Pool fans take to the streets in protest

Fans march down Lytham Road
Fans march down Lytham Road
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Furious Blackpool FC fans took to the resort’s Promenade in protest at the club’s plight.

Just a week after fans gathered on the Comedy Carpet near Blackpool Tower to form an ‘Oyston Out’ message, more than 100 met at the Dutton Arms on Saturday to stage a protest march in response to growing concerns about the future of the club.

With the Championship season just 12 days away, Blackpool only have eight contracted players, a situation fans cannot come to terms with

Supporters have become increasingly disillusioned at the lack of investment by chairman Karl Oyston, with many calling for him to sell the club outright to its Latvian president Valeri Belokon, who has also spoken out strongly about the club’s lack of summer spending so far (see back page).

Seasiders fan Peter Sadler said: “Karl Oyston will not spend a penny. He will not spend any money.

“There is no investment on the playing side. We have the smallest player budget in the league.

“It’s disgusting. No club has ever been in this position before so close to the season.

“Valeri Belokon cares. We want him in charge.”

Fans marched along the Promenade before turning onto Lytham Road and towards Bloomfield Road, where they walked around the perimeter of the stadium and chanted “Oyston Out”.

Fan protests against the Oyston regime last season included a matchday march with a coffin, a billboard bearing the words “Oyston’s Cash Cow” stationed outside Bloomfield Road and the throwing of tennis balls on to the pitch, halting the Good Friday derby against Burnley.

Pool fan Connor Woodvine, 15, organised the march with Edwin Hesketh, 16.

He said: “There is a lack of respect for the Oyston family over the way the club is being run.

“It is time for a change. Ask any Blackpool fans – they do not want Karl Oyston in charge.

“I want to thank the fans for coming down today. We want to spread the word about the state of the club.”

The Seasiders, who play Burnley on Saturday before starting the season at Nottingham Forest a week later, are the bookies’ favourites for the drop.