Fans waste no time in snapping up free tickets

Blackpool fans queue at Bloomfield Road for free tickets to the Wigan game
Blackpool fans queue at Bloomfield Road for free tickets to the Wigan game
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Blackpool supporters wasted no time in snapping up the 3,000 free tickets for Saturday’s crunch clash at Wigan paid for by chairman Karl Oyston.

Oyston made the gesture to season-ticket holders ahead of Pool’s final away match of the the campaign and promised a full review of the club’s practices over the summer.

The free tickets were made available at the Bloomfield Road ticket office and online yesterday afternoon, and they soon disappeared after long queues formed outside the ground.

The DW Stadium clash has become critical to Pool, who have just two matches to escape from the relegation zone, and after Monday’s excellent draw at Brighton boosted their survival hopes the chairman decided to make a gesture to fans.

Oyston said: “I spoke to Glenn Bowley (chairman of Blackpool Supporters Association) after Monday’s positive display and felt we had to do something.

“I think everyone associated with the club needs to get behind the team for the last two games. It’s a local journey and we want to get as many of our season ticket holders to Wigan as we possibly can.

“BSA are laying on free coach travel for their members and we are paying for people’s tickets.

“It’s all about us all doing everything we can now to get the team over the line.”

Season ticket holders who had already purchased seats for Wigan were invited to claim a refund.

While Wigan’s away end holds almost 5,000, the Latics have only allocated Blackpool 3,500 due to their unreserved seating policy. The remaining 500 tickets go on sale this morning, priced £20.

Last weekend The Gazette called on Oyston to sort things out and he has since pledged: “Plans are being made now to solve the club’s deficiencies this summer.

“We are ready to address all the deficiencies we have. “Once we are safe the hard work starts in the summer for us. But for now we have to put that to one side – we have two cup finals now that are of critical importance.

“It took us 30 years to get out of the bottom two divisions and I’d hate us to drop back into them, so we are making a final push to support the team.”