Today's Football League Paper:



"Goodness knows what Jimmy Armfield would have made of it all. Or Stanley Matthews or even Alan Ball.



Gary Bowyer's departure from Blackpool is a sad result of all that is going wrong at a club which was once synonymous with dazzling wing play and glorious Cup runs.



The Tangerines always stirred the ancient blood. Now the modern version turns the stomach. In the board room that is.



On the field, the players are proving that even against the most odious odds, the spirit to succeed will always burn strongly.



Yes, they lost 2 -1 to Kenny Jackett's Portsmouth at Bloomfield Road yesterday but a glance at the stats shows how hard they fought against one of the fancied clubs in the division.



Sixteen shots and four corners seemed to bear out caretaker manager Terry McPhillips praise in the week for the players, who he said were devastated by the news of Bowyer's departure.



"The lads have responded fantastically," he said. "We already knew we had a fantastic group. They're putting in a shift for each other and covering each other. They've gelled really nicely."



That work ethic may not save Blackpool from the drop, but it will certainly give their remaining supporters a meagre reason to be cheerful amid the mayhem.



Well done lads!"
"The lads have responded fantastically," he said. "We already knew we had a fantastic group. They're putting in a shift for each other and covering each other. They've gelled really nicely."




Is this what we've turned into now. Still praising the players even after a defeat.
Come on Val and sort this terrible mess out. True fans have stuck together over these years and deserve our club back. It saddens me every week to hear and see what is going on after the very good years I have supported the club. We need you to throw Oyston out and bring back the good times and provide us with a team, ground, training facilities and a manager who can make us all smile again. We know you can do it.