Furious Blackpool FC fans voted with their feet as they staged a protest against the Oyston family’s ownership of the club.
A flood of fans left their seats in the 53rd minute of Friday night’s game against Cardiff – many of them congregating together to chant their anger at how the club is being run.
As owner Owen Oyston watched on, fans chanted protests against the family throughout the first half of the live televised game, while a number of black balloons were released in the 19th minute.
And in the 53rd minute of the match – chosen to mark the club’s 1953 FA Cup triumph – many fans got up and headed for the exits.
Supporters are furious at a lack of investment in the team since the club received millions in payments following relegation from the Premier League.
Word had spread in the run up to the match – which came just months after similar anti-Oyston protests in last season’s derby with Burnley.
A lively opening five minutes of songs against the club’s owners were quickly followed by praise for manager Jose Riga and his squad.
In the 19th minute protesters let off dozens of black balloons with a number making it on to the pitch.
Five fans invaded the pitch and were quickly escorted away by police.
Though plenty of fans left their seats in the 53rd minute, it is not known how many actually left the ground.
The remainder stayed in the corner with many of the younger fans.
Those who stayed were rewarded with a Francois Zoko goal – which not only secured the Seasiders their first League win in 160 days but lifted the club off the bottom of the Championship table.
One protester, holding a defiant banner,said: “I don’t condone people kicking off but what else can we do.
“Even when we’re winning people still want Oyston out.”
Fan Catronia Croft added: “We want to see that money explained on the pitch rather than in the paper (in reference to Owen Oyston’s interview in yesterday’s Gazette in which he attempted to defend how the club was being run).
“I don’t think the protesting will make a blind bit of difference though.”
There are those who remain optimistic though.
Steve Rowland, a member of Blackpool Supporters Trust, holding a #footballfirst banner for the full 90 minutes, said: “We just want the club to be run properly.
“I hope these protests will get more people to believe we can make a positive change to go in the right direction.”