BLACKPOOL have thanked the police for enabling them to stage Keith Southern’s testimonial.
With the London Olympics draining policing resources throughout the country, clubs have been asked to minimise the number of high-profile friendlies they arrange.
The Seasiders are taking on Everton on August 5 to honour Southern’s decade of service. But the game only got the go-ahead after lengthy discussions with Lancashire police.
Pool secretary Matt Williams said: “Like a normal match, it is categorised and the police have to send enough officers to make sure it passes off safely.
“We really have to thank the Lancashire constabulary because their resources are drained this summer, with the Open golf as well as the Olympics, which they are supplying officers for.
“Various clubs in the North-West have been asked not to stage any high-profile games but the police have been great with us. With their help we were able to get the Everton match arranged, which we’re delighted about because Keith Southern deserves it.”
Tickets for the testimonial game are available now, priced £10 adults (£5 seniors and under-18s).