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Blackpool fans target club hierarchy in matchday protest

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

At tonight’s (Friday 3rd October) televised match against Cardiff City fans of Blackpool will make their feelings about the club’s hierarchy clear. FSF affiliate members Blackpool Supporters Trust (BST) have covered their club’s troubles on the FSF site before, and they explain the thinking behind tonight’s protest below…

BST will target tonight’s televised match against Cardiff City as a focus for fans to demonstrate their feelings about the unsatisfactory way the football club is being run by its current owners.

BST call on all Blackpool fans to attend the game in significant numbers and give a clear message to the viewing public that we expect our owners to Put Football First. The eyes of the country and the world’s media will be centred on Bloomfield Road on Friday night. So let’s use the occasion to let everyone know loud and clear how we feel about what’s going on at Blackpool FC.

We were assured by Karl Oyston that the £11 million paid out to his father “for tax planning purposes” would be made available to the club should it be required. We are rock-bottom of the division, the only club without a win, a team that is woefully under-financed to survive in the Championship, yet the owners seem unwilling to materially support the manager’s ambitions for the club. The rot has to stop.

We hope that even those fans who have chosen not to go to Bloomfield Road this season will consider making an exception for tonight’s game. Please come in your thousands and unite with one voice. You will be aware of a number of planned initiatives. [Ed’s note – these include releasing thousands of black balloons, banners, and a walk out in the 53rd minute, representing the year the club won the FA Cup.]

If you elect to support these, we’d encourage you to do so in a manner that respects your fellow fans and the law.

Let the night be a show of strength on behalf of the supporters, a show of solidarity with the manager and the team. Let the owners know that the fans will not allow them to continue to treat our football club the way they have in the recent past. Let’s tell the world. The message is clear – this is our team, our town, our community and we want our club back!

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  • Premier Leage Fans Fund


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  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball
  • SD Europe