rovgers Posted December 12, 2010 Share Posted December 12, 2010 Sorry about the delay but I've been waiting for my West Ham supporting friend to get back to me. Well, here it is, my first match preview. I’ve decided to split it into two parts. Part 1 I’ve been supporting the Rovers since my dad took me to see the newly crowned 3rd division (or League one, for those working in new money)champions in 1975. When I watch Rovers play West Ham on the 18th it will be 5th decade of watching games against West Ham. So I decided to pick a game from each decade that stick out the most for me. May 1979 The season we got relegated down to the third division for the last time, we were playing a West Ham side that had just recently been relegated from the top flight and included household names such as Parkes, Bond, Martin and Lampard. At the top West Ham were still regarded as a great team who had won the FA cup and been in the final of the European cup winners cup in the previous 5 seasons. We won the game 1-0 but it wasn’t the action on the pitch I remember the most but the sight of the Darwen End rapidly emptying and then West Ham fans invading the Blackburn end. November 1989 Fast-forward 10 years; this was one of my favourite games against West Ham. Rovers raced into a 4-0 lead, West Ham pulled one back just before. This wasn’t enough to prevent the West Ham fans from staging a sit down protest in the Darwen End, which is a bit strange now as we struggle to get away fans to sit down at all in the Darwen End! Early in the second half the under rated and soon to be Dingle, Lenny Johnrose restored our 4 goal advantage. West Ham responded by scoring 3 goals in twenty minutes but Rovers managed to cling on at the end to take all points. Jan 1995 For the game in the 90’s I couldn’t but choose a game from the Premiership winning season. The first half was quite even; correct me if I’m wrong, with Le Saux scoring, the game was deadlocked at half time 1-1. Enter the second half and step up the legend that was Alan Shearer to score a brilliant hat trick. Those 3 goals helped Shearer to win the Golden Boot award for our title winning season. October 2001 There was only one game really to choose from the 00’s that was our demolition of West Ham and our biggest win over the Irons. Flitcroft put Rovers into the lead from a cross by the misunderstood star Grabbi! We were to get two more goals in the first half hour through Dunn and Johnson. West Ham started to dominate before half time and early into the second but the game swung in our favour when a West ham player was sent off. A own goal followed by 3 quick goals in the last ten minutes by Tugay, Jansen and Hignett sealed an emphatic win. Every time I hear the theme music to “The Magnificent Seven” I think of this game! December 2010 Well into the 10’s, or what ever this decade is going to be called! West Ham go into this game with an away record of won 0, drawn 3 and lost 5, scoring only 4 goals in the process. With their away record and with Ewood turning back to “Fortress Ewood” by winning the last three home games, this should be 3 points in the bag! Unfortunately this is what I thought before the last two home games against West Ham and both ended in draws and we do have a bad habit of gifting points to struggling sides but we should have enough to get a home win and hopefully give all Rovers fans an early Christmas present. Part 2 An Interview with a (not so) Happy Hammer Hopefully to follow soon! May I wish all the Christian supporters on here a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all. Anyway over to you guys. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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