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‘Funeral march’ held ahead of Blackpool FC game

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Organisers of a ‘funeral march’ in protest against the Oystons’ running of Blackpool FC say hundreds of people took part in the demonstration ahead of the club’s home game against Huddersfield Town today.

Less than an hour before kick off – in a game the Seasiders went on to win 1-0 to record back-to-back home victories – supporters took to the streets outside the stadium.

The Seasiders’ Independent Supporters Association (SISA) staged the march to protest against a lack of investment in the club.

And organisers claimed 700 people took part, although the official figure is thought to be considerably lower at around half that.

SISA secretary Kevin Boroduwicz said he was delighted with the response to the march.

He added: “We want to encourage the owners to be more responsible to the supporters, to put football first and invest in the infrastructure of the club.”

The group said it hopes the procession will force fans and the media to take notice of what it claims is chronic under-investment in the club.

However, some fans at the game questioned the timing of the demonstration, at a crucial stage of the season, warning it could have a negative impact on the team’s performance.

One supporter said: “I think they should wait until we are mathematically safe from relegation – then they can do what they like.”

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