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Rovers thank returning fans
10:16am Monday 8th October 2012 in Sport
THOUSANDS of Blackburn Rovers fans returned to Ewood Park for the first home game since the resignation of manager Steve Kean.
It followed a call from the Lancashire Telegraph, echoed by caretaker boss Eric Black, for fans to get behind the team following a drop in crowds.
A total of 17,034 watched Rovers in their 1-0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers – Blackburn’s previous highest attendance this season was 13,935 against Leicester in August.
And it was dramatically higher than the 12,772 that turned out for the 2-1 home victory over Barnsley in September.
Many fans had pledged to stay away from Ewood while Kean, whose tenure was marred by last season’s devastating relegation from the Premier League, was manager. Global adviser Shebby Singh said: “It was very, very important that the fans came.
“They came in their numbers and their support was fantastic. It was a most welcome sight.
“I would like to thank them all for their support and I look forward to bigger crowds in the coming games.”
Former Rovers striker Kevin Gallagher said: “People voted with their feet and crowds were down to 12,000 so it was nice to see 17,000 there on Saturday.
“It was just a shame the players couldn’t give them a victory.
“It wasn’t that noisy, people were perhaps a bit tentative because of the way the game was played.
“When we were relegated in 1999 the club had crowds of 19,000 so that has to be the target to try to get back to.
“Hopefully in the next few games now the fans will keep coming back and everyone can join as one and the future will be bright for the club.
“I think the managerial appointment is what people are looking to now.”