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PREVIEW: Sky Blues Take On Blackpool at Ricoh Arena

Sky Blues return to Ricoh Arena this weekend..

25 January 2019

Founded: 1887
Stadium: Bloomfield Road
Capacity: 17,338
Address: Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ
Pitch Size: 112 yeards x 74 yards
Club Nickname: The Seasiders
Year Ground Opened: 1899
CCFC Kit Colour: Sky Blue

 

Famous Game: 1953 FA Cup Final

The 1953 FA Cup Final was held at Wembley stadium between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers after Blackpool beating Tottenham 2-1 and Bolton beating Everton 4-3 in the semi-finals. The game was considered the first major TV audience sporting event. The game got off to an exciting start with Bolton taking the lead two minutes in, Nat Lofthouse being first goal scorer. It took Blackpool until the 35th minute to equalise when Stan Mortensen got his first goal of the game. However, Bolton would retake the lead four minutes later, when captain Willie Moir scored, giving Bolton a 2-1 lead the break.

Bolton’s Eric Bell would double their lead on the 55th minute, making Bolton look in full control with 35 minutes to play.  The lead would be brought back to one on the 68th minute when Mortensen got his second. The turn around would then be complete on the 89th minute when Stan Mortensen got his hat-trick which to this day is the only Wembley FA Cup final to feature a hat-trick.

The dramatic end to the game would not stop there though, as three minutes late Bill Perry bagged the winner for Blackpool. Despite the hat-trick from Mortensen, the final was actually named the Mathews final due to the performance by Stanley Matthews being a big instigator in Blackpool’s cup win.

 

 

Club Legend: Jimmy Armfield

Armfield started his career in 1954 at the only club he ever played for Blackpool and was part of the squad which to date is the highest Blackpool have ever finished, when in the 1955-56 season they finished 2nd in the First Division.

Armfield was voted young player of the year in 1959 and then Blackpool’s player of the year in 1966. After 17 years with Blackpool and making 569 club appearances, as well as 43 appearances for England.

Armfield played his last game against Manchester United at Bloomfield Road on the 1st May 1971. After retiring Armfield moved into management firstly with Bolton between 1971-1974 and then with Leeds between 1974-1978.

Armfield unfortunately passed away in Blackpool in January 2018.

 

Last Six

Lost- Rochdale 2-1 Blackpool

Drew- Wimbledon 0-0 Blackpool

Lost- Blackpool 0-1 Sunderland

Lost- Blackpool 0-3 Arsenal

Won- Portsmouth 0-1 Blackpool

Drew- Blackpool 0-0 Shrewsbury

 

Head-to-Head

Sky Blues (W): 9

Draw:5

Blackpool (W): 16

 

Opposition:

Terry McPhillips side currently sit level on points on the Sky Blues but one place above due to goal difference.

Blackpool have only won one of their four games in 2019, however it was very strong win against league leaders Portsmouth.

Having drew their most recent game against Shrewsbury at Bloomfield Road, the Seasiders will be looking to match their last result against Coventry where they won 2-0 and push themselves closer to the play-off positions.

 

Last Time We Met:

The last time the two clubs met was back in August when they met for their first league fixture between each other in the 2018-19 season.

The two teams showed why they are so close in the table when a hard fought first half kept the clubs at stalemate at the break. However, minutes into the restart a header from Mark Cullen but the home side into the lead.

Coventry responded great to the goal and looked to be working their way back into the game shown with the overall 15 shots taken by the Sky Blues. However, with ten minutes to play the Seasiders doubled their lead thanks to Joseph Dodoo.

 

Sky Bet Odds:

The Sky Blues head into the weekend's clash as 6/5 favourites with Sky Bet, as they look to get back to winning ways.

Blackpool head into the game as underdogs at 23/10, whilst the draw is being priced at 21/10 tomorrow afternoon.

Conor Chaplin has been in good goal scoring form recently, and he can be backed to open the scoring as 5/1 favourite.

Elsewhere, the Sky Blues have conceded only 12 goals at home this season, and they are 5/2 to win to nil.

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Match Reports

REPORT: Sky Blues 0-2 Blackpool

Sky Blues fall to defeat at Ricoh...

26 January 2019

It was disappointment for the Sky Blues as two early Blackpool goals in the second half saw them leave the Ricoh Arena with all three points.

After a slow start to proceedings it was Luke Thomas who was first to test the Blackpool goalkeeper. The Derby loanee was found by Zain Westbrooke on the edge of the area and his curling effort stung the palms of Christoffer Mafoumbi in the opposition goal.

Conor Chaplin then had a chance to put City ahead with 23 minutes on the clock. Superb work from Bright Enobakhare set Dujon Sterling free down the right-hand side and his cross found Chaplin unmarked at the back post, but he headed wide.

The Sky Blues were beginning to take real control of the game and moments later Zain Westbrooke had a chance to put City ahead. Another cross from Sterling caused the visitors problems as they could only clear to the edge of the area. Westbrooke fired a shot towards goal which took a nick off a Blackpool player before drifting just wide of the post.

Blackpool were offering little going forward but defended resolutely and Luke Thomas was next to try his luck. The winger cut on to his left foot on the edge of the area but dragged his shot harmlessly wide.

Westbrooke forced Mafoumbi into a smart stop on the stroke of half-time. The midfielder dispossessed a Blackpool man inside his own half and ran towards goal, however his low shot produced a fine save from the goalkeeper who tipped round the post.

That was the last chance of the first half as the sides went in goalless at the break.

It was the visitors who took the lead immediately after the restart. A free kick was headed back across the face of goal and Nathan Delfouneso was on hand to nod in to the empty net to give the Seasiders the lead.

Five minutes later the away side doubled their lead. A hopeful long ball found Armand Gnanduillet who outmuscled Dom Hyam to volley low past Lee Burge.

Jordy Hiwula had a fantastic chance to pull a goal back for the Sky Blues just before the hour mark. A superb pass from Kelly played in Hiwula, but his low shot was kept out by the legs of Mafoumbi.

Hiwula then came close again after good work from Thomas. The winger slipped in Hiwula, but his shot from a tight angle was comfortable for the goalkeeper to deal with.

With 15 minutes remaining Jonson Clarke Harris glanced a header wide. A floated ball in from the right-hand side was met by the striker but failed to test the visiting goalkeeper.

Clarke-Harris then had another headed chance to pull a goal back after good work from Sterling. The on-loan Chelsea right back beat his man before hanging a cross to the back post where Clarke-Harris could only head wide.

Burge had to be on hand to produce a save to deny Jordan Thompson making it three in stoppage time. The Blackpool man worked his way in to the box before his deflected shot called the City goalkeeper in to action.

 

Sky Blues XI: Burge (GK), Mason, Davies, Kelly ©, Chaplin, Hiwula (Clarke-Harris 73’), Hyam, Sterling, Thomas, Enobakhare (Bakayoko 64’), Westbrooke

Unused Subs: Addai (GK), Grimmer, Doyle, Brown, Shipley

Blackpool XI: Mafoumbi (GK), Daniels, Anderton (Feeney 35’), Heneghan, Delfouneso, Spearing ©, Thompson, Tilt, Turton (Pritchard 73’), Gnanduillet, Bola

Unused Subs: Nottingham, Kirby, Sorenson, Shaw

Attendance – 9,786 (362)

Yellows – Delfouneso

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