Steven Davies has revealed the atmosphere around Bloomfield Road got so bad last season, he was forced to stop his family from going to games.
The striker spent almost two-years at Blackpool before heading to Sheffield United for the end of last season.
And after joining Pool’s League One rivals Bradford earlier this week, he revealed just how bad things became near the end of his time at Bloomfield Road.
“It wasn’t a nice atmosphere with the protests kicking off from the start. It got to the point where I stopped my family coming,” Davies revealed.
“My wife and two kids would go to the games, walk in the stadium and my four-year-old girlwould be asking ‘why’s everyone shouting and booing dad?’
“I didn’t think that’s fair because they are my kids and why can’t they watch their dad play football?
“When it gets to that stage it’s time to put your foot down and make a decision. The fans were moaning before we’d even kicked off.”
Supporters had high hopes for Davies when he arrived in a £500,000 deal from Bristol City in the summer of 2013.
But after injury blighted much of his time at the club, the striker managed just eight goals as things never really went to plan for the 27-year-old.
Despite his on the field problems, Davies’ will no doubt remember his time at Pool for all the off-the-field issues as fans protested against chairman Karl Oyston– something which the now Bradford striker fully understands.
He said: “With everything going on, the supporters probably had every right and that’s why a lot of lads who have left there haven’t got a bad word to say about them.
“It’s their club, they are great fans who pay their money and they deserve a lot considering what they put up with. As a footballer, you’re paid to go on the pitch and perform but I think it was a lot easier in away games.
“There wasn’t that atmosphere you had at home. It was just so negative from the minute you walked into the stadium.
“Football is an opportunity to enjoy myself and express what I’m good at and I don’t think I’m able to do that unless I bring my wife and kids.”