Supporters want to ‘take back control’ of BFC

Trust Chairman Tim Fielding addresses the meeting

Trust Chairman Tim Fielding addresses the meeting

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Chants of “Oyston out” rang out as the inaugural meeting of the Blackpool Supporters Trust came to a close last night.

But it was the suggestion that Blackpool FC president Valeri Belokon could be willing to get more involved in the club that got most fans talking after the meeting.

Blackpool fans unhappy with how their club is being run gathered at the Number 1 Club for a meeting at which a new Blackpool Supporters' Trust would be created.'Standing room only.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'17-7-2014

Blackpool fans unhappy with how their club is being run gathered at the Number 1 Club for a meeting at which a new Blackpool Supporters' Trust would be created.'Standing room only. PIC BY ROB LOCK'17-7-2014

Around 500 people packed into the Number One Club, on Bloomfield Road, to hear how BST, which it insists is not specifically anti-Oyston, plans to help turn the club’s fortunes around.

But several questions from the audience focused on interim chairman Tim Fielding’s recent trip to meet Belokon in his native Latvia.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Fielding was reluctant to give too much away.

“I’m not his spokesman,” he said. “But I think it’s fair to say he is not happy.

“What I am working on is getting him to tell (the supporters) why he is not happy with the situation between him and the Oystons.

“My perception is he has had enough and I think over the next four to eight weeks you can expect to hear more from him.”

The meeting, which was brought forward by a week in response to recent revelations about the crisis currently facing Pool, saw BST set out a list of goals to help turn things around on and off the pitch.

Long-term aims include trying to get fan representation at board level. In the mean time, Mr Fielding said he was keen to help strengthen the club’s ties in the community – something he claims Belokon supports.

But he was also clear in his message to Karl Oyston that fans are not happy with the fact the club currently has eight senior players and growing discontent in the ranks with just days to go before the start of the new season.

He said: “This is the start of Blackpool fans taking control back of the club. We are Blackpool FC and we should be at the heart of what’s going on.

“I wasn’t a club we can be proud of, not one where we feel like we are on the outside.

“I want us to build a training ground we can be proud of and I want the stadium to be maintained. I want owners who will attempt that and put football first.”

Speaking after the meeting - which was held twice because there was not enough space in the room to fit all the fans who showed up - season ticket-holder Mark Smith said: “I thought it was very good. The trust seem very well organised - there is a lot going on behind the scenes.

“I think the number of people who turned up demonstrates the strength of feeling.”

Lifelong fan Ken Garrett added: “I think it was important for us laypeople to here Belokon is still interested.

“Now, I think there has got to be measured progress.”

The trust’s website www.blackpoolsupporterstrust.org is due to go live today.