This weekend we renew rivalry with another of our near-neighbours, Wigan Athletic. ManUtd.com examines the history of United’s Lancashire battles…
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History How we laughed when Rovers chairman Jack Walker made a bid for Japan-bound Gary Lineker in the summer of 1991. We weren’t laughing so hard when the steel magnate smashed the British transfer record, paying £3.6 million for Alan Shearer the following year. Shearer – half of the ‘SAS’ with strike partner Chris Sutton – prove crucial to Rovers pipping United to the post three years down the line. Despite maximum returns from Rovers home and away in that 1994/95 campaign, we lost our crown to Kenny Dalglish’s side on a heartbreaking final day, as the previous season’s league positions were reversed. The house that Jack built has altered markedly, but Rovers are now under new ownership and setting their sights high once more.
Club legend Alan Shearer: best striker we never had?
Pub fact Rovers won the FA Cup three years in a row in 1884, ’85 and ’86. They’ve won it six times in total.
Don’t bring it up Roy Keane joined United – not Rovers – at the 11th hour prompting an outraged phone call to Keano from Kenny Dalglish
Last time out 27/11/2010, Premier League: United 7 Blackburn 1. Ouch
When will we see you again? 14/5/2011, Ewood Park
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History Peers, pardon the pun, in the Busby era, Blackpool offered yeoman resistance in our first post-war FA Cup success of 1948; United coming from 2-1 down to triumph 4-2. They also finished second-best to the Babes in 1955/56’s First Division title race: again, it was the Seasiders United beat to secure the trophy. After a halcyon era (three trips to Wembley in six seasons), sporting the talents of Stanleys Matthews and Mortensen, Jimmy Armfield, Bill Perry, and future Red Ernie Taylor, the Tangerine dream gave way to despair. While United carried off the 1966/67 First Division title, Blackpool finished rock bottom. But after decades in the lower-league wilderness, they’re currently sitting pretty in 12th place in the Premier league.
Club legends Stanley Matthews, Stan Mortensen, Jimmy Armfield
Pub fact Coveted midfielder Charlie Adam is a self-confessed United fan who can often be spotted at OT when Blackpool aren’t in action
Don’t bring it up Alan Ball, Bloomfield Road playing legend, won just seven of his 33 matches in charge in 1980/81 as the basement beckoned
Last time out 25/1/2011, Premier League: Blackpool