Today marks a year since Rovers fans last had the chance to watch their team live, and with a return of some form providing hope for supporters, we could be back doing what we all love soon.
When fans will return to Ewood Park is still unclear at the moment, but there is hope for the fans, and that is what we’ll hold on to for now.
I was there at Pride Park on this day exactly one year ago today as Rovers slumped to a 3-0 defeat away to Derby County, with John Buckley’s late red card topping off a truly disappointing day for Tony Mowbray’s side.
But, it was just a defeat in a otherwise positive run of results, and with a big fixture against Bristol City the following Saturday, it felt like a big chance for Rovers to return to winning ways.
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However, we all know what happened next, and it is now a year since Rovers fans were admitted to stadia around the country.
It has been a year full of ups and downs for Rovers fans, both on and off the pitch, but one positive that has come from the time away from the stands is the close community of Rovers fans.
Of course, we fall out when results aren’t going our way, but the community really has grown over the last 12 months and we have a truly great set of fan content.
The BRFCS forum and podcast, the numerous accounts dedicated to Rovers such as Talk Of Ewood, RoversTweet and Talk Blackburn, the Roverseas YouTube channel – and there are plenty more that I could name.
Add this to the work that Rich Sharpe (Lancashire Telegraph), Jaquob Crooke (Lancs Live) and Andy Bayes (BBC Radio Lancashire) put in to bring us content from inside the club – as well as the Rovers media team – we are certainly lucky with the amount of coverage we receive.
The players and staff have represented our club very well off the pitch as well. Bradley Johnson’s work with former footballer Dexter Blackstock delivering PPE and Tyrhys Dolan promoting mental health charities – showing such maturity at a young age – are just two examples of how the club has done us proud.
Although we may be apart, the Rovers fan community is nothing short of excellent. As fans make their way back in the stands and normality grows nearer, let’s stick together and continue the community that we have shown over the last 12 months.
I can’t wait for the day we’re back at Ewood Park.
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