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#21 GAV

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 15:07 PM

Was talking to a lad at Stanley last week who has followed Rovers in the past and goes now and again now. He was in a large group of Rovers fans, including Birdy, who walked it home to Darwen after the game. Bury to Bolton, past Burnden Park and over the moors to Darwen.


I heard that also, wonder if its an urban myth or it actually happened?

I know my dad and 50 of his mates :D walked to Blackpool one Friday night after the pubs shut, some time late 60s or early 70s. Not sure if it was the game Rovers fans got banned from travelling away due to violence and an ammonia attack on the bpool fans? Or is that a myth also?

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 18:13 PM

Fantastic night, wasn't this unusual with regards to the fact we played em at home the following week on a 'beach' of an Ewood pitch? I think our promotion clincher may have been re-arranged (but my memory isn't what it was), and also, we clinched promotion at Gigg lane, and, if I'm not mistaken, didn't Bury beat us at Ewood 1-0 to avoid relegation the following match? One of the only times I invaded a pitch at the end to celebrate. :D

Edited by 12milesfromewood, 12 December 2011 - 18:13 PM.


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Posted 13 December 2011 - 23:51 PM

I heard that also, wonder if its an urban myth or it actually happened?

I know my dad and 50 of his mates walked to Blackpool one Friday night after the pubs shut, some time late 60s or early 70s. Not sure if it was the game Rovers fans got banned from travelling away due to violence and an ammonia attack on the bpool fans? Or is that a myth also?


Gav (& anyone else who is interested,)

I think it's quite likely.

My old man, who is now in his mid-eighties, and has always been reticent about his younger days in Blackburn, recently told me that he and his mates used to often cycle from Blackburn over the Trough Of Bowland for a day out in Morecambe or Blackpool. That must have been one hell of a trip on a heavy bike with probably no, or Sturmey Archer three speed, gears. And no modern weather clothing.

So, it's quite possible that Rovers' fans walked back from Bury to Ewood, & walked from Blackburn to Blackpool. Different times, different attitudes. Different attitudes to getting from A to B. I'm quite happy to walk back the five miles from a night out to my home. Some people think I'm bonkers to not get a taxi.

Moving times, moving attitudes, moving perceptions of what is normal.

With apologies for diverting this thread.

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#24 m1st

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 16:37 PM

I remember going to the game at Gigg Lane. In those days, one of my mates, who still sits next to me in the Riverside, and I worked in Rochdale so we made our way across from there to Gigg Lane, where we met up with the rest of our little group.

One of our colleagues lived on an Estate off the Manchester Road about a mile or so further away from Bury town centre [most, if not all, the streets on the estate were named after League grounds!] and she gave us directions for how to get to her local pub for a post-match pint or two of Boddington's [when it was Boddington's! ;) ] with our mates, so that we didn't waste any celebratory "supping-time".

Which is how there was one table in this nice suburban pub with Rovers' fans round it and all the locals wondering how the hell we knew about their pub!

31 years ago, and it seems like yesterday!!
"I have watched the Rovers; I have walked alone." [With apologies to Rod McKuen.]




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