Morty Gone Missing – An Act of Provocation or Caution?

On the 23rd of August 2005 a statue commemorating Stan Mortensen was unveiled by Jimmy Armfield and Stan’s widow Jean outside the stand bearing his name at Blackpool Football Club Company’s Bloomfield Road ground.
Morty, as he was affectionately known throughout the game, remains to this day the only player to have scored a hat-trick in the final of the FA Cup at Wembley.

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Funds for the statue were raised by supporters, but today mystery surrounds the disappearance of the statue.  Unconfirmed reports state the statue has been moved to “prevent damage” during the demonstrations.

This is what can only be described as an act of outright provocation by the chairman of the company.

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The Morty statue was set to be a focal point for protests organised by Tangerine Knights and Blackpool Supporters’ Trust this Saturday before the final game of a disastrous season, both on and off the pitch, against Huddersfield Town but the two organisations have been advised by police that any demonstration on club company land will not be tolerated.

All this from a company which doesn’t see fit to honour its’ heroes but will gladly spend money on a revolving “Scotland Yard” type sign for the hotel attached to the ground (built after promotion to the Premier League, I hasten to add).

What next at Blackpool?

The Armfield statue – again paid for by supporters – to disappear under cover of the night?

The signage on the ground – Yep, you guessed it, paid for by supporters – to be mysteriously be painted over?

Statues and signage don’t make money. Hotels and Wedding Venues do.

“Judge me in May” said Karl.

Your Judgement Day has arrived. On May the 2nd you will be judged.

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