Elliot Grandin was one of the players to make history with Blackpool, being part of the infamous Premier League squad ten years ago.
The Frenchman was signed by Ian Holloway in August 2010 from Bulgarian outfit CSKA Sofia, and went on to make nearly 50 appearances across his three year period at Bloomfield Road before leaving for pastures new to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in 2013.
“My time at Blackpool was fantastic,” Grandin admitted.
“It was an amazing time and we played some great football under Ian Holloway. The fans of the Club are amazing and play a big part in what the Club is all about.
“I was very fortunate to join Blackpool after they reached the Premier League in 2010. That league is incredible and it was so special to play against the best teams in the world and the best players in the world. We enjoyed some incredible results that season – beating Wigan Athletic 4-0 on my debut, and winning against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur too. It will stay with me forever.”
Now at 32 years of age, Grandin has enjoyed a career stretching all over the world. As well as his time in England, Bulgaria and Romania he was also part of the Jeunesse Sportive Saint-Pierroise side who made history by reaching the last 32 of the French Cup last year, something which the Club had never achieved before.
“It was incredible to be a part of the Club’s history there,” he said.
“The Club are actually based in a little African island near South Africa called Reunion, so our journey time to play teams in France was about 11 hours. We had such a good run to reach that far in the Cup. No on expected us to get that far, and I loved my time there.”
Grandin’s career has gone something of a full circle. Following his short stint in Reunion, Ian Holloway came calling again, with Grandin now working under him once again at Grimsby Town in League Two.
“I loved working under Ollie at Blackpool, and he was one of the key reasons why I came to Grimsby,” he admitted.
“His management style is fantastic and I didn’t hesitate when he called me to ask if I wanted to join him at Grimsby. Things have been going well under him over the past few weeks and we are certainly looking up rather than down, so we will see where this season takes us.
“My time in English football has been fantastic both at Blackpool, Shrewsbury Town and now at Grimsby Town and I’m very thankful for the career I’ve had and the experience of playing in the Premier League with Blackpool will stay with me forever.”