The last time Blackpool played at Bloomfield Road, on February 23rd, just 4,003 fans showed up to witness it. They lost 1-0 to Oxford United in a tepid atmosphere.
This weekend, with despised owner Owen Oyston out of the picture, the fans returned in their thousands. 15,871 showed up to see them draw 2-2 with Southend Utd and hopefully, mark the beginning of the end for a terrible period in their history.
After breaking into the top flight in 2010, they completely collapsed under the calamitous and damaging stewardship of their owner. They fell from the top table to the basement division and only earned a promotion to League One in spite of the off field developments.
The boycott of home matches by fans ended this week as they understood money they put into the club would not be flowing into the pockets of the former owners, and that sparked the terrific scenes at Bloomfield Road.
Real football fans have got their club back and on Twitter, the joy was evident to everyone after the 2-2 draw, even some of the players.
Blackpool fans have scored a vital win for supporters everywhere, proving to a degree that fan power does make a difference.
Atmosphere Today Was CRAZZZYYY!! @BlackpoolFC ????
— Marc Bola (@MarcBola27) March 9, 2019
Glad we could get something out of what was an incredible day for all involved with the club! The best atmosphere I have personally played in front of & welcome back to all the fans! On to the next one ⚽???? @BlackpoolFC https://t.co/RYZ2T90cBh
— HarryJamesPritchard (@Harry_Pritchard) March 9, 2019
— Nick Anderton (@nickanderton_) March 9, 2019
— DonervonJDaniels (@DonervonDaniels) March 9, 2019
Something tells me I’m into something good ???????????? What a day Saturday was ! Can’t wait for tomorrow . Bring on Doncaster!!#WeAreMightyAgain #BlackpoolAreBack @BlackpoolFC pic.twitter.com/q6YXhkFpWa
— rebecca evans (@becks_evans_92) March 11, 2019
— Tom Mayne (@_TomMayne) March 11, 2019
My twitter feed has gone from people sad and frustrated to an amazing sea of videos and accounts of one of the greatest days in Blackpool FC history.
I for one am loving it.#BlackpoolAreBack #WeAreMightyAgain
— We are going home (@seasiders4eva) March 10, 2019