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LEAGUE ONE INSIGHT: Blackpool FC

12 June 2015

In this feature, we take an in-depth look at the 23 other teams in Sky Bet League One this season.

Blackpool FC

Nickname: 
The Seasiders

Founded: 
1887 

Ground: 
Bloomfield Road

Capacity: 
17,338

League position last season: 
24th - Sky Bet Championship

2014/15 top goalscorer: 
Andrea Orlandi (4)

Manager: 
Neil McDonald - The 49-year-old will be familiar to Latics supporters as he served the club as a player between 1991 and 1994. 

He took over the reigns at Bloomfield Road earlier this month after Lee Clark resigned for the club last month.

Before taking over the role, he was assistant manager to Sam Allardyce at West Ham United and Blackburn Rovers.

After enjoying a relatively successful playing career, playing for the likes of Newcastle United and Everton, as well as Latics, he made the transition to the coaching side of the game with Bolton Wanderers. 

After five years, he made the move into management with Carlisle United in 2006 but his tenure there only lasted one season before being sacked in 2007.

He rejoined Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers as his number two before following him to West Ham where he left this summer.

He takes over a Blackpool side who were relegated to Sky Bet League One after picking up 26 points from their 46 games.

Key player:
Jarrett Rivers - The 21-year-old shot to fame in the FA Cup last season as his last minute goal against League One side Hartlepool United sealed a place in the third round for his Northern Premier League Blyth Spartans side. 

That goal also secured him a trial with Latics after Christmas. Then-manager Lee Johnson stated at the time he would go on to another league club due to his ability.

Rivers signed for Pool early last month and could prove to be a hit in this division.

Head-to-head:
The history books show that Latics have played Blackpool 56 times in all competitions, winning 29 and losing 28.

Latics endured two painful defeats against the Seasiders in 2007 as they overcame them in the play-off semi finals, consigning Athletic to another season in League One.

Sky Bet League One odds:
Win outright: 50/1
Promotion: 14/1
Relegation: 7/4

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