Blackpool Field Ridiculous XI for Penrith Friendly with Only 8 Players on Books

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJuly 19, 2014

BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 03: A Blackpool fan looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackpool and Charlton Athletic at Bloomfield Road on May 03, 2014 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Blackpool's troubled season has left them in a position of only having eight players on the books with their Championship campaign beginning on August 9.

So they were left in the unfortunate position of having to add triallists—five of them—to the ranks for their pre-season friendly with Penrith on Saturday.

Triallists were also named on the bench—if you're one of the contracted players, you'd have to feel a little disheartened to still not be making the starting XI:

SUBS: Barkhuizen, Trialist, Highan, Telford, Moulden, Gregory, Trialist.

— Blackpool FC (@BlackpoolFC) July 19, 2014

In the end, Blackpool won the game by a 4-0 margin—the first of the goals going to a triallist, of course:

13: Waddington wins Blackpool a free-kick, which is taken by Grant and bundled home by a trialist.

— Blackpool FC (@BlackpoolFC) July 19, 2014

It was a moment of light-heartedness in an otherwise desperate situation for the Tangerines.