Blackpool FC fans spell out their message

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Tangerines supporters’ group chiefs have urged fellow Blackpool fans to show their discord with the club’s present situation.

The rallying call comes after a stunt which saw dozens of loyal Seasiders line up to spell the letters to the words ‘Oyston out’ on the Promenade’s Comedy Carpet.

Around 300 fans turned up to the protest, which comes as Pool head towards the start of the new season with only eight senior members of the squad.

Thursday night saw the initial meeting of the Blackpool Supporters Trust, which aims to get representation for fans at board level at Bloomfield Road.

Tim Fielding, from 
Seasiders’ Independent 
Supporters Association, which helped organise Thursday’s meeting, said: “I spoke about the importance of individual people, staying within the law, working on their own initiatives – giving a few examples last year.

“I thought Sunday’s protest was well organised and well executed at extremely short notice.

“To be fair to the lads, I thought they pulled it off 
really well.”

Pool fans have become disillusioned at what they perceive as a lack of investment from chairman Karl Oyston, with many calling for him to sell the club.

The Oyston Out human chain was visible from the top of the Tower.

Mr Fielding added: “It was a good effort, looking down from an iconic building in Blackpool the message was getting out there.

“We’re in a very 
uncharted situation with the situation down at Blackpool and something’s got to happen to change things and things like this reflect the concerns of supporters.”

Protests against the Oyston regime last season included marches to the ground, billboards bearing the words “Oyston’s Cash Cow” parked outside Bloomfield Road, and the now infamous demonstration, which saw dozens of tennis balls thrown on to the pitch during Good Friday’s Lancashire derby against Burnley.

Saturday saw Pool play a friendly away at Penrith with no less than five triallists figuring in the starting line-up.

They are scheduled to play just one more pre-season friendly against Burnley a week on Saturday, before the first league game of the season, away at Notts Forest, on Saturday, August 9, and the club are the bookies’ favourite for the drop.

Mr Fielding said: “There was a lot of disquiet up at 
Penrith with people there asking about what was going on, and a sort of embarrassment about the way things are.

“Every day you think something’s going to improve and something’s going to change, but it just doesn’t.”