Who would you name a new East Stand after?

Plumbs

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Bill Norman. Took over the reins during the troubled era after the merger with South Shore FC and united the club as we know it.
Some job that given rivalries were intense, but at least that could be concentrated on the derbies with Fleetwood Rangers.

Led the club to some great victories in the Cup v Burton Swifts,Thornhill United and Leeds City. The latter where the emerging Yorkshire Seasiders were able to run a charabanc from Bradford ,thus becoming the second fans group to undertake organised transport.

*source BASIL minutes 1920*
 

Seaside Aggro

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I know people are coming up with names from a long time ago. No-one has mentioned Tony Green, many peoples of a certain age favourite player. A hero, a legend for so many and committed himself to the town locally once injury cut short his career.
Ridiculous idea. Why have a permanent stand with his name. He is consigned to history. Move on.
 

GTFsTwinBrother

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Maybe we could have a stand named after a crap player so we don't get above ourselves.

We've got a grand history but we've also been rubbish a lot, so if we've got an Armfield and Matthews and Mortenson we could also have a Chris Malkin Stand with a Tony Diamond concourse and Ben Dixon Bar. Udo Onware Executive boxes and so on.

Then the people who go to the match and just mutter 'he's shite' and 'rubbish, get him off' could feel right at home.

Ben effing Dixon. Now he was bad.
 

GTFsTwinBrother

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Only thing I remember about him (other than him being awful) was his cheeks used to glow bright red from even the slightest exertion!
 

1966_and_all_that

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There's a lot of disagreement on here, as per, but I have alreay floated an idea to get around all of this.
My choice would be Alan Ball. He kept us up in the early sixties, was the youngest member of the World Cup winning team and was awarded the man of the match. In his later years he was insistent that he was a Blackpool player when this happened.
So, how do we recognise our other heroes?
Well, how about naming a bar after some of them, complete with photos and a career chart. No-one's going to vandalise a bar with pictures of one of our heroes in it.
I don't know how many bars there are but my votes go to:
Tony Green
Harry Johnson
Jimmy Hampson
Alan Suddick
Bill Perry
 

Mahratta

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I know people are coming up with names from a long time ago. No-one has mentioned Tony Green, many peoples of a certain age favourite player. A hero, a legend for so many and committed himself to the town locally once injury cut short his career.
Joe Smith
 

1950`spoolfan

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This reminds me when reading Brian Clough`s biography that he said to Duncan Hamilton his biographer towards the end of his career at Notts Forest that he had little time for those who ran football clubs nor they him he thought. He pointed to the building he referred to as a shitehouse "that`s what they`ll name after me ,a shitehouse for a shitehouse." he was joking no doubt but his his name now is massively prominent in the biggest stand at the club.

So our nearest equivalent to Cloughy is obviously Joe Smith who was in control during all our great days and his achievements will never be remotely matched here.
 

LancasterLad

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Oyston Out stand is my favourite but if not that The Freedom Stand sounds good. No names that I cannot remember or even see. King Billy Stand would be my 'named' stand. I'd also accept Scratching Shed as most of my young years were in there because I refused to get a members card.

The Freedom Stand
 

Bispham_Seasider

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For me this is a great thread, not one with disagreements at all. It is superb that we have so many players/managers that are legends. So much so that there is such a huge long list. Far better that, than just 3 or 4 names and we can't list anyone else. What a great club to have so many legends.

Maybe in time as others have said, there could be bars named after legends, maybe some of the executive boxes? Maybe name the hotel rooms instead of/as well as having room numbers? And in each room a photo of that person? Just a random thought on a Saturday evening.

Might also be good to have maybe 1 or 2 legend banners to go up? Images of some of the legends. Maybe ask someone like Rob Purdon or whoever if they might get involved?

And please it should be the Stan Mortenson Spion Kop... :)
 

bleach51

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No problem with The King Billy or Super Brett Stand...maybe the KBSB stand😉

Not the Alan Ball stand for me( though don’t get me wrong loved him at BR) .The Alan Suddick Stand has a nice ring to it and he remained associated with the town long after his playing days.
 

TangerinePeel

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Surprised at the clubs lack of commemoration of Joe Smith actually, obviously the ownership we've had for a while hasn't been the best so that may change now. He's basically the equivalent of our Bill Shankly with what he's done for the club:
- Promoted to the first division
- 3 FA cup finals (winning one)
- 7 points off winning the title in 4th place in 46/47. 4 points off winning the title in 49/50.
- Finished runners up to United in 55/56
- Our highest win percentage of any manager (combine that with the fact we were in the top flight for almost all of his time managing us)
If it wasn't for the war interrupting us, I believe we'd have won more than 1 FA cup!

I also think it'd be a nice touch if we had a United-esque hang over on the roof of each stand which states who each stand was dedicated to.
 

TangerinePeel

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I wonder if Sadler could be in contention, maybe leave it unnamed until after his tenure as he has essentially saved the club from its darkest period, is rebuilding the infrastructure and finishing a stadium we've waited 20+ years for.

I'm sure we'll see some on-pitch success under him on top of all that eventually, would a nice thank you to him - he is bloody building it after all!
 

Rektseasider

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The Karl Oyston stand? To remind us all how fooking lucky we are currently. Now hear me out.....

I just jest, maybe burn a effigy of him once a year from atop the stand.
 

1966_and_all_that

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What about each block named after a player, Say there were six blocks for example we could surely come up with six legends.
I've put this up before but I'd reserve naming honours for the four stands, with a statue of each individual at one of each of the four corners.
Beyond that, I would be for honouring other individuals by naming a bar under the stands after them and putting up photographs and a roll of honour on the walls.
 

Archibald Knox

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Does Joe Smith have family or descendants still living in Blackpool? On his retirement in 1958, the club gave him a golden handshake and bought him a house in the town. He lived here another 13 years until his death.

Mind you, he is a Notlob legend, their second highest ever goal scorer with 277. Only 8 goals behind Nat Lofthouse’s record.
 

Mark_GT

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How about the Hammerite stand?
In memory of that old bloke who used to have a moan about the some hapless player or other, then turn round to no-one in particular and say "am I right?"
 

Atletico_Seasider

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I would name it the '13-02-19 stand' - perhaps the most relevant date in our recent history.
We also need a bar inside it called the 'Justice Smith Bar'
And of course the toilet inside it would have to be called 'The Busted Flush'
I like the idea of having a box/suite in it called 'Uncle Val' given the hugely significant role he played in freeing us from the dark side. UTMP
 

Lewis_Winthorpe

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Do the North and West stands still have Morty and Matthews names on them anywhere? Do the club officially still use their names EG the Matthews West stand?

I ask as nobody refers to them as the Morty or Matthews stands and I cant remember seeing their names on since the Pricebusters Matthews stand, which was an absolute disgrace
 

bfcpete

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As per the other stands, it should be named after a player. For me it would be The King, Alan Suddick.

If you were going to name a stand after a manager then the obvious choice would be Joe Smith. Longest serviing manager, who kept us a top team in the top flight and took us to 3 FA cup finals, winning 1. Huge home and crowds used to pay to see his Blackpool sides
 

Henshman

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I would name the East Stand 'The Armfield Stand' because when we were attacking 'The Kop End,' that's where Jimmy Armfield was running up and down.
I would re-name our South Stand, 'The Belokon Stand,' because without him, I think we would be lucky to have a team to support.

Just forgot to add that I think it was Mr. Belokon who mainly financed the new South Stand.
 
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Wizaard

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Do the North and West stands still have Morty and Matthews names on them anywhere? Do the club officially still use their names EG the Matthews West stand?

I ask as nobody refers to them as the Morty or Matthews stands and I cant remember seeing their names on since the Pricebusters Matthews stand, which was an absolute disgrace
It's on the season ticket cards and match day tickets
 

midfield general

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Maybe we could have a stand named after a crap player so we don't get above ourselves.

We've got a grand history but we've also been rubbish a lot, so if we've got an Armfield and Matthews and Mortenson we could also have a Chris Malkin Stand with a Tony Diamond concourse and Ben Dixon Bar. Udo Onware Executive boxes and so on.

Then the people who go to the match and just mutter 'he's shite' and 'rubbish, get him off' could feel right at home.
That's brilliant!
 

TwelveAngryMen

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It's a weird one with Bally
Yes he won the world cup with us and then went onto manage us ( very badly ) however the relationship is a lukewarm one at best
For popularity it would be Billy Ayre although I never realised Harry Johnston was Player of the Year in 1951
I think TITD probably nails it with The 1953 stand
 
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