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Blackpool fans’ “cash cow” carnival raises funds for legal costs

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Blackpool fans have held an event to raise funds for fans facing civil action from the club owners.

The “Cash Cow Carnival” was held last week to raise money for the Justice 4 Fans (J4F) campaign to assist with legal costs for Blackpool supporters being taken to court by the Oyston family. 

In 2014, Blackpool’s chairman posed in front of a “Cash Cow” banner outside the club’s ground, Bloomfield Road, the insult towards fans prompting ugly scenes after the match against Derby County – hence the name of the “Cash Cow” carnival.

During the carnival, Blackpool fans marched together with travelling Blackburn fans prior to their pre-season friendly to the Waterloo pub where a small-scale festival was held with music from local bands. Hundreds of pounds was raised for the J4F fund.

Blackpool Supporters’ Trust committee member Andy Higgins said: “There were little over 1,000 Blackpool fans in attendance at a fixture that would normally have attracted at least 5,000 Blackpool fans. Which demonstrates the ‘ethical boycott’ promoted by Blackpool Supporters’ Trust and the Tangerin Knights is having an effect.”

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