Ex-police chief Eddie Walsh is to play a key role with Blackburn Rovers as the club’s advisor on operational matters at Ewood Park.
Eddie was the Chief Superintendent in command of the police in Blackburn and surrounding areas before he retired and, for 11 years, he was directly responsible for policing at Ewood Park.
“To have Eddie working closely with us in a consultancy role is a major plus,” said Rovers’ Operations Director Paul Agnew. “He has a vast amount of experience, having spent eight years working for the Football Association as a crowd control advisor, assisting clubs playing across Europe.
“Eddie is the Advisor to the Football League which involves him in areas such as policing, crowd management, the fixture process, terrorism and the League finals at Wembley.
“He has been responsible for arranging the security operation at all the Premier League Asia Trophy finals - including tournaments in Malaysia, Hong Kong (twice), Beijing and Thailand. Last year he went to India twice in relation to the visit of the Rovers team.
“Added to all of that, but no less importantly, Eddie and his family are keen Rovers supporters.”
Eddie, who is the Vice Chairman of the Prince's Trust in Lancashire and was awarded the MBE in 2008 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, said: “I am delighted to continue my close association with Rovers. Since Paul Agnew and Derek Shaw (Managing Director) came on board there appears to be a renewed passion about the club and I look forward to playing a part in helping the team, club management and fellow supporters to attain promotion back to the Premier League.