On this day 29 Jan 1898, 1921 & 1966

Last updated : 29 January 2012 By INOIT

Saturday 29th January 1898

When Blackpool defeated Small Heath 3-2 on 29 January 1898 it came as something of a surprise because the players “rose at dawn of day. They journeyed to Birmingham, ‘cribbed, cabined and confined’ as the poets say, in a musty railway carriage; and then they tumbled out upon a football field with legs unstretched and the midday meal undigested.” The critics’ view was that Blackpool played above themselves and “the Birmingham fellows were rocky”.

Saturday 29th January 1921

On 29 January 1921 Blackpool left the semi-quietitude of the League programme to undertake a second round English [later FA] Cup tie against Third Division Southend United. Back in Lancashire officials and supporters were cock-a-hoop as they all thought Blackpool’s prospects of progressing to the third round were “decidedly bright”. There was very little doubt that they would be going into the hat on the following Monday for the third round draw. Blackpool felt quite happy with their optimism as they were sitting pretty in fourth place in the Second Division with 31 points from 25 games while Southend were in 17th place in the Third Division with only 20 points from 25 games. Southend took the lead on 53 minutes with a cross-shot goal from Dorsett. It was not to be Blackpool’s day for when Mr Curtis blew the final whistle it was Southend United 1 Blackpool 0, a result that brought headlines from the Gazette & Herald that read GOODBYE CUP! Failure at Southend.

Saturday 29th January 1966

Blackpool1968-69-300bbAlan Taylor began his football as a centre-half, starring for Claremont School, but by the time he signed as an amateur for Blackpool in September 1962 he had become a goalkeeper. Having spent three seasons in the ‘A’ team and reserve side, he made his league debut, replacing the injured Tony Waiters, against Fulham on 29 January 1966 and with Waiters still incapacitated he retained the spot for the game with Tottenham Hotspur a week later. Taylor did his long-term chances no harm as both games ended in a 0-0 draw with the headline ‘A Taylor‑made Draw’ appropriately covering the report of the first game with a further comment “part‑time keeper makes sure of a point for Blackpool”. He later became the club’s regular goalkeeper and made 106 appearances before moving to Southport.

Blackpool on this day record for 29 January

List of Blackpool's record against their opponents on the selected day in history
Statistics last updated on Saturday, 28th January 2012

YearCompOpponentsVResultScorersAttView options
1898 DIV2 Small Heath A W 3-2       Results Table
1921 FAC Southend United A L 0-1       Results  
1927 DIV2 MANCHESTER CITY H L 2-4       Results Table
1936 DIV2 SWANSEA TOWN H D 1-1       Results Table
1938 DIV1 Leicester City A W 1-0       Results Table
1949 FAC Stoke City A D 1-1       Results  
after extra time, 90 minutes ?-?
1966 DIV1 Fulham A D 0-0       Results Table
1972 DIV2 Cardiff City A W 4-3       Results Table
1983 DIV4 CHESTER H D 1-1       Results Table
1985 ASSM Tranmere Rovers A L 1-4   1,170   Results  
Tranmere Rovers won 5-3 on aggregate
1991 ASSM Tranmere Rovers A L 0-2   4,129   Results  
1994 LD2 Brighton & Hove Albion A L 2-3       Results Table
2000 LD2 BRENTFORD H L 0-1       Results Table
2002 ASSM HUDDERSFIELD TOWN H W 3-1 Wellens 3; Murphy 38; Taylor 71 4,573   Results  

Overall playing record for 29 January: Played 14, Won 4, Drawn 4, Lost 6, Scored 19, Conceded 24


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