Tuktuk Day 84

Alan Shearer and Jack Walker celebrate the Premier League Title

Aidan Wilson introduced himself to me on a Facebook group recently and explained that he was in need of some anonymous responses to a university survey. He is in his final year of university and is researching social media’s impact on football fan culture. He adds, “If anyone could spare a few minutes to answer a short survey, that would be massively appreciated.” I said I was happy to help and offered to add the link HERE

It is completely free and anonymous so I would be very grateful if you could all assist him in a very short general survey about football in 2024.

Aidan is a massive Blackburn Rovers fan but being of student age wasn’t born in the last glory years of the club. After finishing fourth in 1992–93 and runners-up in 1993–94,[22] they went on to win the Premier League title in 1994–95 He kindly did a brief overview.

Blackburn Rovers were founded in 1875 and were one of the founding members of the football league in 1888. The East Lancashire club have won 6 FA cups, 1 League Cup, as well as 3 league titles including a famous premier league victory in 1995 under the support of superfan Jack Walker. With the investments and passion put into the club from Jack Walker along with a fantastic team that involved the great Alan Shearer, Rovers became known as the club that matched the big boys. Unfortunately, however, Jack Walkers passing and new ownership has led to many challenges on and off the pitch. Since Venky’s bought the club in 2010, the club has experienced some difficult years, including a relegation to the championship in 2012, and a further relegation to league one in 2017. But despite bouncing back to the championship in the first season down, Rovers have never been able to kick on and record a top 6 finish, even when it seemed almost impossible to throw a playoff potion away. Today, the club finds itself looking over their shoulder at the relegation zone again, and with new financial restrictions on the club’s Indian owners, Venky’s, the future for now looks rather uncertain for a once proud football club.

Alan Shearer – forever adored in East Lancashire

Reproduced with kind permission of Gillingham Legends. Do you want a Bradley Christmas Card?

Whilst Aidan might not have been there “that day” he does remember one of my great heroes, a certain Bradley Dack who was/is a TRUE legend at Gillingham. Bradley is without doubt one of my very favourite players of all times and I was broken when he was sold to Blackburn Rovers. I even went to West Ham United v Blackburn Rovers in the cup last season just to see him …. and he did not disappoint! Since then he has moved on again and is currently at Sunderland in the Championship although it has not been an altogether happy time there. He’s always welcome back at the Priestfield ….preferably in our colours!

Gillingham Legends – who would you add? Check with Gillingham Legends

So, a couple of quick reminders. Please complete Aidan’s short university survey. Please also remember that the purpose of this 90 day challenge is to raise funds for the club and an equal amount for Prostate Cancer. As always, I HOPE you are all enjoying the tour of the UK and that you will consider a donation to support FC Deportivo Galicia and/or Prostate Cancer UK If everybody chipped in £1 I would easily hit my target of £10,000 and life would be easier in West London whilst the charity continued their great work. A HEARTFELT thanks, if you can.


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