3 April ~ So it is the start of April, the beginning of the run in for the Premier League, and Blackpool visit Craven Cottage for the first time since 1999, when we were both in the third tier. Blackpool fans have seen the most extraordinary season that any of us can remember and we are enjoying it all the way. We are very much in the relegation fight, but that is true of at least ten teams and there were many pundits who forecast that we would be relegated by Christmas, wouldn't win a corner and would be the worst team ever seen in this division.
I think a lot of the Blackpool fans thought the same, however. Given the cut-price nature of our squad, we feared a season of 6-0 defeats. But not only have we seen our team doing unexpectedly well, we have been watching hugely entertaining football, with goals at both ends in most matches. Our first home match, against Fulham back in August, was typical – first we went behind, then we went ahead and in the end it finished 2-2. I will be very surprised if we see a dull game today. Under Ian Holloway Blackpool have shown that unfancied players can be competitive at the top level, as long as the motivation is there.
Much has been written about Charlie Adam, but many other players in our squad have stepped up to the new level. In midfield, David Vaughan has complemented Adam very well. DJ Campbell, suspended today, has found his way past several highly rated keepers and Jason Puncheon has filled in well for him. Ian Evatt has been a rock all season and he and his colleagues in defence have faced the big names without fear. Even if the song is now associated in some people's minds with Phil Brown, you will hear the Tangerine supporters singing "This is the best trip we've ever been on" whatever the outcome today. John Secker