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The View From The Other Side

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Michael @ccmichaelLD has once again stepped up to the plate, providing a unique insight from 'The Other Side'

For the first time in its 136-year history our club is under threat.

Not from the developers, not from the administrators, not the Bank, the owners or (as some would have you believe) the manager. We the fans threaten the existence of our own club. Believe what you will about this season, our owners, our manager, our squad, the Premier League or the officials. It is all irrelevant. For the first time, our fans are embarrassing the club, because we cannot unite. Letters have been sent to Indian publications, Planes have been flown over the grown, protest marches have meandered through the town and still the fans are divided.

We are in a very special elite, a handful of clubs managed to be at the inauguration of the football league and the premier league. We are one of five clubs to have won the league title in the last twenty years. In that time we have had legends of the game, grace our dressing room, not only as players but also as managers. Dalglish, Souness, Shearer and Hughes to name a few. We have a rich history that every fan, resident and any one associated with Blackburn can be very proud of. But we are not without our disappointments. In 1965-66, for example, we won just eight games all season and were relegated. We quickly won three games on the bounce to be heralded as potential winners of the second division. However by the end of the season, with a change of manager, we ended up fourth, and destined to remain in the second division until a dive into the third tier at the beginning of the seventies. A period, which stretched until 1974. The key however to all of this, which is all readily available on, is that in that final game of 1974, watching Rovers win the Third Division title, was a crowd of 21`000 people. A number akin to those we see at Ewood in these heady days of top-flight football. The club, in five seasons, dropped two divisions, yet the support never wavered. Ask yourself this; was your dad, or granddad a better Rovers fan than you?

id he love the club more than you? No? Then how could he possibly put up with, two relegations in five years, when we seem incapable of dealing with losing seven games in eleven?

The manner in which the club is run, is obviously of the utmost concern to all of us. We all feel passionately about the on goings, we don`t however necessarily agree in how to resolve it, or even if as yet there is anything to be resolved.

What makes us stand out as a club, and as a set of fans, is our level of tolerance. Tolerance of each other, and of our opponents. Sadly from an inside view, it appears that the past twelve months have shaken that tolerance and our collective abilities to listen and appreciate each other. Clearly this has coincided with the takeover of Rovers by the Venky`s Group, and the subsequent appointment of Steve Kean. I am not here to argue the finer points of these issues, they have been dealt with ad infinitum, and we now face a much more pressing threat.

We now enter a stretch of games, in which, we expect a high level of points. It is pivotal to the rest of the campaign. It is pivotal to the type of signings we can make in January. It is pivotal to whether we can tempt Junior to sign a new contract, and in light of the 'news` of interest from Qatar, it is pivotal to the potential of attracting new buyers of the club, if that is to be our fate. So, having said all this is it then wise for us to further embarrass the club with a funereal show of flowers and cards? Is it not somewhat unwise? Could it not, in itself, undermine the hard work that Jack Walker did for us all those years ago? Would we not be better uniting under the red rose of Lancashire and showing that we cannot be divided, not even from within? That we may be beaten, but we`ll never lose our spirit. Our team, and they are that, OUR team, need our fullest support, not to overcome these next six teams, they are more talented than any of us, but to give them the spirit that we all feel so deeply. To show our own players that we are Blackburn Rovers, that we love their inadequacies as much as their brilliance. Forget the owners, forget Steve Kean and forget the protests, for now the largest priority is winning. If you were at work and your customers were constantly berating your boss, would it make you work more or less? Right now WE, need the players to kill themselves on that pitch, to guarantee the victories, the rest of it is crap! It can be put on a backburner, there is a time and a place for protesting, and it is not now. Too much hangs on the success of the next six games for the divisions in our support to be prevalent. Let Swansea, West Brom and Bolton feel the roar of a Rovers crowd singing their team to glory, lets make sure Wigan, Stoke and Sunderland know that they`re playing the Rovers. We will not roll over, we own this league, its our rightful place and we can make sure we stay there in the upcoming games.

We owe it to the team of the late 60`s. In particular we owe it to one man whom Venky`s honoured this season. We owe it to Ronnie Clayton. He retired before Rovers returned to our rightful place at the top of the footballing ladder.

Ask yourself again, were your Dad and Granddad better Rovers fans than you? Did they Love the Club more? No, well prove it! You`ve got six chances, and after that it`s too late, our time has passed. We need the results now. Don`t look back at the end of the season and wish that we`d done things differently. We have an opportunity to ensure our club remains great, and we cannot do that singing divisive songs, or acting against each other. We do that by being united, better still, we do that by being Rovers!

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Date:Tuesday November 15 2011

Time: 10:09PM

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Once again Michael has outdone himself, highlighting some important facts and play nicely protesters!
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15/11/2011 22:11:00

The firsth three lines is where the problem lies, The fans have been 100% behind the team all this season and last season 6 wins in 32, We rest our case, Once again another swipe at those willing to stand up for Jacks Legacy
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15/11/2011 22:20:00

Small thing... We didn't protest in any way shape or form from end of January to end of April last season and we still went winless for that entire stretch of 11 games? It always seems to be excuses for the 'other side' fans and Steve Kean... It's not Kean's fault... It's not the protestors that back him either... It's the players fault for not settling in properly or not performing... Injuries fault... Lack of luck... Referee decisions not going our way... Poor old John Jensen... Were playing well... Just not getting the results we deserve... For God's sakes... Give it a rest. Open your eyes. How could you possibly not see this situation as anything other then it really is... A company that doesn't run the club with any organisation or respect who continues to employ a manager who they seem to either be being held to ransom by or have complete and utter blind faith in?! 18.75% win ratio for goodness sakes? How can you possibly excuse that record?!
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15/11/2011 22:39:00

Easy to say look back all that time and see how other fans did it etc. If we go down now then we will most likely never come back and turn into a Portsmouth, Southampton or Charlton. Question is - if we support the team and still get relegated - will you look back and wished we had protested?!?!?!
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16/11/2011 00:07:00

That should say wish YOU has protested!
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16/11/2011 00:07:00

I'm gonna be controversial and completely agree with you here my man!! The time has come to give our FULL backing to Venkys, Steve Kean and the players! We absolutely need at least 12pts from the next 6 games and quite frankly I couldn't give a rats arse who is in charge or who is doing what! My opinion is that we can pick the bones outa this season at the end of it n quite frankly as long as were still in the league I'll be relatively happy! Those who claim that they DO support the players just not venkies and kean are deluded...for as long as venkies own us n steve kean is our manager then they AND the players come as a package!! One bleeds, they all bleed kinda thing and I don't care what anyone says the plane thing changed the game last time round! I do not support venkies and I do not support kean but I know one thing..creating negativity like there was vs Chelsea will NEVER help us to win football matches full stop! We need to unify completely with one common win the next match! Everything is not the priority right now!
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16/11/2011 00:21:00

Not so bad being Southampton atm to be fair. A poor example Reggers. Will come up at the end of the season runaway league leaders. Have a excellent manger and backroom team. Have money from a owner who loved the club. When he died he made sure large amounts of money were made available to the manager for the foresable future (in no way a dig at Uncle Jack before anyone moans!) They have one of the best youth academy's in the country as far as producing regular players of excellent quality. More then can be said for us right now anyway!
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16/11/2011 00:51:00

Problem is mani. Even if by the grave of God we survive this season by the skin of our teath with Kean remaining in charge. We will just go through exactly the same nightmare again next season with him in charge. Meanwhile teams that were our equal or below us will continue to pull away and teams who we never considered rivals will be tugging at our coat tails. Meanwhile club debt will increase and we will be in it even deeper then we are now!
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16/11/2011 00:54:00

Fine piece there, well done.
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16/11/2011 10:37:00

I agree! I think the fans are sending us down with all this protesting rubbish! Yes no1 wants Kean but we have to support the team! All this protesting can't be having a great affect on the team! What player would want to play on a pitch with all this crap going on about their club? The plane was a ridiculous idea too, i'm sorry but it broke the atmosphere all the fans stopped cheering on the players and i bet the players heard it going on! Laying black flowers mourning the club! Get a grip! Venky's have put money into the club and we've spent more than we ever have in a long time! We are playing well, really well the last few games, a bit of luck, a lot more support less negativity and things might change! We won't be able to do anything about the position of the manager, but who would really want to come and manage us next? What new players are going to want to come and play for us? Its time to quit the booing and start cheering more! Everyone is laughing at us as fans!
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16/11/2011 13:26:00

Well said, Michael. Let's face it, our manager is not going to leave in the next month so why not suspend protests until after these 6 vital games?
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16/11/2011 17:10:00

Because the owners and Kean will twist the end of the protests to suite their cause which will cause more damage longterm then good!
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16/11/2011 22:38:00

There is one thing I can't understand. Kean and his staff have the players all week to prepare them physically and mentally. Yet it appears that the actions of 1% (Kean's own words) of fans either marching before a game or paying for a plane can at a stroke destroy all that preparation. This speaks volumes about the preparation of the team or the mental strength of the players. Of course it could all just be spin produced by the club to distract from the performances on the field.
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17/11/2011 12:12:00

I was there when Rovers were promoted in 74, and again when they were relegated to the third division again and again when they were promoted back into the second division. Sure, success brought the crowds but there weren't 20,000 at every match. Were our supporters better then? No, I don't think so - I think that expectations were lower. Blackburn was an unfashionable town club - even then the money (and success) was with the ricn city clubs. Rovers team was put together on a tight budget - we dreamed of first division football but there was no realistic expectation of holding our own in the top flight until Jack Walker came along. What does protesting achieve? Those objected to Big Sam and his defensive style have got their way. We now have players with the ability to create chances and score them - we no longer have to rely on Benni & co. The players are playing for the manager. The team is in transition and for the next few weeks, the team need support - not protest. If Rovers don't pick up some points before mid December, Venky's will have to act before the January transfer window. In the meantime protests are negative and demoralising, not only for the club and the team but also supporters.
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20/11/2011 17:40:00


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