“It’s character building, supporting a team like Blackburn Rovers”, I used to tell my two children in the 1980s when they were young and we were bobbing about the old Second Division. “So much better than supporting a glory team. With Rovers you’ll learn about life, its disappointments, as well as its triumphs.”
Their faith was rewarded. [...]
FOOTBALL managers and politicians are both in the public eye, and both have to put up with regular criticism, whether they like it or not.
It goes with the territory.
But there are limits. I no more approve of gratuitous insults against football managers, Steve Kean included, than I do against politicians.
I say two other things about Mr [...]
Dear Mrs Desai
As the civic leader for the area most connected to your football club, I am sure you will not be surprised that I have growing concerns about the reports that I am getting of the chaos that is currently surrounding Blackburn Rovers.
I speak for all at the Council, including those who support other teams, [...]
ROVERS have had a torrid time before. The 1970s were terrible.
But the end of the 1990s wasn’t pretty, either.
By this time in the 1998-99 season we had 9 points from 14 games.
Here we are again, with just 7 points after 12 games.
There is, however, one important difference – in the atmosphere among the fans. In the [...]
My wife and I spent our honeymoon in India. It was the late seventies.
Our family thought we were being very adventurous – and I’m not sure that we would even have made the trip if we had not had friends living in New Delhi at the time.
We went right round India. Bangalore, the capital of the [...]
‘You must be Burnley in disguise,’ the fans around me in the Blackburn end suddenly started chanting during one of the few slack periods in Sunday’s game.
Almost without thinking, I was about to join in. Then everyone realised it wasn’t any team in disguise, it wasn’t Burnley in disguise, it was the real thing.
The first top [...]
Pascal Chimbonda celebrates after scoring the third goal. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images
Congratulations to Blackburn Rovers in the East Lancashire derby, cheered on at Ewood Park by many of our members, the majority of our party officers and two Labour MPs. Commiserations to Burnley supporter Alastair Campbell(!)
Jack Straw’s open air meeting in Blackburn town centre yesterday was the [...]