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League One Ground Guide: Part 4

8 July 2015

Oldham, Peterborough, Port Vale & Rochdale

Part four of our League One ground round-up provides a trio of clubs less than 100 miles away from Bloomfield Road, one of which will bring back plenty of fond memories for Blackpool supporters.

Below are a further four grounds The Seasiders will grace over the coming season, including where the campaign will conclude next May. 

Boundary Park – Oldham Athletic

Set for a 19th successive season at this level, Oldham Athletic are familiar opposition for The Seasiders from their years in the third tier. Pool’s last visit there was one to live long in the memory, as Simon Grayson’s side claimed a play-off advantage at The Latics’ expense in 2007. 

13,309 – New stand under construction

Our Last Visit
Wes Hoolahan’s cool finish three minutes from time made it advantage Pool in the 2007 play-off semi-final first leg, after Andy Liddell’s penalty had cancelled out Shaun Barker’s opener at a drenched Boundary Park.

How They Finished 
After holding aspirations of sneaking into the play-offs at one point last season, Oldham finished in mid-table on 57 points, well clear of relegation but some way off the top six.  

London Road – Peterborough United

Pool’s campaign will conclude at London Road, where the popular terraced away end has now been replaced by a new all seater stand. Peterborough have spent the last two seasons in League One, following final day relegation in 2013.


Our Last Visit
Tom Ince scored twice as The Seasiders romped to victory over Posh in 2012. Wes Thomas and Nouha Dicko were also on target in a 4-1 victory. 

How They Finished
Having lost in the play-offs the season before, United will have hoped for promotion last year, therefore they'll have been disappointed to finish six points adrift of the play-offs.

Vale Park – Port Vale

Port Vale’s reward for staving off relegation was a third successive season in League One, after they finished four points above the drop zone. Manager Rob Page’s summer activity has included bringing in Sam Foley, Sam Kelly, Ben Purkiss and Anthony Grant. 


Our Last Visit
Blackpool’s poor start to the 2006/07 season continued with a defeat at Vale Park in the September, when Keith Southern’s late effort proved scant consolation in a 2-1 reverse. 

How They Finished
Port Vale spent the majority of the last campaign sat in mid-table, but were forced to work for their safety during the final weeks of the season.

Spotland – Rochdale

Just six points separated Rochdale and a shot at promotion to The Championship for the first time in the club’s history last season. They’ll look to go one better this campaign and have strengthened with the signings of Jim McNulty and Lewis Alessandra over the summer. 


Our Last Visit
The Seasiders have gone 15 years without a trip to Spotland, meaning the memory of Gary Jones’ winner in 2000 is yet to be banished. 

How They Finished
Dale pushed Chesterfield hard for a play-off spot but came just short; nevertheless a top half finish will have been deemed a success for all involved. 

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