Former Midfielder On His Time With Pool
Claus Jorgensen joined Blackpool on a free transfer in 2006 following his departure from Coventry City.
He played a key role in getting The Seasiders promoted from League One in his first season, before playing Championship football for the club.
The Dane made over 100 appearances for Pool, scoring six times, before leaving for Port Vale in 2009.
In part one of his 'My Career At Blackpool', Jorgensen takes us through some memorable times at the club.
What can you remember about your debut?
My first game for Blackpool was away to Port Vale. We lost 2-1 on a hot day in a forgettable game. We were a newly assembled team and clearly had to get used to how each other played.
I started in central midfield with Keith Southern and this little Irish 'fella' was out on our left wing. I quickly realised though, he would never stay out there, but instead would always come inside the pitch in search for the ball.
This left us wide open for counter attacks down our left side when possession broke down, and since I was the nearest one, I always had to make the long recovery runs to fill in for him.
I was desperately trying to rein him in and make him stay in his position so I could catch my breath, but there was no chance he’d listen or, more to the point, understand.
However, I got used to playing with Wes Hoolahan and would gladly do my defensive part so he could be creative. A great player and a great lad.
In terms of dressing room banter, what was the best prank you witnessed?
On a pre-season tour to Latvia some of the lads hid fish in each other’s rooms, but it quickly escalated.
One evening when Keigan Parker was getting ready for bed he opened the toilet lid to do his thing, but found a pig’s head staring back up at him with his toothbrush in its mouth.
On reflection, what achievements are you most proud of?
Getting promoted to The Championship and staying up for the next two seasons.
Who was the unsung hero from your time with the club?
Paul Rachubka. He was fantastic for us after promotion to The Championship.
Who did you see as most likely to become a manager in the future?
Michael Jackson. He had a clear idea that he wanted to stay in football and was preparing himself by taking his coaching badges.
Look out for part two of Jorgensen's 'My Career At Blackpool' coming soon.