A marauding right back who assists and scores goals! When was the last time Blackpool had a player in that position causing problems in the attacking third?
I’ll give you a clue, he’s Irish and plays for Everton. Whilst it’s way too early and optimistic to really be comparing Bolton loanee Hayden White to the extremely sought after Seamus Coleman, it’s still great to see the Seasiders attracting new players in areas they need strengthening. Also spreading the goals around the team will be very important as the season progresses.
Mark Cullen and Jack Redshaw have already formed a great and prosperous partnership at the sharp end but you still need goals from others.
The best teams in football have goal threats in every area. The much lauded Blackpool side that achieved the unthinkable promotion under Ollie had goals everywhere. With Evo, Baps, Stephen Dobbie, Keith Southern, Vaughny, Fletch, DJ and myself scoring a few to supplement the majestic Charlie Adam and ageless super Brett Ormerod.
Anyway, back to new signing Hayden White and his opener against Crewe. This was such a crucial goal because for the first time in a while, Blackpool were playing under the weight of expectation.
After the rich vein of form Neil McDonald has masterminded, the Seasiders were expected to wipe the floor with bottom of the league Crewe.
It was never going to be that easy though, especially when the opposition had the returning David Fox as captain. I’ve always been a big fan of Foxy’s. He has so much quality on the ball and his passing range is Charlie Adam-esque at times.
He could pick you out with a pass from 50 yards as easily as he could play a defence splitting pass from 10 yards. I felt he was unlucky during his spell at Bloomfield Road as he was always in and out of Simon Grayson’s plans.
You could tell from watching him in training that he was one of those players that would flourish higher up the divisions, where you get a bit more time and space on the ball and the players around you are making better runs (than me).
He more than proved this when he moved to Norwich and played a big role in their ascendancy through the divisions.
Incidentally, Pool’s opening goal only came after Foxy had been taken off!
- There was a bit of local excitement ahead of this weeks FA first round draw.
AFC Fylde have continued their great work of recent seasons and have been rewarded with a mouth watering tie against Millwall at the New Den.
This will be a great opportunity for Dave Challinor and his players to test themselves against one of the best and biggest clubs in League One.
The draw did not prove quite as attractive for Blackpool though!
What players always look for in a draw is generally quite obvious. First you want one of the ‘big’ teams, that wasn’t possible in this draw.
Next you want to be at home, again no luck. Maybe somewhere quite local then, unlucky again.
Barnet away is a really tough draw. They score lots of goals and thankfully concede a fair few as well.
The real wild card though, is that they have the original Mad Dog as manager, Martin Allen!
I’ve worked with him for an eye opening six month period and he really loves the FA Cup!
He likes to have his tradition of bacon butties for everyone on Friday before a cup game. One particular cup match we played, he called a team meeting in the hotel before the game.
All the players and staff were sat there patiently waiting for him.
After 15 minutes we all started to whisper and moan about the ‘gaffer’ being late, then like a puff of smoke he appeared from behind a curtain where he’d been waiting and listening to us all along!
Why he did this I don’t know, but we did win the game.
One thing you can guarantee from him is that his players will be more fired up for this game than any other this season.