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Away Days: Blackpool FC

13 October 2023

Stevenage make the 436-mile-round trip to Lancashire this weekend for a big Sky Bet League One clash with Neil Critchley’s Blackpool…

Boro will be aiming for their first ever victory over The Tangerines, with the only two previous meetings between the clubs ending in Blackpool’s favour. It’ll be Stevenage’s first trip to Bloomfield Road since 2017, and the first ever clash between the clubs in the third tier.

Steve Evans’ men will be hungry for another victory in their League One quest after overcoming former Premier League side, Wigan, last weekend at The Lamex Stadium. It was Aaron Pressley’s conversion from the spot early on that turned out to be the difference maker.

The Opposition 

Blackpool Football Club have plenty of history to their name, with an FA Cup win in 1953 followed by a second-place finish in the top flight three years later. Astonishingly, the first ever Ballon d’Or was awarded to a Blackpool player by the name of Sir Stanley Matthews, who picked up the award in 1956 at the age of 41. The Tangerines have been in the Premier League as recent as 2011, but only spent the one campaign there.

Today, Blackpool sit tenth in Sky Bet League One after picking up four wins, four draws and three losses so far this campaign. They can be proud of their home form so far, as they have lost just one of their first six home games in the league. The Tangerines have been quite inconsistent as of late though, with their most recent home league clash ending in a 3-1 defeat against Derby County.

The player looking to cause the most problems for Stevenage on Saturday is the experienced Jordan Rhodes. The striker has netted six goals in seven league games this season which includes a hat-trick at home to Reading. The rest of the squad has plenty of Championship experience, so a win for Stevenage this weekend will be no easy task.

The Manager 

Neil Critchley is no stranger to bringing success to Blackpool, having led the club to promotion to The Championship in 2021. A year later, Critchley departed to take up the role of Steven Gerrard’s Assistant head coach at Aston Villa. He then had a brief stint as QPR boss before returning to Lancashire to take over the Tangerines ahead of their first season back in League One.

The Stadium

Blackpool have called Bloomfield Road their permanent home since the 1901/02 campaign when they were playing in the second tier of English Football. The ground’s current capacity is 16,616, with a record attendance of 38,098 being set in 1955 as they welcomed Wolverhampton Wanderers in the first tier. Away supporters are typically housed in the East Stand.

The Officials 

Paul Howard has been appointed Match Referee for Saturday’s match, with Conor Brown and Darren Williams as his Assistants, and Michael Barlow as Fourth Official. Howard has dished out twenty-six yellow cards and one red in seven games so far this campaign.

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Match Reports

Report: Blackpool 3-0 Stevenage

14 October 2023

Defeat in Blackpool...

Stevenage travelled to the Northwest of England to face Blackpool for just the third time in history as they searched for a big victory in League One. The gaffer made four changes from last weekend’s win over Wigan as Ben Thompson, Nathan Thompson, Nick Freeman and Jamie Reid returned to the starting eleven.

It was Taye Ashby-Hammond to start between the sticks behind a back five of Nick Freeman, Terence Vancooten, Nathan Thompson, Carl Piergianni and Jake Forster-Caskey from right to left. A midfield duo of Ben Thompson and Louis Thompson sat behind Jordan Roberts who had the freedom to float behind Jamie Reid and Aaron Pressley up top.

The weather conditions were nothing short of horrible as kick off approached, but nevertheless Boro looked hungry for a fight against the former Premier League outfit

Stevenage created their first real chance of the game ten minutes in as Jamie Reid picked up the ball from range and tried his luck with a powerful effort which stung the hands of Blackpool’s Dan Grimshaw.

The Tangerines looked to ask questions of the Stevenage defence soon after, with Jordan Rhodes looking to take the lead before being denied by a superb Terence Vancooten block.

After just twenty-five minutes, Boro were forced into their first change as Nathan Thompson was unable to continue, with Finley Burns replacing him in defence.

Just over five minutes remained of the first half when Blackpool took a rather lucky lead. Ollie Norburn was forced to shoot from range, with his effort deflecting off Jordan Rhodes and into the back of the net.

Moments before the break, Stevenage had the ball in the back of the net with Jamie Reid heading it past the keeper, but an unusually late flag was raised by the Assistant to deny Boro’s number nineteen. Stevenage were very unfortunate to be going into the break a goal down.

Ahead of the second half, the gaffer made another change as Aaron Pressley made way for Kane Smith who slotted into right wing-back, allowing Nick Freeman to move into the midfield.

Ten minutes into the second half, The Tangerines were denied by the woodwork as Kenny Dougall’s free kick from thirty yards crashed against the crossbar.

Two more substitutions were made shortly before the hour mark. Kane Hemmings and Reece Hannam were introduced in place of Ben Thompson and Louis Thompson. Jake Forster-Caskey who had been playing left wing-back now joined the midfield.

Another very fortunate goal for the hosts followed as Blackpool’s lead was doubled. Owen Dale took aim from the edge of the area with his effort taking a huge deflection and flying into the back of the net. There was simply nothing Taye Ashby-Hammond could do to prevent it.

Stevenage picked themselves up and carried on as they looked to pull one back. Finley Burns drove forward and won a free-kick for Boro with Jake Forster-Caskey ready to take it. The midfielder stood over the ball and fired on goal, but Dan Grimshaw managed to catch it.

Unfortunately, with over ten minutes to go, Blackpool rubbed salt in the wound by scoring their third of the afternoon. CJ Hamilton was the man to give them their third, firing into the top corner. It was a case of early events, completely out of Stevenage’s control, which changed the game entirely.

Elliott List was Boro’s final substitution, replacing Jamie Reid who was extremely unfortunate not to be on the scoresheet.

The Stevenage supporters who had turned out in their numbers continued to sing until the final whistle. Nothing went in Boro’s favour, and it was nothing more than an unfortunate afternoon as the referee blew his final whistle.

Attention now turns to next Saturday’s clash with Port Vale at The Lamex Stadium.

Attendance: 10,560 including 555 away supporters.

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Ticket News

Tickets & Travel: Blackpool

11 October 2023

Match tickets are on sale for Boro’s Sky Bet League One fixture at Bloomfield Road vs Blackpool…

Kicking off at 3pm on Saturday 14th October, Stevenage make the 436-mile round trip to take on Neil Critchley’s Seasiders.

Match tickets are available online at and from the Stevenage FC Club Shop (open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays 10am-5pm).

  • Adult £25
  • 65+ £21
  • 18-21 £21
  • U18 £11
  • U12 £7

Disabled supporters are charged at the full price for their age category and are entitled to bring a carer free of charge.

Match tickets can also be purchased and collected from the white booth next to the away turnstiles at Bloomfield Road on the day of the game.

Travel by Coach

The Stevenage FC Supporters Association coach will be departing The Lamex Stadium at 8am on the day of the game, so please ensure to arrive with time to spare in order to confirm a scheduled departure. Tickets cost £30 for SA members and £35 for non-members.

To book a seat, visit and book online.

Travel by Train

Purchase your train ticket to Blackpool at and keep up-to-date with latest travel info by following @nationalrailenq.

For more travel information to Bloomfield Road, click here.


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