Something Good comes out of bad
By Editor
Monday 11 Mar 2019 08:36:00
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It's ironic that when we asked the question whether 'Glad all over' should be used as goal celebration music last week on AVFTT, considering the debate it stirred, we bet few noticed it's absence on Saturday. Instead there's a new anthem in town To many of those attending their first game back in four years, they'd think' Herman's Hermits' are an unusual crustacean found on South Shore, however that is the pop group responsible in 1964 for the song 'I'm in to something good'. In 2019, it is Blackpool's new anthem and one which will be around for a generation to come. Not only because it is an 'earworm' chant that will have been still going round many fans heads on Sunday morning, but because 'getting rid of the Oystons' will be a badge of honour for fans for many years. The Glazers, Ashley, Venkys, Duchatelet etc still continue to be divisive characters at their respective clubs, but through sheer determination and sacrifice, Blackpool's fans showed the world they had won their battle on Saturday.

During the Premier League season, Blackpool FC were a beacon of hope to many clubs across the country. No matter what the size, the population or even the owners, top flight football was possible with the right manager, the right players and the right supporters (although a few million from a Latvian banker doesn't go amiss). Wherever Seasiders fans went, their love of all things tangerine was an instant conversation starter. It was music to the ears of supporters that people actually knew the names of some of our players, were aware of the manager and that the club had become adopted by so many. Of course when the Premier dream ended, so did the interest in Blackpool FC. Even last weekend some people were asking why Blackpool's faithful fans had been boycotting. The club had become a sideshow and, whilst there was sympathy for our plight, it was down to the fans to show the world what we can achieve again. On Saturday, something changed. TV, radio, websites and newspapers all became re-engaged with our club and in turn those who had enjoyed our Premier league season so much, were now fully aware of just what we'd been through since.

The reason for that was again the fans. The march from the Tower, The 'Blackpool are back' t-shirts, scarves and banners, the dignified minute's silence and an attendance which was five fold what it was for much of this season and more impressively a sell out. All those questions were answered 'is there still the interest in the club', 'will NAPM fans sit with those who carried on attending' and 'can the ground cope with a sell out'. In the end, the coming together of all Blackpool fans made for an emotional, uplifting, memorable and inspiring afternoon with the 96th minute equaliser written like a classic Hollywood script. In some ways, it's a shame how the fixtures have fallen because another Saturday game in a couple of weeks would surely have seen another 5 figure attendance. As it is, we go again with the arrival of Doncaster on Tuesday night and it's 'business as usual' which are the three words Blackpool fans have been longing to read for a very long time.


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