Fans blast Oyston after meeting no-show

Karl Oyston
Karl Oyston

Karl Oyston was today accused of having no respect for Blackpool’s fans after failing to show at a supporters’ forum last night.

Around 30 supporters gathered at Bloomfield Road after being invited by the chairman for a question and answer session after the club’s disastrous start to the season.

However, Oyston didn’t show instead sending a text message to organisers Blackpool Supporters Association expressing his apologies.

One of the fans left waiting was Geoff Doyle, a season ticket holder of 55 years, who said: “I’m disgusted. To let us down when we were sat in the club waiting isn’t good enough.

“He must have known before then that he wasn’t coming here.

“We wanted answers on a number of things and were instead left sitting around. It was a total waste of time.”

Blackpool are currently joint bottom of the Championship after the worst start to a season in the club’s history.

Vocal protests against the chairman have been prominent in each of the side’s seven games so far, and last night’s meeting was arranged as a chance for him to answer supporters’ concerns.

BSA chairman Glenn Bowley, who was due to chair the meeting, was less than impressed. He said: “Last night there was a room full of fans who gave up their spare time to come and speak to Karl Oyston.

“We all wanted answers after such a terrible summer and as the head of the company he should be answering his customers.

“If that’s how he treats his customers then I’m afraid it’s simply not good enough.”

Supporters travelled from far and wide for the event which Oyston pulled out of just 20 minutes before it was due to start.

Phil Corbett, who made the trip from Leeds, said: “If the fans can make the effort to be here then so should he.

“It’s been in the diary for a couple of weeks and it’s not good enough.

“To say he wasn’t coming at 6pm was wrong, it would appear there’s no respect for the fans.

“It’s annoying. I made a real effort to get here from Leeds and he can’t do the same.”

While Alban O’Brien, who’d came from Formby, echoed the anger in the room.

“I think this shows Karl Oyston doesn’t realise the importance of the situation we’re in,” he said.

“He doesn’t realise the importance of winning over hearts and minds.

“In April we, as BSA, sent him a five-point letter and he should have given us answers.”

Oyston wasn’t available to comment last night but claimed heavy traffic after a business meeting in Birmingham was to blame for his absence. He said he would re-arrange the meeting for a future date.