After being relegated last season from the Championship, fate has dealt the Tangerines another duff hand with relegation to the fourth tier of English football for the first time since 2001.

Whilst there was no repeat of last season’s pitch invasion and centre-circle sit-in by Blackpool fans, relegation was still confirmed by a brutal 5-1 defeat at the hands of Peterborough United at their ABAX Stadium,

The defeat, mirroring Blackpool’s season  wasn’t pretty with the Seasiders clinically taken apart by a ruthless Peterborough side watched by Steve Evans – the man rumoured to be the next man in the Posh hotseat.

Like Evans’ Leeds United, there is a schism between fans and the club based around the owners and the way they are running the club at what fans see as a detriment. Leeds United have Massimo Cellino, Blackpool have their Karl Oyston and both have their protesting fans.


Protesting fans aside, on a day when there is more at stake than fan emotion – not that I am belittling that – Blackpool were found wanting against an impressive Peterborough side and were relegated purely on the strength of having an inferior goal difference than 21st-placed side Doncaster who finished level on points but seven goals better off.

Things didn’t start that badly against Peterborough for Blackpool, the Tangerines taking a 16th minute lead thanks to Jacob Blyth’s headed opener. However, by the time Peterborough’s highly-rated 10-goal, 14-assist attacking midfielder Marcus Maddison equalised (48′), Fleetwood’s two goals had made Blackpool’s relegation almost academic.

Peterborough brought on Jon Taylor on 72 minutes and his 14-minute hat-trick, which sandwiched Peterborough goal #4 by Shaquile Coulthirst proved to be the very bitterest of icing on an already nasty-tasting cake as ‘Pool slid to relegation in the most disheartening manner.

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