Here at Viva Rovers we don’t like to tie ourselves to any one religion. This is not due to any ethical reasons you understand, but just simply because we don’t want to run the risk of alienating either of our readers. Therefore for us Easter carries no religious significance, instead its just a welcome late season weekend of double football. Welcome really is the word too given that our favourite Easter memory comes from 2004 when back to back wins over Bristol Rovers and Cambridge United secured promotion to the third tier at the first attempt. And now, for the purpose of this video feature it becomes equally welcome because it gives us a much needed second option on which to focus this episode.
I know it probably isn’t the case, but it seems like the majority of our Viva Video episodes have been dedicated to Plymouth Argyle. The truth is it’s probably only been three at the most, maybe its the distance thing that makes it seem like more. Anyway, having done a few Plymouth based Viva Videos I was getting desperate and had begun Googling anything related to Devon’s most sizable metropolis. Ultimately after a search for videos on the subject of Plymouth Hoe led to me being banned from my work’s computer system I had to admit defeat , and so this week’s episode is dedicated to our other weekend football opponents.
Blackpool boasts a proud tradition in both football and as a destination for drunken daytripping Northerners. Thankfully, we’ve managed to pin down a video which encapsulates both these much heralded aspects of working class life, and perhaps unsurprisingly it comes courtesy of our own fans. During the 2004-05 season Yorkshire Television’s Soccer Night launched a ‘Fan Cam’ segment in which they intermittently gave a camera to supporters of Rovers, Huddersfield and Hull to document their experiences of away fixtures. In the case of the Rovers supporter, director and mascot Andy Liney was the recipient of the camera and amongst the matches filmed by him was a weekend trip to Blackpool. And it is that which is the focus of this week’s Viva Video.