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Blackpool fans to march against owners

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Blackpool are facing their second successive relegation at the end of this season and fans are again demonstrating against the club’s ownership.

At the end of last season, fans demonstrated against owner Karl Oyston on “Judgement Day” as the relationship between supporters and owner broke down completely. 

Now Blackpool Supporters’ Trust (BST) is calling for a pre-match march  tomorrow (April 30th) and protest through the town to the stadium – what they say will be “another Day of Judgement on the Oystons’ management of the club.”

The Trust said: 

BST is calling upon all Blackpool FC supporters, all fans of football, members of the local community and anyone who is at all concerned about the plight of the football club to turn out in their thousands for a Community Protest March and Demonstration on Saturday, sending a clear message to the owners of Blackpool FC that we have had enough.

The march will start in central Blackpool at 10.30am outside the Stanley Arms Hotel (where Blackpool FC was founded in 1887) and will proceed via the Town Hall and the Comedy Carpet along the promenade to Bloomfield Road, arriving for a rally at mid-day prior to the 12:30 kick-off.

As many fans are currently boycotting matchdays at Bloomfield Road, BST say that there could be more fans outside the ground than inside.

“We will create a carnival atmosphere,” the Trust said. “With bands and banners for a noisy but peaceful protest to send the message that Blackpool FC belongs to the fans and the community and we want our club back.”

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