Leyton Orient fans to lead Judgement Day 3 protest

Organisers of next week's huge Judgement Day 3 protest have decided to allow Leyton Orient fans to lead the march due to their current turmoil.

Sunday, 30th April 2017, 11:31 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:39 pm
Blackpool fans protesting outside Bloomfield Road earlier this season
Blackpool fans protesting outside Bloomfield Road earlier this season

Fans of both Blackpool and Leyton Orient, who currently disillusioned with how their clubs are being run, will join together to march on Saturday, May 6 from the South Promenade outside Blackpool Pleasure Beach towards the stadium.

It will take place before Blackpool's crunch last game of the season against Orient - with the Seasiders needing a win to ensure they finish in the play-offs.

It also comes after the O's last home game of the season against Colchester United was forced to be finished behind closed doors after an estimated 750 home fans almost forced the game to be abandoned after invading the pitch.

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Orient are bottom of the league and have already been relegated to non-league under the ownership of Francesco Becchetti.

BST and Tangerine Knights issued the following joint statement: "It was decided between both groups that Leyton Orient(LOFT) will lead our march next Saturday for Judgement Day 3.

"Whilst we may have big problems with our owners, it's worth pointing out that Leyton Orient are facing the possibility of going out of business due to monies owed to HMRC and other creditors.

"The club are back in the High Court in June where their owner Francesco Becchetti has promised to pump in £1m to keep the club alive. If he doesn't pump that money in there is a real possibility the football club will be wound up.

"Orient's staff and players weren't paid last month which resulted in a go fund me page being set up by Sophie Palmer which raised £5,000 which enabled staff to be paid. Leyton Orient supporters trust also set up a separate go fund me page to help save their club should the unthinkable happen in June.

"So far they have raised £140,000 and so any bucket collections on #JD3 will be donated to the LOFT regeneration fund.

"In keeping with the fans united theme we feel it is highly appropriate that they get to lead the Judgement Day 3 march."

The protest will start at 4pm from The Big One rollercoaster before making its way to Bloomfield Road via the promenade.

Blackpool's game against Orient will kick off at 5.30pm.

The day of action is being endorsed by the Football Supporters' Federation and fans of clubs from around the country are being encouraged to take part.

An estimated 4,000 disgruntled Seasiders fans marched through the resort last year for Judgement Day 2, which coincided with the 4-0 defeat to Wigan which all but confirmed Pool's relegation to League Two.