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You can change one result in Rovers' history....


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I saw on Twitter earlier that it's 13 years to the day since we played so well against Chelsea in the FA Cup semi at Old Trafford but lost in extra time. It would have been brilliant to win that and play in the first FA Cup final at the new Wembley, plus the teams we had between 2005 and 2008 were good enough to have won something.

That got me thinking - if you could change one result in Rovers' history, what would it be? That game would definitely be up there for me. Arsenal FA Cup semi-final in 2005 too probably. That was the height of the 'Bully Boys' tag and knocking Wenger and Arsenal out would have been so sweet. Both times we'd have played United in the final and we had a decent record against them under Hughes.

Others that come to mind include the home game against the Dingles in 2014. Awful. There wasn't just 'one' result in our 2012 and 2017 relegations that cost us, so hard to pick from those seasons. Further down the list, but maybe Millwall at home in the FA Cup quarter final replay? 2012/13, like the season before it, was an absolutely rotten time to be a Rover (apart from K**n leaving), but an FA Cup semi v Wigan at Wembley would have been good, and winnable. 

They're only from my time going to Rovers, so looking forward to seeing some older games mentioned.

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I'm guessing the Palace 89 play off game would be it.

To see that team in the 80's finally pit themselves against the top division would have been some achievement, and to have it snatched in such a cruel and controversial way was gut wrenching.

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Oxford 3 - Rovers 1. FA Cup 5th round in 1964. We were playing brilliantly up to this point and we were drawn away at Div 4 Oxford.  For once all the other big clubs had been knocked out really early. The final eventually was played between a mid table West Ham and Div 2 Preston. Preston had beaten Oxford in the next round then had to play another Div 2 Club in Swansea in the semi. We could have won the Cup easily that year, we would have been favourites,  but for the slip up at Oxford.

The repercussions were more than just on the field. Leading scorer Fred Pickering then became disenchanted with events at the club.and was sold to Everton and that was the beginning of a down ward slope that ended several years later with us playing in the old 3rd Division.

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1 hour ago, Herbie6590 said:

21/4/1981

We score just one single goal at Deepdale to collect the three points and therefore just need a win at Eastville the following Saturday to be promoted to Division 1...Marshall Burke missing the best chance rings a bell to me...

To be pedantic, as far as I recall three points for a win didn't come in until the following season Ian.

 

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Probably the Palace result would be up there.

Another big disappointment for me was Stoke away under Howard Kendall when we lost our 20odd unbeaten run. Thousands of Rovers fans packed one side of the ground but were devastated at the end.

A draw or win there would have seen us promoted at the end of the season and Selhurst Park probably wouldn’t have happened.

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16 minutes ago, tonygreenbank said:

Probably the Palace result would be up there.

Another big disappointment for me was Stoke away under Howard Kendall when we lost our 20odd unbeaten run. Thousands of Rovers fans packed one side of the ground but were devastated at the end.

A draw or win there would have seen us promoted at the end of the season and Selhurst Park probably wouldn’t have happened.

Was it not under Don Mackay Tony?

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Palace for me as well. We should have won the first leg by 4 or 5 as we were that good that night. The Howard Gayle missed penalty gave them something to hang onto. Then the away match was so stacked against us - last 5 minutes of extra time we only needed a goal and they let thousands of Palace fans stand on the edge of the pitch waiting to invade. And my dad got a parking ticket!

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39 minutes ago, oldjamfan1 said:

There was a fair bit of aggro that day as I recall. 

Remember being in that side at Stoke packed in so tight from about tens mins before kick off my feet were off the ground as they swayed forwards, backwards and sideways, i'm 6ft ?

God knows how many were actually in there but it must've been way over capacity and it was very tasty afterwards. Always was down there around then though.  Think we played quite well that day but contrived to cock it up i think they just ran out of steam it was a hell of a run. To not go up after half a season unbeaten is gutting in itself never mind the dreaded play offs.

Great times though.

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weird one this but the 1995 charity shield game vs. Everton.

Meant the square root of naff all, but here's the thing - I'm a (relatively) young lad, compared to many on here at least; I had been kind of aware of the title winning side from the point of view of 'we're the best' but it didn't really mean that much to me. I'd have been six or seven and you take it for granted at that age that whatever you happen to like is the best. I knew my dad was excited, I had a shirt, I idolised Shearer but I had no real context; I didn't understand football.

We were living in London at the time, and that game at Wembley was the first time I went to see Rovers in person.

And it was terrible.

I mean we lost, sure, but my abiding memory of the game is one of crushing boredom. It genuinely set my entire interest in football back years. I didn't really get back to supporting football in any meaningful way until the Souness promotion season, and even then it wasn't particularly enthusiastic. It took the league cup win to really drag me back in, and even then I'd say the Hughes era is 'my' Rovers team.

So yeah, a pointless game that very nearly completely killed my interest in football before it had begun.

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