On Friday evening we host Blackpool in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup. This is only the second time Moors have reached this stage of the competition and is the gateway to the stage where the Premier and Championship clubs join the fray.
Blackpool now ply their trade in Division One, the third tier in English league football.
They are, of course, one of the most famous English clubs, in no small way down to the immortal Stanley Mathews who played for them in the 1940’s and 1950's. Blackpool won the 1953 FA Cup Final, the so-called "Matthews Final", in which they beat Bolton Wanderers 4–3, overturning a 1–3 deficit in the closing stages of the game.
The entire match will be shown live on BBC 2.
Blackpool L W W W W L
They sit in eighth place in the EFL Division One with 31 points from 19 games.
In the First round of the Cup they beat Exeter City 3 – 2 away from home.
Moors W W D D W D
We sit in sixth place in the National League with 40 points from 21 games.
In the first round of the Cup we beat Hitchin Town 2 – 0 away from home.
Opposite Dug Out
Terry McPhillips took on the job of manager when he was elevated from the Assistant’s role in August 2018 following the unexpected resignation of Gary Bowyer. He had previously been Assistant Manager at Blackburn Rovers and for 14 years before that Youth Coach at Crewe Alexandra. His playing career as a striker saw 50-year-old Terry at Halifax, Northampton and Crewe before a drop down to non-league Fleetwood, Barrow, Nantwich, Marine, Burscough, Ashton United, Caernarfon Town and Bangor City.
Opposition Key men
Well, of course, there is Michael Nottingham, one of Moors finest, who arrived at Bloomfield Road via Salford. Before Michael joined us 2013 he had played for Romulus, Castle Vale, Redditch and Gresley. In his three seasons at Moors he played 106 times, usually in the right back position and after the promotion campaign was voted Supporters Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season. He was also named in the National League North Team of the Year.
Although raised in Aston, Birmingham, Michael qualified for Saint Kitts and Nevis through his heritage. He received his first call up to their national side in June 2017.
Quote from the Gaffer
"It’s a free hit for us, a little bit. They’re a fantastic League One team, up there near the play-offs and it will be a good crowd. For our lads, it’s why they’re in the game.
"This isn’t a particularly hospitable place for teams to come in terms of on the field of play. Off the field, it’s a fantastic place to come and watch football.
"We want to make it as difficult as we can for Blackpool, so we’ll be giving it a real go. All things being equal, they should beat us for sure. Sometimes that doesn’t materialise, and we’ll be doing our upmost to try and cause a surprise.
"If we do win it, it will be a big surprise!”
Did You Know
Blackpool won promotion to the Premier League in 2009–10, becoming the first club in English football to have won promotion from every division of the Football League via the play-off system.
The late Jimmy Armfield spent his entire playing career with Blackpool between 1954 and 1971, during which time he amassed 569 games and turned out for the England senior team 43 times.
Adults £15, Concessions £10 and Under 18’s £5
Under 12's go free with a paying adult.
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