Time to get behind the Seasiders

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‘It’s time to get behind your team!’

‘It’s time to get behind your team!’

That is the rallying cry from Blackpool FC skipper Barry Ferguson to the Bloomfield Road faithful ahead of today’s crunch match against Doncaster Rovers.

It follows a turbulent week for the club which has seen manager Paul Ince sacked amid growing concerns about the team’s form.

And Seasiders fans have 
today joined club legend Jimmy Armfield in backing Ferguson’s call for their fellow Tangerines to be the team’s “12th man” on the terraces.

Ferguson, who has taken charge of first team affairs since Ince’s sacking on Tuesday, urged fans to “get behind us, it’s as simple as that.”

He said: “It’s been a difficult period in the last nine games, but I know the fans will get behind us.

“Once the boys go on the pitch on Saturday I’m sure the fans will get behind them.

“I’m excited, and I’m nervous as well. Hopefully come 5pm on Saturday night we’ll have three points.”

Blackpool FC legend Jimmy Armfield is convinced that the fans will play their part in helping to kick-start a revival at Bloomfield Road after the slump in results that led to the downfall of Ince and his coaching staff.

The former Seasiders and England skipper said: “I know the Blackpool fans and I have no doubt they will get behind the team.

“More than anything else the we have to get out of this run as quickly as possible.”

Armfield added with a smile: “With a manager called Ferguson, we should have a chance.”

And from the stands, both the Seasiders Independent Supporters Association (SISA) and the Blackpool Supporters Association (BSA) say they’ll be backing the lads for the full 90 minutes.

Glenn Bowley, BSA chairman, said: “People are obviously looking forward to it.

“This is probably the first time they’ve been looking forward to a home match for quite some time.

“It’s really important that people support the team.

“We’ve got to make sure we create that atmosphere that makes Bloomfield Road intimidating for opposition players, but also a positive atmosphere for our players.

I’m hoping the players will respond to it.

“I’m sure the fans are relishing going to the game today and they’ll get right behind the team.”

Tim Fielding, SISA chairman, said: “The important thing tomorrow is that Barry Ferguson and the team receive our full support.

“We want to give the lads as much support as we can.

“For me part of the strength of the Blackpool side which got promoted and played in the Premier League was how much the fans got behind the team in both those seasons.

“The fans provided the 12th man and I don’t think we’ve had that ever since we came back down.

“We need to get back to the times when the stadium was rocking, provide that wall to wall support and make a difference.”

Former Blackpool striker Ben Burgess said: “It’s big obviously being Barry Ferguson’s first game.

“I think there’ll be a good feeling around with a renewed optimism.

“As the fans normally do, they’ll support the team all the way.

“They’ve done that throughout this and made all the noise.”