It’s Thursday 23rd July and in this show I’m speaking to Craig Priest from the Mansfield Town fans podcast “Mansfield Matters” about Blackpool’s new signing CJ Hamilton and few bits about the mutual connections between us and the Stags
About Craig, Mansfield Town and Mansfield Matters
- Craig, tell us about your podcast and a bit about yourself.
- So you finished in 21st place in League two on 38 points, I guess you’ve had better seasons?
- You dropped out of the league after the 07-08 season and spent SIX seasons in the conference eventually returning to the football league after winning the title in 2012-13. What was it like playing in the conference and how tough a league is it to get out of?
- Notable ex players who’ve played for both include Gordon Owen, Neal Bishop and the most well known is probably Alex Baptiste.
- Baps played for you between 2002-2008 with 198 appearances in all competitions, so, is he a bit of a club legend considering he was also a local boy done-good, all the way to the Premier League?
Blackpool have signed winger CJ Hamilton from Mansfield Town on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old scored three goals in 41 games for the Stags in all competitions last season.
He began his career at Sheffield United but left without playing a game and joined Mansfield in 2016 before going on to make 173 appearances.
- What was your initial reaction when you first found out he had been sold?
- Could you elaborate on his best position and what can we expect from him?
- How integral was he to your squad and how much will he be missed?
- Will you be sad to see him go?
- What is his temperament like?
- How do you think he’ll fit in under Neil Critchley's system at Blackpool playing ‘The Liverpool way’?
- How do you think he will get on at Blackpool?
- Do you think he has the potential to play at the higher grade?
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