Correct. MU owed a lot to the Manchester based newspapers in those days.
National newspaper journalism has changed significantly over the past 20 years or so. Back in the good old days of hot metal and old techonology nearly all the nationals had Manchester production bases where papers were printed with a local / regional bias by a specialist team of editors each night. For instance, the Express had Midlands, Welsh, Lancashire, Yorkshire and North East editions and on big football nights would often produce Manchester or Liverpool slip editions.
With the advent of new technology in newspaper production (Murdoch, Shah etc) all those Manchester production bases have now closed and all the papers are produced in London with usually one early edtions for the whole country (often without football results) and fewer late editions. Combined with the decline in the number of reporting staff the result is fewer stories on the "smaller" clubs and of course a greater focus on the so-called big clubs, which of course help to sell the newspapers.
Rovers were very big news when Jack Walker arrived and we were a Premier League force. It also helped when we had high-profile managers such as Hodgson, Hughes, Souness and Allardyce who were always good for quotes and made the headlines. However the sad fact is now we are relegated we are no longer newsworthy and papers certainly do not have the resources to allocate manpower to a possible story about possible corruption at a club certainly seen to be in terminal decline.
btw your final sentence is one of my main reasons for suggesting that 92 league clubs is way too many and that this area in particular would be better served by just 1. Wecome aboard.
Edited by thenodrog, 11 June 2012 - 08:22 AM.