They finished as runners-up over the following three seasons (to Bury twice and Liverpool once), before winning the championship themselves on their fourth attempt.
Blackpool's home at that point in time was Raikes Hall (also known as the Royal Palace Gardens), which was part of a large entertainment complex that included a theatre and a boating lake, amongst other attractions.
In 1953, four Blackpool players were in the England team against Hungary at Wembley, causing the Daily Mirror to declare that "Blackpool are playing Hungary today", though England suffered a famous defeat.
Since the 1950s, Blackpool's fortunes have varied, and when they won promotion to the Premier League, at the end of the 2009–10 campaign, Blackpool became the first club in English football to have won promotion from every division of the Football League via the play-off system.
Norman guided the club to fourth-placed finishes in his first two league seasons in charge (he was installed as manager during the final inter-war season), with Lane again netting close to 30 goals in the former.
The club's form nosedived in the 1921–22 season, with a finishing position of 19th, before bouncing back to a fifth-placed finish the following campaign.
Their main nickname is the Seasiders, but they are also called the 'Pool and the Tangerines, the last in reference to the colour of their home kit, which is often referred to as orange (but really tangerine).For the 1897–98 campaign, the club played their home games at the Athletic Grounds (at the present-day Stanley Park).They remained there for the first seven home games of 1898–99, before returning to Raikes Hall for the remaining 10.This meant that the club's average attendances were around the 2000 mark, making the club's formative years a financial success.After struggling to repeat the success of the 1893–94 season, the Blackpool board decided it was time to leave local football behind, so on the club became a limited company and applied for entry to the Football League.