Eastbourne Borough manager Danny Bloor believes Blackpool’s decision not to request any expenses from their visit to Priory Lane in the FA Cup on Sunday shows their class.

Usually, all expenses are added together and deducted from any gate receipts and then any profit split between the two clubs.

However, Blackpool stated yesterday that they would not be asking for any money from their visit to Priory Lane in the FA Cup first round.

And Bloor couldn’t thank the League One side enough for that.

He said: “I think it is an immensely nice gesture. What lovely people they all were.

“We have made good contacts with Neil Critchley and Colin Calderwood.

“I think it just shows the class of Blackpool football club.”

Borough chairman David Blackmore put the following statement on a Blackpool FC forum.

He said: "On behalf of everyone at Eastbourne Borough FC I would just like to say a huge THANK YOU.

"The fundraising was brilliant and we will be forever grateful, however, our thanks go way beyond that.

"These forums always split opinion about every club but I can tell you that you support a club that oozes class.

"Throughout the build-up to Sunday’s game, during and after, everybody involved in Blackpool FC, from supporters, club officials, media, management team and players have treated us as a club with the utmost respect both on and off the field.

"This takes a special kind of class when there is such a big gap between our clubs.

"Blackpool FC and its supporters will always hold a special place for Eastbourne Borough FC.

"We genuinely hope that we will be able to organise a pre-season friendly so that the fans of both our clubs can get together to create the magic again.

"Good luck for the rest of the season and thank you again for being Blackpool FC."

Borough continued their good start to the season last night with a 1-1 draw at home to Ebbsfleet United.

Dean Cox equalised in the 76th minute, three minutes after Alfie Egan had put the visitors ahead.

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(above: Cox celebrating scoring for Borough. Picture: Andy Pelling.)