1864roverite Posted September 20, 2010 Share Posted September 20, 2010 Saturday 9th February 1980 saw the last league meeting between these two esteemed old greats of English football. Rovers, under the guidance of a true legend, Howard Kendall, were romping towards promotion from Division 3 whilst Blackpool were heading towards oblivion. This game, which Rovers won 2-0 with goals from another Rovers legend Noel "King of Ewood" Brotherston and Kendall himself in front of a crowd of over 14000,came at the front end of an amazing run of form in which Rovers won 14 and drew 1, a run which we can only ever dream of in modern times.Those fans who can recall this amazing time will remember the likes of Duncan Mckenzie, Kendall, Andy Crawford, Brotherston, Keeley, Garner, Jim arnold, Tony Parkes, Stuart Metcalfe, Joe Craig and Mick Rathbone. Supporters will also recall that year for a fantastic FA Cup run which began with an away day in Kidderminster (2-0), a 2nd round tie with Stafford (2-0), a 3rd round tie with Fulham (1-1 h and 1-0 a in the replay), a 4th round victory against a chocolate coloured kit waring Coventry (1-0) before we eventually narrowly lost to high flying Aston Villa after a tense replay at their ground. Worth noting that even back then Rovers were capable of home crowds of over 20000 for the Coventry match whilst over 29000 watched the Villa game. Anyhow back to the game. Blackpool, little old Blackpool, are living the dream. This time last year, as the sun advert states, they were favourites for relegation from The Championship. 9 months later, they won the play off final at Wembley and hey presto, they won their place in the top flight courtesy of some shrewd managment of a certain Ian Holloway. My link Whilst we mention him, we have to agree that Mr Holloway is king of the one liners. Here is what I mean: "To put it in gentleman's terms if you've been out for a night and you're looking for a young lady and you pull one, some weeks they're good looking and some weeks they're not the best. Our performance today would have been not the best looking bird but at least we got her in the taxi. She wasn't the best looking lady we ended up taking home but she was very pleasant and very nice, so thanks very much, let's have a coffee". If you're a burglar, it's no good poncing about outside somebody's house, looking good with your swag bag ready. Just get in there, burgle them and come out. I don't advocate that obviously, it's just an analogy. Why haven't they got cameras? The officials can speak to each other easily enough now. Why aren't we using laptops that are linked up and can give a decision in five seconds? A chimpanzee could do it - with not much training. We might as well go back to being cavemen, grab our girl by the hair, drag her into the cave whether she wants to come in or not because we may as well live in that age. We've come forward, haven't we?. I reckon the ball was travelling at 400mph, and I bet it burned the keeper's eyebrows off.” You get the jist, he is a commentators dream. His humourisms sort of mirror his team ethics. Blackpool have progressed into a tidy little outfit which is marshalled by Charlie Adam, a freescoring midfielder who has to be one of the best signings in recent years for a team venturing into the promised land of Premiership football. There are other players who are not household names but who seem to be able to respond to Holloway's managment style and who have done quite well since coming up. Recent results, a win at Wigan and Newcastle and a thumping at Chelsea show their inconsistency but its at BLOOMFIELD ROAD, that Rovers will have to be in their guard. Now then, who can remember the old Bloomfield Road ? Let me describe it, if you cross a mud pile, turd moor, the beach at north pier and a land fill site, that was their then football ground. Even on a summers day the wind howled and the spray from the oggin ground your face. Out of that arose the new stadium. My link So, as we visit the seaside for a top flight game, what can Rovers expect ? Football wise its going to be a hard game. They will attack such is their mentality. It should be quite a decent atmosphere as Rovers become the first team to sell out the temporary stand making Bloomfield a 4-sided stadium once again. A derby that we havent featured in for 30 years should set the tone for a cracking game (or not). Everyone knows that Blackpool offers entertainment of the highest calibre. After the football there is Joe Longthorne, The Gay Triangle, Funny Girls and whateveer else takes your fancy. I looked at doing a section on players that have played for both clubs, its not that easy. Perhaps the best example would be Sir David Wagstaffe of Ewood Park, he played for Rovers before we sold him to the lashers only for him to rejoin Rovers the following season. Others include Alan Ainscow, Marlon Broomes, Russell Coughlin, Brett Ormerod, Ben Bugress, Peter Thorne and Vince OKeefe. Famous players for the lashers include Stan Mortenson, Jimmy Armfield, Alan Ball, Adam Blacklaw and Budgie Burridge. Recent club liasons have seen the lashers managed by Colin Hendry and Tony Parkes. However, its our current manager Big Sam that has an historic link with Blackpool. In May 1996 Sam took Blackpool to a 3rd place finish in Division 2, a fantastic effort which just failed at the final hurdle. In true Oyston style, Sam got his p45 from Oystons prison cell where he was serving time for a not so nice recordable offence. If Big Sam ever needed motivation in ramming that issue down the throast of an Oysten then Saturday provides that opportunity. I asked my mate from work, an avid lasher fan with absolutley no hostility to Rovers (mainly because he has never even seen Ewood apart from when we are on tv) what his prediction was. He wasnt able to answer any other questions due to the toffee apple stuck in his throat, the dodgy kebab in his hand, the pot of six legged shrimps in his pocket whilst hugging a candy floss to boot. He suggests that Rovers will lose 2-0 as Blackpool are formidable at fortress Bloomfield. Me, well I am not sure on this. Rovers faced the dingles in a carbon copy match and won it comfortably. I am hoping for a win becuase back in 79, I was on the away end at Blackpool in September when we lost 2-1 and after an age, its pay back time for the blue and white halves. The tangerine dream takes on some sense of reality with a 2-1 win for Rovers. For the lucky 1900 or so Rovers fans going to the game, enjoy it. A word of advice, dont get on the big one having supped a few pints and stuffed yr face full of cheap fish and chips. It isnt real fish, it is cat and dog and you might just get a facial you wont enjoy Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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