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Blackpool Football Club
Bloomfield Road
Blackpool
FY1 6JJ | map
Lancashire
Tel: +44 (0) 1253 404331
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Blackpool Football Club history began in 1877 when the Victoria Football Club was founded. Victoria was disbanded during the next decade to be replaced by Blackpool St Johns. A dispute between players led to a meeting on the 26th July 1887 at the Stanley Arms Hotel. At this meeting it was resolved 'that a club be formed to be known as Blackpool Football Club'. The following year Blackpool joined the Lancashire League as founder members, winning the championship in 1893-94. In 1896 the club became a limited company and made a successful application to join the Football League Second Division. Stanley Matthews is probably the most famous player in Blackpool's history. Stanley joined the club in 1947 and played for 14 years at Blackpool. A teetotaller and vegetarian, he stayed fit enough to play in top level football until the age of 50. As of 2007 he is the oldest player ever to appear for England. In 1953 he and goalscorer Stan Mortenson helped Blackpool lift the FA Cup at the third attempt. This final is often called the 'Matthews Final'. The clubs orange strip first appeared in 1923, following recommendations from a referee who had been impressed by the colours of the Dutch National side.


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