Big screen to air Blackpool's play-off final for boycotters

Plans are being put in place to air Blackpool's Wembley play-off final against Exeter City on a big screen at AFC Blackpool's ground.

Sunday, 21st May 2017, 12:44 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:43 pm
The big screen will be housed at AFC Blackpool's ground

It will provide an alternative opportunity to watch the final for those who are boycotting Wembley as a way of starving the Oystons of more income.

It is an idea put forward by the Blackpool Supporters' Trust (BST), who say they will need to raise around £2,000 for their idea to become a reality.

BST said: "This is to provide an alternative opportunity to watch the play-off final for those who are boycotting Wembley and to provide a community focus for those of us who have committed to the ethical boycott/NAPM (Not A Penny More) stance but still want to watch the game with fellow fans.

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"We have found a company who are able to provide us with a very large screen and live streaming of the match. We are still working on details but estimate that the overall cost will be approximately £2,000.

"The plan is to charge a reasonable entrance fee (to be decided, but under £10 with discount for juniors and seniors) and if sufficient numbers support this event then we should be able to cover our costs. Any profit will go to a nominated charity."

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The supporters' group is also planning to send a "protest bus" down to Wembley to keep a presence outside the ground - as they have done for every boycotted game for the last two seasons.

The group added: "We do not think that Wembley should be any different and although this is not intended as a large-scale protest, a group of BST members/Blackpool fans outside Wembley stadium before the game, with appropriate banners (including the 13 timeline banners from JD3), would make a valuable statement.

"The cost of a coach plus parking would be approximately £1,500 and the BST committee feel that this should be funded by BST. However, donations towards the cost would be welcome.

"For this to be a realistic proposition, we will need names of people who are willing to go to Wembley to protest outside. Unless we can fill the coach there is no point in doing it."