Writer: Vital Blackburn Admin Team
Date:Friday November 4 2011
Blackburn Rovers entertain a wounded Chelsea on Saturday as the home side goes looking for only its second league victory of the season.
Rovers Boss Steve Kean has become increasingly under pressure from a significant number of Rovers supporters after only claiming 6 victories in 31 games as Manager. With Rovers currently sat in the bottom three and on a run of 16 games without a clean sheet, Kean will be hoping for a similar level of performance which saw Rovers beat Arsenal in their only victory in the league so far this season.
Blackburn's inability to keep clean sheets is coming around as often as Protest as the supporters have for the fourth home game in a row organised a demonstration which will be aimed at the Manager Steve Kean for his results, but for the first time will also be aimed at the clubs owners Venkys who are rumoured to be attending the game.
Earlier in the week the club carried out a risk assessment with the help of the Police and from a result of this deemed that Banners in the ground would carry a Health and Safety threat to people attending the game, so therefore supporters would not be able to take the banners into the ground, until the end of the match, when they could be collected from Ewood Parks security office providing supporters handed them over in good faith. This decision was made when the club received Intel that counter protests may occur in the ground should a 45 minute sit in protests take place.
The organisers evaluated the situation and we can now exclusively bring you the full details.
Supporters are being asked to bring either a red, white or blue balloon to the game. When the teams are about to kick off all supporters are being asked to blow their balloons up and put a message on each balloon which is aimed at Venkys e.g. 'Venkys sort it out'.
It is the protestors hope that these will be set off as the referee starts the game around the ground. It will be a visual protests aimed at the owners Mis-Management of the club to date.
In addition supporters will be wearing T-Shirts showing their disapproval of the Manager, Whilst Human Banners will be placed in each stand with different messages aimed at the owners and the Manager.
During Thursday the Rent a Plane and Banner campaign got into full swing as kind hearted Rovers supporters donated in the space of a couple of hours nearly a thousand pounds. This covered the costs of the plane which is set for Ewood come Saturday
At some point during the game the Plane is expected to fly over Ewood Park with a visual message. Rovers supporters are being asked to stand with the arms outstretched singing the theme tune to the blockbuster movie 'The Dam Busters' until the plane leaves the area.
After the match Supporters will hold another 45 Minute sit-in protests calling for the Managers removal. Individuals are being asked to make their way to the Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End after the game, where re-entry to the ground will be allowed for the purpose of the sit-in. In addition people can then bring banners into the ground which have been left at the security office at Ewood
Vitals very own Glen Mullan who is one of the Co-Organisers of the Protest issued this statement.
'The balloon protest is a visual message to the owners that supporters are not best pleased with the how the first 12 months have gone under the Indian Poultry Giants. The club has taken giant strides backwards and the supporters have never felt so distanced from the club in its 136 year proud history. We are hopeful the balloons will also raise the roof atmosphere wise as we all try and cheer the team onto three important points. The effort the supporters put in to raise the funds for the Plane and Banner in such a short space of time shows the unity and togetherness of the supporters behind the protest movement. The group has been galvanised by the restrictions imposed upon them by the club and members of the group has rose by 10% in the last few days. Simon Littler and I have negotiated hard all week with the club and the Police to ensure that supporters are still allowed their right to protests. Although we have had a few obstacles to overcome we are delighted to have found an alternative way to have a visual protest which will be seen by the Venkys. Interim talks have opened up with the club regarding some of the supporter concerns; however there is a lot to be done before the group will consider calling a halt to the protest. The Organising team has also had some feedback from anti-protestors and have taken their issue's on board and these will be discussed and taken into account should another protest be needed in Rovers next game'
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