Tag: Blackpool

Blackpool’s Ongoing Towering Inferno

Over the course of the last few weeks, it had started to look as though the shambolic season that Blackpool Football Club has endured was starting to show signs of promise, on the pitch, at least. Wins against relegation rivals Crewe Alexandra and Doncaster Rovers had dragged the team to within touching distance of safety, and a home win against Southend United a week ago on Saturday had even allowed the club a week with its head above the dotted line that marks relegation to League Two in just a few weeks time. Last weekend, however, the wheels fell...

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The Sound Of Silence & Blackpool FC

There is, as anybody that has seen one will readily attest, something fundamentally eerie about watching a football match in an empty or near empty stadium. The sound of the referee’s whistle, unencumbered by the padding of thousands of watching bodies, sounds more shrill than we are accustomed to. Not only are the shouts of the players more audible than usual, but they reverberate off the concrete, steel and glass like ghosts of times when the seats or terraces were packed with paying spectators. A football match played out in an empty stadium is a sporting fixture shorn of...

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Neil Diamond & Sluggish Season Ticket Sales: Blackpool’s Summer Of Discontent Rumbles On

As the deadline approached, it started to feel as if the contemptuous Oyston leopards were showing their spots yet again. We reported, the week before last, that after months of bitterness, vituperation and lawsuits, the Blackpool Supporters Trust had made the offer of a buyout of the club to the much-loathed family which offered them a get-out from Bloomfield Road with the last slivers of their dignity intact, whilst allowing the Trust itself to get on with the day-to-day running of the football club with the intention of finally bringing to a close its regrettably well-deserved reputation as English football’s basket case du jour. Few were particularly confident that chair-thing Karl Oyston would take a great deal of notice of the offer, of course. The Oystons have a well-earned reputation for treating the supporters of Blackpool FC like dirt, whether through lawsuits that seem to border on the vexatious through to Karl’s son Sam’s self-admittedly libelous statements about one Blackpool supporter who is employed by a local casino. What else, however, was the Trust to do? The club seemed likely to be heading into the new season in a state of open civil war, and with bookmakers listing the club as being amongst the favourites for relegation from League One at the end of the coming season, those cash cow days of Premier League television money now likely seem...

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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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