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Judgement Day as Blackpool Vs Huddersfield is Abandoned

A judgement of guilty was passed today on Karl Oyston following a horrendous season.

Even without the protests the fact Lee Clark only named 6 players on the bench today showed all that the situation hasn’t changed much since the opening day defeat at Nottingham Forest where there was only a squad of 15 players.

Nothing is going to change while the Oystons remain in charge, come the start of next season its very likely we’ll have a thin squad as we start life in League one.

The main talking point from today will be the pitch invasion, subsequent abandonment of the game and charge on the directors box.

Hopefully the publicity created from today will further raise awareness around the problems at Blackpool. The Oystons will use it to further fuel the idea of a “mob” with banning orders etc.

What needs to happen now is further protests over the summer, the heat can’t be taken off. It’s going to be interesting if the match is re-scheduled, if it is – more protests.

A little round-up of today with photos, videos and links.

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Further links

ITV – http://www.itv.com/news/2015-05-02/fans-invade-pitch-as-protest-halts-blackpool-game/
BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/32459756
Mirror – http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/blackpool-vs-huddersfield-abandoned-after-5622109?
Star – http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/439928/Championship-round-up-Cherries-win-title-play-offs-decided-Derby-tears-Blackpool-chaos
Telegraph – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/blackpool/11579126/Blackpool-fans-invade-pitch-and-camp-in-centre-circle-in-Karl-Oyston-protest-as-Huddersfield-match-suspended.html

Stan Mortensen Statue Removed

With #judgementday coming it seems that the club have taken a pre-emtive move to remove the Stan Mortensen statue from outside the ground. I think I’m right in thinking that the statue is located on private property (e.g. the football ground) and may well be the property of the Football Club. The statue was going to be a focal point of the protest this Saturday.

The lack of a statement before removal and the timing is most likely to wind fans up even if there is a real reason for the statue to be removed. I’m guessing the club will say that it is being removed due to the planned protests – if this is the case, why not remove the Jimmy Armfield statue, the sign for the hotel…

And if this wasn’t a move by the club why no tweet from the club to say it’s been stolen…

For those who don’t know about the Stan Mortensen statue the cost and organisation was conducted by the fans and the council. £25,000 was raised to pay for the statue which was revealed back in 2005 – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lancashire/4175058.stm

It’s almost if they want to be hated….

Frank Knight £20,000 Fund

It’s been almost a year since the last blog post. The lack of blog posts has due to other things in life taking taking precedence over BFC.

Anyway, some of those other things have passed and I’m going to be spending some time on projects highlighting the plight of what is going on at Blackpool FC.

To start, another fan made an apology over comments made about the Oyston family and this time made to pay £20,000. Frank Knight, 69, made the comments to his 34 Facebook friends. Details can all be found in the following articles.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/apr/17/blackpool-fan-20000-oystons-threaten-court-online-post

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-32348363

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3042292/Blackpool-fan-forced-pay-staggering-20-000-damages-allegations-online-Oyston-family.html

However, what has come out of this story is response from the football community. A fund has already raised £4,125 at the time of writing to help Frank. Hopefully this figure will be passed and money will be made available to others who made need financial support.

If you have a spare £5, £10 £20+ head over to http://www.gofundme.com/s5bbb8r and make a quick donation.

Frank Knight Fund

Wigan Vs Blackpool

First match of the season for me which should spark some excitement but with everything that’s gone on and the results we have had so far make it very difficult to get that matchday feeling.

No team news at the time of writing but it will be interesting to see if Riga starts to look at a defensive lineup with the view to stopping the rot.

Wigan have been inconsistent so far but have the players to unlock anytime in the league. Old Seasider Callum Mcmanaman on his day is on of the beat in the league.

Here’s hoping for a point at least or maybe to recreate that performance and result from last season.

Blackpool FC Players on Twitter List – Updated 2014

With a new crop of players settling down I’ve updated the Blackpool FC players on twitter list.

jose-miguel-cubero-twitter

As well as the current crop all the old players (It’s growing each year) are on the list too.

All the accounts below are listed on a twitter list www.twitter.com/blackpoolfcblog/the-ultimate-blackpool-fc/members.

If you think I’ve missed anyone out leave a comment or message on me on twitter.

Current Players

Ex Players

Officials from the club

Press

Blackpool FC on the web

Blackpool set for one man squad next pre-season?

It took some time after a stuttering start to build upon our ‘squad of 8′ players. Further work is still required to bring more faces into the club, defence and upfront being two priority areas.

For those taking note of the signings we’ve made – three came on loan with the rest all signing one-year deal, which includes an option for a further 12 months”. 

It appears this policy of the ‘one year + 12 months extra’ is the only contract policy at the club, no player joining since David Perkins in January has signed a deal for more than one year.

Positives of the policy – we don’t have any unwanted players under contract, however the negative of this is we might end up with a squad of one player in 12 months. 

Our current squad of 20 players
Details in brackets current contract situation

1 GK Joe Lewis (12 month loan from Cardiff City)
2 DF Donervon Daniels (28 day loan from West Bromwich Albion)
3 DF Joan Oriol – (1 year + 1 year option)
4 MF David Perkins (Contract till the end of the season) – Signed 18 month
5 DF Gary MacKenzie (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
6 DF Peter Clarke – (1 year + 1 year option)
7 MF Tomasz Cywka – (1 year + 1 year option)
8 MF Jacob Mellis – (1 year + 1 year option)
9 FW Steve Davies – (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
10 FW Bobby Grant – (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
11 MF Andrea Orlandi – (1 year + 1 year option)
14 FW Nathan Delfouneso – (1 year + 1 year option)
16 FW Tom Barkhuizen – (Contract till the end of the season)
17 FW Ishmael Miller – (1 year + 1 year option)
18 MF John Lundstram (12 month loan from Everton)
20 FW Sergei Zenjov – (1 year + 1 year option)
21 GK Ell Parish – (1 year + 1 year option)
22 MF José Miguel Cubero – (1 year + 1 year option)
24 DF Charles Dunne (2 year + 1 year option) – Signed 3 year + 1 year option
29 DF Tony McMahon – (1 year + 1 year option)

Remove the loan players leaves us with 17 players

3 DF Joan Oriol – (1 year + 1 year option)
4 MF David Perkins (Contract till the end of the season) – Signed 18 month
5 DF Gary MacKenzie (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
6 DF Peter Clarke – (1 year + 1 year option)
7 MF Tomasz Cywka – (1 year + 1 year option)
8 MF Jacob Mellis – (1 year + 1 year option)
9 FW Steve Davies – (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
10 FW Bobby Grant – (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
11 MF Andrea Orlandi – (1 year + 1 year option)
14 FW Nathan Delfouneso – (1 year + 1 year option)
16 FW Tom Barkhuizen – (Contract till the end of the season)
17 FW Ishmael Miller – (1 year + 1 year option)
20 FW Sergei Zenjov – (1 year + 1 year option)
21 GK Ell Parish – (1 year + 1 year option)
22 MF José Miguel Cubero – (1 year + 1 year option)
24 DF Charles Dunne (2 year + 1 year option) – Signed 3 year + 1 year option
29 DF Tony McMahon – (1 year + 1 year option)

Remove players with contracts till the end of this season – 15 players remain

3 DF Joan Oriol – (1 year + 1 year option)
5 DF Gary MacKenzie (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
6 DF Peter Clarke – (1 year + 1 year option)
7 MF Tomasz Cywka – (1 year + 1 year option)
8 MF Jacob Mellis – (1 year + 1 year option)
9 FW Steve Davies – (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
10 FW Bobby Grant – (1 year + 1 year option) – Signed 2 year + 1 year option
11 MF Andrea Orlandi – (1 year + 1 year option)
14 FW Nathan Delfouneso – (1 year + 1 year option)
17 FW Ishmael Miller – (1 year + 1 year option)
20 FW Sergei Zenjov – (1 year + 1 year option)
21 GK Ell Parish – (1 year + 1 year option)
22 MF José Miguel Cubero – (1 year + 1 year option)
24 DF Charles Dunne (2 year + 1 year option) – Signed 3 year + 1 year option
29 DF Tony McMahon – (1 year + 1 year option)

If none of the players had their second year activated leaves us with one player.

24 DF Charles Dunne (2 year + 1 year option) – Signed 3 year + 1 year option

In 12 months there is the possibility that Charles Dunne will be our only contracted player. A player who has yet to appear in a Blackpool shirt, yesterday midfielder David Perkins was preferred at left back and not Dunne who was the only eligible left back in the squad.

charles-dunne

That could be the worst situation.  Working on the assumptions that this ’12 month extra’ is “activated” and not “offered” to players out of that batch of 15 players above which players would you want to stay another 12 months?

Removed from the list above, Gary MacKenzie who seems to have some unknown issue, Steve Davies who still as yet to gain match fitness after 12 months, Bobby Grant not been able to make the grade at this level. Leaving us with 12 players, at least there’s a keeper.

3 DF Joan Oriol – (1 year + 1 year option)
6 DF Peter Clarke – (1 year + 1 year option)
7 MF Tomasz Cywka – (1 year + 1 year option)
8 MF Jacob Mellis – (1 year + 1 year option)
11 MF Andrea Orlandi – (1 year + 1 year option)
14 FW Nathan Delfouneso – (1 year + 1 year option)
17 FW Ishmael Miller – (1 year + 1 year option)
20 FW Sergei Zenjov – (1 year + 1 year option)
21 GK Ell Parish – (1 year + 1 year option)
22 MF José Miguel Cubero – (1 year + 1 year option)
24 DF Charles Dunne (2 year + 1 year option) – Signed 3 year + 1 year option
29 DF Tony McMahon – (1 year + 1 year option)

Theres a possibility that in 12 month time we could be back in a similar situation with squad size due to this new contract policy.

Nottingham Forest Vs Blackpool – Four substitutes

The continuing joke of Blackpool FC stepped up another level with us only naming four substitutes this afternoon vs Nottingham Forest.

Two of the substitutes are youth team players, Parrish the keeper, the fourth being Charles Dunne (name spelt wrong on the team sheet and doesn’t start ahead of Perkins at left back)

It seems that a selection of players were not registered in time despite being signed sometime ago.  Miller, Oriol and Cubero three not being registered in time.

Forest meanwhile managed to sell Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow to Newcastle and loan them back ready for the match today.

Damage limitation seems to be best outcome from today.

8 years of opening day lineups

With the current situation showing no signs of improving it’s hard to know what our starting 11 against Nottingham Forrest on Saturday the 9th of August will be.

Looking back over 8 seasons our lineups have changed, however there has always been some consistency between years. At the moment it only looks like Steven Davies, Bobby Grant and Gary MacKenzie will be starting against Forest who started the 3-1 win at Doncaster 12 months ago.

It’s amazing to see in this gif the transition in four years – comparing to the team to the one that started against Wigan.

Blackpool Line Up Change

2014/15 – Vs Nottingham Forest – ???

2013/14 – Vs Doncaster – 3-1 Win

M Gilks, G MacKenzie, K Broadfoot, C Cathcart, R Harris (J Robinson, 65), B Ferguson, I Osbourne yellow card, Angel, T Ince, S Davies (M Chopra, 80), R Grant (C Basham, 65) Subs not used: N Eccleston, T Barkhuizen, N Bishop, M Halstead

2012/13 – Vs Millwall – 2-0 win

M Gilks, A Baptiste, N Eardley, S Crainey, I Evatt, B Ferguson, Tiago Gomes (N Dicko, 56), I Osbourne, G Taylor-Fletcher (E Grandin, 61), K Phillips (C Cathcart, 80), T Ince Subs not used: S Robertson, M Halstead, Angel, T Barkhuizen

2011/12 – Vs Hull – 1-0 win

M Gilks, A Baptiste, C Cathcart, S Crainey, I Evatt, K Southern, B Ferguson, E Grandin (C Basham, 89), G Taylor-Fletcher (C Sutherland, 87), K Phillips, B Ormerod (B Clarke, 67) Subs not used: M Halstead, M Hill

2010/11 – Vs Wigan – 4-0 win

M Gilks, A Baptiste, C Cathcart, S Crainey, I Evatt, C Adam, D Vaughan, M Harewood (C Basham, 60), G Taylor-Fletcher (J Euell, 76), B Ormerod (L Sylvestre, 59), E Grandin Subs not used: P Rachubka, I Demontagnac, R Edwards, N Eardley

2009/10 – Vs QPR – 1-1

P Rachubka, S Crainey, I Evatt, A Baptiste, R Edwards, D Vaughan (B Clarke, 73), C Adam, K Southern, J Euell, B Burgess, G Taylor-Fletcher (B Ormerod, 68) Subs not used: I Demontagnac, J Martin, D Nardiello, M Gilks, N Eardley

2008/09 – Vs Bristol C -Lost 0-1

P Rachubka, D Coid, R Edwards, I Evatt, A Hammill, G Taylor-Fletcher (D Vaughan, 77), K Southern, C-B Jorgensen (S Aluko, 88), M Camara, B Burgess, J Wright Subs not used: D Fox, M Gilks, M Broomes

2007/08 – Vs Leicester – Won 1-0

P Rachubka, S Barker, M Jackson, I Evatt, S Crainey, G Taylor-Fletcher (C-B Jorgensen, 69), K Southern, D Fox, W Hoolahan (J Hills, 81), K Parker, A Morrell Subs not used: B Burgess, K Gorkss, S Vernon

2006/07 – Vs Brentford – Lost 1-0

R Evans, M Joseph, S Barker, M Jackson, P Tierney (D Coid, 75), A Forbes, K Southern, D Fox, R Prendergast (W Hoolahan, 80), S Vernon (D Graham, 68), K Parker Subs not used: I Evatt, L Jones

The problem at Blackpool FC … Karl Oyston

The closing point from the blog post last week was as bad as thing can be at Blackpool FC, the situation can alway get worse. Tonight it looks like things are getting worse with José Riga position at the club looking precarious.

In the past couple of days the main stream media picked up on the debacle that is the 8 player situation thanks to the article from ex Gazette reporter Steve Canavan, then tweets from the popular Paddy Power account followed and the rest of the media came in – ITV, the Gazette, Daily Mail… It’s the way viral news works, you need a good story and one big credible publication to push it out and off it goes…

It was perfect timing, sports journalists with nothing to write about after the world cup, having 8 players and the cancellation of the tour to Spain with the pending friendly this weekend at Penrith.

But here’s the thing … for us Pool fans…. the media will cover it for a week until they can start showing highlights of pre-season games or start the countdown to the transfer window closing. Colleague at work will mention it, general football fans will be chatting about it online.

But for us this farce is something we’ve lived with for years…. some of this you couldn’t make up…

  • The pitch being in a terrible condition for a number of seasons
  • A milk man being the groundsman
  • Half built stadium for a couple of seasons
  • A temporary stand which fans fell through with no roof
  • A “temporary” stand we still have now
  • Professional sport people being responsible to clean their own kit
  • Players on contract for only a year resulting in mass change every summer
  • Players leaving to go to other clubs as they can get two-year deals
  • Losing players like David Vaughan for no fee due to the one year deals
  • Having to rely on loan players to make up the core of the team
  • Saying that money hasn’t been taken out of the club – we need it now to sign players – but it’s not there.
  • £90 summer contracts
  • Steve McMahon farse trying to leave then not leaving – happened with most managers
  • Losing Appleton after only months in charge
  • Taking too long to appoint new managers
  • Not willing to pay agents fees
  • Spending a tiny proportion of money on transfer fees
  • Trying to fob us of  saying that money was spent on wages rather than fees
  • Promising a new training ground but nothing happening
  • Posting images posing with anti Oyston banners
  • Crap seats
  • Lack of pies at half time
  • etc
  • etc
  • the list goes on http://oystonout.tumblr.com/

It’s all down to one man.

karl-oyston

Karl Oyston has been able to hide behind all the problems he’s created by quoting the success of the club getting into the Premier League. But we all know that only happened due to the investment from Valeri Belokon into players and remarkable work of Ian Holloway as manager.

Worst of all, he’s really good at it. Deflecting attention away from his failings as a chairman when problems flair up. To the extend that some fans still support him.

But no longer can Karl use those tactics to cover his incompetence, the last 18 months has really shown what he has done to the club, or lack of. The only reason we are still in the Championship is due to the players remaining from the Premier League era which have now all left the club.

The only reason Karl is still here is because he’s able to make money out of the club – he doesn’t enjoy it being a football chairman, he doesn’t like football. The club earns him money – easy money too, a little abuse here and there isn’t too much to take for the millions taken out.

While Karl is still in charge things are going to just repeat themselves, he’ll find a way of squirming out of the problem but things will never really change while he’s still here.

Players will still be signed for free, one year contracts, having to get in loan players to cover vital positions, losing out on key transfer targets due to the contract style, promising change but not delivering….

Something has to change… lots of have things have changed over the last year years, players, coaches, managers, but one thing remains the same – Karl Oyston.

But are there any other viable alternatives at this moment? It doesn’t seem so and that what makes the situation very depressing.