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Who are ya? Blackpool
Nickname: The Tangerines.
Ground: Bloomfield Road
How to get there: By Car: From Gillingham, get onto the A2 and then the M25 anti-clockwise. Leave the M25 at Junction 21A onto the M1. Leave the M1 at Junction 19 and head onto the M6. Leave the M6 – having used the toll road if you so desire – at Junction 32 for the M55. Follow the road into Blackpool and the ground is not a million miles away from the tower. Distance from Priestfield: 280 miles. Approximate time: 4hrs 50mins
Nearest station: Blackpool North
Last five games v Gillingham:
06/05/06: League One – Blackpool (Blinkhorn, Parker 2) 3-3 Gillingham (Byfield 2, Flynn)
29/10/05: League One – Gillingham (Hope, Harris) 2-1 Blackpool (Parker)
22/01/00: Division Two – Gillingham (Southall) 1-3 Blackpool (Richardson, Bushell, Matthews)
29/10/99: Division Two – Blackpool (Murphy) 1-1 Gillingham (Ashby)
02/01/99: Division Two – Gillingham (Southall) 1-0 Blackpool
All-time record v the Gills:
Gills wins: 9
Blackpool wins: 10
Remember me? Blackpool have no current ex-Gills in their ranks after Tony Butler left for Forest Green this summer. Gills fans may choose to remember ex-Swindon goalkeeper Rhys Evans, who endured a nightmare at Priestfield last season, or midfielder Marcus Bean, who scored a controversial handball winner for his former club QPR at Priestfield in August 2004.
Man to watch: Keigan Parker. Kiss and tell romps with Jade Goody aside, Parker scored three times against the Gills last season, and was also sent off in the game at Priestfield. Scored 13 goals last season and Blackpool’s improving fortunes could see his goal ratio improve further.
2006/07 prospects: Blackpool could still have been relegated with a heavy defeat to us on the last day of last season, but manager Simon Grayson has money to spend thanks to a new investor and has brought in some promising new faces. It may be too soon for them to challenge this year, but they could be an outside bet for the play-off places.