Fans march on Blackpool FC

Hundreds of Blackpool fans marched to Bloomfield Road, ahead of the club’s only pre-season match with Burnley, in protest against chairman Karl Oyston.

Tblackpool fc protesthe cold war engulfing Blackpool intensified on Saturday as hundreds of fans demonstrated against club owners, the Oyston family.

Resentment is building among Blackpool followers towards chairman Karl Oyston, who has cut the playing staff to leave manager Jose Riga with just 14 registered players before Saturday’s start to the Championship.

They are yet to sign a goalkeeper and, at one point in the second half of the 1-0 defeat by Burnley, Riga was forced to field eight trialists. Before the defeat by Burnley — in which Marvin Sordell scored the only goal — home fans marched to Bloomfield Road. They wore ‘Oyston Out’ T-shirts and shouted derogatory chants such as ‘you greedy b*****d, get out of our club’.

They say the chairman has failed to invest in the club, which until last week had only eight players in its squad.

Protestor Rob Underdown said: “For several years Karl has failed to invest in the club, and two weeks ago we were the laughing stock of football.

“Now we know other teams are behind us – even the Burnley fans have told us they will not be spending a penny once they are inside the ground.”


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