Rod Stewart forces Blackpool fixture change

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Pool have pop legend Rod Stewart to blame for starting next season away from home.

The Seasiders have made an official request to the Football League to kick-off with an away match on August 9 to allow extra time for the pitch to recover from the singer’s Bloomfield Road concert on June 20.

Club secretary Matt Williams confirmed the move in his weekly Gazette column, though it doesn’t seem to bother Paul Ince.

The Pool boss is a personal friend of the performer and plans to be in the crowd for the gig. “Rod’s a good friend of mine. I’ve known him for many, many years,” Ince said.

“I got Rod tickets for the England v Scotland game in Euro 96, when he couldn’t get any.

“That’s how we became friends and I’ve been to a few of his concerts.

“My wife loves him, so we’ll be here watching. He’s a great performer.”

News of the concert came at the end of a showbiz week for the Pool boss, who was at the Tower Ballroom for the filming of Strictly Come Dancing in Blackpool.

Not that he’ll be rushing back. Ince said: “I was going to watch Tranmere v Bristol City, then my daughter begged me to go to the dancing.

“It was a killer. I don’t even enjoy it. I had to sit there for eight hours watching it. Never again!”