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Paul Ince Masks Are Here!









He may not be in the dug-out for Blackpool’s match on Saturday, but the fans are making sure that Paul Ince’s face is certainly on show – with 10,000 of them wearing face masks.

The resort’s media organisations 96.5 Radio Wave and Blackpool Gazette have joined forces to produce the cut-outs of the manager’s face that will be distributed just before kick-off this weekend.

Ince has received a five-game stadium ban by the Football Association after an incident in mid-September when the Seasiders were playing Bournemouth.

The 45-year-old has been ordered not to enter a stadium where Blackpool are playing on match days until the November 30 match with Sheffield Wednesday.

The ban follows an FA hearing which found Ince was guilty of using inappropriate behaviour and the move has left fans, and the town, reeling from the decision.

So, to rally behind the manager and make sure the players don’t forget the boss is watching, 10,000 supporters will don Paul Ince face masks for the clash against Wigan Athletic.

Paula Davies, station director at 96.5 Radio Wave, said: "We’re all shocked by the ban and worried about the effect it’s going to have on the team’s performance over the next few weeks. So, together with colleagues at the Blackpool Gazette, we came up with the idea to produce Paul Ince face masks. It’s going to look brilliant with the stands awash with the manager’s face, I can’t wait!”

The masks are being distributed outside the grounds by two local charities Variety – The Children’s Charity & Trinity/Brian House Hospice Hero’s Appeal, where we will be asking fans for a small donation in order to receive the mask, all proceeds will be split between these two charities.

Gazette Editor Jon Rhodes said: "Paul Ince has proved himself to be a motivational powerhouse in his time as Seasiders' manager and there is little doubt this ban is going to hit the Pool team hard. So what better way - other than having the manager there in person - to lessen the impact than having 10,000 Paul Inces in the stands?

"We are delighted to hook up with our friends at Radio Wave for something that will hopefully lift the spirits of both Pool fans, players - and hopefully see a lot of money raised for two very worthwhile causes."