Great matches against Blackpool
Stanley Matthews was always a great draw at The Valley and hence there was an attendance of 56,664 on 10th October 1953 to see the great man play, compared with 31,258 who saw the 6-0 demolition of Liverpool two weeks earlier (curiously, I have a clearer memory of that match). With two of Blackpool's key players away on international duty, Charlton came out 4-2 winners.
Next year's fixture was on a Thursday afternoon and that and the absence of Matthews brought the attendance down to 16,354. Charlton were probably satisfied with a 3-3 draw.
On February 13th 1956, Charlton lost 2-1 at home, Blackpool scoring the winning goal with a 80th minute penalty after a Leary penalty had been saved.
More recently, we have played both Blackpool and Yeovil at home in the FA Cup. It took some time to sweep the sand off the floor of the Rose of Denmark after Blackpool's visit.