Tag: Blackpool

Blackpool, The Oystons & The Morning After

Those who turned up at Bloomfield Road this afternoon expecting the place to be packed to the rafters ended up disappointed on two fronts. Just over 5,000 people turned out for this afternoon’s match against Portsmouth, but it should be considered that this number included 1,700 travelling supporters who’d made the long journey north from the Hampshire coast. Blackpool’s last home match against Wigan Athletic had a home attendance of just over 3,600 people. This afternoon’s had a home attendance of just over 3,300. The boycott of Blackpool Football Club by a significant proportion of its supporters continues, and...

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Blackpool & The Oystons: Game Over, Surely

The court case between the Oyston Family and Valeri Belokon over Blackpool FC is over, and it was very bad news for the much-hated club owners. Here’s Gavin Saxton with a rundown of what’s been going on in court.  In a devastating judgement, issued on Monday, Owen and Karl Oyston, father and son, were ordered to pay £31.77 million to VB Football Assets – the company formed by Valeri Belokon to take a stake in Blackpool FC in 2006 – in order to buy out their involvement with the club. This followed an increasingly bitter dispute between Belokon and...

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Blackpool vs Leyton Orient: The EFL Does It Again

It wouldn’t have taken a genius, this time last year, to have predicted that possibly the most combustible game of the following League Two season would be the match at Bloomfield Road between Blackpool and Leyton Orient. Both clubs are in a state of something approaching civil war between supporters and owners, and even on-the-pitch matters – Orient finished last season only one place below the play-off positions whilst Blackpool go into the final day of the season with an excellent chance of going one step further than the Os could manage last season – have only partially told...

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Blackpool Supporters Do The Right Thing

The value of FA Cup matches against Football League opposition for non-league football clubs is well documented. Revenue sharing for match tickets and television money is, for clubs that may be otherwise dependent upon modest sponsorship and commercial revenues, gate receipts and other sundry sources of income, a most welcome breath of fresh air through annual accounts that may well otherwise fall somewhere between being stale and being rotten. This creates something of a dilemma for the supporters of clubs at which there is discontent at the behaviour of owners. By a law of unintended consequences, smaller clubs may...

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Blackpool’s Winter of Discontent

When all is said and done at the end of the first day of fixtures in the Football League on Saturday afternoon, there will be one particular statistic that many may reach for before any other. At home against Exeter City in their first match in the basement division of the Football League since 2001, how many people will bother with Blackpool FC’s first match of the season? For the last two seasons, attendance figures have been higher than might have been expected at a club that has fallen into a state of something approaching open warfare between the...

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