Blackpool FC relaxes banning orders for Charlton game

Banning orders have been lifted for tomorrow's game
Banning orders have been lifted for tomorrow's game
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Blackpool Football Club has announced it will relax its banning orders for tomorrow's game against Charlton Athletic.

It means those fans who are currently banned from Bloomfield Road will now be able to pay tribute to Jimmy Armfield should they wish to.

A club statement read: "Blackpool Football Club can confirm that it will relax bans previously imposed by the club for tomorrow’s match against Charlton Athletic.

"This decision has been made to allow those who want to attend the game and pay tribute to Jimmy Armfield to do so."

This does not apply to supporters who have received banning orders by the courts.

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The Seasiders face Charlton tomorrow in what will be their first game since the passing of Armfield on Monday.

When the club announced that all proceeds from home ticket sales would be donated to Trinity Hospice, where Armfield was president and spent his last days, hopes were raised that fans who are boycotting the ground would put aside their ‘Not A Penny More’ stance for just one day.

Manager Gary Bowyer even called for the fans to "put everything to the side" and fill the ground to pay tribute to the great man.

However, some insist they feel unable to go inside the stadium with the Oystons still in charge and will instead pay their respects tomorrow outside at Armfield’s statue.

The club has confirmed both sets of players will emerge from the tunnel five minutes earlier than usual for a special tribute to Armfield.

A delegation, including Bowyer and his Charlton counterpart Karl Robinson, will lay wreaths in front of the Armfield Stand.

A minute’s applause will also take place prior to kick-off.