Blackpool’s players warm up ahead of their season opener. (Image: Getty)
It’s been a tough off-season for Blackpool. They had to cancel a pre-season tour because of lack of players, and then things got pretty hilarious when they did work to fill out their roster.
Now that the regular season is upon us, Blackpool needed to scramble to actually field a team. Even in the morning before their league opener against Nottingham Forest, the team reportedly didn’t have enough men.
"In the morning it was even worse, we only had nine players qualified," manager Jose Riga said. ”During the day we managed to get more. There were two 17-year-olds on the bench who were scholars.”
It’s unclear if those players were actually registered the day of the match and got exemption from the Football League, or on Friday before the deadline. But either way, the fact that Riga doesn’t even know says everything about the state of the club.
This poor manager clearly probably had no idea what he was getting himself into when he came on board over the summer. But, as he said, he managed to get a full team AND some subs. It was really quite the accomplishment.
(Look at that! Four whole subs on the bench! Image: @SteveLewis96)
Unfortunately for the Seasiders, their patched-together team wasn’t enough to get a result against Forest as they fell 2-0 to the Stuart Pearce-led side.
It’s going to be a long season for Blackpool if they can’t manage to fill out that roster with more than some late additions and teenagers.
Proof the subs really existed and weren’t just names on paper. (Image: Getty)