To celebrate Charlie Adam’s 30th birthday, we look back at his top five moments in a Blackpool shirt.
Adam wrote himself into the club’s history books during a remarkable 100 appearances, which saw the Seasiders promoted to the Premier League.
After joining on loan from Glasgow Rangers in January 2009, Adam helped Tony Parkes’ Pool avoid relegation to League One, firing a famous winning goal at Deepdale in the process.
The following summer Ian Holloway paid what must go down as the greatest £500,000 ever spent to make the deal permanant, and the rest was history, with Adam firing 19 goals to lead Pool to the most unlikely of promotions to the Premier League.
After leading the way during a memorable Premier League campaign with 13 goals, the skipper fired a free-kick against Manchester United in his 100th and final game for Blackpool.
He was sold to Liverpool that summer for almost £9m before moving on to Stoke. Here, we look at his five top moments in a Pool shirt.
5 - Saturday, March 7, 2009 - Blackpool 2 Norwich 0
You always remember your first goal and March saw Blackpool’s first glimpse of what was to come from Adam. In a scrappy game, relegation-threatened Pool couldn’t afford to lose. Adam found a flash of quality to chip keeper Robert Green from the edge of the area.
Pool went onto win the game 2-0, with Adam named man of the match. They eventually survived the drop with a superb run of results.
4 - Saturday, May 7th, 2011 - Tottenham 1 Blackpool 1
One of the craziest two minutes you’ll ever see in football happened at White Hart Lane, and Adam was involved.
After a tight 74 minutes of action, Blackpool were awarded a penalty which Adam saw well saved by Heurelho Gomes.
From the resulting corner, Gary Taylor-Fletcher was hauled down in the area to win Pool their second spot-kick in a minute, followed by a battle between Adam and striker DJ Campbell over would would take it.
Adam won and held his nerve to slam the penalty home, only for Jermaine Defoe to break Blackpool’s hearts with a last-minute equaliser – one which would eventually relegate the Seasiders.
3 - Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 - Manchester United 4 Blackpool 2
At the end of an incredible season in the Premier League, Ian Holloway’s men faced the almost impossible task of needing to beat United at Old Trafford to avoid relegation.
Park Ji-Sung had given the Reds an early lead only for Adam to step up with another memorable moment five minutes from the break.
He caught out Edwin van der Saar with a free-kick which gave the Seasiders hope of pulling off the impossible again in his 100th and final game in a Pool shirt. Despite going on to take the lead in the second half, Pool eventually lost the game 4-2 and were relegated to the Championship.
2 - Saturday, April 11, 2009 - Preston 0 Blackpool 1
If you want to make yourself a hero at Blackpool, score the winner at Deepdale. That’s what Adam managed in his first derby in a tangerine shirt in front of 4,000 travelling fans.
With Blackpool desperate for victory in to avoid relegation, Adam fired a left-footed effort from 25 yards which would eventually seal the win. It made front and back page headlines in The Gazette at the time and was the first glimpse of Adam’s big-game quality.
1 - Saturday, May 22, 2010 - Blackpool 3 Cardiff 2
When you talk about memorable moments in Blackpool FC’s history, the 13th minute at Wembley that day will be right up there.
After an incredible run of results under Ian Holloway, Pool found themselves just one win away from achieving what many described as the impossible –promotion the Premier League.
Having gone behind to a ninth-minute strike by Michael Chopra, Blackpool’s heads were down and they needed a hero.
As ever, Adam led the way with a sensational 25-yard free-kick into the top corner. It was at that moment everyone in tangerine knew they could do it.
Adam himself describes this as the best moment of his career so far and he’ll do well to top it.
A moment to savour.