Blackburn Rovers score big with The Game

RAP KING: The Game in his Rovers away shirt

RAP KING: The Game in his Rovers away shirt

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THERE could soon be more Bling in Blackburn after it was revealed the town's Premiership stars have recruited a new high-profile fan.

And for those supporters who thought Rovers' celebrity fan base began and ended with Bullseye's Jim Bowen, the latest recruit may turn a few heads.

US rapper, The Game, is now throwing his full support behind the club after he was snapped on a recent European tour wearing last season's Rovers away shirt.

Maybe it is Rovers reputation as Premiership bad boys that drew his attention to the club, but even the team's supposed hard men Andy Todd, Robbie Savage and Aaron Mokeona would struggle to match The Game's tough-guy credentials.

Brought up on the streets of Los Angeles, the 27-year-old rapper, real name Jayceon Taylor, hit number four in the UK singles chart with "Hate it or Love It" last year.

Despite his bad boy image and lyrics about drug dealing, gun crime and life on the streets, Rovers said they would be more than happy to accommodate the US star and his entourage at one of their Premiership games.

The club have contacted The Game's people and told them that if he ever wants to visit Ewood Park he would be given the full VIP treatment.

The Game's choice of football shirt is believed to be because Lonsdale, Rovers' kit maker, were one of the principal sponsors of his European tour.

He wore the Rovers shirt, including the Lonsdale logo, in numerous photo shoots during the tour of the UK last month.

Lonsdale sportswear has a reputation as being one of the principal lines of street wear, especially to its tough image born out of its association with the world of boxing which was how it first started.

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And staff at Rovers were thrilled to learn of the high profile but unlikely fan.

If the rapper ever takes the club up on its offer he would be treated to a pre-match meal, tour of the ground, seats in the directors' box and an opportunity to meet the players.

Simon Williams, head of sales and marketing, said: "We are thrilled to learn about our newest fan, especially as he has such as an apt name.

"He has many fans at the club and we would love to see him at Ewood."

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10:31pm Tue 19 Dec 06

joe says...

**** amazing !!!!!!
**** amazing !!!!!! joe
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12:13am Wed 20 Dec 06

lal man lal says...

kwl, need big names like him down at Ewood, he can get the crowd coming back!
kwl, need big names like him down at Ewood, he can get the crowd coming back! lal man lal
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11:32am Wed 20 Dec 06

Simon Lowe says...

Cool! This could lead to all the kids who follow him wanting rovers shirts! Could be good for our ever increasing profile in the US!
Cool! This could lead to all the kids who follow him wanting rovers shirts! Could be good for our ever increasing profile in the US! Simon Lowe
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12:48pm Wed 20 Dec 06

blakey says...

hahaha brilliant!
hahaha brilliant! blakey
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2:46pm Wed 20 Dec 06

bburn resident says...

this is funny man! out of all people, THE GAME IS REPPING bburn rovers.. suppose they'll need all the support that they can get.
this is funny man! out of all people, THE GAME IS REPPING bburn rovers.. suppose they'll need all the support that they can get. bburn resident
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4:49pm Wed 20 Dec 06

Lenny Baker says...

Although very amusing, this is exactly what Rovers need. We don't have the glamour factor such as Chelsea & Arsenal so the more support, the better. Even if it is from a rapper I've personally not heard of, I'm sure it is appealing to the youth which can only be a positive for us. Perhaps he is even flying the flag for us in the USA!
Although very amusing, this is exactly what Rovers need. We don't have the glamour factor such as Chelsea & Arsenal so the more support, the better. Even if it is from a rapper I've personally not heard of, I'm sure it is appealing to the youth which can only be a positive for us. Perhaps he is even flying the flag for us in the USA! Lenny Baker
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8:35pm Wed 20 Dec 06

Declan Kinney says...

what is the game doing wearing lonsdale gear?! never the less, quality support!
what is the game doing wearing lonsdale gear?! never the less, quality support! Declan Kinney
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6:21pm Thu 21 Dec 06

bburner says...

yssyss unooo
yssyss unooo bburner
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9:03am Thu 28 Dec 06

PeteB says...

Dre is a Scouser.

Thats all that matters.
Dre is a Scouser. Thats all that matters. PeteB
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5:34pm Fri 29 Dec 06

onyx says...

Game is a looser. This is the begining of the end for Blackburn Rovers....mark my word...
[bold]Game is a looser. This is the begining of the end for Blackburn Rovers....mark my word...[/bold] onyx
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10:51pm Fri 29 Dec 06

azzer says...

onyx wrote:
Game is a looser. This is the begining of the end for Blackburn Rovers....mark my word...
ur a looser the game is da best id do ewt 2 meet him
[quote][bold]onyx[/bold] wrote: [bold]Game is a looser. This is the begining of the end for Blackburn Rovers....mark my word...[/bold] [/quote] [bold]bold[/bold] [italic]italic[/italic] [italic]italic[/italic] ur a looser the game is da best id do ewt 2 meet him azzer
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1:12am Sat 30 Dec 06

josh says...

the game wears lonsdale because it is a boxing make... i support everton but that good news for the club.. should have **** 2 liverpool if he wants a hard imagine :)
the game wears lonsdale because it is a boxing make... i support everton but that good news for the club.. should have **** 2 liverpool if he wants a hard imagine :) josh
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8:55pm Tue 30 Jan 07

b r f c 4 life says...

dis goes to show rovers r supreme wer even noticed in da us man da game supports us now dats cool
dis goes to show rovers r supreme wer even noticed in da us man da game supports us now dats cool b r f c 4 life
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1:31pm Fri 16 Feb 07

The Game's biggest fan!!!!!!! says...

onyx wrote:
Game is a looser. This is the begining of the end for Blackburn Rovers....mark my word...
The Game is da best eva ....ur da loser round erebold
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[quote][bold]onyx[/bold] wrote: [bold]Game is a looser. This is the begining of the end for Blackburn Rovers....mark my word...[/bold] [/quote] The Game is da best eva ....ur da loser round ere[bold][italic]bold[/italic] [quote][italic]quote[/italic] [quote][italic]quote[/italic] [bold][bold]bold[/bold] [bold][bold]bold[/bold] [bold][bold]bold[/bold] [italic][quote]italic[/quote] [/italic] [/bold] [/bold] [/bold] [/quote] [/quote] [/bold] The Game's biggest fan!!!!!!!
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