Tag: Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers: debt, silence & stagnation

The early stages of the season are probably not the right time to be drawing too many inferences from league tables, but Blackburn Rovers’ position at the bottom of the Football League Championship mirrors increasing disillusionment at the way in which the club is being run at the moment. On the pitch, Rovers’ season couldn’t have started much more inffectively. On the opening day of the season, they were handed a sharp reminder of the amount of work required to be done if the club is to get anywhere near challenging for a return to the Premier League. Three...

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Video of the Day: Fulham vs Blackburn Rovers, September 1968

It’s September 1968, then, and “Swinging London” may already be starting to like a fading memory. The city has already seen the Grosvenor Square riots in protest at the Vietnam war, and in the first week of October would follow the baton charge on civil rights demonstrators in Derry that would mark the beginning of The Troubles in Northern Ireland. While Chelsea FC are starting push themselves as London’s showbusiness club, their geographically closest rivals, Fulham, are in decline. Relegated from the First Division at the end of the 1967/68 season after nine seasons, having conceded almost one hundred...

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On Financial Fair Play & Legal Threats

It was always likely to only be a matter of time before somebody issued a legal challenge to somebody’s Financial Fair Play rules somewhere in this country. After all, the acquisition of debt has become one of the defining characteristics of football in this country from the very top of the professional game down in recent years. Indeed, in some respects it might be even considered a tradition – English football clubs have been using their financial muscle to crowd out their rivals since before the Football Association’s rules even allowed players to be paid to play. The challenge to Financial Fair Play is being made to the Football League and it’s coming primarily from the Championship, although reports have been conflicting on how many it might be, with the Guardian not giving the exact number of clubs behind it all (although they did name¬† Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers as being amongst the main movers behind it), whilst the Daily Mail went a step further and made the claim that ten clubs from the Championship and one from League One were involved in it all, although they only added the name of Bolton Wanderers to that given by their rival publication. The Guardian’s list of clubs came from “Championship sources,” and there is little reason to question it. The notion of Financial Fair...

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Thirty-Six & A Half Million Holes In The Accounts In Blackburn, Lancashire

At least, the supporters of Blackburn Rovers may choose to console themselves this evening, at least the team won yesterday afternoon. For the first time since the start of last month, Rovers have three points under their belt with a one-nil win against Middlesbrough being enough to lift the team to ninth place in the Football League Championship table. A repeat of last season’s battle to avoid relegation to League One seems highly unlikely to be repeated. If there was success on the pitch for the club yesterday afternoon, however, away from it the results couldn’t have offered a much starker contrast. While the team was playing yesterday afternoon, BBC Lancashire was reporting that Blackburn Rovers Football Club has posted the sort of financial results that send a chill down the spine. Some reasonable level of financial husbandry had been the one saving grace of the otherwise disastrous period of ownership of the Venkys group. In the year to the end of June 2012 the club reported a small operating profit of ¬£4.5m, which we might have hoped would stand as an indication that the club at least had some sort of safety buffer in order to be able to cope with its relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2011/12 season. A combination of being able to trade profitably and plump parachute payments from the...

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The Venky’s Scattergun Approach Strikes Again At Blackburn

Farewell then, Michael Appleton. After sixty-seven days and fifteen matches, the former Portsmouth and Blackpool manager – and that’s just this season- became the third manager to leave Blackburn Rovers as the itchy trigger finger of the club’s owners, Venkys, got the better of them yet again. There was a time, roughly a year ago, when it seemed as if the owners of the club were almost swivel-eyed in their devotion to its then-manager, Steve Kean, but those days must seem like a long time ago for the supporters of a club that might yet be sliding towards a second successive relegation, this time from the Championship. Since Kean departed from the club at the end of September, Blackburn’s owners have been acting like lovers on the rebound. After a brief dalliance with Eric Black, former player Henning Berg lasted for just ten matches – winning just one of them – before, after another temporary manager in the form of Gary Bowyer, Appleton was appointed in January. Things might have been so different for Appleton. After bedding in at the club, we had a little run of three successive wins in the league and even took his team to The Emirates Stadium to beat Arsenal in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. This result, however, turned out to be the end of the beginning and the beginning of...

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