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Match preview: Fleetwood Town v Blackpool FC

6 March 2020

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Fleetwood Town take on Blackpool FC on Saturday 7 March 2020 at Highbury Stadium, and we have all you need to know ahead of kick-off in our match preview.

Fixture: Fleetwood Town v Blackpool FC

Competition: Sky Bet League One​

Date: Saturday 7 March 2020

Kick-off: 15:00 (GMT)

Venue: Highbury Stadium, Park Avenue, Fleetwood, FY7 6TX.​

Match officials: John Busby (Referee), Anthony Moore and Graeme Fyvie (Assistants), Joseph Johnson (Fourth Official)​

Saturday’s match between Fleetwood and Blackpool will be Mr. Busby’s first visit to Highbury this season. He did referee Town’s Emirates FA Cup First Round tie against Barnet, which saw Joey Barton’s side win 2-0. He was in the middle for the Cod Army’s trip to Southend in September as Town drew 3-3.

Busby has officiated 32 games this season in all competitions, and branched out 121 yellow cards and five red cards.

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The Cod Army are back at Highbury Stadium after back to back away trips to Sunderland and Ipswich Town. Fleetwood will be looking to back up that Tuesday night win at Ipswich Town, and extend their unbeaten run.

Town started well on Tuesday and an early knock to Callum Connolly meant Joey Barton was forced into an early change. Ched Evans came on and scored just before half-time with a neat finish past the goalkeeper. Town did hold out to secure three points.

When you look back at the last six seasons since Fleetwood got promoted to League One, after 32 league matches played, it’s the best points tally collected since the 2016/17 campaign – where the club reached the play-offs.

There are no new injury concerns, with Town’s head coach looking to keep the ten game unbeaten run going against an inform Blackpool side - who have won their last two games.

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The visitors to Highbury Stadium on Saturday currently sit in 13th in Sky Bet League One after back to back wins at Bloomfield Road.

In the last game, Blackpool took a first half-half lead against Ipswich Town thanks to Leicester loanee Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall - who scored for the second consecutive match. Ipswich did pull level with Freddie Sears’ second half strike, but the Seasiders won the game in added on time through a Joe Nuttall header.

In the week, Blackpool appointed Liverpool's U23s head coach Neil Critchley as their head coach on a two-and-a-half year deal. This will be his first match in charge of the Tangerines.



One for all Town fans to keep an eye out for is Winger Liam Feeney. Feeney has been a huge part of Blackpool's goals this season as he has assisted 14 and scored one of their 43 goals this season.

Feeney has the most assists in League One this season and is joint 2nd in the whole top four divisions - joint top with Charlie Kirk of Crewe Alexandra and only behind Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.

Feeney started his career at Southend United and has had spells at Millwall, Bolton Wanderers, Ipswich, Feeney joined Blackpool from Blackburn. Feeney has got four assists in his last six games. He is predominantly a winger, but has been playing wing back of late in a back five.

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If you can’t make Saturday’s match against Blackpool don’t worry as we have it covered with iFollow – meaning you can live stream or just listen to full match commentary in the comfort of your own home.

Supporters based in the United Kingdom and Ireland can pay just £2.50 for an Audio Match Pass.

For fans based overseas, or for those who are on holiday abroad, they will be able to watch the match on iFollow for JUST £5 – What are you waiting for? BUY YOUR MATCH PASS HERE!

If you want to know more about iFollow, and find out ways to support the Cod Army, click HERE. (terms and conditions)​

Any further questions on iFollow Fleetwood, please contact, or email the EFL on

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Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton spoke to the media on Thursday at Poolfoot Farm, and you can watch his full interview on iFollow.

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“It’s been a whirlwind last few days and week, but it’s been great to get out on the grass over the last couple of days. Some of the staff and players have been saying I brought the sunshine with me, so long may that continue.

“But I’ve enjoyed the last few days. The people have been so welcoming and so friendly and I’m delighted to be part of this football club. I’ve found the group exactly what I thought they were going to be after I watched a lot of the games prior to coming here.

“There’s a real spirit and togetherness amongst them and their attitude towards training and the enthusiasm they’ve shown has been first class. This is my assessment of them over the last 48 hours. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last couple of days and I’m really looking forward to what lies ahead.”

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Tickets for the match will remain on sale until kick-off. Supporters will be able to buy theirs at the Club Shop at Highbury. Fans can also purchase their tickets online, or head down to the ground on the day of the game – prices are as followed:​

Adults from - £24

Seniors & Under 25s from - £19

Under 16s from - £9

If you require further details on tickets, please contact the Ticket Office on 01253 775080, or visit the Club Shop prior to the match. ​

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Fleetwood are 4/5 to pick up all three points at home against Blackpool.​ A draw between the two sides is priced at 23/10, with the away side 10/3 to win on the road.

One of Sky Bets’ price boosts are for Fleetwood to win and for both teams to score – 7/2.

For Joey Barton’s side to beat Blackpool 2-1, you can get odds of 8/1.

For more odds on SkyBet, click HERE Please remember to bet and gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Report: Town extend unbeaten run with draw against Blackpool

7 March 2020

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Fleetwood Town extend their unbeaten run to 11 after a hard fought 0-0 draw against local rivals Blackpool at Highbury on Saturday.

In a game of two halves, Blackpool edged the first period but didn’t make their chances count as Fleetwood came fighting in the second half.

Blackpool’s best effort came in the first five minutes when Matty Virtue tried to fire his shot into the top corner, but Alex Cairns was alert to prevent the Seasiders taking an early lead.

Paddy Madden went close with a header after the break, but the deadlock couldn't be broken and the points were shared. 

The game began with Fleetwood having to defend their own goal on a number of occasions, as Neil Critchley’s Blackpool tried to unsettle the hosts on his first match in charge of The Seasiders.

Within the first five minutes, Vitrue had a chance to turn and strike the ball, but his effort was saved comfortably by Cairns.

Soon after, Conor Ronan tried his luck from distance, and with the wind’s help his ambitious attempt dipped just over Town’s crossbar. 

Fleetwood did have a good amount of possession in the opening half an hour, but struggled to create chances in front of the travelling away fans.

After the half hour mark, Blackpool had another chance to take the lead. Delfouneso this time could not keep his strike on target, as he fired over from Callum MacDonald’s cut-back.

Just before half-time, Fleetwood began to get on top and had claims for a spot kick when Swansea loanee Barrie McKay ran post two defenders in the penalty area, got touched but the referee waved away the shouts from the players and the home crowd.

The second half began in a complete different temperament as it was Town who were on the backfoot from the restart. Callum Connolly - who has been on good form of recent weeks - looked to add to his goal tally, but his effort was saved well by former Fleetwood man, Chris Maxwell.

With the hosts looking to main their attacks, the next opportunity came when McKay and Lewie Coyle linked up on the right hand side, and with the cross finding Paddy Madden, the Irishman couldn’t direct his header goal wards.

As the game approached the hour mark, Town again threatened their opponents’ goal. Danny Andrew stepped up to take the free-kick, but it hit the wall before McKay’s wild effort spun over the crossbar.

Madden – who worked tirelessly all game - held the ball up and laid it off to Ched Evans, whose strike from inside the area went agonisingly wide.

With the clock ticking and time running out, Fleetwood did have the ball in the back of the net. Josh Morris – a second half substitute - was adjudged by the assistant referee to be offside, as he nutmegged Maxwell.

With four minutes of added on time announced, both sides looked to dig deep and push for the all-important winning goal. Neither side could get the ball into dangerous areas, and it was up to referee John Busby to blow the full-time whistle.

This result now leaves Fleetwood two points of second place Rotherham United, with a trip to fellow promotion hopefuls Portsmouth on Tuesday night.

Fleetwood XI: Cairns (GK), Coyle, Andrew, Connolly (Evans 66’), Souttar, Burns (Morris 78’), Whelan, Coutts (C), Madden, Gibson, McKay (Sowerby 86’).

Subs not used: Crellin (GK), Thorvaldsson, Biggins, Saunders.

Blackpool XI: Maxwell (GK), Heneghan, Deflouneso (Gnanduillet 80’), Feeney, Dewsbury-Hall, Virtue, Husband (C), MacDonald, Madine (Nuttall 47’), Ronan, Moore,

Subs not used: Simms (GK), Edwards, Spearing, Garrity, Ward.

Attendance: 4,884

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Ticket News

Grab your tickets today for Saturday's derby match against Blackpool

2 March 2020

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Tickets for this Saturday's highly anticipated Fylde Coast derby match against Blackpool are still on sale, and now is the time to get yours before they all go.

With the Cod Army on fine form after winning five out of their last six matches, they will be looking to maintain that impressive record when local rivals Blackpool are the visitors to Highbury Stadium.

With Fleetwood losing at Bloomfield Road in December, can the red and whites regain the bragging rights on the Fylde Coast?

Supporters with an Onward Card are entitled to buy 4 tickets on there Onward Card. Tickets for this 'Category A' game are as followed:

ADULTS £24 £26
SENIORS & UNDER 25s £19 £21
UNDER 16s £9 £10

Supporters can purchase tickets at the club’s training ground Poolfoot Farm, at Highbury Stadium via the club shop, or over the phone by calling 01253 775080. You can also buy tickets online at

If you have any questions or queries on the fixture, please don’t hesitate to contact the ticket office by calling 01253 775080.

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