Fans prepare to walk out in protest

Some Seasiders plan to leave in the 53rd minute
Some Seasiders plan to leave in the 53rd minute
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A group of Blackpool fans plan to protest against chairman Karl Oyston tonight by walking out in the 53rd minute.

The newly formed Tangerine Knights have arranged a number of protests in recent months including 200 fans spelling out the words ‘Oyston Out’ on the town’s comedy carpet.

And this evening they plan to release 1,000 black balloons on the 19th minute, before encouraging fans to walk out of the stadium after 53 minutes, symbolising the 1953 FA Cup final victory against Bolton.

A statement from the group read: “The protests are in no way aimed at the players all of whom are doing their best for the club, however we believe that this is the only way forward, given the clubs situation and the manner in which the Oyston family treat this famous club and it’s supporters.

“Other planned protests for the game include banners supporting each clubs fans campaigns of Oyston Out and Tam Out. The plan is, on the 19th minute for up to 1,000 black balloons to be released with Cardiff fans being asked to release blue balloons as part of Keep Cardiff Blue.

“Then on the 53rd minute, the drum will sound and Blackpool fans will be asked to slowly leave their seats in a symbolic funeral style march, holding banners and then either watching the rest of the game in the concourse or leaving the stadium entirely and watch the rest of the game at local pubs.”

It’s unclear how many Blackpool fans are planning to join in the protests, which have been planned with the backing of local police and ground safety officers.