Fans mustn't abandon Rovers

Saturday 2nd November 2013 23:02

Anuradha Desai: The Venky's are staying but fans must return to Ewood Park

Anuradha Desai: The Venky's are staying but fans must return to Ewood Park

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Blackburn FanZoner Anna-Louise Adams believes the fans must return to Ewood Park to get behind this season's promotion push at the club.

Blackburn Rovers released on Saturday their pre-tax loss which was a worrying £36 million. Despite the negative news, the team managed to claim three points over Middlesbrough with an absolute thunderbolt of a strike from Jason Lowe.

This is what the club needs to now focus on - gaining momentum, getting points and pushing for the play-offs. The financial situation is very concerning and strong performances do not excuse it but this is why fans need to get behind the club more than ever.

Saturdays game recorded an attendance of over 16,000 - of which over 2,000 were Middlesbrough fans. While it is completely understandable that fans are still frustrated at the Venky's takeover, the Steve Kean era has been over for a year, and it is time that existing fans revisited Ewood and showed their support. The Venky's aren't going anywhere - they have made that quite clear which is why it is desperately important for attendances to increase.

It's difficult to make money in football, particularly when you're not playing in the Premier League - if the club wants to sort this financial mess out then there needs to be a real push for the play-offs. However, the club can not do this unless they have the complete and undivided backing of fans. With a capacity of over 31,000 it is simply not good enough for home fan attendances to be dipping under half the capacity. This is the reality.

While it is understandable for fans to hold grudges against the owners - the past two years have been unforgivable, it really is now time to put things aside and just try and support the team. For a club that is built on foundations of community it is imperative that it has the community's backing. Without support, without high attendances, these losses are only going to increase - and where will that leave Blackburn Rovers? Administration? Being docked points? Transfer embargoes? Further relegations? While this may seem like a reductio ad absurdum argument - it must not be shrugged away - because it could happen.

The team may have had a few hiccups this season in the last few weeks, but on the whole they are playing the best they have done in the past two and a half years. Automatic promotion is extraordinarily unlikely, but with support and backing - the play-offs are a possibility.

Being a Blackburn Rovers fan has been in recent times, challenging, upsetting and frustrating, but is that a valid reason to turn your back on your team? No. The Venky's have been at times, inconceivably naive, financially ridiculous, and disrespectful - but this season, summer included, they have shown signs of stability, sensibleness and supporting the manager.

It is a football fans right to decide to stop attending their football teams matches in protest of the owners, but at this moment in time, it is difficult to see much to protest against. I will not accept justifications of protest based on the financial losses as they have only been released this week and therefore that can not be the reason for fans who have not attended a game all season.

I'm not criticising fans for protesting against the owners, because it is fully understandable - I'm making a plea for fans to return to Ewood Park, to support Gary Bowyer and the boys, to rebuild Ewood as a fortress and help push for promotion - as all of this will in some way help the club recover these losses.

The atmosphere at Ewood Park is better this season than it has been in the past two years (excluding last seasons derby day) - so please, please, reconsider and come back to Ewood to support the club we all love so dearly.

You can follow Anna on Twitter @annalouiseadams - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too.



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