Date:Friday November 23 2007
Now this may seem like an odd comparison, especially considering Benni has already scored more goals for Rovers than Nathan Blake ever did, but there is something that does link them.
Having recently read a piece from The Thunder Down Under, Sasman, about the great show of sportsmanship from Benni McCarthy towards a young Portsmouth fan who was hit in the face by the ball, it got me thinking.
It stirred memories about an incident that happened on Tuesday 14th September 1999 when Rovers were once again contesting a match at Fratton Park against Portsmouth in the Worthington Cup.
Out of the blue the then Portsmouth goalkeeper, Aaron Flahavan (renowned for having black outs) collapsed in his own penalty area as Nathan Blake bore down on goal. However, the Rovers striker was quick to ignore the goalscoring opportunity to run to the aid of his fellow professional. This showed a real touching side to Nathan`s character who was quoted in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph after the game saying:
"At first I thought he had just slipped but then I thought he might have swallowed his tongue. That's why I picked him up. His eyes were glazed and he just said 'What?'."
Nathan Blake was well praised by the Portsmouth faithful after that incident and rightly so. So it is nice to see Benni, equally receiving praise for his actions.
It is always refreshing to hear of stories such as this one from back in the day and the more recent one involving Benni McCarthy. People sometimes forget that these football superstars are still human and have a general care for their fellow humans.
Let`s hope this will go some way to further enhance the clubs reputation. Well done to Benni and to Nathan for his actions back in the day.
Aaron Flahavan unfortunately died in a car accident on August 5th 2001.
Date:Friday November 23 2007
Rovers expecting DJ help (Thursday April 17 2014)
Marshall aiming for early return (Wednesday April 16 2014)
Bowyer not pleased with Rovers lapses (Sunday April 13 2014)
Stats: Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn Rovers (Saturday April 12 2014)
Millwall set to end Campbell loan (Thursday April 10 2014)
Etuhu facing another spell on the sidelines (Thursday April 10 2014)
Bowyer delighted with Rovers (Wednesday April 9 2014)
Stats: Blackburn Rovers v Queens Park Rangers (Wednesday April 9 2014)
Lowe back in the squad, Evans doubtful (Monday April 7 2014)
Stats: Blackburn Rovers v Ipswich Town (Saturday April 5 2014)
|5.||Rye of the Rovers||7|
|Key man watch: Shaun Maloney
» Reading : 18/04/2014 13:00:00
|Join Our Latics v Reading Match Thread
» Wigan : 18/04/2014 11:51:00
|Earlybird Season Ticket Sales
» Watford : 18/04/2014 11:49:00
|Last Call - Vital Latics Player Of The Season
» Wigan : 18/04/2014 11:35:00
|Team News v Charlton
» Bolton : 18/04/2014 10:45:00
|Forgotten man on verge of Royals exit
» Reading : 18/04/2014 10:26:00
|The Psycho Effect.
» Forest : 18/04/2014 10:14:00