From signing Beckham to chasing chickens
The sight of Yakubu chasing a chicken draped in a Blackburn Rovers flag around Wigan Athletic's penalty area almost symbolised the farce that has unfolded at Ewood Park under owners Venky's.
It was an incident that offered plenty of material for jokes at the expense of Blackburn and the Indian poultry group that has presided over relegation from the Premier League, confirmed by Monday's 1-0 defeat at Ewood Park.
And yet this is no laughing matter for Blackburn. There is sadness that one of the grand old institutions of English football is accompanied into the Championship by scenes of acrimony and protest that have marked the decline since Venky's completed a £43m takeover from the Jack Walker Trust in November 2010.
From being in trusted hands associated with the great local businessman and benefactor whose finances helped Blackburn win the Premier League in 1995, relegation comes under the stewardship of absentee owners with both a geographical and philosophical disconnection from supporters.
When Venky's bought into Blackburn, the mission statement was to preserve and build on Walker's legacy. It has been squandered to such an extent that the loss to Wigan that sealed relegation may not be the end of that downward spiral.
Venky's first major decision set the tone for their reign, sacking Sam Allardyce a month into their tenure. He was not a manager to everyone's taste at Blackburn but one who had stabilised the club in 13th place in the table and looked to be building solid foundations.
In his place came Steve Kean, at an immediate disadvantage as a managerial rookie who was swiftly seen as the front man for a regime treated with growing suspicion by Blackburn's supporters.
Allardyce's departure was followed within two months by the resignation of highly respected executive chairman John Williams, a key figure in 14 years at the club and a stabilising influence throughout the post-Walker years.
It led to a vacuum at the top of the club and former Rovers striker Kevin Gallacher told BBC Sport: "Sam had lost a job at Newcastle because new owners came in and I don't think even he believed it would happen a second time, but it did.
"You then thought they would keep a managing director - someone like John Williams - in place for a couple of years to get used to the system. But he went, so it was like taking the bricks off the top of the house and losing the foundations at the same time."
The Blackburn dream under Venky's was talk of Raul, Ronaldinho and David Beckham playing at Ewood Park. The reality will be played out in the Championship next season.
And throughout this ill-starred season, Kean has been the lightning rod for disaffection with Venky's - not helped by poor results leading to fierce hostility directed at him by his own supporters.
Blackburn's fans have been heavily criticised for their treatment of Kean. Indeed, the personal abuse aimed at the manager during the 2-1 home defeat by Bolton in December was among the worst I have heard.
But Gallacher, an Ewood Park regular as a media pundit, mounts a defence for the supporters. He says: "I think lots of the people who criticise Rovers fans are those who have come to the ground once every so often, or get feedback or see it on television.
"When you are in the town daily, living with it as a supporter, when you are not getting feedback from the club then frustrations mount, especially when they are seeing poor results on the pitch and the club being threatened with relegation.
"I'm not defending everything that has gone on but often people look from outside and feel the fans are doing it all wrong. There is a lot more to it than that and I think there is a lot of understandable frustration there.
"Steve is a brave man for going through what he's gone through and you have to wonder why he has taken so much stick. Bigger people than him would have walked away. It is unfortunate for Steve that he is the focus for Venky's and also for a football team that have not been getting results."
Attention will now turn again to Venky's and Kean as Blackburn's followers, despondent by the events of the season, prepare for life in the Championship.
Gallacher says: "It is going to be a rebuilding job at Blackburn, whether it is under Venky's and Steve Kean or someone else. I think the time for reconciliation between the fans and the people who run the football club has gone now.
"People used to say it was 50-50 but I would say it is 80-20 against or even more now. I think a lot of people would like to see them sell up and go now but who knows what will happen? Will it be harder to get people to take the club on now it is in the Championship?
"When Venky's came in they were making big promises about financing, big-time signings and Champions League football. The reality has been different and nothing has materialised."
So Blackburn now face the uncertainty of life in a lower tier while waiting for the next move from owners separated from the fan base and without the sure touch provided by figures such as Walker and Williams in the past.
And Gallacher fears this mood shrouding the club will now impact on Blackburn's attempt to make a swift return to the Premier League.
"When Blackburn went down in 1999 I was part of that," he recalls. "The club took a heavy knock, of course, but there was a different atmosphere around the place. There was still a buzz that Blackburn would bounce right back but right now it is flat. There is no spring in the step or optimism about.
"It has been one long hard slog this season and Monday night just finished it off."