Category: NAPM

The £31 million win for Valeri Belokon over the Oystons

How about that for a result. After a long wait the judgment was presented today in the High Court case between Valeri Belokon and the Oystons with the headline being that the Oyston need to buy out Belokon for £31 million pounds.

Many Blackpool fans thought that the decision would be in Belokon’s favour but didn’t see the outcome of the £31 million valuation of Belokon’s stake in the club. That 31 could end up being higher with court fees and interest added.

This is a massive step towards the Oystons possibly leaving the club, there are a few options on the table which could be then selling up to another party to or to Belokon + another party. It will be interesting to see what plays out in the next month.

If you have the time there are 136 pages the Approved judgment Document you can read below.

blackpool fc high court judgement pdf

https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/vbfa-v-blackpoolfc.pdf

Big credit to Valeri Belokon and the team, but also all of those putting pressure on the Oystons including those who helped to point out what was happening with the finances at Blackpool FC over the years.

 

More details on the following URLs

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-41890855

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2017-11-06/valeri-belokon-wins-high-court-battle-with-oyston-family-over-running-of-blackpool-fc/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-5054731/Blackpool-Oystons-ordered-pay-31m-Valeri-Belokon.html

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/sport/football/blackpool-fc/belokon-my-future-with-blackpool-fc-is-uncertain-1-8843725

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.