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An evening with Matt Jansen SOLD OUT!

Tickets to meet the former Rover have now completely sold out

16 September 2019

Former Rovers favourite Matt Jansen will return to Ewood Park for a special supporters evening on Friday September 27th.

The event will start at 6.30pm in the Premier Suite, with tickets now unavailable to purchase.

The evening is being held to celebrate the launch of Jansen’s new autobiography, ‘What Was, What Is and What Might Have Been’, which is available to buy now from the Roverstore and online by clicking here.

A hugely popular player at Ewood Park, Jansen scored 57 goals in 182 appearances for the club, including the winner at Preston North End, which secured promotion back to the Premier League in 2001, as well as the opener in the 2002 Worthington Cup final triumph over Tottenham Hotspur.

The evening will be split into two parts, the first of which will be hosted by Neil Yardley. The second session will provide supporters with an opportunity to ask Jansen questions about his distinguished career.

Rovers fans will also be able to buy copies of the autobiography on the night and get it signed by the former striker. 

The book tells the story of a horror incident that Jansen never recovered from in 2002.

Jansen moved to Rovers in 1997 and after blasting us back to the Premier League, he earned a place in Sven Goran-Eriksson’s England squad on the back of a 16-goal season.

At 24, Jansen was widely tipped to be part of England’s squad at the 2002 World Cup, but Eriksson instead surprised many with his conservative selection of Martin Keown over the rising star.

While England battled it out in the Far East, Jansen took a holiday to Rome, where he was involved a serious traffic accident. He suffered a brain haemorrhage and slipped into a six-day coma.

Jansen survived and, astonishingly, he was back playing for Rovers just four months later. But while his body may have recovered, his mind had not.

In the shadow of the accident, he was unable to recapture the instinctive genius or the bullet-proof self-confidence that had previously defined him.

This was a hidden breakdown – nothing that could be picked up by a fitness test or fixed on an operating table.

As Jansen’s career as an elite footballer slipped away from him, he started to discover more about what had happened to him and how he could recover not only as an athlete, but as a person.


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