Five Topical Things This Week
From injuries to Strictly, catch-up on a range of news from Bloomfield Road this week by reading our Seaside Snippets.
Keeper Crisis Averted
News of Matt Gilks pulling out of the Scotland squad this week had goalkeeping coach Tony Warner on stand-by with his best pair of gloves.
The retired former Millwall and Fulham stopper, 39, has appeared on Blackpool's bench in recent weeks as cover for Mark Halstead. Gilks has declared himself fit for action though, as he looks to manage a shoulder problem.
"We've had a scan and the scan shows what we thought it was initially," Gilks revealed. "It's just a case of managing it and giving it a bit of rest. We've rested it this week and I should be fine for Saturday."
Mystery Injury Cleared Up
Having endured weeks of banter about tripping on a boot and suffering an ankle injury, midfielder Isaiah Osbourne this week cleared up how he sustained ligament damage.
“The boot story isn’t true, just a bit of banter. I did what Barry Ferguson has done," he said. “I went up for a header (against Charlton) and was off-balance. I landed awkwardly and rolled my ankle."
The 26-year-old has now returned to training and is back in the squad for the game at St Andrew's tomorrow.
I Didn't Want To Go - Honest
Don't adjust your TV sets, you did actually see manager Paul Ince on the front row watching Strictly Come Dancing last Saturday.
Without a game due to the international break, the gaffer insists he was taking one for the team by spending some time with his family.
"I was going to actually watch Tranmere against Bristol City but my wife said 'Come Strictly'," he admitted. "I said 'no chance' but then my little daughter said 'Come on daddy, please' and that pulled on my heartstrings. I never watch it at home and I had to sit there for eight hours so it killed me. Never again, unless I'm dancing because I'm not a bad dancer!"
In Safe Hands
As the youth team continue to take the North West Youth Alliance by storm, goalkeeper Connor Hunt has been showing why things at the back are in safe hands. The second-year scholar linked-up with the first-team for training during the international break and pulled off an outstanding double save.
Wake Up Maggie, I Think I've Got Something To Say To You
The big non-football news at Bloomfield Road this week involved a big tour announcement from Rod Stewart. The legendary rocker will be playing at the home of The Seasiders on Friday 20 June, with tickets having gone on sale this morning. Manager Paul Ince is a confirmed friend and fan.
"I got Rod tickets in '96 when England played Scotland at Wembley because he couldn't even get them. That's how we became friends, and I've been to a few of his concerts because my wife loves him. He's a great performer."