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2 hours ago, JoeH said:

Still on the lookout for key data on Rovers academy players for the EA Sports databse.

Height
Weight
Playing Position(s)
Date of Birth
Nationality
Former Club(s)

Anyone with any info on players such as Adam Wharton, Aidan Dowling, Patrick Gamble, Jay Haddow, Charlie Weston, Harrison Wood, Evan Cunningham, Ben Pleavin, Jarod Harlock, George Wyatt and more, please get in touch either on this thread of via private message. Thanks.

Ask Benno on twitter. Is Scott Wharton on twitter? Ask him about his brother Adam. 

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5 hours ago, philipl said:

Rovers won 1-0 at Southampton.

Top of the table now:

11:5  12
9:5   11
9:3   10
7:2   10

Very impressive with a young and weakened squad. The New signings for the senior squad will probably see a strong U23 lineups as many will be pushed down for match fitness. 

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22 minutes ago, briansol said:

Very impressive with a young and weakened squad. The New signings for the senior squad will probably see a strong U23 lineups as many will be pushed down for match fitness. 

Plus we can expect at least some of the new signings and the players recovering from injury to get the permitted over age run outs in occasional games for the under 23s like Ayala did.

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4 hours ago, Sparks Rover said:

Can they not sneak Elliot in for the U18s semi final?

I think the FA Youth Cup continuation is being played on the eligibility for 19/20 season. So players registered at the club and under 18 at 31 December 2018 and are still at the club.

Otherwise much of the team which started out in the competition in September 2019 would now be debarred for being over age!

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How's Annesley looking for you guys? I'm a big follower of Gibraltar football and he's always been a key player for the national team, even if he's been used as a holding mid for them recently (their manager seems to prefer using older players like Roy Chipolina and Aymen Mouelhi at CB). With the national team looking likely to go up to League C next year it's gonna mean he'll be facing a higher standard more regularly and I'm wondering if that'll help his chances at Blackburn or if maybe he should seek out a loan to a League One or Two team to prove he can cope with the physicality of English football.

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He is now a key member of the Under 23s which are going well near the top of PL2.

Looking a cultured defender in the video coverage I have seen.

Currently behind Ayala, Lenihan, Williams, Wharton, Carter and Magliore so unlikely to see him in a League game any time soon but Rovers have given all of the aforementioned first team action so if he continues developing anything is possible.

League 1 and League 2 are subject to wage caps so the opportunity for loans in the UK are very limited now.

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On 21/10/2020 at 07:27, philipl said:

He is now a key member of the Under 23s which are going well near the top of PL2.

Looking a cultured defender in the video coverage I have seen.

Currently behind Ayala, Lenihan, Williams, Wharton, Carter and Magliore so unlikely to see him in a League game any time soon but Rovers have given all of the aforementioned first team action so if he continues developing anything is possible.

League 1 and League 2 are subject to wage caps so the opportunity for loans in the UK are very limited now.

Wonder if he could be in contention for a cup game if Rovers get a favourable tie in the FA Cup? There's a lot of talent coming from the Rock at the moment though, especially in the goalkeeping department. One of them made 17 saves against Portugal's U21s in a 3-0 defeat with a makeshift defence (cos Annesley was with the seniors so they had to call up a midfielder/defender from the Wessex League who, in fairness to him, did alright against the likes of Jota and Diogo Dalot).

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1 hour ago, inflikted said:

Wonder if he could be in contention for a cup game if Rovers get a favourable tie in the FA Cup? There's a lot of talent coming from the Rock at the moment though, especially in the goalkeeping department. One of them made 17 saves against Portugal's U21s in a 3-0 defeat with a makeshift defence (cos Annesley was with the seniors so they had to call up a midfielder/defender from the Wessex League who, in fairness to him, did alright against the likes of Jota and Diogo Dalot).

I doubt it. There is just so many promising young centre-backs at the club currently. Wharton, Carter and Magloire has already made their senior debuts and would be preferred in such a match. At U-23 you also has his partner Sam Barnes who is probably as talented.

The great thing for Annesly playing international football is that it gives him experience against much better players and will help his progress. A loan to League 2 would do him a world of good. The biggest difference from U-23 football is the physical side, which I think he would benefit from. I've seen him on multiple occasions, and he is very much a cultured centre-back who can pick a pass(as someone mentioned). His biggest weaknes seems to be lacking pace a bit.

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Rovers away at West Ham under 23s this afternoon..

Not getting iFollow coverage and West Ham don't have a TV station so I guess there will be no live coverage.

West Ham are bottom of the table and Rovers could go top with a win.

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Saadi on for Burns now for Rovers.

Rovers started second half on top but West Ham just had two great chances. Rovers defenders blocking everything so Stargiarkos has had nothing to do until making a great save from a third West Ham chance- Hammers well on top now apparently.

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22 hours ago, briansol said:

I doubt it. There is just so many promising young centre-backs at the club currently. Wharton, Carter and Magloire has already made their senior debuts and would be preferred in such a match. At U-23 you also has his partner Sam Barnes who is probably as talented.

The great thing for Annesly playing international football is that it gives him experience against much better players and will help his progress. A loan to League 2 would do him a world of good. The biggest difference from U-23 football is the physical side, which I think he would benefit from. I've seen him on multiple occasions, and he is very much a cultured centre-back who can pick a pass(as someone mentioned). His biggest weaknes seems to be lacking pace a bit.

Yeah personally I would have allowed Louie to play against Portugal as well but maybe Blackburn wanted him back as soon as the seniors beat Liechtenstein. It would've been a great test for him as Portugal U21 have players playing first team foorball in Europe's top leagues and a good chance for Blackburn's coaches to see how he copes against elite players.

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8 hours ago, darrenrover said:

Our Under 18s are in the FA Youth Cup Semi Final against Man City this coming Friday. Good luck to the lads and it'll be interesting to see how we fare.

It's also on BT Sport 1 at 5pm for those able to watch it.

I finish at 4 on a Friday, so I know what I'll be doing! ?

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