STEPHEN Dobbie hopes he is a lucky omen as he bids for a third successive promotion to the Premier League.
The striker helped take Blackpool up two years ago, did it with Swansea last season, and is aiming to repeat the trick again this time round.
Dobbie made his second Seasiders debut on Saturday at Reading, when he came on as a substitute 48 hours after his loan move from Wales.
It was his first game in tangerine since the play-off final victory over Cardiff in 2010. He says he is delighted to be back and determined to get Ian Holloway’s side into the top flight. I wanted to go out on loan,” said the 29-year-old, who has failed to nail down a place in Swansea’s Premier League team. I had quite a few options but as soon as I found out Blackpool wanted me it was a no-brainer.
“I know how they play, I get on well with the gaffer and I have great memories of the last time I was here, so it made sense on every level.
“The lads gave me a great welcome back. It actually felt like I hadn’t been away because the last couple of years have gone so quickly. It was good to see them because I have a lot of friends here.
“My main memory of my last time at the club was my wife giving birth a couple of days after I signed, so it was quite an arrival!
“Then that great run of results we had. The one that really stuck out for me, apart from the Wembley final, was Forest away (when Dobbie scored in Pool’s 4-3 play-off semi-final win). The emotion was unbelievable.
“I loved it and I hope I can be a lucky omen again.”
Dobbie got 25 minutes on the pitch at Reading but couldn’t help Pool, already 3-1 down, get back in the game.
He added: “It was always going to be a hard task because Reading are playing really well.
“If it wasn’t for the crosses into the box, I don’t think they would have had a shot, so I think the boys played pretty well.
“We had a good first half-hour and got back in it with a great goal, but it was just one of those games you have to forget about, keep your heads up, and prepare for the next one.”