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28 May 2015

The Tangerines endured a disappointing Championship campaign

Name: Blackpool Football Club
Founded: 1887
Stadium: Bloomfield Road
Capacity: 17,338
Manager: Vacant
Last season: 24th in the Championship

A Fylde Coast derby awaits Fleetwood Town when they meet local rivals Blackpool in what will be the first ever league meeting between the two sides.

The Tangerines will play their football in the third tier next season following relegation from the Championship in May.

Currently without a manager after the resignation of Lee Clark at the end of the season, Pool will be hoping to bounce back after finishing bottom of the second tier.

Despite the troubles of their Championship campaign, the Bloomfield Road faithful will hope that Spanish midfielder Andrea Orlandi will inspire them next term.

Barcelona born Orlandi began his playing career at Basque side Deportivo Alaves, where he made two senior appearances before sealing a move to Barcelona in 2005.

His time with his hometown club would see him become a regular in the reserve side at the Catalan giants, and he did manage to make one senior appearance at the Nou Camp.

Andrea’s next move would see him arrive on British shores to link up with Swansea City in 2007, who were then managed by compatriot Roberto Martinez.

A further five years would be spent in South Wales, as Orlandi helped the Swans to promotion to the Premier League in 2011.

He later moved to Brighton and Hove Albion in 2012, and netted six times in 49 appearances for the Seagulls, before Blackpool was his next destination in the summer of 2014.

Having finished the season with four goals, the 30-year-old is currently one of just nine senior contracted players at the club.

The two sides have met each other once before, in an FA Cup third round tie at Highbury in January 2012.

A hat-trick from Matt Phillips, alongside strikes from Lomana LuaLua and Tom Ince, were added to by a consolation goal from Jamie Vardy as Pool ran out 5-1 winners against the then conference Cod Army.

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