Varney puts on royal show to pay back Holloway

Blackpool 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

If Prince William brought the biggest smile to Ian Holloway's face at Bloomfield Road on Saturday, Luke Varney will surely have given Blackpool's royal visitor a run for his money.

The 28-year-old striker delivered a stunning goal and set up his team's second for Marlon Harewood as Holloway's roller-coaster ride in the Premier League reached another high point. Had shaking the hand of the future king not meant so much to the Blackpool manager, he would have talked of little else. As it was, he had plenty to say about a player he plans to make a permanent signing in January, midway through a loan from Derby.

Holloway can buy Varney for a bargain £250,000 – less than a quarter of the fee Derby paid Charlton for him in January 2009 – although the player will need to accept a pay cut.

"He is fantastic," Holloway said. "We played Crewe, where he learned to play, in a pre-season friendly and after the game Dario Gradi was talking about our shape and said 'have you thought about Luke Varney?'

"He said he could play anywhere across the front three and he will cause problems.

"When we asked Derby about him he was on too much money for us but the chairman got a deal where we do not have to pay all the money. We are not stupid here. This club is run correctly.

"Luke will probably have to take less than he is on there but hopefully he will want to stay with us now."

Prince William was in the stag-night capital not to toast his own engagement but to celebrate a friend's impending nuptials as the town's iconic Pleasure Beach rides were made available for his party's private entertainment.

Scorers: Blackpool Varney 3, Harewood 44; Wolves Doyle 86.

Substitutes: Blackpool Sylvestre (Harewood, 65), Taylor-Fletcher (Phillips, 65), Carney, Crainey, 89). Unused Halstead (gk), Edwards, Grandin, Ormerod.

Wolves Milijas (Foley, 29), Ebanks-Blake (Hunt, 46), Fletcher (Henry, 60). Unused Hennessey (gk), Ward, Mouyokolo, Bent.

Booked: Wolves Berra, Henry.

Man of the match Varney. Match rating 7/10.

Possession Blackpool 44% Wolves 56%.

Shots on target Blackpool 4 Wolves 9.

Referee M Clattenburg (Co Durham). Att 15,922.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before