A lifelong fan has come up with a clever way of supporting Blackpool without giving money to the club’s owners.
Blackpool Supporters Trust recently called on members boycott all official BFC products as part of their ‘Not a penny more’ campaign.
With that in mind, supporter Lee Morton decided to design, produce and sell an ‘alternative’ Blackpool shirt which he claims allows fans to show their colours.
“Over the years I’ve spent a fortune on season tickets, shirts, food and all sorts at BFC, but I’ve now decided enough is enough,” said Morton who has supported the club for more than 25 years.
“Like myself many Pool fans enjoy wearing the shirt, particularly on match days, and I like to see my son in the famous tangerine.
“Therefore I put forward the idea of an alternative shirt which fans could buy, and it was picked up by BST.
“I sourced, designed and I am now selling the shirts off my own back, the response has been fantastic.
“I started with just 70 shirts but since they I’ve made five fresh orders and can’t get them quick enough.
“A new batch is due next week and hopefully more and more people will buy them and support the cause.”
At present around 400 fans have snapped up the kit, which is available in junior and adult sizes.
The shirts are sold on a not for profit basis and Morton decided to give the £10 excess to Blackpool Supporters Trust, so far raising almost £4,000.
He explained: “Matt Smith from BST got in touch around March last year and said they were happy to endorse the kits, so I thought it would be a nice touch to donate the £10.
“Hopefully the money will go to charitable causes and also help BST to build upon the fantastic work they are doing so far.”
The shirts are available to buy online now, priced at £22.74 for kids and £34.74 for adults with £10 going to BST. For more information visit www.sixstarsuk.bigcartel.com.
Blackpool FC’s official version is not yet available to the public.