Chris Maxwell’s blog

On reflection of an eventful 19/20 season, it is one I will look back on with gaining undoubtedly invaluable experience. Beginning the 19/20 season in The Scottish capital, with Hibernian, i was optimistic about the season. Starting in the League cup group stages in July, it was a good insight into the culture of Scottish football and passion. Making my debut in the fierce Local derby, against Hearts, we narrowly missed out on 3 points due to a deflected effort from their local upcoming prospect, I enjoyed the atmosphere, the 20,000 attendance and the buzz surrounding the game. From then on we went on a 15 game unbeaten run, where we played Celtic, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen. A league cup run, involving 2 penalty shootout wins, which took us to the Semifinal, where we lost 4-1 to Celtic in front of the 65,000 strong Hamden crowd. A special moment to play at the iconic stadium.

Following the game, after severe pressure from the Hibs supporters, the club decided to relive Paul Heckingbottom of his duties. I then knew my time was to leave the club. The Manager was the major influence for me to leave the Championship and move to the SPL I knew it wasn’t going to be the same.

Shortly after I had the opportunity to rejoin with my old manager Simon Grayson at Blackpool. A huge Club, an ambitious owner and great history. I wanted to be back in England and to create a period in which I wanted to be a part of something. 9 games I played before COVID 19, in which I saw glimpses of real ambition. Signing a new 2-year contract and conversations with New Manager Neil Critchley, 20/21 promotion is all that is talked about. With the new season around the corner, preparations are in place for a major push in League One, and hopefully, in May, we’ll have secured promotion back to the Championship. Watch this Space.