There’s a real buzz around the seaside town of Blackpool once more as finally, after years of struggle, they seem to have their club back.
15,000 fans turned out this weekend to watch their 2-2 draw with Southend, just a couple of weeks after only 4,000 saw them lose to Oxford United.
With their despised owner gone they can look to the future, whatever that may hold. The fans money is going back into the club and they can perhaps dream of Championship football.
They’re on the cusp of the play-offs at the moment, despite the intense upheaval and uncertainty that has surrounded them for a couple of years now.
Their achievements, in spite of the owner, are admirable, but what might they be able to achieve in the next ten matches? They’re three points outside the top six and we think there’s a chance they could be latecomers to the play-off party.
Here’s three reasons why.
The swell of good feeling
Positivity is catching and right now, there’s plenty of it around Bloomfield Road. They’re using the hashtag ‘#wearemightyagain’ and expect 15,000 at their remaining home matches.
That atmosphere and drive can only be a motivation for the players and could easily intimidate some opposition.
Can they use the developments off the pitch as a catalyst on it? We certainly think so.
The first midweek game in front of a packed Bloomfield Road for years, it’s sure to be a massive occasion.
It’s not against just anybody either, but sixth placed Doncaster Rovers. Only an incredible swing of goals would see Blackpool climb above Grant McCann’s side, but a win would draw them level on points.
That would be a big boost psychologically.
Here’s a player with experience of the higher level, a motivator and influencer in the middle of the park who knows what the next level is all about.
He doesn’t bring goals, but he adds endeavour, bite and spirit.
If he’s firing and motivated, then the whole team will get a lift. He’s a key figure for them and a real reason they could turn over Doncaster and even Peterborough, who also still have to visit Bloomfield Road.