Ninety per cent of Blackpool season-ticket holders have already said they won’t renew next season. So what are the options for fans – opposed to the ownership of the Oyston family – next season?
1) Continue to support the club – A void has been left in many fans’ lives who watched their side through thick and thin. Some will continue unable to let go of the club they cherish.
2) Go and support another club – Fleetwood Town will play in League One next season, AFC Fylde are 90 minutes from National League Premier football in an £18m new stadium and then there’s AFC Blackpool and Squires Gate, two local clubs run by wonderful volunteers such as Billy Singleton and John Maguire who would be grateful for extra support in the North West Counties League
3) Set up a new club – it’s been done before, so why not? AFC Wimbledon. Formed in 2002 after the original club relocated to Milton Keynes. By 2011 they were in the Football League after a rapid rise through the leagues.
They have submitted plans to move back to the borough of Merton, the original home of Wimbledon, in a new 11,000 capacity stadium
Darlington have just enjoyed their third promotion in four years after reforming following the collapse of the club under George Reynolds. Formed in May 2012, they started in the Northern League and will next year play in the National League North – the same league as AFC Fylde.
They attract well over 1,000 fans to each home game, played in Bishop Auckland.
And FC United (pictured) - Founded by Manchester United supporters in 2005 opposed to American businessman Malcolm Glazer’s takeover of that club.
They also ply their trade in the National League North and have built their own ground, Broadhurst Park, attracting more than 3,000 fans to home games