On this day 31 Jan 1953, 3001 & 2007

Last updated : 01 February 2012 By INOIT

Saturday 31st January 1953

The rain that was falling prior to the kick-off did not deter 29,239 spectators from attending the FA Cup fourth round tie at Bloomfield Road. The issue was settled in the 83rd minute with the sort of goal that could be expected on such a blustery day. Huddersfield had been given a warning of what could happen in the 81st minute when Tommy Garrett received the ball just inside the Blackpool half and, adjusting his sights from a previous effort, immediately hit it towards the Huddersfield goal. It flew over everybody and seemed to be destined for the crowd but, at the last moment, it dipped in the wind and sailed into the roof of the net past the outstretched hands of a surprised and despairing Wheeler.  It was to be Garrett’s only FA Cup goal in 28 appearances and one of only four that he scored in over 300 games for the club. But it was priceless and ensured that Blackpool’s name was in the bag for the fifth round draw.

Wednesday 31st January 2001

Chairman Karl Oyston gave the go ahead for work to start on the new stadium development at Bloomfield Road after a £4 million investment package had been put in place and the building contract had finally been agreed. The £6.5million raised through private investment and a Football Foundation grant

chubbs2Wednesday 31 January 2007
Paul Rachubka a San Luis Obispo, California-born goalkeeper [21 May 1981] who was signed by Blackpool on loan from Huddersfield Town until the end of the season on 31 January 2007. He had begun his career with Manchester United, where he played one Premiership game. United loaned him out to Oldham Athletic in November 2001 and he played 16 League games for the club before being transferred to Charlton Athletic for a fee of £200,000 in May 2002. However, he played no League football for Charlton who, in March 2004, loaned him out to Huddersfield Town where he played 13 League games. Charlton also loaned him out to MK Dons in August 2004 and he played four League games for the club. In September 2004 Charlton loaned him to Northampton Town for whom he played 10 League games. He also had a spell at Royal Antwerp before he was transferred to Huddersfield Town in November 2004 but he had lost his first team place at Huddersfield, who had loaned him to Peterborough United in the first half of the 2006/07 season.

Blackpool on this day record for 31 January

List of Blackpool's record against their opponents on the selected day in history
Statistics last updated on Tuesday, 31st January 2012

YearCompOpponentsVResultScorersAttView options
1903 DIV2 Bristol City A W 1-0       Results Table
1920 FAC Preston North End A L 1-2       Results  
1925 FAC Bradford Park Avenue A D 1-1       Results  
1931 DIV1 SUNDERLAND H W 3-1       Results Table
1948 DIV1 ASTON VILLA H W 1-0       Results Table
1953 FAC HUDDERSFIELD TOWN H W 1-0       Results  
1959 DIV1 Portsmouth A W 2-1       Results Table
1970 DIV2 Cardiff City A D 2-2       Results Table
1976 DIV2 HULL CITY H D 2-2       Results Table
1981 DIV3 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN H L 1-2       Results Table
1998 LD2 WIGAN ATHLETIC H L 0-2       Results Table
2004 LD2 SWINDON TOWN H D 2-2 Taylor 14; Dinning 64 6,463   Results Table
2009 CHMP Crystal Palace A W 1-0 Campbell 42 (pen) 13,810 Report Results Table
2012 CHMP COVENTRY CITY H W 2-1 Phillips 87; Taylor-Fletcher 90+4 11,414 Report Results Table

Overall playing record for 31 January: Played 14, Won 7, Drawn 4, Lost 3, Scored 20, Conceded 16


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