It’s the 2nd Round of the FA Cup and it sends Rovers to another seaside resort to meet a team they have never played before – Blackpool.
Blackpool are known as ‘The Seasiders’ or ‘The Tangerines’ and will remind you of flying with Easyjet. Blackpool supporters are known as the Tangerine Army or Seaside Barmy Army and they generate an atmosphere that’s regarded as loud and intimidating. In 2010/11, when the club were in the Premier League, they ranked 5th on decibel count for noise, despite a capacity of only about 16,000.
Between 1987 and 2019, the club was owned by the Oyston family – a dark period in the club’s long history when supporters resorted to boycotting the club to force change. Nine years after buying the club, Owen Oyston was jailed for the 1992 rape and indecent assault of a 16-year-old girl. His wife, Vicki, took over the chairmanship of the club during her husband’s three-year prison term. The couple’s son, Karl, took over in 1999 and remained in the role for 19 years. In 2018, after the Oyston family was found, in a High Court judgement, to have operated an “illegitimate stripping” of the club’s assets, the club finally got new owners in 2019 and supporters returned to watch their team.
They were relegated from the Championship last season but are now going well in League 1.