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Exclusive interview with Blackpool FC president Valeri Belokon

With Blackpool facing their second successive relegation, moves are underway to try to bring the Oyston family and the fans together.

But some are looking hundreds of miles away to the east, and the club's president Valeri Belokon, who helped take them into the Premier League just six years ago. He rarely gives interviews, but spoke to our correspondent Ashley Derricott who travelled to Riga in Latvia:

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Blackpool striker returns after eight months 'AWOL'

Blackpool striker Nile Ranger has returned to train with his club, after eight months being absent without leave.

Ranger has been absent from the club for eight months Credit: PA Images

His return was reported by the Blackpool Gazette's football writer Will Watt on Twitter.

A clause was activated in Ranger's contract earlier this year, much to the player's surprise as he revealed on Instagram.

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Blackpool Supporters Trust make £23 million bid to buy football club

It's been a football club often in the headlines over recent months and today there was a new twist in the story of Blackpool FC.

The Supporters Trust have made a £23 million offer to buy it from the owners, the Oyston family.

The Trust describes the bid as serious and substantive, although there's been no response from the club itself.

Ralph Blunsom reports.

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