Seasiders supporters can pick up their Paul Ince masks as they enter the stadium this lunchtime.
Your Gazette has joined forces with Radio Wave to produce 10,000 masks of the Blackpool manager, designed to make the players feel the inspirational presence of their banned boss.
Our team will be handing out masks outside the stadium before kick-off, when donations to charity will be welcomed in return. All proceeds will be split between The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal, raising funds for Trinity and Brian House, and Radio Wave’s chosen cause, Variety: A Children’s Charity.
The hope is that the players will see a sea of Inces as they step on to the pitch.
And Ince called on supporters to back the side in his absence. “We always need the support,” he said.
“Expectations can get high. Against Bolton there was a little bit of apprehension maybe in the stands.
“But people needs to realise where we are and how far we’ve come. When the fans are like they can be, there is no better place to be.
“The support is so important to the lads, it really is. We need the supporters at home.
“The atmosphere will be brilliant on Saturday and we will be reacting to the fans.”
Ince will be watching the game at home but will be in constant communication with his staff at Bloomfield Road. He will be forced to watch the game alone, with even his wife deserting him!
Ince joked: “Claire will be at the game. She couldn’t give a monkey’s about me. I asked if she would be staying at home with me and she said, ‘No chance’. She’s going to watch Thomas.”