Leyton Orient and Blackpool fans organise joint protest against owners

The two teams play on Saturday with Orient fans are increasingly unhappy with Francesco Becchetti while Blackpool fans want rid of the Oystons

17 November ~ Leyton Orient and Blackpool fans will hold a joint demonstration ahead of and during their game on Saturday. Supporters of both clubs want to send a message to their teams’ owners that they want their clubs back.

Blackpool fans are disaffected with the way the Oyston family are running their club while Orient supporters are increasingly unhappy at the way Francesco Becchetti is running their club.

A march has been organised jointly by the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust (BST) and the Leyton Orient Fans’ Trust (LOFT), following backing from their respective members. The march will start at 2pm outside the Birkbeck Tavern on Langthorne Road, Leyton, where LOFT held their AGM last Thursday. It will then head via Leyton tube station down Leyton High Road, finishing near the ground.

BST and LOFT are calling on both sets of fans to send a clear message during the game to their clubs’ respective owners that they support the team, not the regime. Marking the fact that both clubs were formed in the 1800s, the trusts are calling for the 18th minute of the game to be the time that the Orient fans “Stand Up for the Orient” and the Blackpool fans sing their equivalent.

Subject to how the game is going, fans may or may not want to repeat this around the 80th minute (to mark that both clubs were formed in the 1880s), but the trusts are sure that both sets of fans will continue to stand up for their football clubs now and in the future.

Full details on the protests are available here