Simon does the spadework for Pool

The Seasiders squad with Simon Heydock (centre, in black) PICTURE: CHRIS FARROW
The Seasiders squad with Simon Heydock (centre, in black) PICTURE: CHRIS FARROW
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A FYLDE businessman came to the rescue to solve Blackpool’s training problems.

This week’s snowfall left the Seasiders’ Squires Gate base out of action and Steve Thompson’s squad with nowhere to train.

Step forward Pool fan and Score boss Simon Heydock, who owns an artificial surface at the Woodlands ground in Ansdell, home of Fylde RFC, and spent eight hours clearing snow so the squad could train on it yesterday.

Simon explained: “I’ve known Thommo for years through the local football scene and I heard that they were struggling for somewhere to train.

“My business has an all-weather 3G pitch which is perfect – it was just covered in snow.

“I bought a load of shovels and dragged three of my mates in to help.”

The Seasiders’ training plans have been hit hard by the bad weather.

Their training ground was under water throughout the Christmas period before frost and snow and rendered the Squires Gate pitches unplayable this week.

The disruptions have meant regular visits to the De Vere Hotel, where the squad have made use of the fitness facilities.

Steve Thompson has given his squad today off but is hoping conditions will permit a normal training session tomorrow ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wolves.

And caretaker boss Thompson explained the elements have not been the only problem for him to contend with this week. “It’s been a head count. The virus in the camp has made things difficult for the squad.

“But there’s a development squad game on Thursday against Fleetwood to get some of the fringe players playing.”

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