackpool. Simply follow signs from this route which is very straight forward and extremely well identified.

The stadium is halfway between the two most iconic landmarks in the town, the Tower and the Pleasure Beach, and about ten minutes’ walk inland.

Car Parking
There is a very large Pay and Display car park outside the ground, costing from £3.50.

Street parking (although restrictions apply) is available in the immediate area too.

Directions by Train
A London Euston train to Blackpool North will take about three hours but getting back home straight afterwards is impossible.

The station is a couple of miles from the ground – cabs it is then!

Eating and Drinking Locally
The club recommends The Old Bridge House on Lytham Road (10 minutes from stadium), The Waterloo in Waterloo Road (5 minutes) or the Auctioneer near Blackpool South Station which is Wetherspoons outlet. 

The food on offer inside the ground is really good with a heavy reliability on you pie lovers.

Ground Description
The ground has completely changed on all four sides since our last visit – now three smart single-tier interlocked stands adorn the West (Stanley Mathews Stand), North (Stan Mortensen Stand) and South (Jimmy Armfield Stand) with the temporary East Terrace just left for development to complete the picture. 

The ground has a capacity of around 18,000. Away fans are housed in the Stan Mortensen (North) Stand, at one end of the ground. Up to 2,000 supporters can be accommodated in this area. 

Admission Prices
For ticket information click here.

Previous Meetings and Memories
I have some fantastic memories of Blackpool for Bees away days although we have lost on all four visits. 

The 1992 play-off second leg was too much to bear as, frankly, we were the better team over the two games...honest. 

The 3-2 defeat in April 2001 was also a bitter pill to swallow as it set up the “winner takes all” game against Torquay at Underhill which...yeah I know.

Nicky Evans scored in a 3-1 defeat in 1993 in a game that we were a million miles ahead of the opposition but sometimes it doesn't happen for you, does it? Nicky seemed to score everywhere though.

Celebrity Watch
Nineteenth Century Icon John Lennon's first wife Cynthia Powell was born here, as was TV presenter Zoe Ball. Comedians Lennie Bennett and Syd Little, plus actors David Thewlis and Ricky Tomlinson, also hail from these parts.

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