BSA To Celebrate Life Of Billy Ayre
Blackpool Supporters’ Association is to pay tribute to former promotion winning manager Billy Ayre in a special night to celebrate his life.
Ayre led the Seasiders to promotion via the play offs at Wembley in 1992, 12 months after suffering heartache in the play off final.
Billy left Blackpool in 1994 and went on to work for Cardiff City and Bury. Sadly, he lost his battle to cancer in 2002.
The event will take place on Friday 5 October in the sponsors lounge at Bloomfield Road and tickets will go on sale from Monday 30 July and are available from the ticket office priced at £15 each.
The night will see players from the 1992 team join fans in what plans to be an emotional evening as they all reflect on the contribution “King Billy” made to the club.
At the end of the night Billy’s family will unveil a specially commissioned portrait that will then hang proudly in the supporters bar. Local artist, Scott Rimmer, who has completed previous works for the association over the years, has been tasked with creating the picture of Billy.
BSA Chairman Glenn Bowley said: “Billy was always a hugely popular figure at Bloomfield Road and led the club to promotion during an extremely difficult period.
“Sadly, he is no longer with us and ten years on from his death, we felt it right to honour him and to make sure that future generations of Blackpool fans can remember his contribution to the club.
“I hope Blackpool fans come out in force to support this event and to show to Billy’s family just how special he was and how, that as a club, we will never forget him.
“We feel that a painting is a fitting way to honour Billy and with it being located in the supporters bar, it will give fans the opportunity to see it prior to every home game.”