There was an added surprise in store when Norwegian Rovers fan Rune Thomsen made a flying visit to Ewood Park for Saturday’s game against Charlton Athletic.
For not only did Rune, who hails from Jessheim in south-east Norway, get to see Rovers secure a sixth straight league victory, but he also left with a special souvenir.
The 36-year-old had taken part in the club’s online auction for a chance to win a signed ‘Poppy’ shirt from Rovers’ 3-1 victory over Barnet in the first round of the FA Cup.
And Rune’s bid for the shirt worn by rising star Joe Nuttall, who had come off the bench to score in the game against the Bees, was successful.
After playing a key role in Rovers’ 2-0 victory over the Addicks, Nuttall agreed to meet Rune in the Premier Suite after the game, where he presented him with the signed shirt and a photo of him in action in the FA Cup tie.
A delighted Rune, who was attending his third Rovers home game this season, said: “The presentation of the shirt was a nice touch – it turned out to be one of the many highlights from my time supporting Rovers!
“Three points and securing it with a late goal as well made the day perfect. I loved the reaction from the crowd in the stands, in the lounge and from the players. It felt like the ‘good old days’ and it just goes to show how much this club means to people.
“Full credit to Tony (Mowbray) for the job he’s done since he took over – he seems to have got together a great mix of players and created an excellent team spirit. Hopefully we can keep it going and celebrate together come May.”
After returning to Norway and showing the shirt to his kids, Rune now hopes to have secured some more fans of the future!
“I told them about how I got it and that it had been worn in a game where Joe came off the bench to score and showed them a picture of the presentation,” he added.
“My oldest (8 years old) loved it and snatched the shirt out of my hand because he wanted to put it up in his room, so hopefully there are some Norwegian Rovers fans in the next generation as well!
“I've been taking both of them to Ewood once per year since they were six months old, so they already have a good connection with the club, but we'll see how it goes. That is something they will have to figure out for themselves – I'm just doing my bit giving them a nudge in the right direction!”