Dan Clough column: Victory over Tykes was so sweet for Rovers

Lancashire Telegraph: Tommy Spurr won the game for Rovers Tommy Spurr won the game for Rovers

IT was satisfying to send 7,000 Yorkshiremen packing after our 1-0 win at Ewood on Saturday.

Our Leeds counterparts appeared to have a belief that, due to their massive supporter numbers, they had a divine right to take three points from the game.

It is a regular weapon used by big city clubs to tell us they are better than us.

Fans of Manchester United, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Norwich and the rest will say ‘you haven’t got any fans’ as a reason for us not to deserve any success.

We are a small club and we have punched above our weight over the years so our supporter numbers grew.

Premier League champions and regular competitors in the top flight over the past couple of decades has led football fans to believe Blackburn is a big city and, in turn, a club that should regularly attract 30,000 supporters to its home games.

Let us not forget that before the heady days of big spending Uncle Jack, we were a second rate Division Two outfit with gates of about 6,000.

Success and glamour inevitably brought in new fans.

Supporters who had previously not wished to stand on dirty terracing were attracted by the glitz of the Premier League and our new all-seater state-of-the-art stadium.

We had our day in the sun and mixed with the big boys as if we were one of them, but let’s face it, we never were.

Blackburn is an industrial town with a relatively small population.

Within 25 miles there are numerous big city clubs that take people from our potential supporter-base.

On top of that, the last couple of seasons have seen a number of catastrophic decisions taken by Venky’s and Rovers slip into the Championship.

The football isn’t always particularly entertaining and the majority of fans are pretty disillusioned.

The fact Saturday’s gate was above 20,000 means there were about 13,000 Rovers fans there on the day. To be fair to us, that is a decent amount for a town our size.

So well done Leeds. Your support was very good.

It’s just a shame they don’t dish out points for that.

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2:28pm Tue 3 Dec 13

lucas12 says...

Norwich?
Norwich? lucas12

3:10pm Tue 3 Dec 13

sean_brfc says...

Thought the Tykes were Barnsley?
Thought the Tykes were Barnsley? sean_brfc

3:10pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Blackburn Yoof says...

I was going to ask the same Lucas12? Norwich is bigger then Blackburn but it's hardly massive. Sheff Wed used to bring more to Ewood in the old Div 3 than Nowrich have ever done in the Prem.

Apart from that agree with the sentiments. There's an arrogance to big city clubs when they travel away in large numbers.
I was going to ask the same Lucas12? Norwich is bigger then Blackburn but it's hardly massive. Sheff Wed used to bring more to Ewood in the old Div 3 than Nowrich have ever done in the Prem. Apart from that agree with the sentiments. There's an arrogance to big city clubs when they travel away in large numbers. Blackburn Yoof

3:15pm Tue 3 Dec 13

HDRover says...

Yes we've often punched above our weight
for a town of our size.

Worth remembering we have spent 72 seasons
in the top flight and only 5 seasons outside the
top 2 divisions, and none in the 4th division,
unlike the dingles, PNE,Bolton,Blackpool
.

A proud history indeed !
Yes we've often punched above our weight for a town of our size. Worth remembering we have spent 72 seasons in the top flight and only 5 seasons outside the top 2 divisions, and none in the 4th division, unlike the dingles, PNE,Bolton,Blackpool . A proud history indeed ! HDRover

3:30pm Tue 3 Dec 13

mammamiauk says...

How right you are, Dan. I live along the South Coast and work in London and get laughed at and/or being ridiculed for being a Rovers fan. The majority of so-called supporters of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool (to name a few) are just glory hunters and do not support their team through thick and thin whereas we, Rovers supporters do, although there are, sadly, not many of us. I can proudly say that I do not support the Rovers just because they won the Premier League but it was the first ever game I ever went to as I was visiting my brother-in-law in Blackburn (who is a Chelsea fan but never been to London in his life)! As a season ticket holder, I always look forward to making the long journey up North just to watch my beloved Rovers!
How right you are, Dan. I live along the South Coast and work in London and get laughed at and/or being ridiculed for being a Rovers fan. The majority of so-called supporters of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool (to name a few) are just glory hunters and do not support their team through thick and thin whereas we, Rovers supporters do, although there are, sadly, not many of us. I can proudly say that I do not support the Rovers just because they won the Premier League but it was the first ever game I ever went to as I was visiting my brother-in-law in Blackburn (who is a Chelsea fan but never been to London in his life)! As a season ticket holder, I always look forward to making the long journey up North just to watch my beloved Rovers! mammamiauk

4:16pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Rome says...

The most poorly researched article I have read in a while. Firstly, Tykes are Barnsley and not Leeds. Secondly Norwich HAVE NEVER had a history of bringing a lot of fans to games. This isn't even a typo, just lazy journalism.

I guess LET don't exactly attract the cream of the crop though
The most poorly researched article I have read in a while. Firstly, Tykes are Barnsley and not Leeds. Secondly Norwich HAVE NEVER had a history of bringing a lot of fans to games. This isn't even a typo, just lazy journalism. I guess LET don't exactly attract the cream of the crop though Rome

4:53pm Tue 3 Dec 13

sean_brfc says...

To be fair, Dan's Rovers columns are only opinion pieces and are often quite interesting.
To be fair, Dan's Rovers columns are only opinion pieces and are often quite interesting. sean_brfc

5:00pm Tue 3 Dec 13

juanbbien says...

Yes Leeds brought with them 7,000 supporters but when you take into account that the latest population figures for Leeds are three quarters of a million,yes 750,000 its hardly exceptional compared to Blackburns 140,000 population,the sad thing is that before this shower arrived we had very respectable gates of between 23,000 to 25,000 now down to 12,000 ish so on that basis they have lost us 10,000 fans but this reporter seems we should be grateful with what we are now getting and not what we had
Yes Leeds brought with them 7,000 supporters but when you take into account that the latest population figures for Leeds are three quarters of a million,yes 750,000 its hardly exceptional compared to Blackburns 140,000 population,the sad thing is that before this shower arrived we had very respectable gates of between 23,000 to 25,000 now down to 12,000 ish so on that basis they have lost us 10,000 fans but this reporter seems we should be grateful with what we are now getting and not what we had juanbbien

6:26pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Dan Clough says...

Rome: Norwich was just a throwaway club off the top of my head. They're ground is usually nearly full on matchdays. It holds fewer than ours does.

juanbbien: "this reporter seems we should be grateful with what we are now getting and not what we had" ... Glad to see you haven't missed the point of the article ... !!!
Rome: Norwich was just a throwaway club off the top of my head. They're ground is usually nearly full on matchdays. It holds fewer than ours does. juanbbien: "this reporter seems we should be grateful with what we are now getting and not what we had" ... Glad to see you haven't missed the point of the article ... !!! Dan Clough

10:45pm Tue 3 Dec 13

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions says...

lucas12 wrote:
Norwich?
The clue is in the name... Norwich 'CITY'/
[quote][p][bold]lucas12[/bold] wrote: Norwich?[/p][/quote]The clue is in the name... Norwich 'CITY'/ BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions

10:47pm Tue 3 Dec 13

BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions says...

Dan Clough wrote:
Rome: Norwich was just a throwaway club off the top of my head. They're ground is usually nearly full on matchdays. It holds fewer than ours does.

juanbbien: "this reporter seems we should be grateful with what we are now getting and not what we had" ... Glad to see you haven't missed the point of the article ... !!!
Lots of detailed info on the BRFC attendance myths at this web site:

http://ewoodpark.jim
do.com/
[quote][p][bold]Dan Clough[/bold] wrote: Rome: Norwich was just a throwaway club off the top of my head. They're ground is usually nearly full on matchdays. It holds fewer than ours does. juanbbien: "this reporter seems we should be grateful with what we are now getting and not what we had" ... Glad to see you haven't missed the point of the article ... !!![/p][/quote]Lots of detailed info on the BRFC attendance myths at this web site: http://ewoodpark.jim do.com/ BRFC:ThePeoplesChampions

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