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Are We The Most Hated Team?

Are We The Most Hated Team?

Every transfer window all of our best players are linked away elsewhere: This outing Warnock, Santa Cruz, Jason Roberts, Benni McCarthy, Keith Andrews, Chris Samba and a host of our other players were all linked with various clubs, with various levels of credibility. All however, were written in the style that a move anywhere would be a move up from Blackburn.

Add to this Mark Lawrenceson`s open dislike of all things related to the club, and our permanent feature as last game on MOTD and a pattern starts to emerge.

Today, however, was the last straw for me. Browsing the usually excellent Guardian Unlimited football pages, I saw a season preview for my beloved Blackburn Rovers by Paul Doyle. Now I`m not one to take the usual Rovers-bashing too seriously, but describing some of our football under Allardyce as 'projectile-vomit` is a bit harsh (full quote below).

I`d be the first to admit that we had a dreadful season last year - the sooner it`s forgotten, the better. But, be fair to us - we had a shockingly weak squad and a star striker who was either injured or making girlish cooing noises towards our old gaffer over at Man City. We stayed up, we survived, and whatever you might say about Big Sam, it would be unfair to judge him on our performances last year.

Reading through the comments was even worse - considering that this was the Guardian, not the Daily Mail, the level of hatred towards both Allardyce and Blackburn based on nothing except the media`s continued crusader to paint Rovers as the dirtiest team in the Premiership, was astounding.

So I ask you this: Are Blackburn currently the most hated team in the British Media?

Full Quote:

" There were times when Rovers looked as shambolic under Allardyce as they had been when flopping 3-0 at Wigan in what turned out to be Ince's sack-sealer; in the miserable defeats at Anfield and the Britannia, for example, they didn't so much play as projectile-vomit. And the only virtue they needed in the vital home wins over Newcastle, Portsmouth and Wigan was the ability to accept gifts from diffident or deranged opponents. That, in fairness, was progress, which, given the club's wretched injury list, was commendable."

Read the full Guardian Article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/blog/2009/aug/04/premier-league-preview-blackburn-rovers



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Writer:Money4Midfield
Date:Wednesday August 5 2009
Time: 8:56AM

Comments

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I think it is safe to say we do get some stick from the media and for different reasons than Spurs and Newcastle, I agree with Money here.
Mikey D
05/08/2009 09:06:00
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Im sick of it to be honest but what can you do eh?
BomBom
05/08/2009 09:36:00
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They look at Rovers as the great unwashed, an east lancs team from the 1800's who still use coal rather than eleccy & have no place in top flight football let alone actually acheiving the greatest title in the country.
mutts nutts
05/08/2009 09:36:00
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Glad I'm not the only one that has noticed this trend. A lot of the so called 'experts' and press look down their noses at Rovers - as if we have no right to be in the Premiership - could you not feeling them willing Rovers to fail last season? When Rovers play well - it's always the opponent that has played dreadfully. Even when we were relatively safe, Rovers were still referred to as 'relegation threatened'. And what was that about the poor man's stoke?? It's the cross we have to bear as Rovers supporters and apart from a brief interlude under the Late Great Jack Walker - it has been for a long time.
YORK ROVER
05/08/2009 09:38:00
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The last thing on MOTD was ridiculous as well - everytime we won were the last game and every time we got a beating all of a sudden we were magically upgraded to second or third game!!! I think I am becoming paranoid! lol
Mikey D
05/08/2009 09:46:00
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You can relax. Spurs are far more hated than Blackburn. But I do see a trend developing of ignoring Blackburn. You're no longer an attractive club. Guess you have to reproduce what Fulham have - have a great season, get in the EURO, keep your players. Good luck with next season.
NorwaYid
05/08/2009 10:01:00
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i read this article before reading this and was outraged with it and the comments left by what seemed to be by mainly london club supporters! it made me want to get an account to try with the guardian so i could leave a comment about how tasteless it was calling us 'a poor man's stoke' when stoke only got promoted last season, and are roughly in a similar financial position as us! Also, i can remember on the rare occasions when we score 4/5 or even 7 (against the hammers) and we wern't even the first game shown n MOTD, infact, im pretty sure we were behind a score draw! I don't mind the odd bad comment about us, cos thats expected, i just wish they wer more diplomatic about their opinions!....Oh well, lets hope we can shove it back in their faces and be in europe! :D
GoneRoverBoard
05/08/2009 10:07:00
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Gone... I agree with you completely. The comments were worse than the article for the most part. Certain journos at the Guardian usually has a better record than most of sticking up for Rovers as a team - but with equally unpopular Big Sam arriving, this seems to have evaporated. Only way to show them how wrong they are is for the team to do their talking on the pitch. Role on the start of the season I say!
Money4midfield
05/08/2009 11:05:00
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We do get stick lads but i think the addition of Big Sam has worsened things for us....he is a character that you either love or hate!!!!....When he was at Bolton he got the same criticism...however only time will tell and if he is successful then we will be happy and it wont matter whether we're the last on MOTD every week or if mark the half wit lawrensen tips us to go down in the Mirror!!!!.....BRING IT ON!!!!
mani13963
05/08/2009 12:19:00
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In Denmark I also hear "the dirtiest team in the Premiership" and you are only in the premiership because of Jack Walkers old money. On the other hand we can only surprise this season better then everyone expect us to go to Europe. Let see if we can get some nice headlines when we win some games....cheers
riisenholt
05/08/2009 14:49:00
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