A year ago, Blackpool F.C. fans traveling to Wembley Stadium for their club’s Championship playoff final against Cardiff City were greeted with homemade highway signs reading, “forever in our shadow”, the work of fans of rival Preston North End. Currently ensconced in 18th place of the Premier League, Blackpool’s fans gained a measure of revenge this weekend when small planes flew over the relegation-bound PNE’s Deepdale Football Ground during a match against Watford, trailing banners reading ““Poor little Preston enjoy League One” and ““We are superior love Blackpool FC.”. Said taunts are currently being investigated by England’s Civil Aviation Authority, as the Lancashire Evening Press reports ;
A spokesman for the CAA said: “Rules about flying aircraft over built-up areas are very clear, and we are investigating whether any infringements were committed.
“An aircraft cannot fly over a built up area below 1,000ft. We are currently looking at the pictures to make an assessment.
The incident took place during North End’s final match of the season against Watford on Saturday afternoon. The victory saw the already-relegated Lilywhites finish third bottom of the table, above Scunthorpe United and Sheffield United, on goal difference.
After the match, Brown said: “Seriously, if I had a gun I would have shot the plane down.
“Arrest me now if you want. I found it very distasteful.”
Glenn Bowley, chairman of Blackpool FC Supporters Association, said: “People need to develop a sense of humour. It was simply a bit of banter between two rival clubs, who have a healthy rivalry going back a long time.”