Date of birth
The Hartlepool-born winger has been with the Club since he was an Under-10 and has made excellent progress through the Academy system.
A former Manor College pupil, Blackford is comfortable on either flank where he direct with possession and uses his pace to cause problems for full-backs.
Blessed with pace and trickery, the youngster signed his first professional contract in April and made his senior debut 24 hours later as a substitute in the game against York City.
Blackford spent time out on loan at Whitby Town and Darlington during the 2016/17, returning to make a second First Team outing for Pools near the end of the campaign.