Category: Blackpool Supporters Trust

Blackpool FC up for sale

What an end to the week with the news that the Oystons have put Blackpool FC up for sale.

As mentioned in my last post it’s going to be a long process but steps are being made towards getting our club back and I can’t wait!

As the news broke this afternoon I was in a meeting, but I could hide my excitement rubbing my hands and doing some sort of dance in my chair.

The future bright, the future is tangerine!!!

NAMP at Blackpool FC drops attendances 103% year-on-year & average capacity to 20%

I posted back in January about the falling attendances at Blackpool FC as a direct result of the NAPM (Not a penny more) campaigns which is supported by many fans. With all home games completed this season we can calculate that attendances dropped 103% compared to last season and overall Bloomfield Road on average was at 20% capacity.

That original post was written after the match vs Yeovil when only 2,885 attended, one of the lowest in many years. Since then there was four games with a lower attendance;

  • Colchester 2,772
  • Stevenage 2,456
  • Barnet 2,094
  • Crawley 2,080

There was a few bumper crowds since then;

  • Hartlepool United 5,374
  • Grimsby Town 4,668
  • Accrington 4,300

The common theme between both, Southern Vs Northern teams.

The graph below shows that attendances at the end of the season did pick up, but didn’t keep increases as the season ended.

Click on the graph below to see in detail

blackpool fc attendances chart

As mentioned capacity is down to 20%, meaning in just a few season we’ve gone from 80%+ to 20%

Blackpool FC Season Capacity

Average for the season comes in at 3,474, which is a year on year decrease of 103% compared to 7,052 last year.

 

Blackpool FC Season Average Attendances

 

Season Average of Attendance
2009 to 2010 – Championship 8,744
2010 to 2011 – Premier League 15,780
2011 to 2012 – Championship 12,809
2012 to 2013 – Championship 13,917
2013 to 2014 – Championship 14,213
2014 to 2015 – Championship 10,928
2015 to 2016 – League One 7,052
2016 to 2017 – League Two 3,474

All very depressing to read. What will be interesting is to see what happens next year. Promotion and I think attendances will go up slightly.  Remaining in League Two, attendances will go down.

However what really seems to effect attendances is who we are playing, how many big teams, how many in the north Vs the south.

Once again data was from Wikipedia.

 

Judgement Day 3

Due to poor planning on my behalf I’m in Croatia on holiday and not at Judgement Day 3.

Years ago holidays would be planned around the football fixtures, flights moved to Saturday night as we were playing Huddersfield at home. But as the problems have arisen​ at Bloomfield Road and life priorities change planning around the football fixtures has become less important.

Reading the tweets, article from BST and watching the videos on YouTube it does feel like I’m missing out this Judgement Day.

As ever the lead up to JD3 has been interesting with the possibility of a play-off place, the Leyton Orient situation and the farce of the ticket suspension.

It makes you laugh that the Oyston’s were worried about 1,700 away fans in a stadium that holds over 10,000. What would happen if the thousands of Blackpool fans who abstain from attending matches all came back at once? Would they be able to handle the influx?

Also this week there was a ridiculous statement from the English Football League about events last week at Leyton Orient when fans forced the game to be temporary abandoned.

”   needing to take the players off the field. We cannot sit back and allow this to happen and have the credibility of our competition, which is envied the world over, questioned. …””

“The credibility of the competition”.. Everyone is questioning their credibility over the lack of intervention or to place pressure on the FA or government over the the situations at Orient, Coventry, Charlton, Blackpool……

Where will the credibility of the league be when in a few years time many of the founding clubs are out of business or being replaced by fans owned clubs.

They also finished the statement with;

“Is likely that we will break the ’18 million fans through turnstiles’ barrier this weekend for the first time since 1960”

That target would have passed earlier this season if the forementioned clubs were not in crisis. I also wonder how many of the 18 million are freebies and made up fans the Oyston’s propaganda machine pump out?

I know the EPL have little power, however they need to start to change that with the view to the longterm health of their own competition. 

What next? If we get into the play-offs it will mean live coverage of the two matches on Sky Sports TV so a chance to get our voices heard again and protest. 

For the final with revenue from ticket sales going to the Oystons it would be an embarrassment to see maybe 4 to 6 thousands attending considering​ the turn out at Wembley for the last two play-off final visits. 

If the team fail today it might be another summer break with wholesale changes to the squad with many players out of contract. Maybe starting next season with a tiny squad.

As for off the field, the upcoming second court case with Belokon will be interesting. But I’ve got a feeling there will be Judgement Day 4 whatever division we reside in next season.

Another year and its still the same

As we hurtle towards the end of the year its seems little has changed in the past 12 months at Blackpool F.C.

Around the start of this year when it was obvious that relegation from League One was on the cards thoughts turned to how we would do this season. At the time and then again before Gary Bowyer became manager I was pretty certain that we would be relegated from the Football lLague this season.

We now sit 8th on 30 points in League Two. Bowyer has somehow stopped the rot on the pitch. 8th position on paper looks ok, only 9 points from the relegation zone. I wrote for Betfair this week on our performance so far this season – its pretty different to the rest of the teams in the league.

Looking at the bigger picture (literally below) its interesting to see the downfall with league placement. Our fall from the Premier League being the opposite trajectory to the rise – just a bit quicker this time.

Blackpool fc league position over time

The only other instance of such decline came in the late 70’s early 80’s, but then the drop started from the second division (Tier 2 above) and was over a 7 / 8 year period.

Any Christmas cheer?

A little from this message on the Blackpool Supports Trust facebook page.

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