Blackpool are a League One club.
Despite controversy dogging the club throughout the season, Gary Bowyer’s side beat Exeter 2-1 in the League Two play-off final to cap a season of turmoil. But how did they get there?
1 Saturday 20th November 2016 – Blackpool fans in joint protest at Leyton Orient
Off the pitch, troubles continued for the beleaguered Lancashire club.
The fans joined with Leyton Orient fans outside the O’s Matchroom Stadium in November as a joint protest against the club’s two respective owners – both of whom are hated by the club’s fans.
The protest led Orient’s owner, Italian Francesco Becchetti, to be absent from his club for the following months – he hasn’t been back since.
2 Saturday 28th January 2017 – Blackburn 2-0 Blackpool
A fourth round FA Cup tie is usually a decent result for any League Two club – even more so when you’re facing your local rivals.
While the result didn’t go Gary Bowyer’s side’s way, the two sets of fans again protested against their owners, including fans throwing tennis balls onto the field of play.
3 Tuesday 7th March 2017 – Plymouth Argyle 0-3 Blackpool
After a run of four games unbeaten, Blackpool were suddenly a team in form.
Travelling to Plymouth Argyle away on a Tuesday night isn’t usually enjoyed by anyone in League Two, but a fine 3-0 away victory saw the Tangerines take away all three points from the team lying in the top two in the table.
The result was bang in the middle of a run of nine games unbeaten for Gary Bowyer’s side, a run that took them up to fifth in the table.
4 Monday 17th April 2017 – Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Blackpool
It was a very happy Bank Holiday Monday for Bowyer’s side as they travelled to table-toppers Doncaster Rovers.
A 91st minute penalty was converted by Jordan Flores to give the Tangerines all three points in an incredible end to the match.
What is more, the home side were awarded a penalty just three minutes prior to the visitor’s spot-kick, which was missed by Marko Marosi.
5 Saturday 6th May 2017 – Blackpool 3-1 Leyton Orient
With the game once again shrouded in mass joint protest between the two sets of fans, Blackpool faced Orient on the final day of the season knowing a win would secure their place in the League Two play-offs.
With the O’s already relegated, the Tangerines ran out 3-1 winners to seal seventh spot in the table to ensure their season was kept well and truly alive.