UK time is: 22:41:59
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Ian Holloway: The Best Trip

There is an old saying in football, 'there's nobody bigger than the team'. A cliche but true. There are however some people who's influence is monumental.

When Ian Holloway was announced as the new manager of Blackpool on 22nd May 2009 little did we know we were about it witness the finest phase of recent times. Those who remember the doom and gloom and tragedy of the 70's and 80's could not believe what unfolded as the Seasiders embarked upon 'The Best Trip'.

Exactly one year later, having started the season as favourites for relegation, the Tangerine hordes could not believe it. The miracle had happened. Ian Holloway had taken Blackpool to the Premier League.

And what a season that followed. Liverpool reduced to rubble at Anfield and Bloomfield Road. 2-0 up against Manchester United at half time, 3-1 against Spurs amongst the highlights.

Most other years we would have stayed up. But a cruel twist of the fixture list sent us to Old Trafford on the last day of the season. But what a year.

We could have sunk, but Ollie once again sprinkled the magic dust and a year later, again took us to Wembley for another chance to regain Premiership status.

A cruel irony that one of Ollie's targets scored the winning goal that denied us the opportunity to go straight back up. Not the last time on of Ollie's targets would score against us.

The post mortem is inevitable. could the Chairman have backed him more? But today is the day we pause and say thank you to Ollie. It was indeed the best trip we have ever been on.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Simon Heaney Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 3 2012

Time: 1:15PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Blackpool Articles

Stats: Birmingham v Blackpool (Wednesday March 4 2015)

Hall Relishing Birmingham Reunion (Tuesday March 3 2015)

Cameron Latest Struck Down (Monday March 2 2015)

Clark - Wigan Deserved Victory (Sunday March 1 2015)

Clark Bites Back At Fans (Sunday March 1 2015)

Stats: Blackpool v Wigan (Saturday February 28 2015)

Blackpool team v wigan (Saturday February 28 2015)

Archived Blackpool Articles

List All Vital Blackpool Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Reading 35 11 8 16 -16 41
19. Brighton 35 9 13 13 -3 40
20. Fulham 35 11 6 18 -13 39
21. Rotherham 35 8 13 14 -18 37
22. Wigan 35 7 10 18 -15 31
23. Millwall 35 7 10 18 -26 31
24. Blackpool 35 4 10 21 -40 22

Breaking League News

Wigan : 04/03/2015 21:54:00
Blackpool : 04/03/2015 21:52:01
Sheff Wed : 04/03/2015 21:49:01
Blackburn : 04/03/2015 21:46:00
Norwich : 04/03/2015 21:44:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Birmingham MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Parish 0%
Maher 0%
Hall 0%
Addison 0%
Aldred 0%
Ferguson 0%
Perkins 0%
Telford 0%
O'Hara 0%
Delfouneso 0%
Madine 0%
Sub:-Barkhuizen 0%
Sub:-McMahon 0%