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League One - Unfamiliar Faces

8 June 2017

As attention slowly turns towards the upcoming League One campaign, Blackpool will set about assessing a host of unfamiliar opponents in the build-up.

The biggest wait for a meeting between any of next season's League One opponents is with Oxford United, who haven’t met Pool since 2000, while The Seasiders are yet to face newly-formed AFC Wimbledon.

Oxford United

Managed by former Blackpool boss Michael Appleton, Oxford United enjoyed a season of stability in their first campaign back in League One, finishing four points below the play-offs.

The two clubs have gone since February 2000 without meeting. That day John Murphy scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at the Kassam Stadium.

AFC Wimbledon

Blackpool’s predecessors as League Two Play-Off winners, AFC Wimbledon finished in mid-table in their first ever League One season, eight points above the drop zone.

While Pool have never met the reformed club, they did face the old club four times previously. The most recent meeting came in 1983 when Wimbledon won 5-0 at Plough Lane.

MK Dons

Relegated from The Championship the previous season, MK Dons finished 12th but failed to spark a late charge towards the Play-Offs.

The Dons won an EFL Cup tie against Pool in 2010, after The Seasiders had been victorious in a 2006 FA Cup tie, however the last League One meeting saw MK Dons win 3-0 in February 2006.

Bristol Rovers

Automatically promoted on the final day in 2016, however three defeats from the final four matches scuppered any hopes Bristol Rovers had of securing a top six spot last season.

It means they’ll meet Blackpool for the first time since April 2000, when Wayne Gill and James Thomas secured a 2-1 home win at Bloomfield Road.

Northampton Town

Northampton Town stormed League Two in 2016 and did enough before the run-in to secure another season in League One for next year.

The Cobblers beat Pool in the EFL Cup at the start of that promotion-winning season, but the two sides have gone since 2007 without a league meeting, which Pool won 4-1. 


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