Ferguson wants fans loud and proud

Blackpool players at Brighton on Monday
Blackpool players at Brighton on Monday
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Barry Ferguson says Blackpool’s huge travelling army have given his side a major boost ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Wigan.

The Seasiders are set to be backed by 4,000 supporters, 3,000 of which were handed out free tickets by chairman Karl Oyston.

It’s the final away trip of the season for Pool, who currently sit in the Championship’s relegation zone.

And stand-in boss Ferguson says the support has given the players a huge boost –but he has one more request for the fans.

“I hope the fans are there early for when the boys come out for the warm-up,” he said.

“To come out and see to out left a stand full of Blackpool fans will give us a massive lift.

“If coming out of the tunnel and seeing 4,000 fans there isn’t a boost, I don’t know what is.

“I’ve always believed fans have a massive part to play, when they are right behind you then we can go and do it.

“We all need to stick 
together now.

“I can’t wait for Saturday now, and I know the boys are the same.

“The players all know about the tickets and are 
asking how many have been sold now. I can feel a buzz around them.”

It’s been a strange old week for Blackpool’s fans, who halted the clash against Burnley a week ago three times in 
protest against Oyston.

They then responded to an offer from the chairman by snapping up 3,000 free tickets in two hours on Wednesday, before news broke yesterday up to 30 are set to be sued by the club over alleged comments made on social networking sites.

Despite all this, Ferguson says he’s kept it away from the players as much as possible.

He said: “There’s been negativity around this place for a long, long time and it’s not great. But we need to deal with it and try and take it away from the players as much as I can.

“But they aren’t daft, they know what’s going on.

“Hopefully we can all put it all to the back of our minds and stick to the job.

“We are all ready to fight to keep Blackpool in the Championship.

“The off the pitch stuff doesn’t affect us, it really shouldn’t.

“After the demonstration with the tennis balls it was back to work, it didn’t affect them at all.”

Ferguson has been backed by Pool fans since taking over from Paul Ince in January.

And he’s paid tribute to the support.

“The away support has been amazing and the home support has been great too apart from the odd demonstration.

“We are taking nearly 4,000 on Saturday, the free tickets were snapped up 
really quickly.

“It’s great and it will be a massive boost to the boys.”