A wonderful day for Blackpool supporters yesterday. Four times the normal gate at Bloomfield Road as thousands and thousands of stay away fans ended their long excruciating and often depressing boycott.
A toxic owner / supporter relationship, which we know so much about began to come to an end when a High Court ruling in the middle of February put the football club into receivership, meaning that Owen Oyston had to pay former director Valeri Belokon the £25m he was owed.
Subsequently receivers were brought in and Oyston and his sister were removed from the board and a new board were appointed consisting of Michael Bolingbroke, and Blackpool fan Ian Currie. Fan representative Tim Fielding has also been included.
It is believed the Oyston family “illegitimately stripped” the club of £26.77m in salaries and other payments to their own companies, following Blackpool’s single 2010-11 season in the Premier League. They tumbled down the leagues soon after.
Blackpool and Charlton fans as recently as September jointly protested outside EFL offices in London and Preston. Yesterday was a great day for Blackpool supporters and all football fans. We count the days until we can celebrate as long, loudly and colourfully as our Tangerine friends.