Pool's Italian tenner
MORE than 400 fans crammed into Bloomfield Road last night to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Seasiders Anglo-Italian Cup Final victory over Bologna.
As well as a slap up meal, the guests were treated to a big screen viewing of the famous game and were given a copy of a new book by Blackpool FC historian Gerry Wolstenholme on the 1971 final.
Most people know about the game, and how Pool fought back from a goal down to level through skipper John Craven and then snatch a dramatic victory in extra time with a goal from Micky Burns.
It was a terrific moment in Pool's history and at the time restored pride after the club's disastrous relegation campain from Division One.
But it didn't end with the 1971 victory.
For the next year's Anglo-Italian was just as extraordinary.
Pool again reached the final, this time suffering disappoinment when they lost 3-1 to AS Roma in front of 75,000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium.
But it was the tale of their journey to the final which was most astonishing, including a victory in the group stage that took even the Seasiders by surprise – 10-0 over Lanerossi Vicenza.
Seasiders' cut-price rout
Here's Gerry Wolstenholme's account of the famous game when Bob Stokoe's tangerines went goal crazy...
THE 10 bonus per goal that Blackpool were paid during the successful 1971 Anglo-Italian Cup competition cost the club dearly – 14 goals were scored in five games.
As a consequence the club did a cost-cutting exercise for the 1972 campaign and reduced the bonus to 5.
After the first two games in Italy they were probably glad they had for Blackpool scored six – defeating Sampdoria 4-1 and Lanerossi Vicenza 2-0. Two more goals without reply came in the home leg with Sampdoria, then at Bloomfield Road on June 10, 1972 came the result that really spared the funds ... Blackpool 10 Lanerossi Vicenza 0!
Blackpool made one change – Dave Hatton was injured so Terry Alcock stepped into the defence. The line-up was: Burridge, Alcock, Bentley, Suddaby, James, Ainscow, Hutchison, Suddick, Dyson, Hill and Burns.
Lanerossi were reportedly eager for revenge following their home defeat but their plans were swept away within the first two minutes.
After 82 seconds Tommy Hutchison pushed a neat pass through the middle of the visitors' defence and, although Alan Ainscow was unable to control the ball, Micky Burns did so and swept Blackpool into the lead from 10 yards.
Almost straight from the restart Blackpool doubled their advantage when Hutchison found an unmarked Ainscow who rifled the ball past a helpless Anzolin.
The third after 15 minutes when Bentley sent in a cross that Alan Suddick headed in neatly from close range. On 31 minutes a Hutchison corner was swept on and Glyn James prodded home and at half-time a shell-shocked Italian side trailed 4-0.
Four minutes into the second half and Stanzial sliced a shot by Burns into his own net before Burns scored twice more within a couple of minutes.
After 58 minutes he took a pass from Suddick and shot home from 25 yards and on the hour a shot from Ainscow was only partially cleared to him and he promptly fired the ball back into the net to complete a hat-trick and make it 7-0.
The Lanerossi defence was bemused, as was goalkeeper Anzolin for, without any apparent prompting, he left the field to be replaced by a surprised sub keeper, Bardin.
He fared no better ... he had been on the field only five minutes before Mick Hill, having an extended trial at Blackpool, volleyed home a centre from Hutchison.
Two minutes later and Hill, whom Blackpool did not subsequently sign, scored again when he headed home Hutchison's cross. Then on 71 minutes Burns stuck out a foot to push in a drive by substitute Steve Harrison to make it an incredible 10-0.
Fortunately for Lanerossi, Blackpool took their foot off the gas thereafter and just toyed with the Italians while not adding to their tally.
But it was still the record win in the competition and with the points for goals system, their 12 points was a record for any club in the three years of the Anglo-Italian tournament.
Blackpool proceeded to the final but unfortunately the story had an unhappy ending – they lost to AS Roma 3-1, Alcock scoring the Seasiders late consolation.
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