Tag: Blackpool

The Blackpool Supporters Trust Offer The Dreadful Karl Oyston A Way Out

For most relegated football clubs, the sole consolation to come from that loss of status is the understanding that things shouldn’t be as bad again the next time around. Relegation offers the opportunity of a fresh start, a broom to be brushed through a squad of misfiring players, the possibility of a run at promotion back again the following season, or at least winning a few more game the next time around. Sometimes, however, the only wind to blow through a football club following relegation takes the form of a cold, sinister gust. Sometimes, it feels as if relegation...

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Rape, Disrespect & Fury: The Oyston Family & Blackpool FC

It was a story that had been bubbling under the radar of the football world for some considerable time, but by the end of the final round of fixtures yesterday afternoon there could be no doubt that most people were at the very least aware of the anger felt by the supporters of Blackpool FC as their team plummeted from the Football League Championship into League One. With just three minutes of the second half of their final home league match of the season against Huddersfield Town and the score still goalless, a protest pitch invasion by Blackpool supporters...

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Match Of The Past: Blackpool FC

We continue our series of archive videos of the clubs of the Football League Championship this morning with Blackpool. Amongst the giants of the immediate post-war era, Blackpool entered a steady decline in the 1970s before recovering their composure and eventually finding their way back into the Premier League, and last season they were only narrowly beaten in the play-off final for a place back in the top division by West Ham United. Our six matches come from the years between 1953 and 2001, and we start – perhaps unsurprisingly – with one of the most famous matches in the clubs history, the 1953 FA Cup Final at Wembley against Bolton Wanderers, a match which became known as The Matthews Final in spite of Stan Mortenson becoming the only player in the history of the competition to score a hat-trick in an FA Cup Final. Our next three matches all come from the 1970s. First up is a home match at Bloomfield Road against Queens Park Rangers in the Second Division from April 1970, and this is followed by a home derby match from three years later, again at Bloomfield Road, against Preston North End. Finally – for this decade – we have a match against a Fulham side containing George Best from the Second Division in November 1976. By the middle of the 1990s, the club had spent...

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Match of the Weekend 1 – The Championship Playoff Final: West Ham United 2 Blackpool 1

West Ham United are back in the Premier League, after Ricardo Vaz Te’s late strike gave them victory over a doggedBlackpoolside. In a match that inevitably gets linked with the £90million that the club will earn from being in the Premier League for  a season (and the parachute payments should the winning team last just one season), it was a match that the Sky hype machine almost manage to bill as the most important game of the season, but the second most important of the day. In terms of quality, it wasn’t one of the greatest Playoff finals, butBlackpooland West Ham served up yet another exciting game, and one that will sit comfortably among the Championship’s end of season finale.   It was a game that, started as it would play out. West Ham spent most of the early exchanges showing their hand in terms of their main game plan. They looked to get Ricardo Vaz Te behind the defence, and try and spring it from a cross out wide, a tactic the Hammers try three times in the first ten minutes, yet each time, the Portugese forward is clearly offside, The Plan B looks to be pushing the midfield forward, so that any loose balls are met hard and fast, and Matt Taylor shows this tactic’s potential by charging into the box to claim a second ball from...

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The Oyston Family & Blackpool FC: Eleven Million Questions To Answer – At Least

Blackpool’s accession to the Premier League was, on the surface, one of the feel-good stories of 2010. A club with a tight wage budget had broken up from the bottom division of the Football League and reclaimed a place in the top division that it had last held almost forty years previously. The team itself battled hard in the Premier League once there, winning a league double against Liverpool and beating Tottenham Hotspur at Bloomfield Road before succumbing to relegation by a single point on the final day of the season. They were relegated back to the Championship with their pride and dignity intact, and have made solid progress this season, sitting in fourth place in the table and still in touch with the automatic promotion places for a return to the top flight. Yet there was always a suspicion – albeit a slight one – that there was more to the owners of the club than met the eye. Chairman Karl Oyston resigned his chairmanship in August of 2010, citing disillusionment at the way in which the modern game was headed as the biggest single reason behind his decision to step down while remaining as acting Chief Executive of the club. A month after this resignation, however, he filed for bankruptcy even though his family had been listed on The Sunday Times Rich List – with an estimated...

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