July- The Tour of Oz!
July, is often the month of the year most footballing fans dont look forward to. Its the month of the year where most wives and partners of footballing fans do look forward to!!
In what could possibly have been the dullest July in the history of World Football, with the World Cup wrapping up in the first week, (Congrats Spain), and players away on leave, we were left with scrouging the newspapers and websites, in the hope that 1 of the 42698 strikers we are linked with, were
B) Within our price fram
C) Not Emile Heskey...
So the month of July dragged on, with Guti and Raul moving elsewhere, and a slow start in pre season trials not really lifting the atmosphere around Ewood Park. Heck, not a game was seen at Ewood Park, with all pre season fixtures scheduled away from home...
Finally, some good news. VBER Roversince74 decided to donate his winnings from the Vital Blackburn Fantasty Football challenge to the Help the Heroes Charity. Superb stuff from one of our very own.
Further good news, the likes of Emerton, Gamst, Andrews and Righters all declaring their anticipation for the new season and the unity of the whole squad.
And then it was time. The Blue and White halves hopped on a plane, and made the long trek to Sydney, Australia. Whilst it was not a sunny Sydney, being in the middle of Winter, it was still warm enough, and provided a weeks worth of fantastic football.
The Sydney Festival of Football was definately the highlight of July, with Rovers defeating Sydney FC, after early 2-1 losses to AEK and Rangers FC. A respectable second spot for our boys, and the experience of a lifetime for Oziroversfan (Adam) and myself, with both of us taking many photos with our boys, and Adam filling the white half of his jersey with almost the hole squads signatures!!!
And so the boys flew back to England, and bid July farewell, with a win finally under there belt, the same squad of 30 or so players, and still the anticipation of a new striker or two joining the ranks
Will there be more to report to in the August edition of The Blackburn Times....only time will tell!