OLD PICTURES OF BLACKPOOL FC

Ball on Fire

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I watched every game Emlyn Hughes played for Blackpool, he was only 19 when Blackpool sold him to Liverpool in Feb 1967 for what was then a British record fee of £65,000 for a teenager. Emlyn quickly built up a reputation at Blackpool as a hard enthusiastic tackler with an incredible will to win who had zero respect for reputations. Bill Shankly watched Hughes play in lots of Blackpool games as did the Liverpool captain Ron Yeats. Shankly was determined to get his man and even drove Emlyn back to Liverpool himself. The story goes that on the way back to Liverpool, a policeman stopped Bill Shankly for speeding, Shanks wound down his window and said to the policeman “ do you know who I have got in the back of this car? “, the policeman said No, Shanks said “ this is a future Captain of England “, the policeman peered into the back of Shank’s car and said he didn’t recognise him, Shanks said “ you will do very soon “ and a confused policeman then waved Shanks on his way.
 

Ball on Fire

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One of my best ever week’s as a Blackpool fan was in mid October 1966, we beat Spurs 3-1 at White Hart Lane on the Saturday, Chelsea 3-1 in a League Cup replay at Stamford Bridge on the following Monday and then Newcastle United 6-0 at Bloomfield Road on the following Saturday. Emlyn Hughes played in all three matches. Alan Skirton our new signing from Arsenal scored 5 goals in those three matches and Alan Suddick stood out in a poor Newcastle team and Blackpool signed him a few weeks afterwards. Attending the League Cup replay at Chelsea was a very difficult decision, Emlyn Hughes and Peter Osgood were involved in a collision in the first game at Bloomfield Road, neither would pull out and Osgood got carried off on a stretcher with a broken leg, Emlyn Hughes got up, rubbed his shin and didn’t even need the trainer. The Chelsea fans were furious as was Ron Chopper Harris and blamed Hughes for breaking their hero Peter Osgood’s leg. This was in the days of football hooligans everywhere so Stamford Bridge was never going to be a safe place for Blackpool fans. Morty offered Emlyn Hughes the opportunity not to play in the Chelsea replay but Hughes wanted to play so I decided I had to go to support him. Emlyn Hughes was man of the match and he didn’t let any of the Chelsea intimidation affect him.
 
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1966_and_all_that

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Thought I'd post this. It's a photo from the Sunday Pictorial dated 6th Jan 1929. It's not a very clear photo but it's the earliest I have of The 'Pool in action. It shows Chelsea on the attack in a game at Stamford Bridge. Blackpool won 3-2 courtesy of goals by Neal, Tremelling and Hampson. The following season these were the two promoted teams.
 

1966_and_all_that

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One of my best ever week’s as a Blackpool fan was in mid October 1967, we beat Spurs 3-1 at White Hart Lane on the Saturday, Chelsea 3-1 in a League Cup replay at Stamford Bridge on the following Monday and then Newcastle United 6-0 at Bloomfield Road on the following Saturday. Emlyn Hughes played in all three matches. Alan Skirton our new signing from Arsenal scored 5 goals in those three matches and Alan Suddick stood out in a poor Newcastle team and Blackpool signed him a few weeks afterwards. Attending the League Cup replay at Chelsea was a very difficult decision, Emlyn Hughes and Peter Osgood were involved in a collision in the first game at Bloomfield Road, neither would pull out and Osgood got carried off on a stretcher with a broken leg, Emlyn Hughes got up, rubbed his shin and didn’t even need the trainer. The Chelsea fans were furious as was Ron Chopper Harris and blamed Hughes for breaking their hero Peter Osgood’s leg. This was in the days of football hooligans everywhere so Stamford Bridge was never going to be a safe place for Blackpool fans. Morty offered Emlyn Hughes the opportunity not to play in the Chelsea replay but Hughes wanted to play so I decided I had to go to support him. Emlyn Hughes was man of the match and he didn’t let any of the Chelsea intimidation affect him.
October 1966, BoF.
 

Wizaard

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Animals in the circus until 1990. Stables and pens still in the building because of its Grade 1 listing.
 

Wizaard

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Great kit, have the TOFFS version of this. Good to see they stayed true to the design with the sleeves just too short 😂

I've seen clubs do official retro kits, where they rerelease old kits - there is definitely a huge market for it, its something the clubs should jump on.

They were a collectable set of all the First Division teams. You sent off tokens cut from the tea packets.
 

jockdodds

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They were a collectable set of all the First Division teams. You sent off tokens cut from the tea packets.
Wizz, there were 2 series of colour teamgroups ... Famous Football Clubs series 1 issued in 63/4 and the 2nd series issued in 65/66

There's also 3 sets of colour portaits ... International Football Stars series 1 issued in 67/8 and series 2 in 69/70

The final set of colour portraits was issued in 73/4 as Football Stars

I've got all these sets in my collection ... I love them ! 😀

John
 

onlyonepool

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Wizz, there were 2 series of colour teamgroups ... Famous Football Clubs series 1 issued in 63/4 and the 2nd series issued in 65/66

There's also 3 sets of colour portaits ... International Football Stars series 1 issued in 67/8 and series 2 in 69/70

The final set of colour portraits was issued in 73/4 as Football Stars

I've got all these sets in my collection ... I love them ! 😀

John
I remember the later football stars. Brilliant pictures on heavy duty cardboard. I think you needed about 12 Typhoo tea packet fronts for each pic, As a kid it was so exciting to see the post man walking towards your house before school with a big "Do not bend" brown envelope. Unfortunately no Pool stars at that time.
 
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