Blackpool were drawn at home to Didsbury Northern in the quarter finals of the Lancashire Cup knowing that it was going to be their toughest match of the season, having to play a team 50 places and 4 divisions above them in the league structure. Despite a team consisting of a mix of 1st and 2nd team players, Blackpool played without fear and surprised the visitors by taking the lead. Rob Dingle started the move with a lofted ball from defence to attack, David Wright scrambled past several defenders and after his strike ricocheted off a foot into mid air Simon Thomas slapped it past the keeper. Didsbury equalised from a short corner, and Blackpool thought they’d gone ahead for a second time when Rob Dingle attacked down the right and had a reverse stick shot into the roof of the net only for the umpire to blow for an earlier infringement.
Disaster then hit Blackpool, or more specifically Simon Thomas, when a lifted ball shattered his knee cap from a range of just 5 yards. There then followed a 20 minute delay as an ambulance was called onto the pitch and the players helped sooth Thomas while he lay on the pitch in agony. The Didsbury team departed for the warmth of the changing room and when they returned for the restart they had obviously rethought their tactics and they went into the lead with a quickly taken goal. However Blackpool were not prepared to lie down and answered with a goal from Nathan Woodman.
Didsbury retook the lead before the end of the first half but Blackpool felt at half time that they had a genuine chance of creating a real cup giant killing. Alas it was not to be, as despite fighting hard and having further chances Blackpool could not score again, whilst Didsbury grabbed another five goals.