It was a case of as-you-were, however, for the four seasons leading up to the First World War, with finishing positions of 14th, 20th, 16th and 10th.
For the last of those seasons, Joe Lane netted 28 goals.
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It was during this season out of the League that Blackpool amalgamated with local rivals South Shore and moved to Bloomfield Road.
During the 10 seasons that followed, Blackpool could finish no higher than 12th place.
Norman guided the club to fourth-placed finishes in his first two league seasons in charge (he was installed as manager during the final inter-war season), with Lane again netting close to 30 goals in the former.
The club's form nosedived in the 1921–22 season, with a finishing position of 19th, before bouncing back to a fifth-placed finish the following campaign.
The outbreak of war forced the cancellation of League football for four years, during which time regional competitions were introduced.