Blackpool’s dream opening day (August 2010)

Ian Holloway had done an incredible job to guide Blackpool into the Premier League. The Tangerines achieved promotion to the top-flight after play-off success in May 2010 against Cardiff City.

With ground redevelopment occurring at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool had to play the first two fixtures of their debut Premier League campaign on their travels. First up was a trip to Wigan Athletic and it would turn out to be a dream opening day for their supporters.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher opened the scoring after 16 minutes and that would be a fairytale beginning for most. Blackpool proceeded to make the most of some awful defending from their opponents and showed a real Premier League instinct that would make them a popular watch throughout the 2010-2011 campaign.

Marlon Harewood scored twice before half-time and Alex Baptiste rounded off the scoring in the second half. Blackpool might have been helped by a dismal display from Chris Kirkland with the Latics goalkeeper at fault for two of their four goals. Nevertheless, this was an opening day their supporters will never forget. The final 4-0 scoreline meant they spent the first day of the season top of the table.

Blackpool did lose 6-0 on the following weekend to Arsenal but played some exhilarating football and beat Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur during their sole Premier League campaign. It ended with relegation on a dramatic final day after a gutsy display at Old Trafford against Manchester United. However, they provided plenty of enjoyable memories for their supporters and the neutrals throughout the season.

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