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Vintage Tangerines have enough life to hurt Hull

AS if this hadn't already been a good enough year for the veterans, now Robbie Fowler is looking likely to sign for Blackpool, where he can hook up with Kevin Phillips and Brett Ormerod to set up a tantalising front line.

If this was the early nineties.

Which it certainly looks like when you see Ince in the Tangerines midfield, but that bubble of nostalgia is
soon burst when remember that it's Paul's son Tom and that Nick Barmby is now standing on the opposite side of the white line in management at Hull.

Joking aside, having Fowler and Phillips at the club is bound to
provide a wonderful finishing school for some of the younger players and hopefully it's not too late for Ormerod to learn a bit about instinctively finding the net.

Either Ian Holloway is having a bit of a mid-life crisis and trying to surround himself with senior players so he doesn't feel quite so old, or the gaffer knows what he is doing and I'm going for the latter.

There's plenty of energy about the Seasiders and I think they have got enough to make the breakthrough against an awkward Hull outfit.

And if I'm completely honest, I'm becoming increasingly convinced that we need to reassess what constitutes an old footballer these days.

But maybe that's because, as Francis Bacon once said, old age is
always 15 years older than I am.

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