Some have asked who I am!
I am a loyal long standing Blackburn Rovers supporter for over 50 years.
My first game was Rovers v/s Nott’s Forrest in 1957. I went to the 1960 F.A. Cup final with my uncle who was editor of the Blackburn Times, (sadly the paper is no more).
I played for Rovers “A” when A and B teams played at Altham on a pitch just behind what is now Accrington Stanley’s Crown ground.
I became very close to Jackie Campbell, then the Rovers youth coach who became quite a good renowned after dinner speaker and a legend around Ewood Park.
My early idols were the 1960 FA Cup final team, Leyland, Whelan, Woods, McGrath, Bray, Dobing, Clayton, Vernon, Douglas, Dougan, and McLeod.
I have held most administration posts in football, including the chairman of a well renowned non – league side for 10 years. I have been company secretary, press officer, director and served on the executive of the Vauxhall Conference, now Blue Square league and worked at the football league headquarters when they were situated at Lytham St Anne’s When I was a youngster, I never missed a game at Ewood.
I remember going to Bill Eckersley’s toffee shop, near to Ewood Park, a couple of hours before kick-off every game, the great man would be serving behind the counter before going to get his boots from the back room and walking the short distance to the ground. “Will we win today Bill” we used to say, “Aye no trouble lad” Bill used to quip.
Can you imagine England’s finest full back in those circumstances today, not a chance, but the maximum wage for players was £20 per week, a good wage then but all footballers had another job. Remember Ronnie Claytons paper shop in Darwen, I have a signed copy of Ronnie’s autobiography “A Slave to Soccer” he called it. No wonder. Amongst my friends are many Blackburn Rovers players and officials sadly all in the past, none present.
But I hold a real fear for Blackburn Rovers and the future. Something is not right!
It is not a happy club like it used to be, Players are wanting to leave. Admin staff are not happy. The departure of John Williams has done untold damage; administrators like him are few and far between.
I fear Jerome Anderson is a bad influence and has his own interest at heart and not that of the club.
I remember some cantankerous chairman in my time, John Forbes and Bill Bancroft were not the easiest of men to please, but they had the interest of Blackburn Rovers first and foremost, I am not sure that is the case with our new owners, only time will tell.
But you, the supporters have the most powerful voice of all, if you are not happy with Blackburn Rovers are being run then use your voice and power of the pen. Contact your local radio station, local and national press, websites and twitter or write direct to Ventkatesh Roa or Mrs Desai c/o Ewood Park
Thank you those of you who have taken the time to post your comments on Reg of the Rovers web.
However if you are to leave a comment please make it constructive. I do not want all my spelling mistakes and grammar errors pointing out, I am not a trained journalist, just an elderly supporter, who has supported Rovers since 1957 age ten at the time and loves “The Mighty Rovers” Blackburn Rovers”.
My eyesight is not what it was and my fingers unsteady on the keypad, so bear with me, put your own punctuation in if it’s missing, you will get the jist.
If you think Steve Kean is a good manager and a good appointment for the Rovers say why!
If you think the new owners are right for the club and you have been impressed, say why!
If you think Jerome Anderson is the man to “advice” the Roa family, say why!
If you are impressed with Rovers signing to date, say why!
If you think Kean will lead us to the top half of the premiership, say why!
If you think we will not be involved in the next season relegation scrap, say why!
I await with interest
OK, The Roa Family purchased Blackburn Rovers from the walker Trust for a paltry £46 million back in December.
So far their tenure has been little short of disastrous. The sacking of Allardyce, the fight against relegation, the insistence of being “advised” by agent Jerome Anderson and last but not least, the appointment of a unpopular and inept manager.
Kean’s latest words of wisdom are that he is proud to have led Rovers to premiership safety. Has nobody told him we were only in this mess because of him?
Venky’s group may think they own Blackburn Rovers, in effect they don’t, the supporters do, without supporters, no club, they are the custodians.
They had better be aware their insistence on the continued choice of Steve Kean as manager could come back to haunt them!
A poor start to next season and they will witness the full force of supporters power
Congratulations to West Ham Utd on a magnificent management appointment.
Unfortunately I can see Sam coming back to haunt the Rovers in seasons to come and what is the betting we will not be changing places with West Ham at the end of the coming season, that would be ironic.
There is no doubt Sam will get West Ham into shape, just as he did with Rovers following Paul Ince brief reign.
Sam being sacked still rankles with me, it was completely unnecessary. One thing is for certain, West ham will not be doing any business with football agent Anderson, the man responsible for Sam’s sacking and the putting in place of puppet manager Steve Kean.
One question all Rovers supporters need to ask themselves if thinking Kean is OK for the Rovers, and it is this if Kean was available for employment tomorrow, which premiership team would employ him as manager, presuming they were seeking a manager?
The answer is NONE!. So why should we put up with this none charismatic, low profile, non-entity?
West Ham, you are lucky to have BIG SAM, I am envious, just wish he was still at Ewood Park.
Since the 13th December 2010, the fateful day Sam Allardyce was sacked, Blackburn Rovers and the Venky group have been public enemy number one in the eyes of the English popular press.
To compound matters the press have not taken to Steve Kean, nor have the majority of Rovers supporters for that matter. The over whelming consensus amongst Britain’s most prominent sports writers was for “the chicken farmers”, the upstart Kean, and agent Jerome Anderson to be well and truly put in their place by being relegated into oblivion.
As we now know this did not happen much to the rest of footballs disappointment because Rovers had really become everyone’s in favourite team.
Thank goodness then for Queens Park Rangers. Step forward Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone, the shareholding geniuses who have given their blessing to almost doubling the price of admission to their Loftus Rd ground for next season newly arrived premiership club. Fans will be charged a minimum of £47 upwards to £75. A real kick in the teeth to the Q.P.R supporters who have loyaly supported their team through thick and thin.
The popular press have now Q.P.R firmly in their sights as the owners to hate, taking the pressure of the Roa brothers.
Speaking of Ventkatesh rao, his brother and sister, all credit has to go to them by freezing admission prices for next season, probably as well with Kean as manager. Just do not spoil it by re-naming Ewood Park ..The Venky stadium, then you could offer FREE admission and no one would come.