Manager Terry McPhillips hopes that Blackpool’s homecoming fixture against Southend United represents the start of a bright and tangerine future for the club.
Some 15,000 home fans are set to pack out Bloomfield Road for the fixture, as a new chapter opens under a new Board of Directors.
For many supporters, stepping foot back through the turnstiles tomorrow will be the first time they’ve returned to the stadium for many years.
“People have been telling me it has been four years of hurt for them and some have been telling me it’s five years of hurt, or six years. Everybody has got their different stories,” McPhillips said.
“I’d ask for everybody now to unite together – the fans that have stayed away, the fans that have been coming, the players, the staff, the whole football club – for the run in and Saturday. It’s going to be an occasion and I hope we can inspire each other to get the wins.”
An example of that inspiration from the crowd came at Accrington Stanley in midweek, when 1,800 Blackpool fans roared the team on to victory and highlighted what passionate, vocal support to expect from here on in.
“It was great to see the fans at Accrington and that gives you great hope now with this big game on Saturday coming up that the future’s bright and the future’s tangerine.”
Southend United will clearly want to spoil the homecoming though by picking up points for their own ambitions, with the manager expecting a tight encounter.
“They’ve got a really good goalscorer in Simon Cox who is in good form and they’ve got good players,” he admitted.
“There’s nothing in most of the games, it’s small margins, and I just hope it’s one we can shade. Hopefully we can put on a show and get the three points.”