BLACKPOOL FC CRISIS
Sort it out
I am a long time fan of Blackpool Football Club having spent my formative years living in the town until I joined the RAF. I am now living in south Wales.
I well remember the 1953 Cup Final which we watched on a relative’s black and white TV set and the subsequent open top parade along the Promenade.
As a youngster I attended many home games including the first game to be played under the floodlights.
The Spion Kop was the place for me and my mate Derek on a Saturday afternoon.
The town was very proud of its club and the many fine players that turned out on Saturdays.
We lived very near Stan Matthews’ home and would often try and catch glimpses of the great man and also of the great Harry Johnston at his newsagents shop in the town.
It is with growing dismay and bewilderment I have watched events unfold over the last 12 months, events which have not only saddened and angered the fans, but have made this proud club a laughing stock.
There are parallels here with my local club Cardiff where relations between the club hierarchy and fans have often been acrimonious.
However, as far as I am aware, Cardiff fans have not been targeted for damages for voicing their opinion and relations with the owners are now a lot better through a lot of hard work and dialogue.
So come on Blackpool FC, this situation must be sorted very quickly.
Without the goodwill of your fan base you may just as well drop the FC from the club title and prepare for life in the Conference.
Being a fan of the club these days is akin to being on the down escalator, while looking across to the escalator going the other way carrying the Fleetwood and Preston supporters.
I wish all Blackpool fans, the club and its employees better times in the future.
COLD HEARTED TWEETS
I refer to the tragic story of the heartless dog owner who allowed her dog to kill a tiny kitten (Gazette, May 1), and the tweet the next day from ‘Stephanie Blackburn Rovers’.
She tweeted: “It’s just a cat at the end of the day. Anyone would think it was a human.”
So, this cold hearted woman believes animal cruelty is OK.
Has she not heard of the RSPCA? In case she hasn’t, may I please inform her it stands for the ‘Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’.
Animal cruelty is not legal or acceptable in this day and age.
It may also surprise her to know many people love their pets and are deeply upset when they die, especially in horrific circumstances like this particular case.
Moor Park Avenue
DEATH OF KITTEN
In reply to the person who hid their identity behind ‘Tweet of the Day’ (Gazette, May 2) regarding the poor kitten that was mauled to death by a dog while the so-called woman owner gloated on watching it all.
The tweet is typical of the type of people around.
I do not think Blackburn Rovers Football Club would be very pleased at this phantom writer using their logo.
It never gets any better the despicable things people do.
HELPING THOSE IN POVERTY
As a charity working to support people in financial hardship, we welcome the new report by Academics Stand Against Poverty as it keeps public attention on the real practical issue of poverty.
A huge 83 per cent of low income households told us they’ve seen no sign of their finances improving in the last year, with many struggling to put food on the table for their families or ending up increasingly in debt.
This is having a detrimental effect on their health and wellbeing.
Yet we also found that more than a third of those on low incomes have never checked what financial support could be available to them.
We are working to raise awareness of this support and make it easy to access, and anyone in need can use the free tools on our website – www.turn2us.org.uk – to find out quickly and easily what help might be available.
Organisations like Turn2us exist to get practical help to those who most need it.
We urge all like minded organisations to make this help as accessible and prominent as possible.
STEVE COULD WRITE TV SHOW
I look forward to reading Steve Canavan’s column.
His quirky humour reminds me of the situation comedies of 1970s television, plenty of belly laughs.
Today’s drip dry comedies hardly raise in me a smile, perhaps it’s a generation thing.
I think Steve should consider extending his writing talents to a TV comedy.
My generation would certainly appreciate it.