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The Fans Front. Rovers v Arsenal

The Fans Front. Rovers v Arsenal

Football fans, just who do we think we are?

Football is commonly known as the universal language, it is renowned for bringing people together, but it also produces some seriously heated debate.

This article has been inspired by Arsenal fans I have had the pleasure of chatting to over the past week or so. It is a funny old game that can make people friendly one minute and well, at each other`s throats the next; in a metaphorical sense.

In the build up to the doomed Rovers versus Arsenal showdown at Ewood Park of Saturday last, I was fortunate enough to share some interesting views with a selection of Vital Arsenal members. The editor was gracious enough to accept an interview and respond with some interesting comments on both clubs and the fixture.

Equally I enjoyed some of the banter that was stoked up as the countdown to the season`s biggest game approached, sorry it`s not 1995 anymore. However, ninety torturous minutes (only applicable to those of us who wear the blue and white tinted glasses) later and things soon changed.

Anger and passion reared up as fans from both sides sought to defend their team and its honour. Alas, once the dust settled and we all sheathed our weapons for another day the real world, i.e. work was beckoning and things could be put into perspective.

I would like to take this chance to congratulate the Arsenal on an excellent performance. I have decided to do this in an article because I am tired of saying it in the comments part. I would also like to say that the Rovers didn`t shower themselves in glory and I feel that Saturday`s depiction will only support the views of those who refuse to accept Rovers are a quality side, something we showed at the Emirates.

The past week has been a wonderful advert for the power and passion that derives from football and makes it so addictive. The banter and conversation mixed with the passion and dedication to your club has been wonderful to experience and share with the Arsenal fans, most of whom have been very complimentary of Rovers, before and after the result.

I only hope that such passion and conversation can be felt with supporters from other sides. We at Vital Blackburn welcome the views of all fans (although we do get wound up from time to time as go4it_adi will testify) but it is both stimulating and interesting to hear what other people think.

Thank you to the Arsenal fans for their input over the past week.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Roversman
Date:Monday January 15 2007
Time: 8:01PM

Comments

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Isn't football just great!!! Love the debate.
roversman
15/01/2007 20:21:00
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yes, football is the true winner. well, actually, arsenal are. only joking
karandeep357
15/01/2007 20:36:00
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Thanks for this...you guys are class!
SUX2BU
15/01/2007 21:00:00
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Quality! Like you say its a game we all love and are passionate about but once the dust settles we can all have a bit of banter! Great stuff.
iceman10
15/01/2007 21:18:00
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how refreshing to hear a good supporter gracious in defeat, my hat off to you sir and total respect to you.
PUREGOLD
15/01/2007 21:50:00
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Thank you for your comments guys......I know a few bads words have been uttered amongst the blue and white faithful and those of an Arsenal inclination but that is what makes this game great, the passion it brings. Fair play for your positive comments.
roversman
15/01/2007 22:25:00
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It's been an interesting week or so for this Gunner fan. I watched both Liverpool/Arsenal games at a bar called Scallywags in Toronto, which is the home base for the Liverpool Canada supporters club. Needless to say it was filled to the brim with Reds fans (at least for the FA Cup game), but there was about 20 or so Gooners as well. And despite winning both matches, the Reds fans were pretty complimentary and wished us luck, even singing along with the amazing fans at Anfield towards the end of both games. For the second weekend in a row I've seen the same sort of class displayed by opposition fans (apparantely even the Rover fans at the stadium were applauding Henry's wonder goal), and it's pretty cool to see. I knew this game would be a big test for Arsenal after their success at Merseyside, and they played an almost perfect road game in difficult conditions, and a man down to boot. Has to be said though that the Rovers generated a few terrific chances and probably should've potted at least one of them, so in some ways we lucked out. Still it was a good effort against a team that had bounced back pretty well from the Emirates match. I assume they'll do likewise after this one.
Shinobi
15/01/2007 22:59:00
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PURE CLASS!
G4L
15/01/2007 23:54:00
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This is the spirit with which our great game should be conducted. Unfortunatley, we are away at Tottenham in one week and, travelling to that game, I will see the ugly side of fandom. Class article, you are a credit to yourselves and your club.
Little Dutch
16/01/2007 09:38:00
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Well guys I'm back after a little jolly away for a few days... altohugh I'm less fresh than I was before I went! Things certainly kicked off almost glad I was away for a few days :) Footballs an emotional game isn't it in the heat of the moment things can be said but the respect most of us have had towards Arsenal (and had anyway!) was never in doubt and our own part in the game rarely if at all praised. I know personally these were mainly my views. Good luck Gooners we'll talk again next season or later in this seasons FA Cup, lets just hope football will be the only winner (besides rovers :) lol of course!) that day.
Hughes Da Man
16/01/2007 18:00:00
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