Gates just great for chairman Oyston

Chairman Karl Oyston
Chairman Karl Oyston
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Karl Oyston says Pool’s increasing fan base shows just how far the club have come.

Pool have sold more than 10,000 season tickets for 2013-14 – the most in their history for a season outside the top flight – after an offer which saw the price slashed by almost £200.

The Seasiders enjoyed an average attendance of 13,895 this past season, which compares favourably to local rivals Preston (9,324) and Burnley (12,914).

The 15,777 average during the Premier League campaign (2010-11) was followed by a drop to 12,808 the following season.

But it’s the recent rises which give chairman Oyston most satisfaction. He said: “With the season ticket sales, we should be averaging around 13,000 again next season.

“That is wonderful as it puts us back in the frame with local clubs who have always had higher averages during my time in charge.

“To be overtaking them is a brilliant achievement and it shows just how far we’ve come as a club.

“It was important to retain the support we have and get people in the habit of watching Blackpool.”

Blackpool sold season tickets for just £195.30 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the club’s FA Cup win in 1953.

The offer was due to end at 3pm last Thursday, exactly 60 years to the minute after that historic Wembley kick-off, but was extended to take in the bank holiday weekend.

Chairman Oyston added: “In the current climate, and after the season we’ve had with all the instability, it’s a fantastic response.

“The free offer for under-sevens we started a few seasons ago is probably bearing fruit now too. We always thought it would benefit us over the long term and it appears to be the case.

“We are fully aware we have to produce football people want to watch and results people will enjoy.

“It’s about winning and progressing.

“We have to keep moving forward. It’s difficult to do that with the very high standards we’ve set ourselves, but that’s what we will keep trying to do.”