Blackpool fans to mark anniversary of Oyston v Belokon court judgement with vigil

Blackpool Supporters' Trust has unveiled plans to mark the one-year anniversary of the court judgement between Owen Oyston and Valeri Belokon with a vigil outside Bloomfield Road.

Wednesday, 31st October 2018, 10:49 am
Updated Wednesday, 31st October 2018, 11:53 am
Blackpool supporters are being urged to support a vigil outside Bloomfield Road

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The club’s largest supporters’ group says it needs 163 supporters to gather outside the main entrance on Tuesday, November 6.

There each person will be handed a page from last year's court judgement, which ruled that Oyston had “illegitimately stripped” the club of cash following its promotion to the Premier League in 2010.

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It was found that the Oystons had unfairly prejudiced Belokon, who accused them of “improperly” extracting tens of millions of pounds from the club.

A BST spokesperson said: “Tuesday, November 6 marks the first anniversary of the judgment made by Justice Marcus Smith in the Valeri Belokon vs Owen Oyston legal action.

“BST believe it is important to mark this "shabby anniversary" to highlight the continuing plight of our football club and the failure of the football authorities to acknowledge or act upon this seismic ruling.

“Blackpool fans, the club and the community have been let down on all sides and we are determined to continue to highlight this fact until our situation is resolved.

“We have arranged for a professional photographer, Stephen Cheatley, to take a photograph of Blackpool fans holding a vigil outside the main entrance of Blackpool FC on Tuesday evening.

“Stephen has kindly offered his services to capture an image which will highlight our plight and which will then be shared with all media, the football authorities, national fans' groups etc.

“Ideally we need 163 supporters to join us at 6.30pm outside the West Stand main entrance to hold up one page each of the judgment.

“This should not take up too much of anyone's time but we really need you to turn up in numbers to make this a success.

“Oyston out Scarves, Blackpool FC scarves and shirts, lots of tangerine need to be on display - let's make this a powerful image!”