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My Career At Blackpool: Andy Morrell

30 September 2014

Striker Reflects On Time In Tangerine

Andy Morrell joined Blackpool from Coventry City in August 2006 and helped the club to promotion from League One at the end of that very season. He departed in 2008 having scored 25 goals in 91 games for The Seasiders.Here he reflects on his time in tangerine...

What can you remember about your debut?

We were away at Bristol City and Blackpool had started the first three games of that season with losses and hadn’t scored a goal. I played up front with Scotty Vernon and we ended up winning 4-2. I had three or four chances but didn’t score. It was a good away win in the end. 

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

That’s fairly easy, it was the fourth at Swansea. It was a volley from Joe Hart’s kick. 

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

It would be the play-off final against Yeovil because we just bossed the game from start to finish. They had one chance late on which bounced over the bar, but we could have been five or six up by then. We had a good team and were on a good roll.

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

We had a really good changing room with the likes of Marc Joseph, Shaun Barker, Ian Evatt, Claus Jorgensen and Adrian Forbes. One prank doesn’t spring to mind straight away but we used to have a thing in the training ground where we’d put look-a-like pics above each players peg. Some players would have 400 pics of different people, while some others got away with it a little bit.

On reflection, what achievement are you most proud of?

Getting promoted was good for the start that we had because we only won one in the first 11. Being top goalscorer and then going up and staying up in The Championship were others. It was a really good time to join Blackpool.

TEAM-MATES…

Best player you played with…

Wes Hoolahan. He was a magician, you could just give him the ball and he would keep it. He could put goals on a plate for you, and probably set up half of my goals while I was at the club.

Worst trainer…

There was a few that didn’t really get involved but I’d say Chubs (Paul Rachubka) was up there. He was very serious about everything he did and he was very laid back in his approach to goalkeeping. He was good when he was in goal but he didn’t really push himself that much to be the best.

Unsung hero…

I thought Forbesy had a fantastic start to my first season, was then in and out but had a fantastic Wembley. Claus Jorgensen came in the team and did really well, and David Fox didn’t get the accolades he deserved. Scott Vernon scored 10 plus goals in that promotion season and so did Keigan Parker. There was quite a few players who didn’t get the recognition they deserve for the contribution that they made.

The Joker…

It would have to be Marc Joseph and Shaun Barker because they were always having a laugh and a giggle. You always had to watch out with these two.

Most likely to become a successful manager in future…

I wouldn’t have said me, I know that. Out of everybody that was there I’d say Claus was very thoughtful about his football and he’s now on a sort of coaching path. Shaun Barker would also be an outside bet, even though he may say he has no interest in it while he’s playing. He might think of giving it a go after he’s finished playing. 

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