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League One Ground Guide: Part 1

12 June 2015

Barnsley, Bradford, Burton And Bury

As Blackpool manager Neil McDonald begins to plan for next season, over the course of the next few weeks we'll take supporters through the 23 opposition stadiums The Seasiders will grace across the campaign.

In a division dominated by northern teams, Pool will clash with ten clubs located less than 100 miles away from Bloomfield Road between August and May.

Our first look at League One provides a new stadium for Blackpool, as well as two trips across the Pennines into Yorkshire. 

Oakwell – Barnsley

No strangers to a trip to Oakwell, Blackpool have shared a division with Barnsley for six of the last eight seasons. The ground has been home to The Tykes since 1887 and is set for a second-successive campaign in League One. 


Our Last Visit
18 January 2014 - Paul Ince's final match in charge of The Seasiders ended in dejection, as Chris O'Grady struck either side of half-time for the relegation-threatened Tykes.  

How They Finished
The arrival of former Oldham boss Lee Johnson galvanised Barnsley's season, taking them from a struggling position to a top half finish of tenth. 

Valley Parade – Bradford City

With so much emphasis on their cup exploits of recent seasons, two solid League One finishes have almost gone under the radar for Bradford City. Back after six years in the bottom tier, they'll face Blackpool for the first time since 2007 next season.


Our Last Visit
24 March 2007 - Late goals from Andy Morrell and Scott Vernon boosted Blackpool's play-off push in 2007, as they returned from West Yorkshire with three points. 

How They Finished
Three consecutive defeats in April halted City's late play-off push, meaning they were forced to settle for seventh, four points adrift of the top six. 

Pirelli Stadium - Burton Albion

Burton Albion are now bracing themselves for a first ever season in the third tier of English football, after lifting the League Two title. It means Blackpool will meet with The Brewers for the first time in their history next season. 


Our Last Visit

How They Finished
After two failed play-off attempts in the two previous seasons, Burton left nothing to chance this time, lifting the title with 94 points. Notably it was only the club's sixth ever season in the Football League.

JD Stadium – Bury

The Seasiders will make the short trip to Bury for the first time since 2001, after The Shakers enjoyed final day drama to earn automatic promotion. Gigg Lane is now known as the JD Stadium, where former Barnsley manager David Flitcroft is in charge.


Our Last Visit
22 December 2001 - Burnley loanee Andy Payton earned Blackpool a point at Bury 14 years ago, after Jamie Stuart bagged for the hosts, who were eventually relegated. 

How They Finished
A final day victory at Tranmere saw Bury pip Southend and Wycombe to the final League Two automatic promotion spot, which represented an immediate return to League One for The Shakers.

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