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Invitation To Be Extended To Supporters' Groups

6 February 2016

Meeting To Take Place At Bloomfield Road In March

Blackpool Football Club can confirm that, following representations from the FPG, an invitation is to be extended by Rev. Michael Ward of Blackpool FC Community Trust to a committee member of the supporters’ groups to a scheduled meeting at Bloomfield Road.

The invitation to the meeting, which will take place on 10 March, extends to the FPG and a representative from BSA, BST, Yorkshire Seasiders and Basil.
All those attending will be able to place items on the agenda for the meeting, which will be chaired by Rev. Michael Ward and attended by senior Blackpool Football Club staff, including Chairman Karl Oyston.

Regular discussions held between Chairman Karl Oyston and leader of Blackpool Council Simon Blackburn, and a subsequent letter received from Cllr Williams, will be included on the agenda. 

It is clear that the council leader, as well as individual councillors, wish to support an improvement in relations between the club and its supporters, for the benefit of the club and the town’s economy. In a conversation on 3 February 2016, Simon Blackburn reiterated his commitment to help and support the process of supporter involvement in the club’s governance. 

The club has made some initial proposals to the FPG regarding major influence or control over the club’s management, as recently evidenced by Iain Tarpey’s attendance at the club’s last board meeting.

A report on legal actions, both civil and CPS/Police initiated, will also be on the agenda. The club will confirm its intention not to commence any further legal action, other than that relating to the pitch invasions, where a limited number of individuals have been contacted and further small number of individuals are currently being identified with the assistance of Lancashire Police.

The club has offered an amnesty, via the FPG, to the vast majority of those individuals involved in the pitch protests on 2 May 2015 and 11 July 2015. This is subject to all those involved accepting the amnesty and attending the club to sign an acceptable behaviour order.

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