1970–71 Blackpool F.C. season

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Blackpool F.C.
Season 1970–71
League Division One
Manager Les Shannon
(succeeded by Jimmy Meadows,
then Bob Stokoe)
League position 22nd (relegated)
Top goalscorer League: Mickey Burns (10)
Combined: Mickey Burns (10)
FA Cup Fourth round[1]
League Cup Third round[2]
Anglo-Italian Cup Winners
Highest home attendance
Lowest home attendance
Previous season 1969–70
Next season 1971–72

The 1970–71 season was Blackpool F.C.'s 64th season (61st 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.

Mickey 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]

P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Arsenal 42 29 7 6 71 29 2.448 65
2 Leeds United 42 27 10 5 72 30 2.400 64
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 19 14 9 54 33 1.636 52
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 22 8 12 64 54 1.185 52
5 Liverpool 42 17 17 8 42 24 1.750 51
6 Chelsea 42 18 15 9 52 42 1.238 51
7 Southampton 42 17 12 13 56 44 1.273 46
8 Manchester United 42 16 11 15 65 66 0.985 43
9 Derby County 42 16 10 16 56 54 1.037 42
10 Coventry City 42 16 10 16 37 38 0.974 42
11 Manchester City 42 12 17 13 47 42 1.119 41
12 Newcastle United 42 14 13 15 44 46 0.957 41
13 Stoke City 42 12 13 17 44 48 0.917 37
14 Everton 42 12 13 17 54 60 0.900 37
15 Huddersfield Town 42 11 14 17 40 49 0.816 36
16 Nottingham Forest 42 14 8 20 42 61 0.689 36
17 West Bromwich Albion 42 10 15 17 58 75 0.773 35
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 42 7 13 22 29 63 0.460 27
22 Blackpool 42 4 15 23 34 66 0.515 23

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.