In Praise of Tim Fielding
Friday 18 Oct 2019 09:06:00
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On a day when one Brexit era ended and another one began, a similar watershed moment  was being reached at Bloomfield Road, as Ben Mansford’s appointment was confirmed, and the club announced that Ian Currie and Tim Fielding were to leave their positions at the club. The interim Board, which has served the club so well, through some frantic and surreal times, is finally a thing of the past.


It would be wrong to let Tim’s departure go without comment. From the early days of SISA back in 2013/14, Tim has been at the heart of the movement for regime change at the football club. He paid quite a price for it too, being singled out for legal action for criticisms of the Oyston family which were later shown in the High Court to be deadly accurate. 


It would have been very easy for him to have backed off, and in fact he did have to stand down as BST Chairman. But in his private capacity  over the last four years in particular he has been at the centre of the work that established the Blackpool Supporters Trust as possibly the most respected in the country. He was a prime mover in what was famously described as “one of the most brilliantly orchestrated campaigns in football history”. And for anyone who attended the Trust’s many meetings during the litigation era, he was the constant presence explaining legal developments in lay language, trying to forecast what might happen next , even reading the Latvian tea leaves, to the extent that he could. A great many people were informed, and possibly reassured, as a result of his diligence.


Latterly, Tim has represented supporters interests on the interim Board, offering advisory support to it, helping get some of the capital projects off the ground and generally helping the Board to restore some order from the chaos that they inherited. After all that has happened, seeing him in a position of such importance inside the club  has been the sort of stuff that schadenfreude is made of.


Tim has been at the heart of two of my favourite moments of the last few years - watching him take centre stage to tumultuous applause at the Trust’s EGM a few days after the High Court judgement was a special moment. Sitting behind him in court on the day we found out that a Receiver was to move in to finally wrest control of the club from the Oyston family was another. Not many people have paid the kind of price that he has to get our club back ; just as few have worked as hard as he has to help make it happen. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude ; I just hope that in the future he manages to enjoy the simple pleasure that comes from being a fan again. Thanks for everything Tim.

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