1991–92 Blackpool F.C. season

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Blackpool F.C.
Season 1991-92
League Division Four
Manager Billy Ayre
League position 4th (promoted via play-offs to Division Two)
Top goalscorers League:
Dave Bamber (28)
Combined:
Dave Bamber (36)
Highest home attendance 8,007 (v. Burnley)
Lowest home attendance 2,155 (v. Mansfield Town)
FA Cup Second round
League Cup Second round
Previous season 1990-91
Next season 1992-93

The 1991-92 season was Blackpool F.C.'s 85th season (82nd consecutive) in the Football League. They competed in the 22-team Division Four, then the fourth tier of English football. They finished fourth, missing out on automatic promotion by one point for the second consecutive season after a final-day defeat at Lincoln City, and were promoted via the play-offs to the new Division Two.[1] It was Billy Ayre's first full season as manager.

The first two home League fixtures saw Blackpool extend their win streak at Bloomfield Road to fifteen League games. Their 24-game unbeaten run at home ended, after just over a year, with a defeat by Crewe Alexandra on 23 November.

Dave Bamber was the club's top scorer for the second consecutive season, with 36 goals (28 in the league, one in the play-offs, one in the FA Cup and six in the League Cup, the latter including a hat-trick against Mansfield).

The six goals Blackpool scored against Aldershot were expunged from the record books when the latter went out of business in March 1992, hence only 71 of Blackpool's actual 77 league goals scored in the 1991-92 season are accounted for in the table below.

Table[edit]

                             P   W  D  L   F   A   W  D  L   F   A Pts
 1. BURNLEY (P)             42  14  4  3  42  16  11  4  6  37  27  83
 2. ROTHERHAM UNITED (P)    42  12  6  3  38  16  10  5  6  32  21  77
 3. MANSFIELD TOWN (P)      42  13  4  4  43  26  10  4  7  32  27  77
 4. BLACKPOOL (P)           42  17  3  1  48  13   5  7  9  23  32  76
 5. Scunthorpe United       42  14  5  2  38  18   7  4 10  25  41  72
 6. Crewe Alexandra         42  12  6  3  33  20   8  4  9  33  31  70
 7. Barnet                  42  16  1  4  48  23   5  5 11  33  38  69
 8. Rochdale                42  12  6  3  34  22   6  7  8  23  31  67
 9. Cardiff City            42  13  3  5  42  26   4 12  5  24  27  66
10. Lincoln City            42   9  5  7  21  24   8  6  7  29  20  62
11. Gillingham              42  12  5  4  41  19   3  7 11  22  34  57
12. Scarborough             42  12  5  4  39  28   3  7 11  25  40  57
13. Chesterfield            42   6  7  8  26  28   8  4  9  23  33  53
14. Wrexham                 42  11  4  6  31  26   3  5 13  21  47  51
15. Walsall                 42   5 10  6  28  26   7  3 11  20  32  49
16. Northampton             42   5  9  7  25  23   6  4 11  21  33  46
17. Hereford United         42   9  4  8  31  24   3  4 14  13  33  44
18. Maidstone United        42   6  9  6  24  22   2  9 10  21  34  42
19. York City               42   6  9  6  26  23   2  7 12  16  35  40
20. Halifax Town            42   7  5  9  23  35   3  3 15  11  40  38
21. Doncaster Rovers        42   6  2 13  21  35   3  6 12  19  30  35
22. Carlisle United         42   5  9  7  24  27   2  4 15  17  40  34

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; Pts = Points
Table is split into home and away statistics.

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

Blackpool and Barnet met in the two-legged semi-finals of the play-offs. Barnet won the first leg by a single goal, at Underhill on 10 May. Blackpool, however, managed to turn the tie around in the return leg at Bloomfield Road three days later. Paul Groves (40') and an Andy Garner penalty in front of the South Stand, ten minutes into the second half, gave the Seasiders a 2-0 victory on the night and 2-1 on aggregate. A pitch invasion ensued at the final whistle.

Final[edit]

On 23 May, Blackpool met Scunthorpe United in the final at Wembley. Blackpool manager Billy Ayre was accompanied by the club mascot, his son David, during the pre-match walk out to the centre circle.

The game finished 1-1 after normal time and extra time, a Tony Daws strike equalising Dave Bamber's close-range header. It went to a penalty-shootout, which Blackpool won 4-3. Mitch Cook, Paul Groves, Andy Garner and David Eyres were the successful takers for Blackpool, but it was Steve McIlhargey's save from substitute Graham Alexander that set up the victory. After Eyres' effort, Scunthorpe's other substitute, Jason White, stepped up, put the ball over the bar, and Blackpool were promoted.

1992-05-23
15:00 BST
Blackpool 1-1
(4-3 on penalties)
Scunthorpe United
Bamber (Report) Daws
Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 22,741
Referee: Keith Hackett, Sheffield

Blackpool

010McIlhargey
020Burgess
030Cook
040Groves (c)
050Davies Substituted off (for Murphy)
060Gore
070Rodwell
080Horner Substituted off (for Sinclair)
090Bamber Goal
100Garner
110Eyres

Substitutes:

120Murphy Substituted in (for Davies)
140Sinclair Substituted in (for Horner)

Manager:
Billy Ayre

Scunthorpe United

010Samways
020Joyce
030Longden
040Hill
050Elliott
060Humphries
070Martin
080Hamilton
090Daws Goal Substituted off (for White)
100Buckley Substituted off (for Alexander)
110Helliwell

Substitutes:

120White Substituted in (for Daws)
140Alexander Substituted in (for Buckley)

Manager:
Bill Green

Player statistics[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Name League Play-offs FA Cup League Cup Total
Bamber, DaveDave Bamber 44 3 2 4 53[2]
Groves, PaulPaul Groves 44 3 2 4 53[2]
Eyres, DavidDavid Eyres 43 3 1 4 51
Gore, IanIan Gore 43 3 1 4 51
Rodwell, TonyTony Rodwell 42 3 2 4 51
McIlhargey, SteveSteve McIlhargey 29 3 2 4 38
Davies, MikeMike Davies 30 3 1 4 38
Garner, AndyAndy Garner 31 2 1 3 37
Horner, PhilPhil Horner 29 3 1 2 35
Sinclair, TrevorTrevor Sinclair 29 2 2 2 35
Briggs, GaryGary Briggs 26 0 1 2 29
Gouck, AndyAndy Gouck 25 1 0 2 28
Stoneman, PaulPaul Stoneman 20 0 2 3 25
Burgess, DaveDave Burgess 17 3 1 0 21
Wright, AlanAlan Wright 12 0 0 4 16
Kearton, JasonJason Kearton 15 0 0 0 15
Kerr, DylanDylan Kerr 13 0 0 0 13
Cook, MitchMitch Cook 8 3 0 0 11
Taylor, MarkMark Taylor 9 0 1 0 10
Leitch, GrantGrant Leitch 7 0 0 0 7
Bonner, MarkMark Bonner 4 0 1 0 5
Hedworth, ChrisChris Hedworth 4 0 1 0 5
Richards, CarlCarl Richards 3 0 0 1 4
Murray, MarkMark Murray 2 1 0 0 3
Howard, A.A. Howard 1 0 1 0 2
Murphy, JamieJamie Murphy 0 1 1 0 2
Brook, GaryGary Brook 1 0 0 0 1
Mitchell, NeilNeil Mitchell 1 0 0 0 1

Players used: 28

Goals[edit]

Name League Play-offs FA Cup League Cup Total
Bamber, DaveDave Bamber 28 1 1 6 36
Groves, PaulPaul Groves 10 1 1 1 13
Rodwell, TonyTony Rodwell 11 0 0 0 11
Eyres, DavidDavid Eyres 10 0 0 0 10
Garner, AndyAndy Garner 4 1 0 0 5
Horner, PhilPhil Horner 4 0 0 0 4
Sinclair, TrevorTrevor Sinclair 3 0 0 0 3
Gouck, AndyAndy Gouck 2 0 0 0 2
Taylor, MarkMark Taylor 2 0 0 0 2
Davies, MikeMike Davies 1 0 0 0 1
Kerr, DylanDylan Kerr 1 0 0 0 1

Total goals scored: 88

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
1991 Mark Bonner Trainee
1991 Andy Howard Unknown Unknown
1991 Dylan Kerr Leeds United Loan
1991 Grant Leitch Trainee
1991 Neil Mitchell Trainee
1991 Mark Murray Unknown Unknown
1991 Paul Stoneman Unknown Unknown
9 January 1992 Jason Kearton Everton Two-month loan
26 March 1992 Mitch Cook Darlington Unknown

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee
1991 Dave Lancaster Unknown Unknown
1991 Alan Wright Blackburn Rovers £400,000

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ After formation of the Premier League, the Football League restructured and Division Three became Division Two
  2. ^ a b Ever-present

References[edit]

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