Blackburn Rovers v Burnley: Calm before the East Lancashire storm

16 October 2009 11:10
You might not know it, but the East Lancs showdown is a hotbed of furyThe thing that struck Blackburn keeper Terry Gennoe first was not the dart itself but the dangerous imagination that conceived it.

Someone, a Burnley fan, had taken the care to weld together two darts so that the weapon had a double-headed spike. It was then smuggled into Ewood Park and hurled into the Blackburn Rovers penalty area.

Gennoe said: 'That's what things were like. Darts welded together. There was a whisky bottle as well. I don't know how far back the rivalry goes and I don't know if it's more than just the closeness of the two towns but it's like gang warfare. It's been known for cars to be turned over and set on fire.

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'There was the Lancs-Manx Cup game. The Blackburn bus was parked outside Turf Moor and a chunk of concrete came crashing through the window. It was a pre-season tournament.'

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