Blackpool fans were today accused of leaving a repair bill of £4,500 of damage to seats in the away stand at Deepdale following the club’s 1-0 defeat against rivals Preston North End.
Today the first image emerged of the ripped up seats in the Bill Shankly Kop following Monday’s Capital One Cup match.
Toilets in the stadium were also smashed, and buses preparing to transport Blackpool fans to the train station after the match were damaged.
Moments after the final whistle hundreds of North End fans stormed the pitch, and Seasiders fans are thought to have retaliated by damaging the seats.
Det Insp Paddy O’Neill, who is leading a major investigation into what happened, said: “This investigation is around the significant damage at the away stand at Preston, flares being thrown, the pitch invasion, a report of assault and some public disorder from throughout the day when groups started to gather in town from 10.30am.The offenders we are most interested in are the ones whose behaviour has been far below acceptable standards, culminating in the pitch invasion.
“We accept that going 1-0 up with three minutes to go in a local derby is a signal for some over exuberance and some people were so excited they went onto the pitch, but some groups went on intent on engaging in further disorder with Blackpool fans.
“There was a minority of fans from both sides who sought to engage in disorder between each other.”
Police ran from pub to pub in Preston, ordering door staff to keep the doors locked and prevent punters leaving while officers dealt with disorder following the derby clash.
Meanwhile, bookies Paddy Power has attempted to cheer up Blackpool fans smarting from the 1-0 defeat by offering them a free £10 bet.
“It was a little something to make the Blackpool fans smile,” a spokesman said.
The offer has not been extended to Preston fans.
Steward ‘was with Pool fan before horse fall’
More details have emerged about Blackpool fans’ involvement in the disorder as the Seasiders took on Preston North End.
Supt Richard Morgan today said a steward who was trampled by a police horse during the pitch invasion was believed to have been dealing with a Blackpool fan at the time.
He added: “We think a Blackpool fan was struggling to break free from the steward when he was knocked over, and there was disorder at the back of stadium involving Blackpool fans.”