Why we will not print Owen Oyston's message to Blackpool FC fans

Blackpool fans' return to Bloomfield Road is just days away.

Thursday, 7th March 2019, 3:45 pm
Updated Friday, 8th March 2019, 7:08 am
Bloomfield Road will be rocking once more at the weekend as Blackpool FC fans are set to return in their thousands.

The patience shown in the run-up to this long-awaited return, with more than 14,000 home fans expected at the stadium on Saturday, has been nothing short of remarkable.

The supporters have fought long and hard to get to this point. Saturday will be a day of celebration and nothing should be allowed to overshadow that.

Least of all the man who has caused so much upset and anger for loyal Pool followers, Owen Oyston.

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Today, he contacted The Gazette with his message to fans and the team ahead of the big game.

We will not be printing a word of it.

The blame for so much of the mess that has blighted the club for too long rests with him.

He has repeatedly declined to answer legitimate questions about his ownership of the club. He has refused to be held accountable for his actions.

He dodged those same questions again today.

So no, Mr Oyston, we will not pass on your message.

Some supporters may want to know what he said. But coming now, two days before Bloomfield Road roars once more, it would only undermine what they have worked so hard to achieve.

Regardless of the result on Saturday, this weekend will be a victory for the fans.

They deserve this moment. Nobody else.