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Ex-Blackpool goalkeeper Hesford passes away

Hesford made more than 200 league appearances for Blackpool. Credit: PA

Blackpool have announced that their former goalkeeper Iain Hesford has passed away at the age of 54.

Hesford made his debut for the Seasiders in 1977 before going on to play for Sunderland and Hull in a career which spanned three decades.

Most of his time was spent at Blackpool and he made more than 200 league appearances in six years at Bloomfield Road.

"Condolences go out to his family at this sad time," said a statement on the Championship club's official website.

Eagles lands at Blackpool

Chris Eagles
Chris Eagles left Bolton in the summer. Credit: PA

Blackpool have completed the signing of former Manchester United winger Chris Eagles on a short-term deal.

I've got to do what I love to do best, and that is to excite the crowd, score and create. What I've seen of the club and staff so far has been brilliant.

I'm chomping at the bit. I've obviously played against Blackpool before, the fans are brilliant with the drum at home, so I'll be looking forward to that.

– Chris Eagles


Pool appoint Clark

Lee Clark has returned to management having been named Blackpool's new boss just 10 days after parting ways with fellow Sky Bet Championship strugglers Birmingham.

The Seasiders confirmed that the 42-year-old had been appointed to the post on a one-year rolling contract.

"I am absolutely delighted. The main objective is to try and keep the club in the Championship and build from there. It is a big challenge because of our position in the league but it's a challenge that can be overcome.

It's one that if we achieve what we set out to achieve, which is to stay in the league, it will be a tremendous feat by the whole group. I'm very confident with the players I've got here, in what we can do going forward, that we can achieve those goals.

– Lee Clark


Pool lose again

Nile Ranger
Nile Ranger made his Blackpool debut. Credit: PA

Brentford secured their first Sky Bet Championship victory of the season as Stuart Dallas grabbed the winner early in the second half to beat struggling Blackpool 2-1 at Bloomfield Road.

Nathan Delfouneso had put the Tangerines ahead with just their second goal of the campaign, but Alex Pritchard levelled things up after 37 minutes and Dallas' goal though seven minutes into the second half handed the Bees their opening win on their return to the second tier after 21 years.

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