After years of waiting, finally Blackpool fans have got their wish. Owen Oyston has officially been removed from the club's board, with the Tangerines announcing Ben Hatton as their new executive director, alongside Ian Currie (non-executive director), Michael Bolingbroke (consultant to the board) and Tim Fielding (non-executive director carrying out observational role with no voting rights).
Fellow director Clive Brooks has also been removed from the board of Blackpool Football Club Ltd, as has Oyston's daughter Natalie Cristopher. This marks a brand new era for the west Lancashire club, who currently sit 10th in League One, with supporters ready to celebrate this weekend when they host Southend United at Bloomfield Road.
For years, fans of the club have boycotted home matches in protest of Oyston. The average attendance at Bloomfield Road this season is just 3,912 - less than a quarter of the stadium's full capacity of 17,338, with a sea of empty orange seats ever-present whenever you watch the Seasiders on Television.
This weekend however, the club are expecting a bumper crowd for the visit of mid-table Southend, with 11,500 tickets already sold. To put it into context, the Tangerines last home fixture against Oxford United just under a fortnight ago was 4,003. The club have confirmed that the north, south and west stands will all be open this weekend, with staff on hand to open the east stand if it's required.