Those of us who were at White Hart Lane on Sunday to witness our once proud football club surrender in the embarassing and pathetic manner that it did, will not forget it in a hurry.
Rovers were a team that needed to take the game to the opposition and gain a positive result in order to have any chance of preserving their Premier League status. We were promised all week that there was a game plan to exploit Tottenham's weaknesses, but we have been given false promises for 18 months from the owners and a manager who have treated the fans with utter contempt. Not a single shot in anger towards the end that we were attacking sums up this horrific season.
In all honesty the supporters who made their way to North London on Sunday deserve a refund. We should also contact Amnesty International to highlight the torture we have endured since the Venkys purchased their 'toy'. Gallows humour was the order of the day for Rovers supporters as they left the ground with the Spurs supporters almost apologetic towards us.
Living in the capital puts you in contact with supporters from a variety of clubs up and down the land. All season they have been manipulated and duped by the London media into believing that Rovers' problems lie at the door of their 'ignorant' and 'thuggish' supporters. After Sunday, opinion has well and truly swung in favour of the fans. 'Embarassing' and 'pathetic' are words that have been used to describe the team's efforts by rival supporters.
Next Monday evening in what surely will be our final Premier League fixture at Ewood for some time, it would be nice to show the watching football world how much we do care. We have the opportunity to 'thank' Venkys for all they have done this season. It is our last chance because after it's all over, the national media will not want to listen sob stories about being swindled and ruined. Rovers' plight will be yesterday's fish and chip paper and be replaced by articles reflecting other Premier League happenings. The press will not care about us as we plot a path across the wasteland of the Championship.
We all know that Steve Kean is Venkys little puppet. His press conferences and post match interviews have become largely irrelevant, due to the deluded nonsence he often utters. So too often his ramblings are interupted with the familiar phrase and default response..."We have gone to Old Trafford, Anfield and Goodison this season and got results.." We know Steve and are very bored of it! Funny you don't discuss the 21 defeats this season...?
It was on a May Bank Hoilday Monday 17 years ago that Ewood experienced one it's greatest nights and atmospheres. Monday 8th May 1995 on the 50th anniversary of VE day will never be forgotten. It would be fantastic if we could try to recreate that sort of atmosphere this coming Monday evening against Wigan and show the regime that enough is enough. Whatever happens, Rovers' fans have to do this in a dignified manner and not allow any nonsense to go on. We cannot give any ammunition to those who have wrongly criticised us all season for being a major contributing factor towards the team's misfortune on the field. You can just imagine the glee on some so-called pundits' faces if this was to happen.
One of the most effective and spontaneous aspects of the protests this seson was in the last home game against Norwich when all four sides of the ground (even those in the Upper Jack Walker) joined in with a rendition of "We want Venky's Out". At 2-0 up, this sent out a massive message to everyone watching.
Like most Rovers fans, I could stomach relegation if it was a consequence of a natural decline in fortunes despite honest endeavours to prevent it. That's what frustrates and hurts the supporters so much. Next season, supporters and their families who have followed the club for generations will choose not to renew their season ticket. For many, apart from their loved ones, Rovers is the most important thing in their life. They will stop coming, not as a result of relegation as the national media will have us believe, but because the Rovers they once cherished and everything it stood for has disintegrated.