Valeri Belekon made his first appearance at Bloomfield Road for over a year last night.
The Latvian remains club president but his extended absence had fuelled rumours that he was no longer involved.
But he shocked everyone by checking into the BFC hotel yesterday morning before watching last night’s game.
Manager Ian Holloway revealed it was a surprise to everyone. “He kept everyone on their toes yesterday. They didn’t even know he was coming,” he said.
“It was nice to see him. I welcomed him and gave him a bit of a hug. He’s a lovely man.
“Obviously he’s over here checking on his investment and having a look around the new hotel as well.”