Date:Tuesday May 22 2007
Ex Ewood Resident shares his views on the Blackburn Rovers Season that has just ended. Enjoy!
So another season has passed and although we didn't quite achieve our goals we were close, possible UEFA Cup (thanks to Pompey and the Royals!) and more importantly… Cheaper Football!
"We're just a Small Town in Europe"
The Rovers Management Team have demonstrated throughout the season their respect and appreciation of the "true" fan, by not only slashing season ticket prices for next season, a whacking £126 for most of us in the Blackburn End, but also free and severely reduced European Cup Football. We also got the cheapest seats for the FA Cup Semi Final! These things are something no other club can claim. What's more we are a small town football club… we don't have the potential revenue streams of most "Big City" clubs and therefore what we do and how Mr Williams manages our finances is all the more impressive. He has issued an "end of season" thank you to the fans… Well right back at you, John, here's a big THANK YOU from me! I'm glad I support a small town club that appreciates its fans… rather than a big corporate money-spinner that is just fleecing footie fans in favour of Tourists, Touts and Glory Hunters!
Games of the Season (that I went to!)
Best Home Game - Arsenal FA Cup Replay… just a delightful goal from Benni… Everyone had written us off, including most of us… but the lads dug deep and showed their mettle!
Best Away Game - Reading Premiership… an inspired second half performance, great day out too…
Worst Home Game - West Ham Premiership… Lucas "Greedy Bastard" Neill and Jim "Tosspot" Devine… Enough Said.
Worst Away Game - Middlesbrough Premiership… Despite the win, was one of the dullest games I have ever witnessed, the only talking point was Robbie's dodgy white Underpants!
The "Wish I wasn't here" Game - Manchester United Premiership Away… It was a great day out and, for the first time in years, an impressive Old Trafford atmosphere. I couldn't believe it when we were 1-0 up at half time, but the second half, despite a sturdy Rovers performance, we got comprehensively thrashed, I have to say (and this is a one-off) that United deserved the title this year and the atmosphere generated by the Cockneys and plastic Mancs was why they have been so impressive.
The "Damn, I missed that one" Game - Liverpool Premiership Home… A brief sojourn over the Christmas Period to Spain meant I missed the Boxing Day match, damn! I still got 4 phone calls from various gloating "friends" telling me all about what I had missed.
Here's some alternative awards…
I mentioned a big thank you before to Mr John Williams… he gets the "Unsung Hero" Award.
Mr David "He's a Bentley not a Rolls… and better than Golden Balls…" Bentley. He has been a revelation this season and deserves the "Player of the Season" award and a call up to the full England Squad. I award him the "Geezer of the Season" award.
Mr Mark "Sparky" Hughes, another fine demonstration of his prowess as a Manager, this season, he is the best manager we have had since King Kenny. I was going to award him "TV Pundit of the Year" but Robbie "Dodgy White Y-Fronts" Savage gets this for asking "When are we going to talk about Rovers?" and his performance on my favourite Footie Show… Sky's Soccer AM.
Mr Christopher "The Wall" Samba, what an impression this lad has made in the second half of the season, along with his sparing partner, Ryan "The Admiral" Nelsen. He gets the "Eat Your Greens" Award.
Mr Matt "Blue 'n' White Blood" Derbyshire, he is a true Rover as well as a star player… and I include in this special group… David "Burger Van" Dunn, Robbie "Goldilocks" Savage (Yes I do!) and Paul "Gally" Gallagher, but Matt wins the award for "Rover of the Year".
Mr Brad "Safe Hands" Friedel… Once again his performances have been a delight. The man is a goalkeeping god and therefore wins the "Man Most Needed in a Crisis" Award.
Finally… and a review could not exclude him… Mr Kerimoglu "Turkish Delight" Tugay. The man continues to "delight" us all not only with his performances but also his desire and commitment to play for both his Manager, his Club but also for his adoring fans. So naturally he gets the "Hero" Award. Tugay… you are my Turkish Delight!
Postscript… another big thank you to "Hughes Da Man" for his commitment and hard work in editing Vital Blackburn, He refers to this site as "the fans" rather than "his" and in that he is to be commended.
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN AND SUBMITTED BY EX EWOOD RESIDENT
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