There’s only one Paul Ince, but 10,000 this Saturday

One of 10,000 masks which will be handed out at Bloomfield Road on Saturday
One of 10,000 masks which will be handed out at Bloomfield Road on Saturday
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Paul Ince starts his five-match stadium ban when Wigan visit Bloomfield Road on Saturday – but we’re making sure his face will be everywhere.

The Gazette has joined forces with Radio Wave to produce 10,000 masks of the Pool boss for supporters to wear as the teams come out for the Sky-televised Championship clash.

The idea was suggested on fan message boards, social media and in emails.

So we thought it was the perfect way to make sure Ince’s presence would be felt in the stadium.

The masks will be distributed outside the ground prior to kick-off where we will ask fans for a small donation. All proceeds will be split between The Gazette’s Hospice Heroes appeal – which is raising funds for Trinity and Brian House – and Variety: A Children’s Charity.

Gazette Editor Jon Rhodes said: “Paul Ince has proved himself to be a motivational powerhouse in his time as Seasiders’ manager and there is little doubt this ban will hit the Pool team hard.

“So if the manager can’t be there in person, what better way to lessen the impact than to have 10,000 Paul Inces in the stands?

“We are delighted to hook up with our friends at Radio Wave for something that will lift the spirits of both Pool fans and players – and hopefully see a lot of money raised for two very worthy causes.”

Ince has received a five-game stadium ban by the Football Association after an incident in mid-September when the Seasiders were playing Bournemouth.

The 45-year-old has been ordered not to enter a stadium where Blackpool are playing on match days until the November 30.

Paula Davies, station director at Radio Wave, said: “We’re all shocked by the ban and worried about the effect it’s going to have on the team’s performance over the next few weeks. So, together with colleagues at The Gazette, we came up with the idea to produce Paul Ince face masks. It’s going to look brilliant with the stands awash with the manager’s face, I can’t wait!”

So, as the teams walk out onto the Bloomfield Road pitch in front of the TV cameras on Saturday, let’s have 10,000 Paul Inces ready to cheer!


The Gazette has launched the Hospice Heroes appeal to help raise £200,000 for Brian House and Trinity Hospice.

Both sites are in need of major modernisation and we need generous Fylde folk to do something heroic for their hospices.

Find out more by viewing the ‘Hospice Heroes’ section of our website.