1970–71 Blackpool F.C. season

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Blackpool F.C.
1970–71 season
ManagerLes Shannon
(succeeded by Jimmy Meadows,
then Bob Stokoe)
Division One22nd (relegated)
FA CupFourth round[1]
League CupThird round[2]
Anglo-Italian CupWinners
Top goalscorerLeague: Micky Burns (10)
All: Micky Burns (10)

The 1970–71 season was Blackpool F.C.'s 63rd season (60th consecutive) in the Football League. They competed in the 22-team Division One, then the top tier of English football, finishing bottom. As a result, they were relegated back to Division Two a season after their promotion from it, and did not compete in the top flight again until 2010–11.

Blackpool won the Anglo-Italian Cup for the first and only time, beating Bologna 2–1 in the final at the Stadio Renato Dall'Ara in the Italian city.

Les Shannon left his position as manager during the season after only seventeen months in charge. He was replaced, in a caretaker manager role, by Jimmy Meadows. Meadows was, in turn, succeeded by Bob Stokoe.

Micky Burns was the club's top scorer, with ten goals.

Jimmy Armfield retired at the end of the season after seventeen years of service for Blackpool, his only professional club. His final appearance was against Manchester United at Bloomfield Road, in front of a crowd of 30,000. He had come back from an injury lay-off to make his swan song. His 569 appearances remains a club record.

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts Qualification or relegation
18 Crystal Palace 42 12 11 19 39 57 0.684 35
19 Ipswich Town 42 12 10 20 42 48 0.875 34
20 West Ham United 42 10 14 18 47 60 0.783 34
21 Burnley (R) 42 7 13 22 29 63 0.460 27 Relegation to 1971–72 Second Division
22 Blackpool (R) 42 4 15 23 34 66 0.515 23
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(R) Relegated.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Entered competition in third round
  2. ^ Entered competition in second round

References[edit]

  • Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992. Breedon Books Sport. ISBN 1-873626-07-X.