Blackpool fans hold anti-Oyston protest ahead of Portsmouth game

Around 500 fans took part in anti-Oyston protest ahead of Blackpool's opening home game of the season against Portsmouth today.

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The protest was organised by Blackpool Supporters' Trust but was backed up by members from Muckers' Supporters' Group and the Tangerine Knights.

A healthy number of Portsmouth fans also joined in.

Protesters vented their anger with a number of anti-Oyston chants as well as holding a number of banners and flags.

The action remained peaceful although police were temporarily drafted in on horseback to calm down protesters who had attempted to charge the security fencing.

Around 500 fans took part in the protest

Around 500 fans took part in the protest

Eggs and smoke bombs were also launched towards the main entrance.

The protest was originally organised weeks ago as a means of reminding Owen Oyston of the fans' continued anger at his running of the club.

It coincided with their opening home game of the season, but it took on extra meaning this week following Gary Bowyer's shock resignation on Monday followed by last night's club statement.
For more coverage of the protest, visit our live blog of today's game against Portsmouth.

WARNING: Videos may contain explicit language

Fans gathered outside the main entrance from 2pm onwards

Fans gathered outside the main entrance from 2pm onwards

A number of Portsmouth fans joined in with the show of solidarity

A number of Portsmouth fans joined in with the show of solidarity