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  • "FALLING ATTENDANCES? WHAT DID YOU EXPECT!
    Blackburn Rovers deputy chief executive Mr Paul Hunt has issued a plea to stay away Rovers supporters saying he is extremely concerned at falling attendances and the effect on next season ticket sales. WHAT DID HE EXPECT?
    When will they useless owners of Blackburn Rovers take a reality check and realise that supporters control football clubs NOT OWNERS, NOT MANAGERS, NOT DIRECTORS AND NOT PLAYERS.
    The ultimate last word lies with the club supporters, without them there is no club, as Mrs Anuradha Desai is beginning to fiind out.
    If you completely ignore the wishes of your fans time after time you are in the end doomed. The constructive criticism completely justified by supporters at Steve Kean’s management of the club was and is still ignored.
    This led to protest’s on a small scale at first, then reaching a crescendo at Ewood Park on December 20th v Bolton, so much so that peaceful protest’s inside the ground were banned. An unprecedented act never before seen or experienced in our British democracy. Not even the mighty Manchester United banned the anti Glazier Brigade, and there are over 50,000 of them.
    Steve Kean’s continued employment is now costing Venky’s a small fortune. Apart from his inflated £1.3 Million salary per annum he has now managed to get rid of an estimated 5,000 regular fans equating to possibly £15,000 per game and rising.
    Whilst financial director Karen Silk seeks to slash wages by disposing of good players, Kean loses Blackburn money on a daily basis.
    When will they ‘penny drop’ with people like Paul Hunt and Anuradha Desai ? we do not like Kean, we do not trust Kean, he has told to many lies, spun to much spin, treated Lancashire folk like idiots and talks utter garbage most of the time. We know a fraud when we see one. May I remind you of just two of Kean’s pre-season quotes, “we will finish in the top half of the table” and “I have a stronger squad of players than last season”.
    This website said at the time that this is utter garbage and all we had to look forward to with Kean, was a relegation fight.
    More recently he stated, Chris Samba will not be leaving Blackburn Rovers – NO WAY. That is until £12 Million was dangled in front of the Rao family and off went Samba.
    Well we have had enough, enough of Kean’s incompetence, enough of Anuradha Desai’s arrogance, enough of been completely ignored, enough of player after player leaving the club, enough of high admission charges for second rate premiership performances. For example my ticket in the Jack Walker stand for the Sunderland game on Tuesday in £32.00 just as it was for the visits of Newcastle, QPR and Aston Villa. The cheapest alternative is £17.00 in the Riverside. I pay for the Jack Walker stand by choice but in these days of recession people in East Lancashire cannot afford to go to football matches of such poor quality as being served up by Kean.
    In order to increase support for the last four home games reduce prices as did former chief executive Tom Finn (a true Blackburn supporter) he introduced 3 games for £30.00 at the Darwen End and Kids for a £1. Make the last four games in the Darwen end a £40.00 package and kids for a £1, if you want to survive as a premiership club with strong vocal home support it will have to be done.
    Falling attendances, I told you on this website at the end of February and warned what was happening long before Paul Hunt woke up to the fact, and it will get worse believe me.
    The key to all your problems Mr Hunt and convey this to your pay masters, is get rid of Steve Kean. Give us a proper manager with proper manager responsibility and control. Otherwise you and us are doomed.
    Reg.
    www.regoftherovers.c
    o.uk"
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Season ticket prices frozen at Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers have once again left Premier League rivals trailing in their wake in terms of offering their fans value for money - with the Ewood faithful able to watch football next season for less than £12 per game.

Rovers will today announce their decision to freeze Early Bird season ticket prices for 2012-13, as owners Venky’s continue efforts to ensure Ewood Park is one of the cheapest places in the country to watch league football.

With an adult seat available again for £225 in the Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End and Riverside stands, Rovers’ prices are expected to again beat all other Premier League clubs, as well as offering a cheaper standard season ticket than the majority of Football League clubs.

League Two Swindon Town’s cheapest season ticket price for next season is £320, Walsall supporters would have to fork out £290, while Norwich City fans will have to pay £509 to watch their heroes next campaign.

Most clubs still have to unveil their pricing policy for next season but it is unlikely anywhere in the country will match the value for money on offer at Ewood Park.

Season tickets went on sale today and existing season ticket holders and new applicants have until April 30 to buy at the Early Bird rate.

Under 16s cheapest tickets are priced at £85, which works out at less than £4.50 per game.

The club will also continue to offer the 16-game season ticket in the WEC Darwen End for £165, with fans opting for all 19 games in that stand able to relocate for the three extra matches.

Deputy chief executive Paul Hunt, said: “We fully acknowledge that these are tough financial times and our aim is to make supporting Rovers as affordable as we possibly can.

“Our owners are totally committed to this policy and we are delighted to be able to keep Early Bird season ticket prices for 2012-13 at this season’s level.

“It has been a challenging season, on and off the field, but we believe that freezing prices not only rewards loyal support but will also help encourage many more people to sign up.

“No-one can argue that the season ticket package is anything other than tremendous value but, to get it to work - emotionally and financially - we now need the people of the area to get right behind us and swell our numbers.”

Blackburn Rovers fan Mark Reynolds, 25, from Oswaldtwistle, has hailed the club’s efforts to keep prices affordable for supporters.

He said: “It is a great effort from all concerned. We know there are issues around the owners but they can’t be criticised for this.

“It will be interesting to see whether there is a big take up on this but I hope it does help in bringing fans back to Ewood Park.”

Former Rovers striker Simon Garner, said: “It is very good and hopefully it will encourage a few more people to come back to the club.

“Football is too dear these days and other clubs should look at what Rovers have done and follow suit. Results are the big driving factor but prices like this can only help.”

Season tickets can be purchased at any of the following outlets: Roverstore Ewood, Oneroverstore Blackburn town centre, via www.onerovers.co.uk, by post, by phone on 08712221444.

Payments can be spread over 10 months with Season Ticket Finance and you can pick up an application form from Roverstore/Oneroverstore.

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