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Blackpool boycott must be example

Unless you are a Blackpool fan, you could be forgiven if you forgot they actually had a game yesterday.

The usual pictures of their low home numbers were being shared over Twitter at various points during their fixture yesterday in which Armand Gnanduillet rescued a point for the free-falling Seasiders.

Blackpool fans have been openly boycotting their home matches in protest of how the club is being run by its owners, the Oyston family.

Below, is one of many tweets that circulated yesterday afternoon, highlighting the lack of home numbers within the crowd.

The problem was, that Carlisle had sold out their away allocation in advance, meaning that the official crowd at Bloomfield Road on Saturday was 5,471; a much higher figure than it should have been.

The sad fact is – due to the riches of the Oyston family, that is probably enough for Blackpool, as a business to survive. It isn’t a complete catastrophe for the Oystons if crowds aren’t big, why would it be? They have other well-known money making opportunities elsewhere.

Away supporters are left with a choice when they visit Blackpool. Do they let themselves suffer and don’t go and watch their team, or do they join the boycott themselves?

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For me, fans should begin to boycott. It’s the only way that fans can finally unite and begin to beat ‘dodgy’ ownership of football clubs. It has gone too far now. Solidarity should be the byword of football fandom, the underpinning principle.

As good as an away day Blackpool is, refusing to attend is the only way to win this particular battle in a long-term war of attrition.

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