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Think it was an own goal but wrong player. Kaikai is obviously injured and didn't play.To be fair, first time seen an error from the service all season.
It's no big deal, seasider, but the service seems to have a problem with the identity of late goal-scorers (see Rotherham, Accy and Morecambe).
Just thought you might be interested.
I see the live scores thingy worked well again tonight.
Kaikai (og) FFS!
Today's Telegraph (Jim White):
Lancashire rivals relish a good moan
"At the end of an inconclusive Lancashire derby on Monday night, the south stand of the University of Bolton Stadium that was rammed with Blackpool fans erupted in sustained booing. The tangerine-clad supporters who had made the 40-mile trip south were unhappy with what they had just seen. After a scrappy, uninventive match, slowed by an officious referee and bereft of anything approaching a plausible attempt on goal, it was not hard to understand the disappointment. But for Tim Fielding, far from dispiriting, this was a sound to make him smile.
"I find it genuinely refreshing we're moaning about the football again," said Fielding, a former chairman of the Blackpool Supporters' Trust. "Whingeing about the lack of goals is what we should be doing - not worrying about lack of governance. It shows we're back to being a normal club."
He has a point. Sure, there may have been a lack of quality on the Bolton pitch, but in many ways there was something to celebrate in the fact this fixture could go ahead finally unencumbered by the serial incompetents who had brought both clubs to the very lip of disaster. This was the match over which the clouds had now been lifted at last.
"It feels like a new start," said Alan Jervis, a Bolton fan who recalls, as a five-year-old watching his local side win the 1958 FA Cup final on the television his father bought specially. "There's been a lot of irresponsible people spending money they didn't have, buying players they couldn't afford and watching them not being bothered to run after the ball. Now reality has hit I think we can properly begin again. Unlike them poor lot at Bury."
For too much of their recent history these two clubs have been mired in muddle, misery and dispute. At Blackpool, a four-year fan boycott only ended in March when the poisonous ownership of the Oyston family came to an abrupt, High Court-directed end.
At Bolton, the prospect of obliteration was averted at the very last in August when new owners stepped in to take over from the administration caused by the mismanagement of the Ken Anderson regime. It meant that under the autumnal Lancastrian sky, the 14,000 who had gathered to witness this game could all do something that lies at the heart of being a fan - moan about the football. Though not all of them were complaining.
"Actually, I'm enjoying what I'm seeing," said Ian Bridge the founding chairman of the Bolton Supporters' Trust. "I think a lot of people have fallen back in love with Bolton now that they can see everyone is pulling in the same direction."
Not that the love comes easy. Docked 12 points for falling into administration, with only four players on the books when the season started, the hastily assembled squad have yet to win a league game this campaign. Now 18 points adrift from safety at the bottom of League One, and with further penalties likely for missing fixtures when the Anderson-inflicted crisis came to a head, relegation appears inevitable. Though do not tell Keith Hill, the manager, that.
"There's still 102 points available. I'm confident we can pick up enough," Hill said. "I don't see any pressure results-wise."
Hill was brought in by Football Ventures Ltd - Bolton's new owners backed financially by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason - to organise a side constructed from whoever was available for free. With just two days left before the transfer window closed, he signed nine players. The team suffered four defeats by five goals before September was out, but draws with fancied teams such as Oxford and Sunderland have brought a hint of regeneration.
"We may be a million miles from where we need to be," Hill said. "But we will work tirelessly to make this club great again."
All around the Bolton stadium are indications of how far they have slipped from previous greatness. In the club shop are pictures of former heroes such as Jay-Jay Okocha and Nat Lofthouse, and one of the empty boxes is fondly named "The Premier Suite".
But Hill believes the imposed injection of realism can only be of benefit. "We can't go back to frivolous spending," he said. "What we must not do is fear change. We went into administration because people refused to change."
At Blackpool, the club are further down the path to recovery. Now owned by Hong Kong-based Simon Sadler - a lifelong fan - the club's followers have been encouraged to become involved in charting their new direction: coaches have been laid on for away matches, a new supporter liaison officer has been appointed. Under manager Simon Grayson, the team sit in the play-off positions. At Bolton, too, the supporters trust has been encouraged by the positivity generated by the new owners. These are two clubs with much in common.
Yet solidarity was not much in evidence inside the stadium. As the game sank into stalemate, the Blackpool fans cheered themselves up with a chant directed at their opponents "Going down, going down , going down," they sang.
Not that Bolton fans seemed overly perturbed by the idea. Frankly, after what they have been through, relegation would represent a minor blip."
Today's Football League Paper:
"Rarely in recent times would a clash between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers be anything to celebrate.
Chaos. Crisis. Financial peril. All were constant bedfellows for much of a ruinous decade that reduced two giants of the north west to staggering paupers.
Even 12 months ago, it would not have been unduly cruel to dub this fixture the destitution derby. But not now. as the teams prepare to go head-to-head at Bolton tomorrow night.
The Trotters are off their sickbed and taking tentative steps towards respectability after an 11th-hour takeover that banished the inept Ken Anderson and ended any fears of following Bury into oblivion.
An 18-point gap to safety pre-weekend - largely courtesy of a 12 point deduction incurred by entering administration - means relegation is odds on. Nevertheless, optimism abounds.
Blackpool are even more buoyant. Having bottomed out in League Two and bounced back under manager Gary Bowyer, March saw the Tangerines rid themselves of despised owner Owen Oyston, whose 20-year reign took the club to the brink and induced a mass boycott that emptied Bloomfield Road.
Crowds have since ballooned, and the return of manager Simon Grayson has instigated a promotion challenge in the third tier.
"The club has been transformed," says winger Liam Feeney, who arrived in August 2018, before Oyston was replaced in the boardroom by Simon Sadler. "Everything is much more positive. The fans have come back. Little changes have been made behind the scenes that are making the club a lot more professional. We've got an owner who is ambitious. It's been a massive upturn in fortune." Crisis is nothing new to Feeney. He was at Bournemouth and Bolton in tough times. For him, Blackpool was a doddle.
"I've been at clubs where we didn't get paid and that's a tough one," he says. "I knew that wasn't the case at Blackpool. Whatever else went on, the money always came through. Yeah, there were plenty of things off the pitch you'd like to be better, but they were little luxuries really. Things you can do without. If you can pay the bills, everything else is a bonus. Besides, I'd come up against Blackpool a number of times in my career, so I knew the potential of the club. It wasn't happening at the time I joined, but I'd played here in the Championship when the ground was bouncing and I hoped - maybe naively at the time - that it could happen again. Now it has and it's a privilege to be part of it."
It's happening for Feeney too. After a barren 12 months at Cardiff and a year spent refinding his form, the 32-year-old already has ten assists for the season - one more than Manchester City ace Kevin de Bruyne.
"I didn't really play regularly for 18 months," he says. "It was always going to take time. But with a proper pre-season under my belt I always backed myself to produce the goods."
And Feeney is backing his former club to follow Blackpool out of the wilderness. "The clubs aren't too far apart," he says. "They've both gone through recent troubles. Now they're coming out on the other side. Bolton are a little bit behind on all that, but it's good to see them over the worst of it. They've got a big couple of seasons coming up now and there might be a bit of pain along the way.But you look at Blackpool and we are a club who have come out the other side of similar problems in great shape. We know first hand what a situation like that can do to a club in terms of galvanising players and fans. I hope Bolton can take some inspiration from it."
I think the rule is that 4 outfield players from the last game must start.
Bushiri is away with Belgium U21s.
Not true, unfortunately.
"Lozenge firm Lofthouse of Fleetwood says a story in a national newspaper about the company offering £30m to fund community projects in the town is not true.
A spokesman for the company said that while there had been a movement of a large sum of money, this related only to a 'paper' transfer of shares.
There was no truth to the article's claim that the entrepreneurs behind Fisherman's Friend lozenges had made the huge sum available to fund community projects in Fleetwood. In previous years, company boss Doreen Lofthouse has generously donated to projects in the town.
Mrs Lofthouse, whose donations included £1m to the Mount Gardens restoration scheme and £1m to Fleetwood Hospital, was granted the freedom of Wyre in 2016.The lozenge firm is one of the world's most famous and successful confectionery firms. Fisherman's Friends lozenges are now sold in well over 100 countries and includes a range of flavours."
Instead of asking Qblock2019 to change his password why don't you just ban the user Qblock2O19 (capital O instead of zero)?
Today's Football League Paper:
"In 2009, as Liverpool savaged Real Madrid 4-0 in the Champions League, Steven Gerrard made way for Jay Spearing to come off the bench and make his first senior appearance at Anfield.
A decade later, Spearing is still receiving a helping hand from his legendary former teammate, who is offering his guidance as the Blackpool captain lays the foundations for a career in football once his playing days are over.
Spearing hopes to clinch his UEFA B Licence this month and now-Rangers manager Gerrard isn't the only confidant contributing to the 30-year-old's bid for his coaching badges.
"I've been back at Liverpool Academy with the Under-14s and doing work at Blackpool Academy with the Under-15s and Under-16s," said the midfielder.
"I've spoken to Stevie quite a bit. He's been sending me sessions and he's also said that if you're enjoying it, stick at it. Alex Inglethorpe at Liverpool Academy: he's been outstanding, and so have Steve Heighway (academy director) and Dave Challinor (AFC Fylde boss). If i can help any young lads kick on in their career that's something that I am looking forward to in four or five years - that will be the next stage of my career, fingers crossed. Seeing kids doing the sessions that you put on and figuring it out, it gives you a bit of a buzz."
Spearing is also preparing to welcome his third child into the world but don't go writing off his career just yet - the diminutive midfielder couldn't be more excited for the here and now, especially since Blackpool have begun a new chapter. Freed from the clutches of controversial former owners, the Oyston family, the Seasiders are a club transformed.
Optimism is flowering again on the Lancashire coast, even if Blackpool could receive a 12-point deduction from the EFL this week, as a result of being put into receivership by the High Court. Simply seeing fans jubilantly pack Bloomfield Road once again - like nearly 15,000 did when the Seasiders took on Southend in the first game since the Oystons' departure last month - has resonated with Spearing.
"You could say it's been a new chapter but, to be honest, it feels like a new club," he said. "As the captain, I felt down and sorry for the club because of where it should be. I played here when I was at Bolton and I remember it being sold out and the atmosphere being unbelievable - they were bouncing from start to finish - and when I joined, it was completely the opposite. That first game back was like a carnival and the whole place is changing. We feel as if we're a brand new club and a real club. If you don't enjoy this, what are you going to enjoy?"
If Terry McPhillips' troops aren't deducted points, then they're a side still in with a shout of making a late assault on the League One play-off spots. But Blackpool recorded just three wins in February and March and Spearing believes they must stay true to themselves if they're to sign off in style.
He added, "We had a way of playing but, for some strange reason, in the last few weeks we changed the formation that we believed we were good at. We'll go into every game trying to win. If it doesn't take us to the play-offs, then we believe that we've had a good season, and if it does, then it will top off a great season."
Decent piece from Chris Dunlavy in today's Football league Paper (albeit with a few inaccuracies):
As Oyston exits,EFL need to show mercy
"Owen Oyston's demise at Blackpool was swift, brutal and ruthlessly executed. No victory has ever tasted sweeter to England's most long-suffering supporters.
Ten years of neglect. Ten years of contempt. Ten years of petty litigation, puerile insults and shameless profiteering. All over in the time it takes to say 'You're fired'.
If only those supporters could have seen the 85-year-old's face when Blackpool's receivers kicked him out.
For the last decade, Oyston and his family ran the club as a cash cow and fiefdom, suing anybody who dared to criticise.
Even fans weren't immune. Just ask Frank Knight, the hard-up pensioner who was ordered to pay £20,000 over comments posted on Facebook. Thankfully a crowd-funding appeal covered the damage.
On the pitch, a succession of managers were handed budgets barely sufficient to fund a Sunday League side.
At one stage, former manager Gary Bowyer grew so dismayed at the state of Blackpool's training ground that he personally paid to hire a site in Preston.
Despite the protests, the relegations, the dwindling sponsorship, Oyston clung on, protected by the body-guards he hired to repel irate supporters and the impotence of EFL ownership regulations to remove him from post. He seemed untouchable.
But in November 2017, the shield evaporated. Sued for unfair prejudice by minority shareholder Valeri Belokon, a High Court judge publicly accused Oyston of 'illegitimately stripping' the club following promotion to the Premier League in 2009.
Some £26.7m was paid into businesses affiliated with the Oyston family - payments described by the judge as 'disguised dividends'.
Oyston was ordered to buy Belokon out for £31m. When he didn't, the courts appointed receivers to sell the club. Now, 31 years after he first seized control, the pimp-a-like tyrant is gone.
It is hard to overstate just what a joyous moment this is for Blackpool. With Oyston at the helm, the club was an abandoned ship, doomed to a bleak and ruinous drift before eventually crumbling to driftwood.
Whatever happens, the prevailing feeling amongst supporters is that any new owner cannot be worse - a case of anyone but the devil you know.
They are probably right, but a little circumspection wouldn't hurt.For a start, Receivers David Rubin & Partners have already hinted that the largest offer will be the most successful. Their goal, after all, is to get Belokon's money back.
Nevertheless, they have a moral and ethical duty to act in the interests of the club and their supporters.
The EFL, too, must use what limited discretion they have under the owners and directors' test to steer the club towards a suitable custodian. Finally, it is incumbent on Shaun Harvey and his board to waive the 12-point penalty normally imposed on clubs who enter receivership.
A points penalty is designed to mitigate against any competitive advantage a club gains by writing off debts - think Plymouth paying creditors less than 1p in the pound.
Yet it is Oyston himself who owes money to Belokon, not the football club. Other than ridding themselves of a parasitical owner, Blackpool aren't gaining any advantage, nor welching on any debts.
Receivership was a means to an end - an end that both the EFL and the wider football fraternity desired.
To dock points now would be tantamount to giving Oyston one last spiteful victory - and nobody should grant him that."
The EFL's fit-and-proper person test is failing in its purpose to save clubs from mismanagement, writes Katie Whyatt in today's Telegraph Sport:
"Bradford City fans have had precious little to celebrate this season, but the news that joint chairman Edin Rahic is expected to leave the club has at least provided a ray of light amid the gloom.
Rahic and his fellow German investor Stefan Rupp paid £5million for a 100 per cent buyout in 2015. Three years and five head coaches later, Bradford are bottom of League One, with the worst record of any club in the four professional divisions over the calendar year, and a return to League Two looking increasingly likely after their escape from the basement division six years earlier.
This remember, is a club who reached the 2013 League Cup final as a League Two team and were in the top flight as recently as 2001. Their rapid descent followed soon after, speeded by having maxed out every credit card going during their lads' holiday in the Premier League. There were two administrations during that time and they woke up in the bottom tier as all of us do after headier days: hung- over and terrified of checking their bank balance.
Bradford's annus horribilis in 2018 has played out like a grim tragicomedy, but they are far from the only former Premier League club to have fallen foul of a wildly unpopular owner.
Cautionary tales litter the English Football League and while the likes of Leeds United, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City and Leyton Orient - the latter now all the way down in the National League - will be hoping their worse days are behind them, for others the battle wages on.
There are enough clubs who can stake bigger claims than Bradford to having been failed by the EFL, but the whole sorry saga again highlights the limits of the oft-maligned fit-and-proper person test. The test focuses on associations between clubs, disciplinary matters, criminality, company disqualifications and insolvency matters.
There is no assessment for competence or, aside from criminality, conduct. To an extent that is understandable, as what constitutes a bad owner will always be subjective, but that is of scant consolation to fans and, moreover, the employees at the heart of the storm in a club descending into calamity.
Who are football chairmen actually answerable to? Would an employee, at the bottom of the food chain in a club who have become the plaything of a rich, powerful oligarch ever feel protected enough or able to whistleblow should they feel compelled to?
The League Managers Association offers legal advice to football employees, but you can understand why, with so many seeking a route into the industry, those inside clubs would be scared to rock the boat.
That is a whole other issue that hovers outside the remit of the EFL's test. And this is a test that, let us not forget, is so stringent and rigorous it allowed Leeds' Massimo Cellino to slip the net. The EFL ultimately banned him three times, twice for evading tax and once for illegal payment to an unlicensed agent during the sale of Ross McCormack.
Damian Collins, chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said last year the test is not fit for purpose and he wants to emulate the test used by Ofcom to award broadcasting licenses. Ofcom assesses applicants previous behaviour in business.
It is unclear if more robust legislation is the answer, but history has given us reason to doubt the test, in its current guise, is sufficient to protect clubs and those who work for them."
Not a particularly good article but strange that Blackpool don't get a mention. I think the media are getting bored with us.