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And So It Begins ......

  It\'s hard to comprehend what has happened since Judgement Day. Elections on both sides of the pond, Brexit, terrorist atrocities, Royal weddings and births, World Cup, Olympics, deaths of club legends, a relegation, a promotion, three managers and over a hundred players through the doors at Bloomfield Road. When those fans (and a mobility scooter) forced the abandonment of the Huddersfield game in 2015, they surely can\'t have expected when they walked out of the ground, it would ....

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Wanted: New Owner

  Wanted: New Football Club Owner. Must have morals, money, patience and ambition. Will need to be community orientated, have pride in the town and the football club, not inclined to sue fans or make off with any financial windfall that comes from owning the club. Will hopefully work with a current shareholder to bring the fans and glory days back to an ailing club. Needs to restore a neglected ground, build a training centre fit for purpose and give the Groundsman money to restore a much ....

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Calling The Undertaker

  According to a newspaper report, Blackpool were recently employing an undertaker to work on the \'training ground\' but he quit because it was too grim. The good news is that he is needed again at Bloomfield Road to remove a stinking, rotting carcass off the roof of the stadium. The stench around Bloomfield Road is so bad that even an FA Cup game against Arsenal couldn\'t tempt fans back for an FA Cup game against Arsenal. Whilst the unpalatable and odious owner of the club took his ....

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2018: Not Much To Say

  Whilst 2018 has been filled with Brexit, the World Cup and bizarre weather, events off the field at Bloomfield Road haven\'t taken the turn that most fans would have wanted. Whilst on the pitch, the departures of Gary Bowyer and the core of his 2017 Play Off winning side made the headlines, it was another departure that fans really wanted to hear about. Whilst Karl Oyston\'s downfall was satisfying and long over-due, it sadly didn\'t bring about the downfall of his Father. In a year ....

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Back To Our Current Predicament

The Dog posed an interesting question on this board recently when he asked ‘who are the real fans? The 150 outside BR last night or the 150 at Gillingham?’ Despite various replies and various opinions, to me, GJJW summed up the quandary of asking that question in his reply. GJJW said ‘I wouldn\'t dream of stating who a real BFC fan is. I simply don\'t know every individual’s specific circumstances etc. Everyone is different, and I can live with that. I just want my ....

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Actually, It Is Time To Renew The Fight

  This article was written in response to the Editor’s “Time up?” Piece of earlier this week. Not that there was anything wrong with it - he articulated a view that a number of people hold. But it wasn’t how I felt at all, and I thought it might be worth setting out an alternative view. I certainly could never blame anyone for being frustrated by the way our legal system works. It is slow. But it is also thorough, and it tries to be fair to all parties in it. ....

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Time Up?

  Time is a strange beast. The Play Off win against Cardiff and the Premier League season seems like 5 minutes ago, whilst it seems an age since I last stepped foot inside Bloomfield Road. The first was 2010 and yet the latter was only 2015. Maybe it\'s because the memories of 8 years ago bring back so many incredible memories and yet the last 3 years experience has been nothing but pain, angst and frustration. As BST marked 12 months since the judgement that we thought would see fans ....

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Is The End In Sight?

  \'Are you still not going to Blackpool ...?\' is one question I still get frequently asked. Usually followed by \'have the Oyston family still not gone?\'. As life moves on, other stories emerge, Brexit dominates the headlines and Blackpool\'s score is still read out every Saturday, the Seasiders saga has been long forgotten by some. In fact when I answer \'no\' to both those previous questions, the reaction is usually greeted with raised eyebrows. Other than on the Fylde ....

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Another Win For The Blackpool Fans

  The League Cup has been a constant source of embarrassment to Blackpool over the years. First round exits to lower league sides, uninspiring performances and seemingly little interest in what is English football\'s second cup competition. The Seasiders had only progressed to the fourth round once in the last 45 years and, with the club still in the doldrums off the pitch as Owen Oyston refuses to budge, it didn\'t appear this season would be any different. However, Terry McPhillips is ....

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The Best Man For The Job?

  \'The Impossible job\' has claimed many victims over the years. Some have been pushed, others have jumped whilst a few have just given up. When Gary Bowyer threw the towel in for \'family reasons\' (having no budget, training facilities, odious bosses, patience worn thin), it should really have sent the club further in to the downward spiral of decline. The squad he\'d assembled over summer seemed woefully short of quality and experience, he was clearly frustrated by the Curtis Tilt ....

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How Do You Know When An Oyston ...

  ... is going to further alienate fans? They open their mouths! You would have thought after all this time that the family would have learnt that, in their case, saying nothing is the best policy. Instead, Natalie Christopher in her first interview (with BBC Radio Lancashire) follows the family tradition of making a complete hash of appeasing fans (if there are any left waiting for another pile of claptrap). Once again, Owen came out of the interview painted as a self serving, ....

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Game Of Owens

  There are many TV programmes that Blackpool FC could equate itself to - Bargain Hunt, The Price is Right, Salvage Hunters and even on some occasions Loose Women - but, arguably, the most relevant at the moment is Game of Thrones. The depiction of two powerful families - Kings and Queens, Knights and renegades, liars and honest men - playing a deadly game of control. Along the way we\'ve lost a few good men, plenty of fans and now we\'re in the throes of a fascinating conclusion. Players ....

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Bowyers Legacy

  It\'s rare that a manager ever writes his own P45 but Gary Bowyer\'s decision to leave Blackpool two weeks ago was seen as one of integrity, principles and common sense. Two seasons hard work putting a side together under the most testing of circumstances was blown apart by the Oyston families tight fisted and naive approach to wages and contracts.  Bowyer just had to sit and watch as the likes of Daniel, Mellor, Roberson, Vassell and a raft of vital loan players walked out of the ....

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Delusions, Demos, Departures And Defeat

Delusions is a mental health problem that causes people to perceive or interpret things differently from those around them. In Oyston\'s world, we\'ve had a tremendous summer of signings, success is based on pretty patterns in the pitch, fans should be grateful that \'our best manager since Ollie\' left in good spirits, the academy has a class 3 status to train on a weed infested \'pitch\' and Owen is the saviour of Blackpool FC by paying the players with his own money! Where do you even start ....

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Bowyer Bites The Dust

Wanted: Football manager to look after a team with no fans, no budget, no training facilities, no hope and seemingly no future. If there has been one positive at Bloomfield Road over the last two years, which attendees and boycotters have largely agreed on, it has been the presence of Gary Bowyer. \'The impossible job\' has been made to look almost normal by a man who has more than proved his credentials as a manager and who would be warmly welcomed at any club in the future. However, even ....

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It Is Time We All Stepped Up

If you are a message board junkie (like I am), you would be forgiven for thinking that ins the last few weeks regular posters have not been covering themselves in glory. The protracted nature of the legal wrangle over our club is taking its toil, as poster after poster expresses dissatisfaction - and some point the finger of blame as much at the Latvians as at Owen Oyston. Whilst this is understandable - to a limited extent - my view is that it is also profoundly wrong. There is only ....

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The Curtain Rises But The Stains Are Still There

  Does anyone remember the opening day of the football season in 2009? The Seasiders had an opening day fixture at Loftus Road where they drew 1-1 with QPR (a point which would help them secure a Play Off place and promotion that season), however the result that got everyone talking was Norwich\'s 7-1 defeat at home to Colchester United. So annoyed was one Canaries fan that he ran on to the pitch when his side was 4-0 down and threw his season tickets at the Norwich manager Bryan Gunn and ....

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The Blackpool Fc Omnishambles

  So how was your summer? With warm days set to continue, a hosepipe ban to look forward to and the school holidays only just begun, it seems a little early to be asking that question. However, in the football calendar, the holiday season is behind us and a new season is about to begin. Fresh from a memorable World Cup where England surpassed expectations, a new generation got behind the Three Lions and the nation fell in love with the great game again, football clubs across the country ....

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Latvia Updates

  It\'s been quite a week in the Blackpool football world. Thursday we heard news that Owen Oyston had met Valeri Belokon but beyond that, few details have emerged. So have we taken another few steps to completing the goal of the removal of the Oyston family? We are gratfeul to Normund Malnacs, Valeri Belokon\'s right hand man, who brings us up to date with this week\'s events. 1. Valeri and Owen\'s meeting this week has been well documented and clearly we wouldn\'t want to jeopardise ....

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The 2018 Summer Signings Thread (updated 17.07.18)

We are still some way off giving all our attention to player arrivals at Bloomfield Road, especially with the departure of Owen Oyston tantalisingly close, however when change comes these are the players we will be watching next season and so important to keep an eye on proceedings. Throughout summer on AVFTT, we\'ll keep you updated on all the arrivals at the seaside, profile the players and keep you updated on the latest signings. 17.07.18 Marc Bola signs from Arsenal Bowyer had been ....

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Fixtures And Fittings

  From the day that a few hundred fans and a mobility scooter invaded the Bloomfield Road pitch (or should we say respectfully observed a fire alarm with due care and attention), Blackpool FC has been a broken club. From a relegation to a promotion, the Not a Penny More boycott, the arrivals, the departures, the court cases, the suing of fans and even a wooly mammoth thrown in, few of those supporters who were at that Huddersfield game could have imagined that three seasons on, the whole ....

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The Avftt Season Review (more Off Pitch Than On!)

  If \'Patience is a virtue\' then Blackpool fans must be the most virtuous fans in the country. The last 4 years have been like a game of Jenga. No matter how many pieces were removed, the Oyston Tower refused to crumble. Having withdrawn support, finances and goodwill, it did appear as if Seasiders supporters had done all they could to defeat the family. There was no doubt the Oyston grip on the club was starting to wobble, but it would take a massive push for it to fall. Fortunately ....

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Joe Lumley Is The Avftt Player Of The Season

  The last time we ran an AVFTT Player of the Season poll was in the 2013/14 season when Blackpool were so bad we gave you the option of Ab Stain which ended up with the most votes. The following three seasons we didn\'t bother out of respect to those who chose not to go to games but after the idea was mooted on the message board a few weeks ago, we decided to bring back the annual plaudit. Of course, as #NAPM continues, this season\'s vote will have been mainly based on away ....

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Rotherham 1 Blackpool 0

  Whilst a 1-0 win to Rotherham on Saturday had little significance, other than consolidating the Miller Play Off place and leaving \'Pool with a respectable 12th place finish, this might have been a historic day for Blackpool FC. When Owen Oyston took his place in the Director\'s box, he\'ll have hopefully eaten his last free meal as Seasiders Chairman, repulsed his final hosts (who must feel awkward about his sheer presence) and observed his final Seasiders performance. There is now a 3 ....

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Rotherham V Blackpool Preview

  A season which started in Yorkshire, somewhat aptly ends in Yorkshire. Blackpool might have travelled up and down the country but it\'s been a season where they have stagnated in the league. 15 wins, 15 draws, 15 defeats with 60 goals scored and 54 conceded. 4 more wins and 4 more defeats either way and they could have been in the play off or relegation places and that, in many ways, reflects what sort of a league this is. The top 3 were much better than everyone else whilst only the ....

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