Don’t forget to pick up your copy of 'Up The Pool' tomorrow, where you’ll find an exclusive interview with one of The Seasiders latest signings and a heartfelt tribute to one of the club’s most popular supporters.
In our cover feature, recent signing Matt Derbyshire discusses his recent loan move from Nottingham Forest. The 26-year-old has had an eventful career so far, taking in spells at Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and Olympiakos.
It was during his time with the Greek giants in 2009, that the striker played in a game he calls one of the best he’s ever played in. A cup final against rivals AEK Athens saw Derbyshire equilise for his side with the last kick of the game, despite having suffered a concussion just before.
Nine-man Olympiakos then went on the lift the trophy after an epic 15-14 victory on penalties, with the Great Harwood-born goalscorer being named Man of the Match.
“I got knocked unconscious just before the equiliser but I managed to get up and then score a header after it! But then I was off as I wasn’t feeling too great, I was unconscious and I was gone,” said Derbyshire.
“It’s up there with one of the greatest matches of my career without doubt. You can never forget going to a different country, in front of different fans and different culture and scoring those goals was amazing.”
The death of David Oates last weekend will have been felt by everyone connected with Blackpool Football Club, and there are tributes to the BBC Radio Five Live commentator throughout this week’s programme.
One of many to reflect on the life of the much-loved broadcaster is the Blackpool Gazette’s Steve Canavan.
“Being a Manchester lad I feel as though I knew David from an early age - he was the Manchester United commentator on BBC GMR and I heard his voice on the radio all the time.
“I first met him in a pub in Brentford, back in the dark days of League One. I spoke to him for 10 minutes and not once did he mention who he was. He was wearing a Blackpool shirt and scarf - I assumed he was just another fan. Only after he’d gone did someone point out it was David Oates, the 5Live commentator.”
Elsewhere, we catch up with three ex-players now making strides in the coaching world. Former Blackpool and Millwall stars Scott Taylor and Adrian Forbes are currently at Staines Town and Norwich City respectively, while ex-Pool striker Mike Sheron is part of Liverpool’s Academy and Foundation College.
“The college is for 16 to 19 year olds who we try to motivate using football as a medium,” says Sheron.
“These lads in their late teens have all had a few rejections along the way, but they still love playing football. It gives them a reason to get up in the mornings and it’s something that gives them a work ethic and a team ethic as well as giving them a chance to be educated.”
Along with all that, we speak to Mark Halstead ahead of his first start for Blackpool, Chris Basham is put ‘On The Spot’ and we find out who knows more about their team-mates between defenders Ian Evatt and Bob Harris.
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