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Blackpool debacle deepens as club cancel pre-season friendly

The player shortage that has engulfed Blackpool has caused them to withdraw from a friendly with Alfreton.

The Seasiders currently only have eight players under contract, and no senior goalkeeper on the books.

The last pre-season outing, against Penrith on Saturday, featured a glut of trialists which included ex-Tottenham goalkeeper Ben Alnwick and former Aston Villa forward Nathan Delfouneso - and the Championship side cruised to a 4-0 win.

They were recently forced to cancel a trip to Spain to allow manager Jose Riga and owner Karl Oyston the chance to beef up the squad, and Blackpool have once again had to withdraw from another meeting.

Alfreton, who play in the Conference released a short statement on their website.

It read: "Blackpool Football Club have NOT CONFIRMED the proposed friendly fixture for Saturday, July 26th at the Impact Arena and this fixture WILL NOT BE GOING AHEAD."

Blackpool have so far only added Sergei Zenjov to their ranks this summer, and the club have less than a month to go until the start of the Championship season.

The fear amongst supporters is that the club will be forced to bolster their ranks with insufficient quality that could ultimately lead to a struggling season in England's second tier.

A lack of pre-season warm-up game could also affect the players' fitness ahead of an arduous campaign, and the supporters have been particularly vocal in their unhappiness at the situation.

Earlier this week, fans of the club lined up outside the Promenade's Comedy Carpet to protest against the Tangerines' owner.

Followers of the club congregated to form the phrase 'Oyston out' and their formation was visible from the top of the Blackpool tower.

Former striker Michael Chopra recently panned the club with a revealing tweet.

He said: "Wash ur own kit clean ur own boots and even bring ur own water to training can only happen at Blackpool."

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