Blackpool Panthers - Blackpool Borough To Blackpool Gladiators (1898-1993)

Blackpool Borough To Blackpool Gladiators (1898-1993)

A Blackpool club were members of the Northern Union Lancashire Second Competition in 1898-99.

The first unsuccessful application for a Blackpool team to join the Rugby League was made by in December 1950. Blackpool Borough were accepted into the Rugby League for the 1954-55 season.

In April 1987 they moved to Springfield Park in Wigan and changed name to Springfield Borough. Despite good performances on the field the move was not successful and the club played as Chorley Borough in the 1988-1989 season.

The club then became Trafford Borough when they moved to Moss Lane, Altrincham which they shared with Altrincham football club, in the 1989-90 season. This, however, caused a boardroom split leading to five Blackpool-based directors resigning to form a new club based in Chorley who after multiple moves and several name changes would end up as Blackpool Panthers. The original Trafford Borough later moved to Blackpool as Blackpool Gladiators before relegation to the amateur ranks. Their last game as a professional club was on 11 April 1993.

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