A bit about you:
Name: Niall Harkin
Current home town: Blackburn, Lancashire Birthplace: Lancaster
How long have you supported your team? I’ve been going since 1997/98, and have been a season ticket holder since the following season. The earliest game I can remember attending was a 1-0 home victory over Derby County.
Overview of your club:
Favourite thing about your home ground: The statue of Jack Walker outside the Blackburn End Stand, a reminder to all if we ever needed it of the club’s greatest ever patron, without whom we would never have achieved what we did in the 1990’s, or even the modern Ewood Park we play in today.
Favourite match played by your team & why: There are a few matches that still raise the hairs on the back of my neck when I recall them today, mainly the derby victories over our most fierce rivals Burnley, but for me the greatest game I have attended is the League Cup final in 2002. It was the first match on British soil to be played under a roof, and when Andy Cole scored the winning goal it was nearly blown off.
Favourite player of all time who played for your club: My favourite player ever probably has to be Simon Garner, the all-time leading scorer and man who relegated Burnley from the penalty spot at Ewood Park. The best player since I have attended games however is probably Tugay, a real class act.
About our forthcoming match against you:
Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Goalkeeper Paul Robinson. He is a stopper of international quality and we are lucky to still have him as our number one. He has a great rapport with fans and always gives everything on the pitch.