Former Midfielder On His Time At Bloomfield Road
Six years on from his successful stint at Bloomfield Road former Seasider Claus Jorgensen still looks back at his time with Blackpool fondly.
The midfielder played over 100 times for the club and helped Pool to promotion from League One in 2007.
In part two of the Dane's 'My Career At Blackpool', he takes us through some more stories from playing in tangerine.
What would you say your favourite goal for the club was?
I scored the equaliser against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Boxing Day 2007. We had to play almost the whole game with ten men because Ian Evatt had been sent off after about ten minutes. Paul Rachubka saved the penalty from James Beattie, although he later scored to make it 1-0. 20 minutes from time we got a free-kick just outside the box. I took it and scored in front of the travelling fans, which included my mum, dad and brother-in-law, who were visiting us for Christmas and had made the journey on the supporters’ coach. My dad can’t speak a word of English, but when he boarded the coach afterwards he lifted his walking stick and shouted ‘MY BOY'!
If you could re-live one game from your career in tangerine, which one would you choose?
Our play-off win at Wembley against Yeovil Town in May 2007. I’d never been promoted, relegated, hadn’t had a long cup run or even a play-off experience before, so to finally get a chance to play in a final at the new Wembley was just unbelievable. There was added excitement because the new Wembley had just opened, and our final was one of the first games to be played there. We were really confident after nine wins on the trot, and, looking back, I think we all almost knew we’d win our 10th in a row, although nobody would mention anything about it.
Who was the biggest joker during your time with Blackpool?
Gary Taylor-Fletcher. One time, there was a knock on our hotel room door and Andy Morrell went to open it, unaware that GTF had left a bucket of water resting on an angle against the door. Mozza was annoyed about getting wet socks, but words couldn’t describe what Stephen Crainey felt when he fell victim to one of GTF’s favourite pranks. We were eating at the ground after training, the TV stations were filming us when GTF pulled Craines' tracksuit bottoms down. The embarrassment was made worse by the fact Craines was carrying a tray of food at the time which made for a painfully delayed tracksuit bottoms recovery.
Who was the best player you played with at Blackpool?
Who was the worst trainer during your time with Blackpool?
Read part one of Jorgensen's 'My Career At Blackpool' by clicking HERE.
Watch him scoring against Sheffield Wednesday in 2008 in the video below.