Card Saver ties up Blackpool FC payment processing deal

Blackpool-based Card Saver has been called on by Blackpool FC to provide hassle-free payment processing.

The new technology will enable fans who want to buy tickets, merchandise or food and drink at Bloomfield Road Stadium the opportunity to do so through debit and credit cards, or Apple and Google Pay.

Card Saver was launched in 2015 by entrepreneur Andy Pilley, who is also chairman of division rivals Fleetwood Town.

He said: “Blackpool FC and Fleetwood Town are rivals on the pitch for 180 minutes every season, but we are also Fylde coast neighbours and so I’m delighted my company is partnering with the Seasiders in this way."

The technology will be in place for Saturday's fixture against Southend - the first home game played since the controversial Oyston family were removed from control.

Andy said: “You can clearly see from the crowds that have already been queuing up to get tickets there is huge excitement building ahead of Saturday’s game.

We are rivals on the pitch, but we are also Fylde coast neighbours.

“The new board at Blackpool contacted me to say they needed a new card services and contactless payments provider and asked whether we could help.

“We have now installed 25 payment terminals covering all areas of the club, from the ticket office, club shop and in the hospitality and food and beverage areas.

“I am delighted Card Saver is able to provide payment solutions for this proud and historic football club as they and their fans enter a new era.”

Card Saver was set up in 2015 and has thousands of business customers across the UK. Together with many high street stores, SME businesses and charities it works with several football clubs, including Fleetwood Town and Premier League Burnley FC.

Ben Hatton, Blackpool FC’s executive and managing director, said: “We are extremely grateful to Andy Pilley, and to everyone at Card Saver for coming in at short notice and pulling out all the stops in order to get us up and running for the game this Saturday.

“These new payment terminals will make a huge difference, particularly at the kiosks in the stadium. With contactless payments available to all supporters it should significantly speed up the time taken to serve people.

“It has been heart-warming to experience the swell of support for the club in the last week or so, and the fact Andy, the chairman of a neighbouring rival League One club, has been so helpful is a fantastic example of the football family pulling together.”