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Blackburn Rovers History....On Show?

Blackburn Rovers History....On Show?

After the news regarding one of Blackburn Rovers founding fathers, John Lewis, and the dilapidated condition of his grave, Blackburn Chairman John Williams has vowed to step in and act.

I have read quite a few articles relating to this issue, there have been many opinions on what should be done to commemorate both Mr Lewis and his co founder, Arthur Constantine.

This issue has, well for me anyhow, made me realise how little we 'show off' our proud history and heritage.

Whilst there has been many a great player to pull on the blue and white halves over the course of the last 135 years, can anyone remember more than a handful of the more recent and more famous names???

This issue was further highlighted during the voting for the VBers Greatest Ever Squad when I campaigned endlessly and vociferously for the inclusion of a certain Jimmy Forrest, one of Blackburn Rovers most successful ever players and the majority of fans had never heard of him, never mind the reasons for his inclusion in the squad.

All this has culminated in me writing this article pondering whether Blackburn Rovers, could do more to celebrate the illustrious history of our beloved club.

As an example, if you visit nearly any US sports venue, such as Yankee Stadium in New York City, Fenway Park in Boston, Wrigley Field and Soldier Field in Chicago and The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit you would see many busts of former players, mini Halls of Fame, banners of former achievements and championships and retired numbers of former greats for the respective teams.

Whilst some of those may seem 'over the top' to us conservative Britons, it begs the question 'Where are all the stalwarts and stars from the bygone eras?'

We often see Ronnie Clayton pop up at half time for the lucky numbers draw at Ewood and you occasionally see former players in local news and such like but the majority of the current footballing fraternity (this includes some media figures too!!!)do not truly realise the amazing history behind the club that Lewis and Constantine founded, they merely know about the 'club that Jack built'.

Rovers have one of the most storied histories of any of the founding teams of the football league yet many people perceive us as perennial lower division club that clawed its way out of the doldrums at the inception of the Premier League thanks to Jack Walker and his bankroll. Yet the truth is far more interesting but even Blackburn themselves do not seem to celebrate these achievements.

To put it into perspective, Liverpool and their fans enjoy pointing out the amount of times they have lifted the European Cup and their storied success across Europe during the 1970's and 1980's and why shouldn't they? Its what football is all about and bragging rights do not hurt do they?

Its time for John Williams and the Club to step up and show everyone that visits Ewood Park the massive history attached to Blackburn Rovers.

We might even get some credit where it is due then and John Lewis, Arthur Constantine, Jimmy Forrest and all the forgotten heroes of yesteryear would finally get the recognition for their input into making Blackburn Rovers Football Club who they are today.


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

Date:Friday June 15 2007
Time: 3:43PM


Its time for everyone to see what Blackburn Rovers is and WAS all about. Spurs fans know, they love their centenary shirt, inspired by the best team in the land at the time!!!
15/06/2007 15:46:00
lol, and they know it too! I completely agree with what you are saying (as my profile says I am a firm believer in remembering the past as well as the present!) BomBom a clubs history is as important as it's future, in many cases more so as these will never be revisited again. We must NEVER forget who have gone before us, simple searches of t'internet (if nothing else) will help you find out more. There is a club history on the VERY site though, under the "Who are We" drop down menu I believe (at the top of the site.) Some of this information needs updating, but there is still plenty worth reading.
Hughes Da Man
15/06/2007 16:05:00
LOL but to our credit we quickly realised the error of our ways and jumped on Prestons mighty white band wagon. HDM is right my philosophy on football (and life) is always “don't forget where you came from” coupled with “don't forget where you're going“. Credit to BomBom for combating this ignorance (unless this a desperate attempt to accumulate Vital Points and fend off the sandgroanun charge, in which case shame on you BomBom :-))
15/06/2007 18:13:00
LOL, i did notice that Sandy had overtaken me but nay bother man, ill do some last minute ramblings on various sites to get my name atop the heap....if i can find the will to do so anyhow LOL
15/06/2007 19:05:00
It is down to you BomBom to bring home the bacon! It is a VERY good philosophy to have Phartman.
Hughes Da Man
16/06/2007 00:40:00
Piggy goes oink! BACK ON TOPIC ;) I think its "vitally" important that we recognise our history and put it on display for all to see.
16/06/2007 10:03:00
I know you are only joking dude but I am beginning to wish I didn't even bother posting the article that I did. I know the point is understood (on the whole) but I'm thinking it would have been better not doing it. It was to highlight the importance of the FORUM to this site too though wasn't it. WAY off the topic now aren't I lol!
Hughes Da Man
16/06/2007 13:45:00
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