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Club Officially Welcomes New Board

Structure Changes Confirmed

27 February 2019

Blackpool Football Club is delighted to officially welcome Ben Hatton (Executive & Managing Director), Ian Currie (Non-Executive Director) and Tim Fielding (Non-Executive Director carrying out an observational role) to its new Board.

The trio, alongside Michael Bolingbroke, who will act as a Consultant to the Board, have been appointed by Court Appointed Receiver Paul Cooper in a major change to the structure and day-to-day operations at Bloomfield Road.

These appointments are an exciting development and emphasise why everybody must now come together for the benefit of the club, town and community.

With immediate effect, all club stadium bans under the previous management have been revoked, allowing all supporters, bar those subject to FA banning orders, to return to Bloomfield Road and support the team.

A further announcement relating to the purchasing of tickets for the club’s next home match against Southend United, as well as the availability of six-match season tickets, will be made in the coming days.

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About the Board:

Ben Hatton:

Ben has extensive football executive experience having worked at Manchester United for 10 years between 1997-2007 as Director of Commercial Enterprises, where turnover increased from £67m to £301m during his time. He also played a pivotal role at the United Emirates Football Association, forming the first professional league in the region.

Ian Currie:

Ian is a Director of Seneca Partners Limited, an independent investment management and corporate advisory business. He has extensive business and football executive experience having been a non-executive director at Bolton for six years. Ian has a long affiliation with Blackpool FC. As well as being born in Fleetwood and having been a season ticket holder, his father-in-law, Gavin Steele, was a non-executive director at the Club a number of years ago.

Tim Fielding:

Tim is an Executive Director at BBE Law in Blackpool, as well as being a lifelong fan who has served as Chairman of the Blackpool Supporters Trust. He will represent all fans in an observational role to ensure full transparency of the Board’s decision making.

Michael Bolingbroke:

Michael is the former Chief Executive of Inter Milan and the Chief Operating Officer at Manchester United for seven years from 2007. He is one of the most highly-regarded executives in the football industry and has a proven track record of transformational development at all the clubs he has worked for.

Ben Hatton and Ian Currie have also been appointed to the Board of Blackpool Football Club (Properties) Limited, while Michael Bolingbroke will once again act as a consultant.

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