Pool to top last year’s season ticket figure

The final few Blackpool FC season tickets being sold at �195.30 were snapped up this afternoon as the deadline approached. Chris Monks waves his son's ticket and Junior Seasiders goodie bag.

The final few Blackpool FC season tickets being sold at �195.30 were snapped up this afternoon as the deadline approached. Chris Monks waves his son's ticket and Junior Seasiders goodie bag.

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Blackpool will be backed by more than 10,000 season ticket holders next season.

The Seasiders offered fans the chance to watch every home Championship game next season for just £195.30.

The deal was designed as a thank you to fans for their loyalty during a tough season and to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1953 FA Cup victory. After a poor season, a big drop in season ticket sales was feared but the cut-price offer has prevented that.

As of the end of play last night, Pool had sold 9,800 season tickets, but that doesn’t include hospitality.

The club also believed they will pick up a few extra sales between now and the start of the season at full price.

And chairman Karl Oyston is delighted with the club’s fan base.

“Over my time here, it’s been constant growth,” he said.

“I think this has been the first serious instability we’ve experienced, with the two managerial departures. They didn’t help.

“I think those, coupled with some of the players’ contractual situations and the playing surface, have made it a funny season and one we’ll all be pleased to see the back of.

“But we are pleased to see the fans have responded to the offer and it will give Paul and the players a real chance to build on past success next season.”

The discount period was supposed to end at 3pm yesterday, the same time the famous final kicked-off exactly 60 years earlier.

But due to demand, the club extended the offer until 2pm on Monday to give all fans the chance to secure their seat.

The Gazette will pay tribute to the 1953 win with a 12-page special tomorrow, including interviews and never-seen-before pictures from the game and celebrations.