Rovers on the rise

It’s very strange supporting Blackburn Rovers at the moment.

For years, we have been beaten down into the dust, slipping further and further from the glory days not merely of winning the Premier League but of playing as a competitive top division team and regularly upsetting the big guns.

Indeed, it was beginning to feel like a long time since we’d even won a few games on the bounce.

Now, 18 games unbeaten and pushing hard for promotion, I’m sure I’m alone in struggling to recognise this feeling of cautious optimism and excitement.

But I’m enjoying every minute.

Saturday afternoon used to be worthy of dread. Not because Rovers were utterly horrendous. But they weren’t particularly good either and the omnipresence of the late goal haunted the final fifteen minutes of every match, more often than not turning a dull point into yet another defeat.

Life in the Championship always felt temporary. We’d assumed the other way.

But, when Messrs Rhodes, Cairney and Gestede weren’t able to get us promoted, it swiftly became apparent the only way was down.
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For too long we have wallowed under the Venkys. Too unstable to keep star players (Duffy, Marshall etc) and not even able to retain management – although only Lambert was maybe worth keeping and that’s debatable.

Finally though, almost a year ago, they appointed a sensible manager, with a grounded footballing philosophy and an inherent trust in young hungry players.

They backed him to recruit talented, on-the-up players like Bradley Dack and Dominic Samuel, persuaded key men Charlie Mulgrew and Danny Graham to stick around and the team got the fans back on side with their commitment, desire and skill.
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Slowly but surely the fans are returning to Ewood. The away support has been magnificent, bouncing round the country as Rovers excel on the road.

The club is brimming with optimism for the first time since Mark Hughes left – ten years ago nearly.

Yes we’re still stuck in League One. Yes they’ll probably have a blip at some point. Yes the owners’ chequered history suggests the next issues are probably just round the corner.

But for now, finally, it feels good to be a Blackburn Rovers fan again.

Championship here we come…

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  1. Finding your level, easier to climb to the top than stay there! #believe

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