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#21 Ozz

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 14:20 PM

I was contemplating doing a this next bit in French, just to annoy people, and to add a little, certain something. If only there was a mot juste, or a phrase I could use to demonstrate this. Ah well, c'est la vie.

It was November 23rd 1984. It was Friday. I bought a copy of the Lancashire Evening Post. You couldn't get the Telegraph in Chorley in them days, remember rationing had only just finished round here. It is mainly a Nob End rag, but bowed to Rovers obvious greater attraction and had reports and articles in on a fairly regular basis.

The game this week was at home against Charlton Athletic. Along with Crystal Palace, we seem to have played them more than any other team.

A win would mean if other results went our way, we could be top of the league. Saxtons approach was one of caution-"It looks like it could be very tight." Bob was quoted in the paper. Now bearing in mind the state of the Ewood bank balance, or indeed the snugness of footballers shorts in the 1980s he could have been alluding to several things there. But, alas, he was merely expressing his concern over the quality of the forthcoming opposition.

But his fears were misplaced so it seems, as the Rovers outplayed the SE7 based side and ran out 3-0 winners. Sadly, no report or even scorers can be found, but what the hell nobody is actually paying me to do this so thats a bit of hard luck you're having there in tit.

Here is a copy of the LEP preview, short and probably written in about 100 seconds.




Despite the comfortable victory for Bobby Saxtons blue-and-white army, we remained in second spot as the other results did not go our way. Tsk, nowt much has changed has it? So the following weeks match, a real promotion six pointer was at Fratton Park to take on the Sailors. By the way, it wasn't a real six pointer, we could only actually win three points-just a turn of phrase to describe the apparent importance of certain matches when all the other cliches have run out.

As I recall, I was playing football myself that afternoon for Chorley Cricket Club. But at football. I know it is a little confusing. I once even turned up for a match in batting pads. A real school-boy type error. So I had to make do with listening in to Jack Holden whilst walking back to Chorley through Astley Park. Two first half goals from Rovers, well actually two first half goals for Rovers by Portsmouth players gave us a comfy cushion to sit on at half time. A real threat, as Keeley was well known to be a sufferer of the old Johnny Giles at the time.

Sadly, the lead was to be short lived as a revitalised Pompey hit back with two goals in the second half, no doubt roared on by their biggest gate of the season so far, 16,284. And an acid casualty with a big friggin bell.

But it was enough to take us to the top of the league, but bizarrely by Alphabetical order! Typical Rovers, couldn't even be top properly! But we were at the summit, and had now played all our rivals away from home in doing so. Here is a report from a red top, which unbelievably gets away with the phrase "Coloured" when referring to Vince Hilaire.



Thats all for this week folks, I hear the pipes-a-calling.

Todays episode was brought to you by the phrases "Nob End Rag" and "tit".



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Posted 17 September 2007 - 19:24 PM

A few memories.

Ewood Park - 20/10/1984. Weather: Gale Force 10 blowing towards the Darren End. (those were the days)
Jim Branagan cuts inside and launches a shot from just further forward than the centre circle that picks up pace on the wind and flies into the net. Rovers 1 Oldham 1

Travelled to Pompey the day after my 19th birthday, already hung over and topped up before the match. Pompey scored 2 og's in a 2 - 2 draw. And of course....

The legendary "after 40 years of peace in Europe game" in the return against Pompey....whatever would Wenger say if he had witnessed that!

Then there was the ManU cup tie when Jimmy Hills half time analysis from a garden shed between the Riverside and Darwen End was constantly interreupted by a ######-up soul chanting "Cabin End....Cabin End....Cabin End".
Where you that man? Legend.

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Posted 07 November 2007 - 12:44 PM

Apologies to Bob F and WB as my self imposed exile from my marriage has slightly cocked things up a bit on this project. Have now received some belongings (dumped on the pavement in the rain last Sunday morning (along with my Wisdens and Rothmans books)) and have got the scrap book back in my possesion at my current squat. Will bring it to work and carry on shortly...

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 12:40 PM

Vince O'Keefe, transferred listed!!



Always going to be a frustrating being number 2 to the number 1 so to speak, as Geno was in awesome form around this time.

Vince got a bit of grief from the Ewood faithful on his rare appearances, but to be honest most of the team apart from Garner did even when we were winning! Only a few years later, the former Torquay shot stopper went on to play a man-of-the-match performance in the Full Members cup win at Wembley, which was undoubtedly his finest hour.

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 13:00 PM

Bobby Saxton confident his shoestring team capable of staying at the top of league!


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Posted 23 November 2007 - 12:44 PM

Even the LEPs Paul Agnew was convinced we were going up, this article written in December 1984 as Rovers shaped up like a top flight team.



The other side takes the mick out the North End too!



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Posted 02 December 2007 - 13:05 PM

Great stuff Oz- thank's for posting it.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 13:25 PM

Great stuff Oz. I remember this season well. Just had a look on Soccerbase for the results after the Portsmouth match, four straight wins culminating in a 2-1 win against Leeds on Boxing Day - top of the table and there really was a feeling that we were going to do it.

And then, without wanting to steal too much of your thunder Oz, it all went wrong. Culminating in the 3-0 win against Wolves on the final day of the season. We could still have done it that day but results went against us. Still, Rovers did their bit. Ian Millers tears anyone?

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Posted 20 December 2007 - 13:22 PM

Fantastic stuff Oz and I can't wait for the rest. Don't often visit this section so must remember to do so more in future.

This was my first season watching Rovers and as a 7 year old I don't remember much about the play, or the goals, but I do remember going to the games. Leeds on Boxing Day stands out as I remember my Grandad (from Leeds) coming along with us and we sat in the "posh seats" in the Nuttall St stand. I'm sure Colin Randall scored an overhead kick and a very old Peter Lorimer was playing as well.

I got a home Rovers shirt that season and got my mum to sew a number 7 on the back as my favourite player was Ian Miller. It worries me now that my childhood hero was a ginger bloke with a tash!

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 12:49 PM

Bloody scanners....


OK-Saturday 8th December 1984, 3 PM Ewood Park-Blackburn Rovers V Sheffield United.

This was a game I clearly remember, at a time when legendary marksman Simon Garner was going through a lean spell, and his form was a little patchy. Legend that he is, Saxton was obviously reluctant to drop him as as he could counjor (sp?) up a goal out of nothing and save a point when all seemed lost, and three when all seemed drawn.

Big money summer signing (32,000!) from Swindon Town Jimmy Quinn was chomping at the bit on the bench, and had already shown signs of unrest at his role in the dugout most weeks. But, as the headline below indicates his time was now, and his short appearance against the Blades was most effective.

Without getting all dewy eyed over the good old days, excitement like I felt at winning this match doesn't seem to come along much any more, and despite Thenodrogs valid views on the state of the English game back then, one cannot help feel a strong sense of nostalgia and a yearning for a return whilst looking back and reading the reports from over 20 years ago.

The points were not enough to keep us op however, as Oxford won 5-0 at home to Charlton to move past us on goal difference.

Last point, this match was the biggest crowd of the season so far, just over 9,000!



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Posted 04 February 2008 - 12:56 PM

December 15th 1984. I had waited all year long for the predictions of George Orwell, in his book entitled 1984, to come true. As the end of the year approached, it began to dawn on me that the Big Brother scenario, which he depicted and promised would happen, was not going to . I mean, there were only 16 days left in the year, and even with my eternally optimistic outlook and faith in the great writers predictions, I had resigned myself to more of Thatchers iron-fist-in-a-bloody hard-iron-glove style of leadership.

I mean 16 days to change the country, christ it took longer than that make a bowl of Instant Whip in those days. Oh, the irony.(The perfect afters to match a Vesta boil in the bag Chinese noodle meal).

Anyway, I digest.

Next up for the blues was a trip to Moulinex. (There's a rather flimsy theme to todays efforts-care to name it for us Neal?)

I did not make the journey to the food-mixer, as I was trying to tape my UK Subs singles all day but struggled, as I kept on pogo-ing when they were playing, and it made the needle jump off the record. But I had the old Radio Blackburn guy on in the background, and they were good enough to relay the events back to me in my studio in Chorley. Ah, technology eh?

From the two reports below, it sounded like a cruddy game, (not much has changed dry.gif ), but the previously perma-benched Jammy Quinn steaked his clam for a starting role by bagging a pear. The Radio guy in the studio was playing Dizzy by Tommy Roe, and as the third went in he actually interrupted the record and came out with the line.."Well I bet Bob Saxton is feeling dizzy now as Blackburn have gone three up against Wolves, over to you Keith Macklin!".

The three points saw us back on top of the table, with a trip up the M6 next week for infamous day at Brunton Park.

Watch this space!





Edited by ozziejones, 04 February 2008 - 16:26 PM.


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Posted 04 February 2008 - 13:12 PM

PS, on the first newspaper report in the last post, the headline reads SUPER ROVERS CALL THE TUNE, and not UPER ROVERS CALL THE TUN.

Just thought it may help.

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 12:48 PM

The Saturday before Christmas saw the relatively short trip up the M6 the Carlisle. I got of lift with Gordon Cottam, Bill Gornall and Rob Bennett I think, in Rob's white Escort RS2000. Which made short work of the motorway, as Rob liked to get a move on shall we say. Parked near the castle, and remember seeing tons and tons of cars going north with Rovers flags and scarves trailing from the wound up windows of them. If you were hard, you wound down your window put your scarf in then wound it up again and ran the risk of it blowing out down the motorway. The soft gits just laid their scarves along the back parcel shelf!

Carlisle holds the honour of being the first place I ever bought and ate a Doner Kebab too, as we had supped a shed load of cans in the journey up and the only place open for grub on a Sunday was a kebab shop we found.

The match it self was won 1-0 by Rovers, Faz scoring a penalty in the second half I think. Bu the game will be remembered for other reasons really, as the whole game saw running battles between the two sets of supporters on the pitch, across the pitch and behind the stands. Sadly, one such battle saw a Carlisle supporter suffer fatal wounds when hit by some bricks or similar.

The away following from Blackburn was huge that day, and the atmosphere was ugly all day long, really the nadir of 80s football violence for watching Rovers I think.

The game has been touched on in earlier threads, with several memories recorded here.

Guardian Report of game ...


Handed out at the next match at Ewood...



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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:00 PM

QUOTE(bob fleming @ Dec 3 2007, 13:25 ) View Post
Great stuff Oz. I remember this season well. Just had a look on Soccerbase for the results after the Portsmouth match, four straight wins culminating in a 2-1 win against Leeds on Boxing Day - top of the table and there really was a feeling that we were going to do it.

Well it's boxing day 1984. I had just turned 18, and after only one day of playing Raving Bonkers, eating Terrys Chocolate Orange, and turkey drier than Saharan heatwave, loosing at Top Trumps (Elite Cars) and having already worn the battery out on my new LCD watch that played The Yellow Rose Of Texas as the alarm theme, I was ready for some football.

This year the bank holiday game was, as Bob Fleming has already hinted at, Leeds at home. They were just below us in the table, 5th going into the game. They were still getting used to life outside the top flight, after winning titles and cups galore under Revie in the 70s, but had slipped away in recent times, much to the disappointment of the rest of the footballing fraternity. unsure.gif

Indeed, some of the great names were still at the club, in Frank Gray and Peter Lorimer, whilst they were managed by Eddie Gray too. Not sure, but I think that nearly every great Leeds player from the 70s has had a go at managing the club at some point!. They also had two skillful midfield players in Tommy Wright and wanna-be Rover Scott Sellers.

If asked my favourite game of this season, I think this would have to be up there in the top three. There was so much to be excited about by it. Leeds United at home was in those days a big match in itself, the fact that it would be (and was) a massive crowd by recent standards, some 20, 149 (according to the reports-Reckon there were much more on myself), an absolutely brilliant atmosphere, a ding dong match, two superb goals from Rovers, including what from my memory was a stunning overhead kick from the edge of the box into the Blackburn End net to win it from Colin Randell, the fact that the three points took us clear at the top of league-an absolutely superb game of football, having almost everything you would want in a match.

Read the reports, and if you were there, tell me I'm right!



I love this photo of Noel heading in the first, cue mass chorus of Noel, Noel, Noel Noel-He is the king of Ewood Park! What a legend was Broth-Head! RIP mate.



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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:02 PM

It made us a couple of bob too!



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Posted 12 March 2008 - 12:36 PM

Meanwhile, away from being top of the league, the draw for the 3rd round of the FA cup had been made, and Rovers got a bit of a stinker really, away to Portsmouth. Tough game, no money, no glamour, long journey. Bob Saxton agrees...



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Posted 18 March 2008 - 21:33 PM


Captures the zeitgeist to an extent, that when there was no trouble at a football match, it makes the news.

Edited by ozziejones, 20 March 2008 - 12:07 PM.


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Posted 20 March 2008 - 12:24 PM

Anyway, after the glory and joy of the Boxing Day feast against Leeds, it was, as has always been the case by and large with Rovers, back to reality with a bang with the next fixture with Huddersfield. I remember the match as being the worst performances of the season (So far, it did get worse at one point...).

Rovers were murdered by an average Town outfit, but recall Dale Tempest as being a particular thorn in the side of apparently hungover Rovers back four. Rovers were missing Terry Genoe in goal, and had one of the Ewood crowds hate figure in Vince O'Keefe as his stand in. Poor Vince had a ropey season, and often took flak when he didn't really deserve it. Mind you thats not unusual at Ewood!

Town brought a big following, I think the total on was 15,000 odd and created a good atmosphere under the old covered Darwen End. I was always a little peeved by the fact the Blackburn roof, whilst although I think it held the distinction of being one of the first fully cantilevered roofs in the country, did not help the home end acoustics. The design was made to allow uninterrupted views of the pitch, which it did, but it did make it a little cold in the wind and rain and allowed the singing from the home fans to dissipate quickly into the air. The Darwen End, with it's low inverted Vee shaped roof always seemed to allow even small away followings to generate a lot of noise, which annoyed me a little bit.

The 3-1 scoreline to Town flattered us to be honest, we were awful. It was our first defeat since early November in a run of seven wins and a draw, but we managed to stay top of the league. For now.




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Posted 28 March 2008 - 19:19 PM

QUOTE(ozziejones @ Feb 5 2008, 12:48 ) View Post
The Saturday before Christmas saw the relatively short trip up the M6 the Carlisle. I got of lift with Gordon Cottam, Bill Gornall and Rob Bennett I think, in Rob's white Escort RS2000. Which made short work of the motorway, as Rob liked to get a move on shall we say. Parked near the castle, and remember seeing tons and tons of cars going north with Rovers flags and scarves trailing from the wound up windows of them. If you were hard, you wound down your window put your scarf in then wound it up again and ran the risk of it blowing out down the motorway. The soft gits just laid their scarves along the back parcel shelf!

Carlisle holds the honour of being the first place I ever bought and ate a Doner Kebab too, as we had supped a shed load of cans in the journey up and the only place open for grub on a Sunday was a kebab shop we found.

The match it self was won 1-0 by Rovers, Faz scoring a penalty in the second half I think. Bu the game will be remembered for other reasons really, as the whole game saw running battles between the two sets of supporters on the pitch, across the pitch and behind the stands. Sadly, one such battle saw a Carlisle supporter suffer fatal wounds when hit by some bricks or similar.

The away following from Blackburn was huge that day, and the atmosphere was ugly all day long, really the nadir of 80s football violence for watching Rovers I think.

The game has been touched on in earlier threads, with several memories recorded here.

Guardian Report of game ...


Handed out at the next match at Ewood...

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