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My Career At Blackpool: Ben Burgess

14 October 2014

Striker Reflects On Time In Tangerine

Ben Burgess joined Blackpool from Hull City in 2006 and spent four years with the club, which included promotions to The Championship and Premier League. Here he reflects on his time in tangerine...

What can you remember about your debut?

Missing a chance when I should have scored so we drew 0-0 against Chesterfield.

What would you say your favourite goal for the club was?

The one when we lost 4-1 at Charlton because it was against my childhood hero Nicky Weaver. There was also a goal that wasn’t my best against Swansea in the season that we went up. We went on a run after that game, though. 

If you could re-live one game from your career in tangerine, which one would you choose?

It’d be the play-off final because it was just a fantastic occasion. It was a great way to end my Blackpool career, and I still see that tide of tangerine at Wembley singing and shouting.

In terms of dressing room banter, what was the best prank you witnessed?

There were so many, including one involving Keigan Parker and a pig’s head in Latvia. The worst was when I was sharing a room with Ian Evatt and I fell asleep so he ate my Crunchie. He denied it until I saw the crumbs around his face. 

On reflection, what achievement are you most proud of?

Going up from The Championship because that meant that I’d be promoted from every division.

TEAM-MATES…

Best player you played with…

I’m saying three – Charlie Adam, Wes Hoolahan and Stephen Crainey.

Worst trainer…

Stephen McPhee. I remember after our Christmas party we came in to train and Simon Grayson was aware that we’d had it. Stephen McPhee tried to let the ball go through his legs but it bounced way too high and smashed him in his private parts.

Unsung hero…

Gary Taylor-Fletcher for a lot of years, although people started to appreciate him more towards the end. I’d say Michael Jackson and Kaspars Gorkss as well.

The Joker…

Apart from me, Claus Jorgensen was always an interesting one because he had a peculiar sense of humour.

Most likely to become a successful manager in future…

They’re never who you think they’re going to be. I’ll go for a random one and say David Fox. 

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