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A glowing endorsement from jacmac

After reading one of your recent issues (via a Google Alert) I applied for registration with Vital Football and have read through your informative welcoming message. I applied because, for the first time, I was able to read civilized intelligent opinions from contributors - without spelling mistakes, blasphemy or downright gutter language. I believe you are the website that I have been looking for.

As an introduction, I suppose I am an old fogey - a supporter of Blackburn Rovers since God (I hope that's not blasphemous) knows when - I used to attend at Ewood Park with my father when I was about 5 years old, crawling under the turnstile of "A" stand, and have been a shareholder since 1936 when my father bought for me the shares that had been held by an uncle who had just died. (I don't have enough shares to outvote the Venkys). My father was co-founder along with a Mr Haslam, of the Blackburn Rovers Supporters Club and my uncle Jack Caton was Chairman of the Rovers for several years. I attended the last match of the Rovers (at Villa Park) at which we were able to drag Aston Villa down with us - so that we were the last two clubs of the original Football League to be relegated from what ultimately became the Premier League. I was also over in England to watch that last exciting week when we became the only club apart from the big boys to be Premier League champions (I am now resident in Canada) and I would have been at Wembley in 1960 when the Rovers reached the Cup Final and when I was living in Australia. Fortunately, seeing that we were clobbered 3-0, I didn't go - mainly because my wife was pregnant and we needed to finance a structural addition to our house. I also attended, with my father, the 1940 Cup Final (renamed the War Cup if I remember correctly) at Wembley, which was memorable for the fact that the crowd was limited to 40,000 because of the possibility of air raids, and a significant number of the spectators were dressed in hospital blue, being wounded soldiers rescued from Dunkirk.

With this sort of pedigree, I am sad about the current state of the game in the UK - especially as it affects clubs such as the Rovers - and am glad to be able to read some rational, non-abusive, relevant comment.

John McLeod (jacmac)

P.S. I am not a betting man, but I checked today the odds offered for a bet on relegation from the Premier League. For the Rovers it is 7-2. Given the current turmoil at Ewood, I think that, by Christmas, these might be seen as attractive odds.




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Writer: John McLeod (jacmac) Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 25 2011

Time: 8:22AM

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Wow this is so nice to hear! Thank you jacmac!
Mikey Delap
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25/07/2011 08:52:00

Apart from the bit about Rovers relegation odds, I skipped that ;)
Mikey Delap
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25/07/2011 08:53:00

May I also offer my welcome jacmac. As a fellow non-resident Rovers fan I share your appreciation of the more reasoned discussions that one finds here (as opposed to the hysterical and often abusive comment on the LET pages). Living in Portugal it is a little easier for me to get to games and I usually see a few games in a season. Fortunately, we often get to see the games live on TV so I manage to get my regular fix.
kevin e
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25/07/2011 09:19:00

Welcome to Vital Blackburn and becoming one of the (now infamous?) VBer Nation. One thing we do pride ourselves on at Vital is the ability to articulate your thoughts and opinions and have a real good debate over them, instead of the usual abuse/ridicule that happens elsewhere. I hope you enjoy visiting the boards and get stuck in to become one of our regular contributors on there. Will be nice to have an older view of the club, something most of us only read about. Cheers, Bom
BomBom
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25/07/2011 09:28:00

Welcome to VB Jacmac, that was a very refreshing read. Looking forward to hearing your take on all things BRFC as you're probably more qualified than anyone on here with the years you've put in as a supporter. Totally agree about the trash comments clogging other sites like LET.
ITSALLROVER
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25/07/2011 09:45:00

I couldnt agree more - apart from the relegation bit - as alas I have the same blue and white tinted specs as Roversfanben..............
ChorleyBlue
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25/07/2011 14:05:00

welcome aboard buddy! if you can handle my aussie humour, im sure you will fit fine!
sasman
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26/07/2011 02:59:00

Welcome JacMac!
BigNumber5
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26/07/2011 11:23:00

 

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