BST’s big boost for AFC Blackpool

Seasiders supporters at AFC Blackpool
Seasiders supporters at AFC Blackpool
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Seasiders supporters boycotting Bloomfield Road still enjoyed their start-of-season football fix watching Blackpool in the Saturday sunshine.

However, the team in question was AFC Blackpool, who faced Ashton Athletic in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup.

Blackpool Supporters’ Trust sponsored the tie and Pool supporters swelled the crowd at the Mechanics Ground to over 300, though the added support couldn’t inspire AFC to a victory as the visitors won through courtesy of the only goal on the hour.

BST spokeswoman Christine Seddon said: “We sponsored AFC Blackpool as part of our ethical boycott of Bloomfield Road.

“The idea was to give Blackpool fans who have decided not to go into Bloomfield Rd until the Oystons have gone somewhere else to watch some football, meet friends and help a local, grass roots club at the same time.”

The Tangerine Knights group had promoted the match as a ‘No Oyston Day’, with members encouraged to attend to support the grassroots game and forget the issues at Bloomfield Road for the afternoon.

The ongoing dispute between Blackpool FC and its supporters shows no sign of abating as the club announced an official attendance of 3,754 for the opening-day home win over Exeter. Six seasons ago Bloomfield Road was attracting over 16,000 for Premier League fixtures.

It’s back to the bread and butter for relegated AFC Blackpool tonight, when they begin their campaign in the first division of the revamped Hallmark Security League with a game at home to Daisy Hill (7.45pm).