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Tribute at Blackpool FC on 40th anniversary of stadium murder

A memorial will be held later in Blackpool to pay tribute on the 40th anniversary of the murder of a teenage fan.

Blackpool fans will stop on their away trip to Wigan to lay a wreath at the memorial to 17-year-old Kevin Olsson, who was stabbed to death on the terraces at Bloomfield Road during a game on 24 August 1974.

Members of Blackpool Supporters Club will pause in silence by a memorial plaque near the club's shop at 1pm.

The teenage Blackpool fan was killed when trouble broke out at a game against Bolton.


Blackpool FC unveil José Riga as new manager

Blackpool FC have confirmed the appointment of José Riga as the club’s new manager. Credit:

Blackpool FC have appointed former Charlton Athletic boss José Riga as the club’s new manager.

The 56-year-old has agreed a one-year rolling deal to take charge at Bloomfield Road.

Born in Belgium, Riga has more than 20 years of experience in football management and coaching and becomes The Seasiders’ first foreign manager

Blackpool FC seem set to appoint Belgian Jose Riga as their new manager

Former Charlton manager Jose Riga Credit: PA Pictures

Blackpool FC look set to appoint Belgian Jose Riga as their new manager.

The 56-year-old is the man who guided seemingly-doomed Charlton to safety from relegation in just two months in the hot-seat at The Valley last season.

It is understood he held talks with Seasiders' chairman Karl Oyston in London at the weekend and has agreed to take the job subject to personal terms being finalised.

Tom Ince wants to follow in dad's footsteps and play for Inter Milan

Tom Ince Credit: PA Pictures

Tom Ince is relishing the prospect of following in his father's footsteps and playing for Inter Milan next season.

The 22-year-old Blackpool winger arrived in Milan on Sunday night with his father Paul to meet club officials and discuss a possible move to the Nerazzurri.

"I'm not an Inter player yet," Tom Ince said to Sky Italia. "I'm very happy to be here two or three days in the meantime.

"Inter is a fantastic squad and Italy is a great country, where I have many fond memories.

"I remember the San Siro with affection, players like (Javier) Zanetti, (Massimo) Paganin and (Aron) Winter.

"We lived in Como.

"It's marvellous to be here at 22."

Tom Ince, who played the second half of the season on loan at Crystal Palace, becomes a free agent this summer and is also a reported target of Monaco and Everton.

"I'm young, English, a winger, a fun player to watch," he said. "Inter are changing, they have new young players and a new owner."

Paul Ince is excited by the possibility of seeing his son wear the Nerazzurri jersey.

The former Manchester United star spent two seasons at Inter nearly two decades ago.

"This is an incredible story," he said. "The important thing for Tom is to be here today, to see the training ground, get to know the stadium and the city.

"Then we will go back home and take a decision.

"I'm here now for my son, I think we will know more in a couple of weeks.''


Huge final day of the season for Blackpool, Crewe and Tranmere as they battle relegation

Tranmere's caretaker manager John McMahon says it's a 'massive' game for his team as they battle for survival in League One.

Rovers face Bradford while a win for Crewe against Preston will guarantee their safety.

In the Championship Blackpool should be safe but a point from their game with Charlton will make certain they don't go down.

Blackpool FC chairman Karl Oyston calls in police over 'death threats'

Death threats - Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston Credit: PA Pictures

The Blackpool FC chairman Karl Oyston has called in the police to investigate on-line death threats made against him and his family.

Mr Oyston has also instructed lawyers to begin taking action against supporters who have reportedly posted insulting messages which he claims have 'overstepped' the mark on fan forums.

The chairman and his family have been under fire from fans who claim the way they are managing the Championship side has left them in the relegation zone.

The posts followed Blackpool’s 1-0 defeat by Lancashire rivals Burnley on Good Friday, which saw fans halt the game as they threw tennis balls and tangerines onto the pitch

Oyston told his local newspaper, the Blackpool Gazette: ''Some of the threats are so unbelievable that I’ve got to do something about it.”

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