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COMP: Agents, Rovers and Cricket Loving Owners

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

The Football Supporters’ Federation is offering Blackburn Rovers fans (or supporters of other teams) the chance to win a copy of Michael Blackburn’s Agents, Rovers and Cricket Loving Owners. The newly-released book examines the Venky’s regime which has seen allegations of behind-the-scenes chaos, relegation, and £40m worth of football talent go out of the front door.

  • COMPETITION QUESTION: Who is Blackburn Rovers’ all-time leading goalscorer?
  • ENTRY: Send your answer and address to: You must be an FSF member to be eligible – join the FSF for free here. The deadline for entries is midday on Friday 5th October 2012 and we’ll notify the lucky winner that day. Multiple entries are not allowed and will be disqualified.

Buy Agents, Rovers and Cricket Loving Owners for £7.99 here…

From the book: “On 19th November 2010 Venky’s London Limited completed the purchase of Blackburn Rovers Football and Athletic PLC. The English Premier League wasn’t an obvious step for an Indian family who had made their fortune in the International poultry market but Rovers fans welcomed them warmly.

“Within 18 months Blackburn Rovers were back in the second tier of English football. The new owners had disposed of £40 million worth of playing talent, with further sales inevitable. While vital members of the club’s administration continued to exit the club, Venky’s showed unfathomable faith in a failing manager who was widely detested by the fans.

“Questions regarding the role of the manager and his agent persisted and the same fans who initiated protests during the 2011/12 season had now joined forces with prominent local MP’s to voice their concerns in Parliament and elsewhere.

“The media were starting to accept that the fans were right to be concerned; the few fans prepared to continue attending games were being turned away because club staff didn’t know ticket prices and the woman believed to be the owners’ main decision maker hadn’t been seen at a game for over a year. How had it come to this?”

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