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Past Player Recap: Joe Hart

8 January 2014

From Blackpool to England - we look back

This summer Joe Hart is likely to be in between the sticks for England at the World Cup, but rewind to 2007 and the goalkeeper had just enjoyed success of a very different sort with Blackpool.

Drafted in to solve Simon Grayson's defensive crisis, Hart arrived aged just 19 and helped guide The Seasiders to the League One play-offs, starring in five of what became known as 'the perfect 10'.

Rhys Evans, Paul Rachubka and Lewis Edge were all sidelined, so in came the Manchester City youngster, who'd enjoyed a loan spell with Tranmere Rovers earlier in the campaign.

In his first game Hart kept a clean sheet, as Pool won 2-0 at Huddersfield.

In fine form, The Seasiders won all five of Hart's games, with victories over Northampton, Cheltenham, Scunthorpe and Swansea following.

Hart, now 26, made a number of fine saves in the Cheltenham victory which secured Blackpool's play-off spot, before bowing out in the 6-3 victory at Swansea, where he produced a fine assist for Andy Morrell.

Unfortunately Hart's loan expired before the play-offs, but The Seasiders reached The Championship and the goalkeeper went on to be a regular for club and country.


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