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Rovers do India

Rovers are on their way to India in their pre-season preparations as they look to strengthen links in the homeland of owner's Venky's.

The owners and the club have not yet formally announced details of the trip to India but it is expected to take place prior to Rovers competing in the Barclays Asia Trophy which pits Rovers against Aston Villa (shock horror I know).

Furthermore, reports coming out of India are implying that Rovers are to pick two young Indian players from the trip to come and train with the youth academy at Brockhall as the owners look to build up a big fanbase in their native land for Blackburn.

Rovers` co owner Balaji Rao, told the Lancashire Telegraph - 'I want to build a big fan base for Blackburn Rovers in India.

"Within one-and-a-half years we are coming up with an academy and a stadium in Pune. It will be known as Blackburn Academy Pune."

And there I was thinking friendlies against Morecambe and Accrington would suffice?

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 8 2011

Time: 8:57AM

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Looks like we're in for a busy summer!!!
Mikey Delap
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08/07/2011 09:13:00

Nothing wrong with a bit of promo. If we can have 1% of Indians buying a Rovers shirt thats 10 million shirt sales :P. Granted we won't make anywhere near the same money off of the sales over there than here due to cost of living but its another revenue stream!
fransavarese
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08/07/2011 11:02:00

surely the subcontinent is an untapped market? from the billion or so people living in that part of the world, we can find ourself a handful of good footballers? Indians love their sport, but hey, if they cant bat or bowl, why not get these kids into soccer academies and see how they turn out!
sasman
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08/07/2011 11:35:00

An interesting idea sas - the problem is that it isn't their national sport and I'm sure there aren't the facilities or coaches compared to say China - but its worth a shot at raising our profile and selling shirts.
FreidelNo.1
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08/07/2011 13:12:00

Or, is this another stupid, senseless, exuberant idea from our muppet owners that will inevitably fall flat?
FreidelNo.1
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08/07/2011 13:18:00

little promo, marketing, econ development aren't bad, the bottomline is whether it helpes their preseason training....
DommyWalker
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08/07/2011 16:10:00

they could all go down with dehli belly, then pre-season would be truly screwed
blue_n_white99
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10/07/2011 17:31:00

This can only lead to good things. SK has already up the stakes in stating that we will be a champions league team in 4 or 5 years. hard to believe but it was not that long ago spurs were battling relegation until harry came along and done them wonders. So why not us, we have transfer money we have a very supportive fans, great academy and the will to go forward. I think we need to to be competing for europa place this season and this will encourage more high profile players in the future and in return this might get people interested in Blackburn in India. Imagine if blackburn broke into the Indian football market it would really make us a top club again thats for sure.
stevekally
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12/07/2011 12:28:00

Yes Indians love footy , but mainly follow ' top 4 teams' maybe this will slowly change ? Changing subject Delhi belly is a major problem
Roversally
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12/07/2011 18:06:00

 

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