Blackburn Rovers Australia and New Zealand supporters' network showing support from other side of world

Blackburn Rovers Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ) supporters are backing their club

Blackburn Rovers Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ) supporters are backing their club

First published in Football Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

BLACKBURN Rovers can once again this season count on the passionate backing of supporters based on the other side of the world.

Members of the Blackburn Rovers Australia and New Zealand (BRANZ) supporters’ network cheer on Rovers from the Southern Hemisphere.

Although BRANZ members are without a dedicated website they communicate through the Blackburn Rovers Football Club Supporters (www.brfcs.com) and Vital Blackburn (www.blackburn.vitalfootball.co.uk) sites as well as through social networking sites Twitter and Facebook.

BRANZ also run an email list to ensure the loyal Rovers supporters in Australia and New Zealand have the chance to meet up and discus their beloved club – wherever they are based.

Brisbane-based John Leigh, who was the catalyst for forming BRANZ in 2010, said: “Because Australia and New Zealand are such massive places and there are so few Rovers fans we’ve had to create a pretty effective network that allows people to connect with others who are in a similar location.

“We have a contact person and a group in all the state capitals.

“This allows for visitors to Australia and New Zealand to find a friendly face and also helps those who’ve relocated over here as well as people travelling inter-state for holidays or work purposes.”

Gatherings for live games have been less frequent following Rovers’ relegation from the Premier League in 2012.

But despite the nine-hour time difference a group of supporters in Brisbane, including John, got together at 4.45am this morning to watch Gary Bowyer’s side’s big Championship opener against Cardiff City.

John, whose Oswaldtwistle-based father Ian won one of the 20 Golden Tickets Rovers are giving away this summer, tries to arrange meetings up to six times a year.

He said: “I’m not best placed to comment on the other states but here in Brisbane we get together at least four-six times a year, usually in a pub and basically we talk Rovers, drink beer and eat food – and sometimes we’ll also get together at Brisbane Roar games.

“There's a good mix of backgrounds – we’re not all ex-Lancashire lads – and it’s interesting to hear everybody’s Rovers story.”

If you would like to know more about BRANZ you can email branz@brfcs.co.uk.

John is on Twitter @BrisbaneRover

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12:55am Sun 10 Aug 14

globetrot says...

Any Roverites living in Townsville?
Any Roverites living in Townsville? globetrot
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10:41am Sun 10 Aug 14

bburnrover says...

Great lads we should play out there in the close season.I am off to live near Valencia so hope they will get some friendlies out there like barcelona and valencia.
Great lads we should play out there in the close season.I am off to live near Valencia so hope they will get some friendlies out there like barcelona and valencia. bburnrover
  • Score: 2

10:45am Sun 10 Aug 14

McClaret says...

bburnrover wrote:
Great lads we should play out there in the close season.I am off to live near Valencia so hope they will get some friendlies out there like barcelona and valencia.
BCN vs BBurn - Do me a favour.
[quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: Great lads we should play out there in the close season.I am off to live near Valencia so hope they will get some friendlies out there like barcelona and valencia.[/p][/quote]BCN vs BBurn - Do me a favour. McClaret
  • Score: -8

11:43am Sun 10 Aug 14

Maxrus says...

McClaret wrote:
bburnrover wrote:
Great lads we should play out there in the close season.I am off to live near Valencia so hope they will get some friendlies out there like barcelona and valencia.
BCN vs BBurn - Do me a favour.
I've heard there's a couple of Dingle fans in Outer Mongolia, ever thought of moving there Mc ?
[quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: Great lads we should play out there in the close season.I am off to live near Valencia so hope they will get some friendlies out there like barcelona and valencia.[/p][/quote]BCN vs BBurn - Do me a favour.[/p][/quote]I've heard there's a couple of Dingle fans in Outer Mongolia, ever thought of moving there Mc ? Maxrus
  • Score: 6

4:01pm Sun 10 Aug 14

owd nick says...

Maxrus wrote:
McClaret wrote:
bburnrover wrote:
Great lads we should play out there in the close season.I am off to live near Valencia so hope they will get some friendlies out there like barcelona and valencia.
BCN vs BBurn - Do me a favour.
I've heard there's a couple of Dingle fans in Outer Mongolia, ever thought of moving there Mc ?
They might have been Yaks, there's a strong resemblance and the smell is similar.
[quote][p][bold]Maxrus[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bburnrover[/bold] wrote: Great lads we should play out there in the close season.I am off to live near Valencia so hope they will get some friendlies out there like barcelona and valencia.[/p][/quote]BCN vs BBurn - Do me a favour.[/p][/quote]I've heard there's a couple of Dingle fans in Outer Mongolia, ever thought of moving there Mc ?[/p][/quote]They might have been Yaks, there's a strong resemblance and the smell is similar. owd nick
  • Score: 5

5:15pm Sun 10 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

Its common knowledge fans of Blackburn reach far and wide" even the South seas .Burnley fans however may just about reach Barnoldswick .
Its common knowledge fans of Blackburn reach far and wide" even the South seas .Burnley fans however may just about reach Barnoldswick . noddy57
  • Score: 6

5:42pm Sun 10 Aug 14

owd nick says...

noddy57 wrote:
Its common knowledge fans of Blackburn reach far and wide" even the South seas .Burnley fans however may just about reach Barnoldswick .
And Royston Vasey.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: Its common knowledge fans of Blackburn reach far and wide" even the South seas .Burnley fans however may just about reach Barnoldswick .[/p][/quote]And Royston Vasey. owd nick
  • Score: 2

10:33pm Sun 10 Aug 14

digitusjonfred says...

Me..Bendigo Australia
Me..Bendigo Australia digitusjonfred
  • Score: 1

11:46pm Sun 10 Aug 14

globetrot says...

digitusjonfred wrote:
Me..Bendigo Australia
Thats nowhere near Townsville. Bendigo is in Vic, Townsville is in Queensland :-) Hate to say it, but there is a dingle fan here in Townsville but he may have only crawled out from under his log since they won promotion.
[quote][p][bold]digitusjonfred[/bold] wrote: Me..Bendigo Australia[/p][/quote]Thats nowhere near Townsville. Bendigo is in Vic, Townsville is in Queensland :-) Hate to say it, but there is a dingle fan here in Townsville but he may have only crawled out from under his log since they won promotion. globetrot
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1:22am Mon 11 Aug 14

Oz Rover says...

Born and bred in Melbourne (yes I know it's in Victoria) and a massive Rovers fan. Have had the pleasure of being to Ewood 6 times in the last few years to see them play with two away at Arsenal and Brighton and will be back early nest year to see a couple games. Can't wait and only wish I could do it more often.
Born and bred in Melbourne (yes I know it's in Victoria) and a massive Rovers fan. Have had the pleasure of being to Ewood 6 times in the last few years to see them play with two away at Arsenal and Brighton and will be back early nest year to see a couple games. Can't wait and only wish I could do it more often. Oz Rover
  • Score: 6

8:40am Mon 11 Aug 14

owd nick says...

Oz Rover wrote:
Born and bred in Melbourne (yes I know it's in Victoria) and a massive Rovers fan. Have had the pleasure of being to Ewood 6 times in the last few years to see them play with two away at Arsenal and Brighton and will be back early nest year to see a couple games. Can't wait and only wish I could do it more often.
Hope you pick a good un then Oz, welcome.
[quote][p][bold]Oz Rover[/bold] wrote: Born and bred in Melbourne (yes I know it's in Victoria) and a massive Rovers fan. Have had the pleasure of being to Ewood 6 times in the last few years to see them play with two away at Arsenal and Brighton and will be back early nest year to see a couple games. Can't wait and only wish I could do it more often.[/p][/quote]Hope you pick a good un then Oz, welcome. owd nick
  • Score: 2

5:40pm Mon 11 Aug 14

garyintandem says...

Any other Rovers fans in Los Angeles/ California. Let's set up BLACKBURN ROVERS ANGELINOS (BRA) ...and no, Dingles, it wouldn't be full of t*ts ! Coming back for Bournemouth, 2nd round of Capital Cup and Wolves. Can't wait :)
Any other Rovers fans in Los Angeles/ California. Let's set up BLACKBURN ROVERS ANGELINOS (BRA) ...and no, Dingles, it wouldn't be full of t*ts ! Coming back for Bournemouth, 2nd round of Capital Cup and Wolves. Can't wait :) garyintandem
  • Score: 0

6:16pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Maxrus says...

garyintandem wrote:
Any other Rovers fans in Los Angeles/ California. Let's set up BLACKBURN ROVERS ANGELINOS (BRA) ...and no, Dingles, it wouldn't be full of t*ts ! Coming back for Bournemouth, 2nd round of Capital Cup and Wolves. Can't wait :)
The Bournemouth match in particular, should be a cracker.
[quote][p][bold]garyintandem[/bold] wrote: Any other Rovers fans in Los Angeles/ California. Let's set up BLACKBURN ROVERS ANGELINOS (BRA) ...and no, Dingles, it wouldn't be full of t*ts ! Coming back for Bournemouth, 2nd round of Capital Cup and Wolves. Can't wait :)[/p][/quote]The Bournemouth match in particular, should be a cracker. Maxrus
  • Score: 0

10:30pm Mon 11 Aug 14

digitusjonfred says...

globetrot wrote:
digitusjonfred wrote:
Me..Bendigo Australia
Thats nowhere near Townsville. Bendigo is in Vic, Townsville is in Queensland :-) Hate to say it, but there is a dingle fan here in Townsville but he may have only crawled out from under his log since they won promotion.
yes I know lived here 10 years b4 that in Geelong, that's vic too !!
[quote][p][bold]globetrot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]digitusjonfred[/bold] wrote: Me..Bendigo Australia[/p][/quote]Thats nowhere near Townsville. Bendigo is in Vic, Townsville is in Queensland :-) Hate to say it, but there is a dingle fan here in Townsville but he may have only crawled out from under his log since they won promotion.[/p][/quote]yes I know lived here 10 years b4 that in Geelong, that's vic too !! digitusjonfred
  • Score: 2

1:51am Tue 12 Aug 14

globetrot says...

digitusjonfred wrote:
globetrot wrote:
digitusjonfred wrote:
Me..Bendigo Australia
Thats nowhere near Townsville. Bendigo is in Vic, Townsville is in Queensland :-) Hate to say it, but there is a dingle fan here in Townsville but he may have only crawled out from under his log since they won promotion.
yes I know lived here 10 years b4 that in Geelong, that's vic too !!
Spent many a happy day in Geelong on the waterfront. Up the Rovers :-) . Stuart Munro is coaching a team in Dandenong, or he was.
[quote][p][bold]digitusjonfred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]globetrot[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]digitusjonfred[/bold] wrote: Me..Bendigo Australia[/p][/quote]Thats nowhere near Townsville. Bendigo is in Vic, Townsville is in Queensland :-) Hate to say it, but there is a dingle fan here in Townsville but he may have only crawled out from under his log since they won promotion.[/p][/quote]yes I know lived here 10 years b4 that in Geelong, that's vic too !![/p][/quote]Spent many a happy day in Geelong on the waterfront. Up the Rovers :-) . Stuart Munro is coaching a team in Dandenong, or he was. globetrot
  • Score: 1

12:33pm Wed 13 Aug 14

John Leigh says...

Good to hear from Rovers in Melbourne, Bendigo & Townsville!

If you haven't already been in touch with me please send an off to Branz@brfcs.co.UK and I'll reply to you straight away. There's been a great response to this article and we've got things in motion to make sure we create a network of supporters down under.

Cheers - John
Good to hear from Rovers in Melbourne, Bendigo & Townsville! If you haven't already been in touch with me please send an off to Branz@brfcs.co.UK and I'll reply to you straight away. There's been a great response to this article and we've got things in motion to make sure we create a network of supporters down under. Cheers - John John Leigh
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