Football First or Political Priorities? Andy Higgins loses out in Blackpool South
Friday, 8th May 2015 15:19 by Editor
As Ed Milliband seeks solace in a bacon sandwich, Nick Clegg looks over his divorce papers from David Cameron and Nigel Farage heads down to the pub, there was one result on Thursday night which won't have got any recognition nationally but locally made for a good story. Andy Higgins was standing as an Independent with the slogan: ‘Promoting Blackpool – Put Football First’.
In the end he picked up a very creditable 655 votes (Comedian and Pub Landlord Al Murray only won 318 in Thanet) which was in the same order that the Greens and the Liberal democrats polled. Andy's manifesto was a simple one. The objective is to raise awareness of the plight of the football club, hold its owners to account and emphasize the need for greater community / supporter involvement at every level. Along with his campaign came this video:
Of course Andy had much against him in Blackpool South. For a start the majority would have had no interest in Blackpool FC, the town, the football or even registering to vote. As a football team our fanbase comes from far and wide and that area of the town would only have a small percentage of them living there. However some have said that the result was disappointing. Comments reacting to the result included "Looks like the good people of Blackpool South bottled it. Every Blackpool fan in that area should have voted for Andy and they haven't done. More apathy I'm afraid" and At face value 655 votes looks a poor effort from the Blackpool South public and more specifically BFC fans. There are clearly more than 655 people in Blackpool South who support and care about BFC. Where were they? Where did their votes go? Questions which I think need answers.
It's interesting that questions have been asked about Blackpool fans commitment to protests, boycotts and spending money at the club and so is this another example of Seasiders supporters not willing to fight for their club. Whilst passion and dedication to the cause is commendable, maybe it's time to accept that Blackpool FC for most is an 'enjoyable' pastime, a chance to get away from the everyday life which politics has a more significant role in and to meet up with mates and let off some steam for two hours? Whilst Billy Shankly once said "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that." maybe it's time to accept to the majority it really isn't any more important than that?
The full result for Blackpool South:
Gordon Marsen (Labour) 13,548
Have you registered for AVFTT yet? It's free to register and gives you access to all the sites features: Register Here before 31 May to be in the draw to win a £100 Amazon Voucher: http://www.fansnetwork.co.uk/football/blackpool/login/register
Get two free £10 bets on Blackpool v Oldham Athletic (or other matches) by opening a new account at William Hill. Place an initial bet of a minimum of £10 and William Hill will give you two £10 bets. You must enter the promotional code ''F20'' when signing up as a new customer.
Please report offensive, libellous or inappropriate posts by using the links provided.
You need to login in order to post your comments
Blogs 28 bloggers
Gylfi Not Irreplaceable- But Not Trying To Directly Replace Him Is Smart by BarneyLW
So the dust has finally settled. In what seemed like the most painstaking saga in living memory, Gylfi Sigurdsson is an Everton player. A man the club were silently resigned to eventually losing has moved on and like so often in the past, the club must plan for life without their star player.
Too many things for a title, but stop with the xenophobia accusations! by waynekerr55
I had planned to write this in a different fashion, but Bob Bradley's departure from the club changes a section of this blog. The conclusion was as expected. A seemingly good man and a tryer who simply wasn't up to the job. In short he should never have been given the job.
A New Hope At the Liberty? by BarneyLW
A feeling of déjà vu rose with the sun over Swansea this morning. Another manager out the door, another few days of links, speculation, supposed sightings of candidates spotted outside Rossi’s sampling the scampi. But for the first time in recent memory, there is hope in the air.
Swans Fans Were Angry- In A Totally Positive Way How a Common Enemy Helped Guidolin’s side pull of by BarneyLW
A return from the international break, which in truth was needed to clear the air around the club. A frustrating transfer market compounded and exacerbated back-to-back defeats against Hull City and the champions, Leicester. Boardroom shake-ups and a tough run of games has given the Jack Army little to be optimistic about.
Guidolin and Conte- An Italian Managerial Head to Head by BarneyLW
A different league in a different country for two familiar foes; on Sunday Francesco Guidolin's Swansea host Antonio Conte's Chelsea side. So how does the head to head record look from their previous encounters in Italy?
[ Vote here ]