Dobbie’s back for another spell at ‘special’ Blackpool

Blackpool's Stephen Dobbie at Millwall
Blackpool's Stephen Dobbie at Millwall
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Stephen Dobbie says there’s just something special about him and Blackpool FC.

The 30-year-old striker made a shock return to Bloomfield Road yesterday, just hours before Pool’s 3-1 defeat away to the Championship’s bottom club Millwall.

A three-month loan deal was struck between the Seasiders and Crystal Palace just in time for Dobbie to be named among the substitutes and come on in the 76th minute.

And the Scot, who has had two previous loan stints at the club, says it was an easy decision to make.

“It just seems to work for me and Blackpool – that’s the main reason I keep coming back,” he told The Gazette.

“There was no decision to make for me. I love the area and it’s close to Scotland for me. I love playing at Bloomfield Road.

“I have a great respect for the Blackpool fans and I’ve always enjoyed my time at the club.”

Both his previous spells ended with Championship play-off finals at Wembley.

He was part of the side which won promotion to the Premier League in 2010 before returning for the near miss against West Ham two years later.

Dobbie added: “It’s been in the pipeline for about a week now but things had to be agreed.

“It came quite suddenly yesterday afternoon and I had to get myself over to the hotel to meet the boys.

“I know the club really well and the fans, so it was an easy decision to come back.”

The striker played in Palace’s opening defeat by Tottenham but was then surprisingly left out of their 25-man Premier League squad by Ian Holloway, the manager who twice brought him to Blackpool from Swansea.

Dobbie admitted: “I started the season in the team, so it was a bit of a surprise not to be named in the 25.

“There was a flurry of players who signed on deadline day and I was left out.

“I was shocked for the first couple of days but then I got my head around it. I now want to help Blackpool get back to where they were a couple of years ago.”

Dobbie’s 93-day emergency loan could be extended but Dobbie said: “It’s until December at first, then we’ll see what happens after that.

“At the moment, I just want to come and play for Blackpool and try to score some goals.

“I know most of the boys here and the Scottish lads who have signed.

“It’s a great group in the dressing room and I can’t wait for the weekend.”