BST column: Fans vote for ethical BFC boycott

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This season, more and more Blackpool fans are choosing to take action in the quest for a change of ownership at Blackpool FC.

The “Not A Penny More” campaign (#NAPM) has been running for some time but the desperate plight of our club in recent months has really highlighted the need for individuals to act.

BST members voted in favour of an ethical boycott of goods and services supplied by the Oystons’ businesses as well as those companies who directly or indirectly support them.

In order to assist those who wish to take part in such a boycott, BST are maintaining a list of relevant companies, which will be available on our website.

This type of action can make a real difference in our quest to secure the future of our club, but BST would like to remind all fans that taking part in this sort of action is a personal choice for every individual and all fans should respect each other’s decision whether they choose to participate or not.

At the recent Football Supporters Federation conference, the subject of ethical boycotts was discussed in connection with enforcing change.

The forum agreed that it is entirely legitimate to target businesses and sponsors to effect change.

This must resonate with Blackpool fans who find themselves in the unenviable position of needing to target and maybe boycott sponsors and businesses outside football but linked to the owners, as well as the official outlets of the club itself, in an attempt to bring about change.

The forum noted that boycotting is the ultimate power; it is very, very effective.

Away games

With many fans choosing to boycott Bloomfield Road and only go to away matches, BST is routinely contacting all the football clubs we will be visiting this season.

We are requesting every club to ensure that there is a pay on the gate facility to enable those fans who have taken a #NAPM stance to attend without purchasing their tickets through the Blackpool FC ticket office.

We will advise in advance on this via our website/social media. It was agreed so far for the Colchester and Sheffield United games.

We are also requesting, on behalf of all Blackpool fans, permission to bring banners and flags into the ground (providing they have fire-retardant certification).

It is a matter for each individual club to decide what is acceptable and some may refuse entry to banners which are openly critical of the owners of the visiting club.

BST will bring pressure to bear to allow fans to be able to express themselves in line with civil liberties and freedom of expression, but as football clubs are private enterprises on private property, the final decision will belong to the host club.

We will have BST representatives at all matches (visible in BST high viz jackets) who will be on hand to help any Blackpool fan who may need advice or assistance.

If you have any queries , please email : secretary@blackpoolsupporterstrust.org