Eardley expects extra edge
Simon Grayson's acrimonious exit from Blackpool in 2008 means the Seasiders will be on high alert as he returns with Huddersfield on Monday.
Towards the end of his playing career, Grayson was handed his first assignment as a manager at Bloomfield Road, and he emerged as one of the brightest young bosses in the Football League.
That sparked interest from Leeds in December 2008, and Grayson walked out on Blackpool after the club rejected his resignation.
At the time there were threats of legal action fired across the Pennines from the north west coast, but by April 2009 Leeds and Blackpool had struck a compensation deal.
Grayson has known mixed fortunes since, leading Leeds to promotion from League One and a famous FA Cup win at Manchester United before being sacked by the Whites in February of this year and installed as Huddersfield boss days later.
Having guided Huddersfield to promotion within months of taking over he is again upwardly mobile, and the Terriers have made a strong start in the Championship, gathering 11 points from their opening six games.
Blackpool right-back Neal Eardley was recruited after the Grayson era, but expects tonight's match will have an added edge.
"I think Simon Grayson, who obviously used to be here, will have the lads fired up for that one," Eardley said on his club's website.
"There are no easy games in this division - everybody knows that - so we've just got to concentrate on what we're doing and what we work on in the week.
"We'll take that into Monday's game and hopefully we will get the right result."
Huddersfield captain Peter Clarke is another Blackpool old boy, and he is relishing the chance to return.
Blackpool would go top on Monday night, overtaking Brighton were they to win, but Huddersfield are optimistic they can prevent that happening. A Huddersfield win would lift the Terriers above their hosts and into second place.
Centre-back Clarke told told htafc.com: "We have made a decent enough start and we will go into the Blackpool game full of confidence.
"They are a very good side and we will show them the respect that they deserve; they are up near the top end of the league on merit and have been for the past couple of years.
"We will go there with the belief that we can get something out of the game."