Blackpool’s recent FA Cup woes

2011/12 - Everton manager David Moyes (left) and Blackpool manager Ian Holloway (right)
2011/12 - Everton manager David Moyes (left) and Blackpool manager Ian Holloway (right)
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While Blackpool’s most famous moment came at Wembley in the FA Cup final of 1953, in recent years the competition has been less than kind.

The Seasiders haven’t won a game in the famous competition since beating Sheffield Wednesday 3-0 in February 2012, falling at the first hurdle for the last three years running.

Since promotion to the Championship in 2007 saw Pool enter at round three, only once have they progressed eventually losing in round five to Everton in 2011.

The last time Blackpool were in round one of the FA Cup they progressed to round four, beating Huddersfield, MK Dons and Aldershot before eventually going out to Norwich in a 4th round replay.

Here we look back at Pool’s recent FA Cup adventures:

2010/11: Round three

Southampton 2

Blackpool 0

Things were a little different for these two clubs back then with Southampton struggling in League One and the Seasiders riding the wave of the Premier League.

With that in mind Ian Holloway chose to rest a number of big names including Charlie Adam, Ian Evatt and DJ Campbell.

Goals from Lee Barnard and Guilherme Do Prado saw Pool’s understrength side, including debutant Liam Tomsett, well beaten.

2011/12: Round five

Everton 2 Blackpool 0

After a Matt Phillips inspired hammering of Fleetwood and a replay victory over Sheffield Wednesday, newly relegated Blackpool headed to Premier League side Everton.

With almost 5,000 travelling fans made the trip to Goodison Park only to be stunned by Ian Holloway’s decision to field a weakened side.

His gamble backfired massively with the Seasiders two goals down within six minutes after goals from Roysten Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi.

Kevin Phillips made matters worse late on, firing a penalty high over the bar.

2012/13: Round three

Blackpool 1 Fulham 2

By the time Blackpool faced Fulham Ian Holloway had been replaced by Michael Appleton for the third round tie at Fulham.

Ludo Sylvestre fired the Seasiders ahead before a late Giorgios Karagounis wonder goal sent the game into a replay in what would turn out to be Appleton’s last game in charge.

Two weeks later it was Steve Thompson who took charge on a freezing January evening at Bloomfield Road.

A Nathan Delfouneso strike on 82 minutes looked to have sent Pool through before a last minute Kieran Richardson goal sent the tie to extra time.

A Brede Hangeland header eventually broke Pool’s hearts in the 116th minute.

2013/14 : Round three

Bolton 2 Blackpool 1

Paul Ince was the latest Blackpool manager to give the FA Cup a crack for Pool’s first game of 2014.

Hugely under pressure after a terrible run, Pool turned in a decent display and were unlucky to crash out to near neighbours Bolton.

Tom Barkhuizen fired a stunning goal before Jermaine Beckford won it on 51 minutes for the Trotters.

Ince would eventually be sacked later that month.

2014/15: Round three

Aston Villa 1 Blackpool 0

Last season Lee Clark was in charge as Blackpool were desperately unlucky against struggling Premier League side Aston Villa.

Youngster Mark Waddington stole the show for the Seasiders on his midfield debut, earning man of the match, but it wasn’t enough to see Pool through.

A Christian Benteke strike two minutes from time won it for Villa and saw Blackpool leave the competition disappointed again.