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Rovers column: It’s agony, but I’ll be back at Ewood
LAST week I did something a lot of people may question. I renewed my season ticket.
You might think I have lost my marbles, but you are wrong.
Tips in Blackburn and the surrounding areas are overflowing with discarded season ticket renewal forms.
And who can blame fans for being disillusioned to the point of not wanting to go to watch their beloved club?
But at the end of the day, what is the point in calling yourself a Rovers fan if you don’t want to go to the games?
Don’t get me wrong, I understand why people are turning their backs on the club while it is shoddily run.
I just think if you are passionate about a football team, you can’t just stop going.
The club was created for the people of Blackburn 137 years ago, long before the first Venky’s chicken had laid its first egg.
And it is to be hoped it will live on long after the owners have flown the nest and, fingers crossed, passed the club into far more capable hands.
The club needs us to stick with it. Historically we have been a club surviving on a shoestring in the second and third tiers of the game.
And it looks as though, long-term, those days could return to Blackburn. Then we really will see who the true fans are.
Relegation is 99 per cent certain now after that dismal display at Spurs.
Maybe I am to blame after trimming down my beard in a shameless show of callous disregard for the Grow A Givet Beard For Survival campaign.
But I am more inclined to blame the manager for his tactics, and the players for seemingly giving up the ghost.
What sort of team fighting for survival sits back and fails to register a shot on goal?
It was embarrassing to watch and, I think, a real wake up call for those national newspaper journalists in the capital who thought gentleman Kean had turned a corner. Perhaps now they understand the anger.
Kean tells us we were ‘ambitious’. ‘We had Yak and Junior as a two-pronged attack’, he spouts.
Not much use if they don’t cross the half way line, though, is it?
I am genuinely intrigued as to how he will defend his performance this season when relegation is mathematically ensured.
At some point even Kean must surely have to come to the realisation that he really isn’t good enough to manage in the Premier League.
If you are going to begin a boycott of Rovers, though, why not go and support your nearest non-league team?
Thousands of Rovers fans live in Darwen, now there is a team that needs all the help it can get.
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