CAPT KAYOS Posted September 23, 2009 Share Posted September 23, 2009 So here we are and the anticipated war with the sworn enemy in carrot & poo is on us … CUT!! sorry wrong match So here we are and our customary annual defeat .. ahem encounter versus the Ice Cream makers of the Midlands – Aston Vanilla - sorry The Villains Always liked Vanilla for some reason – despite their flavour IMO they should be classed as one of the 'Big' sides in the true fan understanding of it who attract excellent support with an excellent ground ( except the away end) Though silverware has been barren for a while throughout the years they have had their successes (despite the turmoils behind the scenes) and have tended to have played good football with players, who without being stars, were decent players as such adorning their club shirt Withe , Mortimer, Cowans, Gray, McGrath, Barry to name but a few. When I stepped up too the oche to volunteer as a replacement to do this, I still for some reason thought that we where away for this game so if any irregularities please accept my apologies but its pretty much last minute. Even though there have been quite regular games between us, there are none that stick in my mind more than so than what is too follow mainly at Villa Park, basically for what you will read and because of 2 players – one from each team. Every Season in following Rovers I've always hoped/dreamed Rovers will reach an FA Cup Final following a Semi Final at VP in front of the BBC Camera's and John Motson. For those not in the know Villa Park has been a traditional venue for staging Semi Finals (you can stuff your Semis Wimberley rip off FA !!) , and although the forthcoming game is a league game the memory lane trip takes us back to an encounter we had with them back in 1990 in the FA Cup .. and a couple of other infamous players one of theirs and one of ours .. theirs one who I always wondered how he made it as a footballer never mind being a professional and was no doubt the inspiration and predecessor in my mind for the modern day Crouch skyscrapers ( in fact he could well be responsible if you know what I mean!!) - ours just wondered how he ever made it as a footballer. Here is theirs Ian 'Ermintrude' Ormondroyd One of those that always seemed like he scored against us whenever he played .. which proved to be the case on this occasion and ours Andy Kennedy Our own very own dare we say pin up - somebody who was probably a better player than he showed, or could/should have been (maybe at another game .. “hey Miss Whittaker?”) and could well have been made a hero on the particular match below For those that don't know him see here for another cubs fan take on him– I couldn't put it better myself Andy Andy Andy Andy Kennedy! 06/01/90 The Scene – Ewood Park - FA Cup 3rd Round (PROPER) 1st Saturday in January and the eagerly anticipated game Rovers of the 2nd Division versus First Division Opponents – Ewood packed to the rafters - and manage to hold our illustrious opponents of the time to a 2 v 2 draw 10/01/90 (this one more in my memory than the first game) The Scene – Villa Park – FA Cup 3rd Round Replay (PROPER) Yes folks, in the distant past no messing about – replays where staged straight away no waiting for a week or so. So work booked off – rendevouz set and driver named – 6 of us cramped into a Pre 90 VW Scirocco - confidence was high still - we where doing ok in the league and had given a good account of ourselves at home the previous Saturday -depart 12 noon – plenty of time to get down get a good place to park and have a good drink … but hey this is football – neither did we leave on 12 but didn't get out of Baxenden until gone past 4 o'clock. - still enough time … or at least we thought so. Anyway good progress was made and so much so, Cannock was earmarked for a pre match drink with the intention of getting back onto the M6 in good time , which we managed but then woah... car upon car & van of what appeared to be mostly Rovers fans but then everything came to a stop - the AV Floodlights began to show their face in the quickly arriving dark skies as we sat there giving the customary two fingered salutes to the opposition and the thumbs up to the travelling blue 'n white hoardes. Anyway it seemed like an eternity getting from Aston Expressway (I think) but considering that time was ticking away all the more nearer to kick off, we decided not to come off at the normal turn off as it appearead deadlocked and where most of the traffic seemed to be heading, so we carried on a bit further down the express way and found what can only be described as waste ground which was basically some distance behind the Holte end near some high rise flats – (not sure they are still there now). All jumping out the car the usual scroaty Kid appears scroaty kids - 'Watch yer core mista' my mate the driver - ' aye , ow much' scroaty kids - '£50 quid!' (I swear this is true) my mate the driver and rest of us - 'ow much! £50 quid' my mate the driver – 'get lost , you'll get nowt now yer cheeky f**k**s' scroaty kids – run off rest of us - start a jog to the ground considering the time Close to the ground a roar goes up – 'borrocks' (we are fluent in chinese) they've kicked off we thought, but luckily it was just the teams coming out. However there where still a lot of fans milling around, especially Rovers so the jog became more of a sprint – anway as we got to the away end turnstiles it was just bedlam (how many Rovers had actually turned up?) pushing and jostling with the ' f..... urry up! we're gonna miss the f....... kick off' in constant use Just as we got into the ground the game kicked off - a quick sprint to the terrace and this is where my vision is both clear and very vague … Rovers where attacking towards the Holte end and I'm not sure whether it was a short corner or just normal passage of play but within the first 60 seconds a certain Mr Kennedy mentioned above, took control of the ball and drilled a screamer into the top corner of the the Villa goal from the far corner of the penalty box .. the away end went mental . 'who scored, who scored' was they cry “ its only that bloody donkey Kennedy “ came the response. Til this day I have yet to see a replay of the goal. Anyway the hero status that could have befallen him from the game failed to materialise (mainly because of his own future performances) but also because then Rovers preceded to do as we always did and fell apart to none other than the gangly skyscraper who procceded to bang in two 'spawny' goals to continue his assumed 'always scores' against us tag and contribute to a convincing 3 v1 win for them and yet again another FA Cup Dream dashed (even though we had no chance then anyway).Needless to say the journey back to the car turned into the quiet stroll and grumble expecting the worst for when we got back to the car. Anyway all the windows where still intact and the wheels where still there but there was the little going away present from the resident scroats by way of remains of what appeared to have been a tree stuffed into the exhaust pipe. So there you have it a trip into the past for what seems like the last time we had a little enjoyment against another of our Ewood voodo teams … could we put it to bed this season or will the carrot and poo continue to haunt us? After the sticky lumps continued to produce the lacklustre at Goodison no doubt there will be changes abound and we can go into this game with another banana skin overcome at Forest with the confidence to try and get our season off to a start again DID YOU KNOW? Rovers have the honour (amongst some other teams) of inflicting some of Villa's biggest ever defeats. 8 v1 FA Cup 2nd March 1889 & 7 v 0 Football League 19th October 1889 – what we would do to have a scoreline reflecting these this Saturday. In good old tradition I put the questions to a colleague of mine at work, Adam who proclaims his allegiance to the Vanillas - decent footballer in his own right if only he could last longer than 5 minutes without requesting a tank full of oxygen.... so over to you Adam and thanks for taking the time. 1. So, after last season's exploits will it be an under or over achieving season ie will you be any nearer breaking the 'usual suspects' in the top 4 given that there are new kids on the block (Citeh) and you have had a surprise early exit from Europe? The exit from Europa League was the best thing that could have happened for us this season, our squad still isn't the size we need to compete effectively in four competitions, and this will most likely benefit us later on in the season. We're fortunate to be in a situation where we're not desperate for the extra revenue stream provided by second-tier European football. The aim will be 5th place, which will mean finishing above Arsenal and/or Man City, although 6th would be enough considering the quality of those teams. 2. And what do you reckon to Rovers prospects for this season? Not too rosey is it!?! At least Samba isn't playing up front. Losing Rocky and Derbyshire (under-rated) will mean you'll struggle for goals, and MG Pederson needs to up his game if you're to survive. 3. Given the recent rumble tumble in training and as mentioned the early exit from Europe ( as well as last season's European white towel) - is MON still the man? Absolutely - completely - there isn't a single Villan out there who doesn't have the utmost respect for Aston's Martin. My only doubt would be his slight lack of ambition in the transfer market, but we all know this isn't his style. He likes solid, pacy British players who he can communicate clearly with, and deals with any trouble-makers in the way Brian Clough did. I think he finds satisfaction from squeezing out every last ounce of potential and talent from a squad, rather than buying in Carlo Prima Donna from Europe for £30m. 4. Big Sam still has a long way to go to convince some at Ewood - What is the opposition fans opinion - do you go by the media stereotype that so many seem to adopt for him and his teams? Would you welcome him as your manager at Vanilla if it ever happened? No. The idea of Big Sam at Villa genuinely scares me. Prozone, long-balls, scandals and bungs. Please feel free to keep him in the North. 5.Rovers v Vanilla - ever been to a game between the 2 , any stick in the mind? I don't think so, although I probably should head up to Ewood seeing as I live in Manchester. For some reason I seem to vividly remember beating you 4-0 on your patch a few years ago. Happy days 6. For the first time in the the Premier Leage we are soo to play the Barstewards in carrot and poo, our near neighbours Bunleh, and the pre match tension is already at boiling point re ticketing allocation - none more so than with the authorites (rumours abound that a recent reserve game was cancelled due to feared trouble although denied) , who appear to have rung the ring of steel over the Ewood park game. Does the Brum derby generate the same sort of melodramatics given you have played each other more regular and recently? Speaking as a proud owner of many a claret & blue shirt, I hope you stuff them for having the audacity to dare wear our kit and get away with it. I think the scale and intensity of the Birmingham rivalry is well documented, but little is known about the Battle of the Lancs. It will be an interesting game, and by interesting I mean it will probably be a low quality game where 22 bruisers kick each other, and the crowd will love it. A lot like the Birmingham derby, in fact. 7.You've had the run of the green on your last few visits to Ewood however Given the departure of Barry and him along with Agbon la ' whore have always proved too much for us - who has taken over the mantle of being the 'team driver' who Rovers should fear? You should fear the whole team! Man for man in each position I would be a worried Rovers fan. Petrov is the new poor-man's Barry, but he will do a good job this season, mainly because we use the flanks so well. Will be interesting to see how Downing slots in when fit. 8. Stevie Warnock - liked by some but not by others at Ewood - good signing for your boys? Strong, has some pace and plenty of premiership experience. A good well-rounded full-back, and British - a nailed-on MON signing. Those who criticised may notice they're missing a quality player. 9. So giving the differences in styles in our Thursday 5-a-side games who will be the masters in the game on Saturday - The Rovers Rhino's or the Vanilla Ice cream makers? Counter-attacking flair > Kick-and-run prozoners 10. And your prediction for the score …. Blackburn 1 - 3 Villa Over to you folks - personally I think it'll be a draw 1 v 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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