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Tutu is RoversThrough and Through!

Tutu is RoversThrough and Through!

Manchester United has Nelson Mandela but Rovers now have Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Both clubs are looking to expand their profiles in the African football market as it is one of the fastest growing areas for the sport. Slowly we are seeing more and more players from that continent arrive on our shores to set the Premiership alight.

One of these recent additions is Blackburn Rovers` very own Benni McCarthy.
Benni, along with fellow country-man Aaron Mokoena, signed a Rovers shirt that was presented to Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Tutu by Canon Chancellor Chris Chivers for his 75th birthday.

Desmond Tutu received international acclaim for his efforts to rid South Africa of Apartheid rule during the twentieth century. He has also become an iconic figure for his efforts during the peace movements and his dedication to the church.

It is a great honour for the club that someone of such high prestige should be pictured holding the Rovers shirt. Tutu said on the official website: "How very kind of these guys to think of me. It is a lovely gift and I shall certainly have to support Blackburn Rovers now."

It is fantastic for the club to not only be associated with such an esteemed individual but also be seen helping inter-faith relations in the area. It maintains Rovers` image of a family/community orientated club.

Chris Chivers, who went out to South Africa to present the Archbishop with the signed shirt said: "He was genuinely thrilled to receive it and asked to pass on his thanks and best wishes to everyone at the club."

Rovers` chairman, John Williams, added: "We were delighted to be able to assist Canon Chivers in this way and to see one of our shirts go to such a distinguished recipient as Archbishop Tutu."

Archbishop Tutu`s words follow on from Condoleezza Rice, America`s Secretary of State, who was also pictured with a Blackburn Rovers shirt after her visit to the area with Jack Straw (a devoted Rovers fan).

It would appear the profile of the club is expanding rapidly with the assistance of some globally recognised individuals and the efforts of the team, particularly in Europe.




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Writer:Roversman
Date:Monday October 9 2006
Time: 11:20AM

Comments

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Woah talk about celeb fans ... you have got one of the biggest there !!! great to see you promoiting your club all over the world though , it will only help the club in the future :-)
dazednconfuzed
09/10/2006 11:27:00
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Yeah it is great to see our club being recognised across the globe. Hopefully Neill will take heed of our growing support and take a leaf out of the illustrious Tutu's book and remain peaceful!! It's nice to see the club also promoting inter-faith and community relations.
roversman
09/10/2006 11:35:00
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It's all good isn't it fellas. Respected and known figures like Tutu will only raise the profile of the club.
Hughes Da Man
09/10/2006 13:24:00
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Now having the most powerful woman in the world ( maybe even more that the President ) pictured with the clubs shirt is a coup!! She will never rember the name of the team but heh, who cares
Clint
09/10/2006 14:59:00
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People all over the World will soon know your name.
wei, wu and shu
09/10/2006 16:03:00
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They may not remember the name of the team themselves but hopefully it'll be heard enough by others to make an impression.
Hughes Da Man
09/10/2006 17:14:00
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The African nation is looking very strong at the moment. Sure to see more and more coming to England.
jono_forest
09/10/2006 18:24:00
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African and Asian nations are really coming on, so look out for more and more coming over.
Hughes Da Man
09/10/2006 19:33:00
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yes i agree African football is really taking a walk up the tallented path
marshinrover
10/10/2006 15:47:00
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