A busy month on and off the field

It has been another busy month for Blackpool FC in particular and for football in general. After all the anxieties caused by the club’s uncertain start to the season, things are looking a lot brighter as the club heads into a blank weekend. Four wins from five certainly puts a smile on faces, including a thoroughly professional Cup win at Eastbourne Borough at the weekend. More on that in a moment.

First though, a resume of things closer to home. BST Members will have received a newsletter in the last week or so setting out details of a wide range of community activities that are continuing despite the challenges of COVID19.

These are too numerous to cover in full here, but include :

Volunteering : at the last count over 600 hours of work had been offered by supporters in the period since July, at both Bloomfield Road and at the Fylde Coast Memorial Arboretum. Our efforts have been temporarily halted by COVID, but will resume again as soon as circumstances allow. Contact Tony Wilkinson at deputychair@blackpoolsupporterstrust.com if you want to be part of the team.

Support to BST Veterans : Ray Gregson kindly leads this strand of work for us, and at this time of year it seems doubly important that we should cherish and support our Veterans, whichever walk of life they are now in. Ray can be reached at ray.gregson@yahoo.com if you are a veteran who wishes to be part of the group or simply someone who wants to support it. Many people have served in our armed forces to help preserve our way of life, and celebrating what they did for us all is more important now than ever.

Democracy in action : BST remains by far the biggest supporters group with an electoral mandate from its members, and we are pleased to report that, despite COVID, we are continuing to involve our Members as set out in our Constitution. Plans for a delayed Annual General Meeting will be communicated to members shortly ; they will also be informed on how we plan to run our Committee Elections this year. One Committee place (currently held by our Treasurer, Tony Hodgson) is potentially able to be contested. If you are interested in putting yourself forward and want to know more about what is involved, please contact Kevin Boruduwicz at secretary@blackpoolsupporterstrust.com for more information.

Fundraising and club support : our work continues apace. We have sponsored CJ Hamilton and Gary Madine and are raising money by auctioning shirts and other items, some signed by the current and last year’s squad. Many of you will know of the sad loss of Paul Stewart’s life Bev recently. BST made a small donation to Paul and Bev’s favoured charity (The Swallows Head and Neck Cancer Trust). We have also started a new initiative to raise money to support local grass-roots football at youth level, a football card which will be run regularly with the winners being able to choose from a variety of prizes, including signed Blackpool shirts.

Meanwhile, Tim Fielding leads our efforts to ensure that the vital work of foodbanks gets our full support with the auctioning of BFC related memorabilia.

We are also supporting the Blackpool Boot Bank, a local initiative which encourages people to donate their children’s football boots so that our local youngsters can swap and share the