Blackpool fans won’t look back on this season too fondly and with planned protests before the last home match of the season against Huddersfield Town, it has the potential to be a fiery end to the campaign.
The situation hasn’t been helped the the club’s owners, the Oyston family, removing the statue of legendary player Stan Mortensen from outside the ground when supporters were planning on laying memorabilia to mark the 62nd anniversary since his hat-trick in the FA Cup Final against Bolton Wanderers.
From pretty much the start of the season it looked an uphill battle for Blackpool to stay in the Championship. They had only eight players on the books and no pre-season planned last summer with constant rumours of then manager Jose Riga having bust ups with chairman Karl Oyston.
Riga was shown the door in October after one win in 14 matches and was replaced by former Birmingham boss Lee Clark, but Clark couldn’t stop the decline and relegation was confirmed at the start of April.
Fans have continued to protest against Oyston throughout the season, even taking the protest to his home, but he refuses to budge or speak publicly about the unrest.
Lee Clark will be desperate to avoid the worst team in Championship history and they will avoid that tag if they manage to grab a victory over Huddersfield.
Currently the tag is given to Stockport County, who recorded just 26 points in the 2001/02 season.
But Blackpool have failed to record a single away victory this season – for the first time since 1908/09 season – and have only registered four wins at Bloomfield Road all season.
Meanwhile Huddersfield are in decent form having gone unbeaten in their last six matches, which included wins over Ipswich Town and Nottingham Forest.
It has largely been an inconsistent season for the Terriers, who saw Chris Powell take over the reigns in September after Mark Robins left after a 4-0 hammering to Bournemouth on the opening day of the campaign.
Despite inconsistency, Town are on course for their best League finish in 15 years.
Blackpool are without defenders Grant Hall (knee) and Tom Aldred (hamstring).
Striker Gary Madine, on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, is 50-50 after picking up a knock in the defeat to Cardiff City last week.
Defender Darren O’Dea is back from injury but manager Lee Clark may stick with Peter Clarke and Miles Addison in defence.
Huddersfield have James Vaughan and Harry Bunn back from injury but Chris Powell may go with youth in the visit to Blackpool.
Defender Joe Wilkinson could keep his place in the starting XI but there could be places for midfielder Will Boyle, Philip Billing and Duane Holmes.
BLACKPOOL STARTING XI: PARISH, MAHER, CLARKE, ADDISON, O’DEA, DUNNE, PERKINS, CUBERO, O’HARA, TELFORD, DELFOUNSEO.
SUBS: BONEY, FERGUSON, OLIVER, HIGHAM, OSAYI-SAMUEL, CAMERON.
HUDDERSFIELD: SMITHIES, JAMES, HUDSON, LYNCH, SMITH, BUTTERFIELD, COADY, GOBERN, LOLLEY, MILLER, VAUGHAN.
SUBS: MURPHY, EDGAR, SCANNELL, WALLACE, BILLING, BUNN, BOYLE