First we had the Anfield Cat, now we have the Ewood Chicken. In the crunch English Premier League match between two relegation threatened sides, Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic, someone decided to lighten the mood by releasing a chicken onto the pitch.
There was a brief respite, as the home side’s striker Yakubu combined with the opposition goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi to trap the bird in the away team’s net and hand it off to a doddering steward.
However, as soon as this strikingly odd moment was over the pair went back to trying to nullify each other.
This game is big. Wigan have been on a strong run of late, having beaten Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle United in three of their last four games. Manager Roberto Martinez has even won the EPL manager of the month award.
On the other side, Blackburn Rovers have also had some big wins –notably against United, as well –but have been much less inspiring of late. They have relied on the good work of a fleet footed Junior Hoilett, and very little else. They are an historic club, and are one of the past winners of the league, but it is hard to say why they deserve to stay in England’s top flight.
Perhaps this is a little harsh on Rovers. They have provided some nice moments this season, and their manager Steve Kean has done well to ride the derision aimed at him by the home fans this season, and may well come out of this season with dignity.
In the meantime, Blackburn fans continue to sing “Venky’s Out!” at their oft knocked owners, the Venkys Group. A group that made their money selling chickens. You just could not make this stuff up.
Time to dust off this old cracker, one feels…