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On the 25th August, during the 1997-98 season, we saw Blackburn take of Sheffield Wednesday at Ewood Park. I personally remember this game as I woke up at about 4 am just to watch it.

The first season under the management reign of Roy Hodgson, saw Rovers as title challengers for some time during the early part of the season and also saw Chris Sutton as the EPL leading goal scorer on 18 goals.

This game had a wonderful atmosphere as Wednesday's away support consisted of their band, who were well known for their rendition of 'The Great Escape'.

Rovers were ahead 3-1 after only 10 minutes, with 2 goals from Kevin Gallagher and an own goal from Hyde for Wednesday, who had also scored from the talents of Benito Carbone. Wednesday's misery had been compounded in the first half with goals from Wilcox and Sutton, giving Rovers a 5-1 half time lead.

The second half was off to a flying start with a thunderbolt strike from Carbone, which made the score 5-2. Bohinan replied for Rovers, before Carbone, Wednesday's only shining light was red carded for a terrible foul on Gallagher.

Not all was going Rovers way, when goal keeper John Filan was stretchered off with a shattered arm after a collision with Des Walker, one which was lucky enough to see Walker reamain on the pitch. Filan, who had been an outstanding player for Rovers until then, was replaced by home crowd favourite Tim Flowers.

Wednesday's horror night was further compounded after Sutton claimed his second of the night to make the final score 7-2 to Rovers.

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The second half was off to a flying start with a thunderbolt strike from Carbone, which made the score 5-2. Bohinan replied for Rovers, before Carbone, Wednesday's only shining light was red carded for a terrible foul on Gallagher.

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It wasn't a terrible foul it was a headbutt on Gallacher.

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Hyde scored a fantastic own goal - much more spectacular than Phil Neville's this weekend.

Ball whipped in low from the right and for some inexplicable reason Hyde decided his best option was a great diving header that any striker would have been proud of.

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I remember this game for Stuart Ripley's performance - I think he set up all seven goals. He ripped Wednesday to pieces that night.

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Man of the match if I'm not mistaken.

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