There’s a lot to love about Blackpool Football Club. The team that very few people thought would get promoted to the Premier League overcame all odds thanks to the management of Ian Holloway. And they got promoted by playing a good brand of football. They were one of the few teams in the Championship to play a very attacking style.
Then there was their Bloomfield Road ground which, as of March, only had a capacity of 12,555 seated. To boost the capacity, the club started work on their East Stand on June 14 but because it won’t be ready by the opening weekend of the Premier League, their home fixture against Wigan has been reversed, so they’ll be playing at the DW Stadium instead. If you watch the live webcam of Bloomfield Road, you’ll see the gaping hole on the east side of the pitch where the East Stand used to be. Once the development of that stand is complete, it’ll increase the seating capacity of the ground to around 17,600.
And now, last but not least, Blackpool has unveiled their new home jersey for the 2010-11 season which is a tangerine-colored shirt designed and manufactured by Carbrini. As if the Blackpool story couldn’t get any more charming, the club’s shirt sponsor for the upcoming season will be Wonga. Yes, Wonga, which is a slang word in England for money. But in this case, it’s to promote a website that specializes in pay-day loans.
Blackpool could end up being the feel-good story of the 2010-11 Premier League season. But, it all depends on what happens on the pitch first. They’ve got a tough road ahead of them but it’ll be interesting to watch to say the least.