We compete in League One, the third tier of English football. Founded in 1887, Blackpool's home ground since 1901 has been Bloomfield Road.
Blackpool won the 1953 FA Cup Final, the so-called 'Matthews Final', in which we beat Bolton Wanderers 4-3, overturning a 1-3 deficit in the closing stages of the game. That same year, four Blackpool players were in the England team which lost against Hungary at Wembley. The club has had 47 players who have represented their country, including thirteen for England.
Our club made three FA Cup Final appearances in six years between 1948 and 1953 and in the 1950s had four top-six finishes in the Football League First Division, then the top tier, with our best position being runners-up to Manchester United in 1955-56. In 1956, Stanley Matthews was the inaugural recipient of the Ballon d'Or.
Blackpool won promotion to the Premier League in 2009-10, becoming the first club in English football to have won promotion from every division of the Football League via the play-off system. It was our first appearance in English football's top division in 39 years. We have not been promoted automatically since finishing as Fourth Division runners-up to Chesterfield in 1984-85.
Blackpool has a local rivalry with Preston North End, and matches between the two clubs are known as the West Lancashire derby