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League One Ground Guide: Part 2

18 June 2015

Chesterfield, Colchester, Coventry And Crewe

Following the release of the Football League fixtures on Wednesday, we take a second look at some of the grounds Blackpool will be gracing across the course of the upcoming League One campaign.

The Seasiders' first destination of the season is covered, as well as two new venues for Pool and the second biggest stadium in the division. 

Proact Stadium – Chesterfield

Familiar with the surroundings of Chesterfield, but Blackpool supporters will grace The Spireites' new home for the first time in March. Opened in 2010, Chesterfield have won two promotions since their move from Saltergate. 


Our Last Visit
While new to the Proact Stadium, Blackpool's last visit to Chesterfield ended in defeat, as the hosts claimed a 2-0 victory on New Year's Day in 2007. 

How They Finished
Under Paul Cook Chesterfield enjoyed an impressive season back in League One, finishing inside the top six, only to lose out to Preston North End in the play-off semi-finals.

Colchester Community Stadium – Colchester United

The curtain opener for Blackpool's 2015/16 campaign comes at Colchester United, another stadium the club are yet to tick off. Similarly to Saltergate, The Seasiders played at Layer Road a number of times right up until its closure in 2008.


Our Last Visit
Pool won on their final visit to Layer Road in 2007, when a Scott Vernon brace sealed a 2-0 victory for Simon Grayson's men.

How They Finished
The Us secured another season in League One in dramatic style in the spring, putting together a fine run of form which culminated in a last day victory over Preston, leaving them above the dotted line. 

Ricoh Arena – Coventry City

Back playing their home games on Coventry soil, The Sky Blues have endured a tough number of seasons in League One while sharing Northampton Town's Sixfields. However, survival was confirmed on the final day with a win at Crawley Town to halt the slide.


Our Last Visit
The Seasiders needed late drama on their most recent visit to The Ricoh Arena, when Keith Southern bagged a 90th minute equaliser. Gary Taylor-Fletcher had put Pool ahead in 2011's 2-2 draw.

How They Finished
A tough season in League One saw City flirt with relegation, without ever being in any serious danger. A 2-1 win over Crawley on the final day ensured safety.

Gresty Road – Crewe Alexandra

Another short trip for The Seasiders this season, Blackpool are at Crewe in March after The Alex survived by the narrowest of margins last season. They've now spent the last three seasons in League One, following their League Two play-off success in 2012.


Our Last Visit
In 2009 Blackpool were in League Cup action at Gresty Road, when Adam Nowland and Daniel Nardiello booked Pool's place in the second round with a 2-1 win. 

How They Finished
Two points separated Crewe and the relegation zone come May, as they survived on the final day for the second successive year, despite defeat to Bradford City.

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