Vital Football

Latest Blackburn Rovers News

Bin the UEFA Cup!

Bin the UEFA Cup!

I'm not one to criticise too much (in public anyway!) when something is someone else's work, especially when it is only a matter of opinion but the thought the UEFA Cup should be binned is ludicrous.

Stephen Mills, who writes for has questioned the merits of an apparently "increasingly pointless competition." Whilst I can understand, and even agree with some of the theories behind such a suggestion I cannot, and will not agree that the UEFA Cup should be abolished.

It clearly isn't the tournament it once was and the fact that teams not good enough for the Champions League (when they get knocked out) are drafted in is bang out of order, but the UEFA Cup makes European football possible for the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Middlesbrough etc. and even some of this countries biggest clubs in the shape of Everton and Tottenham Hotspur.

He says he is an Aston Villa fan, so he isn't one of these "big boys" looking down on the minnows, but such a move (doing away with the UEFA Cup) would make the strangle hold the "bigger clubs" have on the game throughout the European Leagues, let alone Europe even stronger and would in all effectiveness leave pretty much 16 other Premiership club with virtually nothing to play for over the course of a season (except avoiding relegation of course!), we'd be better off just letting these "bigger clubs" play on their own, or break away (as has often been suggested) to form a European Super League.

The whole European football concept has changed dramatically over the years and isn't the same as it used to be but this is the football governing bodies fault, this is something we must ALL think about! They changed the European format, in particular to suit the Champions League to accommodate more "bigger sides", as a result the European Cup Winners Cup was combined with the UEFA Cup which means some lesser known or glamorous clubs take part in the UEFA Cup format as it is now. Maybe it should be more of a thought that the Cup Winner Cup should be re-introduced?!?!

Whatever, I'd rather take part in a "second rate" European competition than none at all…

To see the article written by's Stephen Mills click here.


Don't forget "Walkerbout" Sunday Evenings in the forum between 6pm & 8pm - For more information click here. It returns on Sunday (20th May) to put forward a topic suggestion click here.

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

Date:Wednesday May 16 2007
Time: 2:34PM


Utter rubbish, this would send the game into a greater decline than the decline it threatens to take. It would in effect KILL off sides other than the "big four" in this country and the giants of European Leagues. What would the likes of Rovers etc. end up playing for each season!?!? I know we'd follow Rovers (or our club) whatever but if we were basically playing to finish as high up the League behind the big four (hoping to one day break into the top four) what's the point. Cold European nights against a minnow from Latvia appeal to me than cold nights doing nothing, merely looking to get a another (what would be) pointless season out of the way.
Hughes Da Man
16/05/2007 14:39:00
Pointless......???? Increased revenue for clubs with limited budgets, extra variety for fans, more global recognition, the chance for players to win medals.... yeah pretty pointless.
16/05/2007 14:49:00
I couldn't believe what i was reading when i spotted his article - Unbelievable. As you point out, he makes some (almost) valid points, and one i would specifically agree with is that the group stage is ridiculous. However, it's been ridiculous in the Champions league for years - They should be two knockout competitions, and the "drop" into the UEFA cup should be abolished.
Head Rover Heels
16/05/2007 14:50:00
he's just bitter that villa lost out in the fair play ballot.... that's the real embarrassment to the UEFA cup!
16/05/2007 14:51:00
totally agree with this article ... I mean the UEFA cup is not just for the clubs you mentuioned ... what about when millwall lived the dream getting in there through the FA cup !!!
16/05/2007 14:58:00
The reason the UEFA Cup is held with such distane is the fact it is the smaller, runt of a brother of it's almighty concuring Champions League brother, take some of the money away from that and give it to the UEFA Cup (as they should!) and teams will VERY much want to be a part of it, not that many don't want to be anyway. Let's not forget the Champions League was once the European Cup, a cup for ONLY the winners of the League. It's still a great competition but why isn't he arguing that this is making a mockery of the European Cup?!?! A team that finishes a dozen points or more behind the League winners can win the damn thing can't they, Despite the obviously quality, quality sides in the tournament is this not more of a mockery of a tourament that the UEFA Cup?!?!
Hughes Da Man
16/05/2007 15:00:00
Exactly dazednconfuzed, it gives ALL clubs a dream to look for when entering Cup competitons as well, winning a Cup (or runner up to a team already in Europe) and you can play in the UEFA Cup. European football is the DREAM for every club, few achieve it, but those that do love it.
Hughes Da Man
16/05/2007 15:03:00
I will never forget this year's UEFA Cup exploits. It is what made it a standout season.... ask Newcastle, everton, Bolton and even the blooody arrogant Spurs fans if they would like it scrapped??!??!!?!
16/05/2007 15:27:00
I don't think you'll find many teams that would want it scrapped would you Mikey? Although one of my best friends said yesterday, and this surprised me and even angered me BIG time "I'm not so sure UEFA Cup football is so important now, it's not a tournament that I take much interest in, so I don't think it effects what signings can or can't be made as a result of being in it or not!" I wasn't best please and argued my point, but needless to say he is a Champions League veteran who hasn't had to deal with mere "UEFA Cup" football for a long time, he's one of the big four followers, but has been his WHOLE life.
Hughes Da Man
16/05/2007 15:37:00
For me, that's why our league needs a good shake up - Nothing against your mate, but followers of the top four teams seem to have lost all grip on the reality of football. Their dominance has been so all-consuming that they now completely underestimate everything but their grip on the champions league.
Head Rover Heels
16/05/2007 16:50:00
Page 1/3
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackburn Rovers Articles

Sunderland The Latest Would-be Mahoney Suitors?

Whatever happens to Blackburn this season Mahoney could remain in the Championship as Sunderland, destined to be relegated from the Premier League, are ready to 'swoop' for the winger?

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (24/4/17)

Time for the new special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for 2016/17.

Vital View - Championship, 21st-23rd April 2017

Brighton would have confirmed the title with a point but defeat kept Newcastle alive. Second-bottom Wigan are clinging on - Blackburn are two off Birmingham, three Nottingham Forest.

Video - Championship Goals, 21st-22nd April 2017

The Championship season continued with the latest round of games played over the weekend.

Archived Vital Blackburn Articles

Vital Blackburn articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Wolves MotM
Suggested By:
Sub-Lucas Joao0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 44 28 8 8 92 35
P Newcastle 44 27 7 10 88 40
3 Reading 44 24 7 13 79 1
4 Sheff Wed 44 23 9 12 78 15
5 Huddersfield 43 24 6 13 78 2
6 Fulham 44 21 13 10 76 27
7 Leeds Utd 44 22 7 15 73 14
8 Norwich 44 19 9 16 66 12
9 Brentford 44 18 9 17 63 12
10 Derby County 44 17 12 15 63 2
11 Preston 44 16 13 15 61 2
12 Aston Villa 44 16 13 15 61 0
13 Cardiff 44 16 11 17 59 -2
14 Barnsley 44 15 12 17 57 0
15 Wolves 43 15 10 18 55 -2
16 Ipswich 44 13 16 15 55 -6
17 Bristol City 44 14 9 21 51 -6
18 Burton 44 13 12 19 51 -12
19 Q.P.R. 44 14 8 22 50 -12
20 Forest 44 13 9 22 48 -11
21 Birmingham 44 11 14 19 47 -22
22 Blackburn 44 10 15 19 45 -15
23 Wigan 44 10 11 23 41 -16
R Rotherham 44 5 6 33 21 -58
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Blackburn Rovers Results (view all)

Blackburn Rovers Fixtures (view all)

Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Aston Villa (H)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2017 12:00PM : Brentford (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

The Vital Football Members League