Not since Wallace, the lion, devoured Albert Ramsbottom at its Zoo has Blackpool seen such an injustice.
It might be argued that Albert got ‘what was coming’ after he used his “stick with the ‘orses ‘ead ‘andle” to poke Wallace’s ear.
Perhaps Albert had ambitions of becoming a dentist?
But what about the peaceful, law abiding supporters of Huddersfield Town?
They were looking forward to an end-of-season, seaside safari and a full 90 minutes of football. What a pity Stanley Holloway was not there to monologue the “somnolent posture” of those people responsible for ensuring that the pitch was kept clear of spectators.
Was the invasion unexpected? We understand that Blackpool FC refused to sell tickets to a “neutral supporter” prior to the game on the grounds that the club were expecting ‘trouble’.
Police had been informed about the demonstrations being planned for outside the ground. Using their own ‘intelligence’ was there no indication that the protests might continue inside the ground?
Many social media sites were awash with discussions about the intention of some Blackpool supporters to force an abandonment of the game.
When the Police investigation into any criminal wrongdoing is completed it will be interesting to see what contingency plans had been agreed.
The Police may not have considered criminal wrongdoing such as “fraud by false representation” but Town supporters can be assured that HTSA will be investigating every possible avenue in our attempt to gain compensation and full refunds for those supporters who travelled to Blackpool in May of this year.
In July, Kevin Boroduwicz, Secretary of Blackpool Supporters Trust, emailed HTSA anxious to restore the former excellent relations between both sets of supporters.
BST hope, in the not too distant future, to wholly or partly own the club. If that time arrives they are offering to present 2000 free tickets to Huddersfield fans for the first fixture played at Bloomfield Road.
They would also like to arrange a collection for a charity chosen by Huddersfield Town supporters. Unfortunately it could be several seasons before Blackpool and Huddersfield are in the same division, but the sentiment is appreciated and HTSA has got a very long memory.
According to the Huddersfield Town website, under Football League rules, the football club has no right to seek compensation for its fans.
That is why an independent supporters association, such as HTSA, is vital when it comes to protecting the interests of all supporters.
This month there are 58 HTSA members whose membership is due to expire. If you are one of these people please contact HTSA quickly. If you have not yet joined or your membership has lapsed, please consider (re-)joining. HTSA is the voice of the fans. Please help us to make that a loud and clear voice.
Today’s Free Draw number, “13135”, is worth £200. If this is one of the three numbers printed on your HTSA membership card please send details of your full name and postal address by text to 07725 036109 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 19.08 tomorrow, Friday August 7. You will receive your £200 cheque by return of post. The winning number last week was “42645” and was worth £190, the holder of the winning number, G McNeil, did not claim the prize.
Interested in going to Fulham? Telephone Rachael on 07905 580784.