Blackpool fans take their protests to Karl Oyston’s home

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Dozens of Blackpool fans stepped up their campaign against chairman Karl Oyston by holding a protest outside his home.

Around 60 fans took part in a demonstration organised by the Tangerine Knights group outside Oyston’s family home, near Waddington yesterday.

Blackpool fans protesting outside the Parkers Arms pub

Blackpool fans protesting outside the Parkers Arms pub

They had visited two pubs in rural Lancashire beforehand - including the Parkers Arms in Newton-in-Bowland where the landlady claimed she had close the pub temporarily after accusing some fans of being verbally abusive towards her.

Once outside his home, fans were met by uniformed police officers.

Steven Smith, of the Tangerine Knights was not at the protest but played a part in its organisation.

He said: “The hope of today was to raise awareness and the situation fans find themselves in.

“The idea was protest peacefully but to bring the fight to Karl’s front door and show him we are not giving up.”

Kathy Smith, landlady of the Parkers Arms, said: “The fans seem to think me and Karl are friends when I only know of him by sight.

“Since 2007, I don’t think I have served him more than 10 times, the fans for some reason think he has me in his back pocket.”

The landlady also said an orange smoke bomb was let off outside the pub once they were told to leave.

She added: “Some fans came very abusive once I told them they had to leave as we were unable to serve food to people who had booked tables.

“An orange smoke bomb was thrown outside and they made a large amount of noise, I did lose a few customers as a result.

“Not all the fans were a problem and I understand they might have an issue with Karl but we are a small rural pub that relies on selling food and we were unable to do that for some time on our busiest day.”

Landlord of the Higher Buck in Waddington, Paul Heathcote, said there was no trouble at his pub.

Blackpool fans have held a series of protests against the club’s owners prior to recent matches, with eggs thrown at the main reception, as the club careered towards relegation to League One.

The club revealed annual profits of more than £9m just last month.

Despite repeated calls, no-one from Lancashire Police was available for comment.