Ground Hopping: Blackpool v Newcastle United FC 23rd April 2011

St George’s Day brought the long awaited trip to see Newcastle @ Blackpool. This was the highlight of the fixture list when it came out in June 2010. A trip to Blackpool on a weekend, a bank holiday weekend at that! Great Smile

I will be posting a separate post re the day itself. This is just re the ground & the game.

I had been to Bloomfield Road the home of Blackpool twice before, in 1983 and again in 1987. The latter for a League Cup game involving Newcastle when we lost 1-0 to an own goal scored by a former Newcastle player. That was in the days of the “Sack the Board” Campaign. I got a ticket from my cousin, a Blackpool fan and then a supplier to the club, so my ticket was in the Directors box. It probably was not a good idea for me to be standing there chanting for the sacking of the Newcastle board.

Well since then, Blackpool have rebuilt their ground and have 4 new stands – the one we were in is a hurriedly built thing after Blackpool unexpectedly won promotion to the Premiership last season.

The ground is small, and the 3 permanent stands look good. I’m not sure the same can be said for the one we were in. £34 should buy you a better view than a new stand with lots of pillars in it.


The view for away fans – not very good is it?


The ground itself is handily placed for the town centre, the pubs and is surrounded by 1000s of parking spaces, normally used by tourists not football fans.

There is not much more to tell re the game. Blackpool turned up, the Newcastle team obviously forgot there was a game today. There was a distinct lack of effort and passion about the team and it is fair to say Newcastle were lucky to escape with a 1-1 draw. The day made worse by learning the Mackems had gone from 0-1 down to win 4-2 Crying face

Still there was the night out to come – read my next blog post which will hopefully tell something of the day.

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