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A personal, potted history.... walking through centre turnstile on riverside to a packed Ewood for the first time. Awestruck at the scarves, rattles. marching band. seeing Ronnie Clayton lea

Rovers fans have a lot to be thankful to Bill Fox for. An often forgotten figure in our ascendancy but the man who laid the foundations. While the rest of our traditional rivals were applying for re-e

I was just sat having a brew and sausage sandwich and my wife informed me that tomorrow is the third anniversary of her dad passing away aged 92. He was a 'hybrid' football supporter, following both R

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6 minutes ago, rigger said:

Whats the chances of a get-together when we are allowed back on Ewood ?

I'm on Riverside and every half time I meet up with 4 other fans near the halfway line, Uddersfelt Blue being one of them. You're welcome to join us Rigger.

Oh, I see your BBE. We'll have to meet at the fence, then like we did with a Rovers fan from Sweden once.

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28 minutes ago, bazza said:

I'm on Riverside and every half time I meet up with 4 other fans near the halfway line, Uddersfelt Blue being one of them. You're welcome to join us Rigger.

Oh, I see your BBE. We'll have to meet at the fence, then like we did with a Rovers fan from Sweden once.

I used to drink with Woj, a long long time ago.

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14 hours ago, bazza said:

I'm on Riverside and every half time I meet up with 4 other fans near the halfway line, Uddersfelt Blue being one of them. You're welcome to join us Rigger.

Oh, I see your BBE. We'll have to meet at the fence, then like we did with a Rovers fan from Sweden once.

Bazza I don't think we will be in our normal places on Ewood next season.

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On 15/02/2021 at 19:01, bazza said:

I'm on Riverside and every half time I meet up with 4 other fans near the halfway line, Uddersfelt Blue being one of them. You're welcome to join us Rigger.

Oh, I see your BBE. We'll have to meet at the fence, then like we did with a Rovers fan from Sweden once.

Me and my pals are Riversiders too bazza, when we're let loose once more, who's gonna bring the teddy bear?!

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Christ, it's me talking to myself again?!.

Just having a brew and a break from work, I cast a glance at The Championship League table and then had a cursory look at my favourite corner of my office.

5 points adrift and a game or two in hand? We're fecking having' this, COYB!!!BRFC.thumb.JPG.fc390255f81ac5a816dda1e6bf874d0b.JPG

WE ARE THE ROVERS!!!!

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Does anybody of a certain vintage remember RATC? It was an acronym for Rovers Away Travel Club and although it pretty much bombed I remember getting my membership card. It originated at a supporters meeting with Ken Furphy and the then commercial manager Keith Cafferty. The idea was to offer subsided travel to away games and at the meeting there were lots of enthusiastic young Rovers fans (including me and several mates) who signed up to it. As I said it died a death but I remember Furphy at the meeting bouncing lots of ideas around.

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2 minutes ago, arbitro said:

Does anybody of a certain vintage remember RATC? It was an acronym for Rovers Away Travel Club and although it pretty much bombed I remember getting my membership card. It originated at a supporters meeting with Ken Furphy and the then commercial manager Keith Cafferty. The idea was to offer subsided travel to away games and at the meeting there were lots of enthusiastic young Rovers fans (including me and several mates) who signed up to it. As I said it died a death but I remember Furphy at the meeting bouncing lots of ideas around.

I just went with Ribblesdale. The RATC meant rules that had to be followed. Ribblesdale was a free for all. At Southampton our coach got bricked, the driver hit the brakes, opened the door and shouted, "get the bastards".     

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37 minutes ago, arbitro said:

Does anybody of a certain vintage remember RATC? It was an acronym for Rovers Away Travel Club and although it pretty much bombed I remember getting my membership card. It originated at a supporters meeting with Ken Furphy and the then commercial manager Keith Cafferty. The idea was to offer subsided travel to away games and at the meeting there were lots of enthusiastic young Rovers fans (including me and several mates) who signed up to it. As I said it died a death but I remember Furphy at the meeting bouncing lots of ideas around.

I remember that Tony. I'm pretty sure I travelled to Notts County in an end-of-season 0-0 draw as a member of RATC.

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11 minutes ago, oldjamfan1 said:

I remember that Tony. I'm pretty sure I travelled to Notts County in an end-of-season 0-0 draw as a member of RATC.

You could well be right Andy. We were also at that game, perhaps even the same coach. That was the game when Roger Jones made probably the best ever save I have seen live. I also remember some Forest fans taking the piss out of my Rovers OK badge sewn on my Levi's jacket.

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28 minutes ago, arbitro said:

You could well be right Andy. We were also at that game, perhaps even the same coach. That was the game when Roger Jones made probably the best ever save I have seen live. I also remember some Forest fans taking the piss out of my Rovers OK badge sewn on my Levi's jacket.

Was that the 'v-sign' one Tony? Blimey I remember them.

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38 minutes ago, oldjamfan1 said:

Was that the 'v-sign' one Tony? Blimey I remember them.

They did various shapes but mine was rectangular with rounded corners. I can't remember which outlet we got them from (maybe the portacabin on Nuttall Street which doubled up as the Commercial offices) but I distinctly remember a mate buying one that was claret and blue. Once we pointed it out and ripped the piss out of him he shot back and exchanged it. 😁😁

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2 hours ago, arbitro said:

Does anybody of a certain vintage remember RATC? It was an acronym for Rovers Away Travel Club and although it pretty much bombed I remember getting my membership card. It originated at a supporters meeting with Ken Furphy and the then commercial manager Keith Cafferty. The idea was to offer subsided travel to away games and at the meeting there were lots of enthusiastic young Rovers fans (including me and several mates) who signed up to it. As I said it died a death but I remember Furphy at the meeting bouncing lots of ideas around.

Offshoot was the "Ewood Express" I think Tony. The trains that we used to go on to away games. Can you imagine that now?

 

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8 minutes ago, arbitro said:

They did various shapes but mine was rectangular with rounded corners. I can't remember which outlet we got them from (maybe the portacabin on Nuttall Street which doubled up as the Commercial offices) but I distinctly remember a mate buying one that was claret and blue. Once we pointed it out and ripped the piss out of him he shot back and exchanged it. 😁😁

What was wrong with 'rounded corners'? I don't understand.

 

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3 minutes ago, darrenrover said:

What was wrong with 'rounded corners'? I don't understand.

 

Nothing wrong with it - I was describing the shape of the badge I had to somebody.

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6 minutes ago, darrenrover said:

Offshoot was the "Ewood Express" I think Tony. The trains that we used to go on to away games. Can you imagine that now?

 

From memory pretty much every away game had a special train or Ewood Express Nick. It was always exciting getting off the bus on the Boulevard and seeing lots of Rovers fans milling about outside the station. And arriving at the destination and coming out of the station was always good but we were usually met with a police escort straight to the ground.

I've often wondered what the take up would be if they ran specials now.

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9 minutes ago, darrenrover said:

Offshoot was the "Ewood Express" I think Tony. The trains that we used to go on to away games. Can you imagine that now?

 

The League Liner, Televisions on a train. Who'd have thought it ! 

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29 minutes ago, darrenrover said:

Offshoot was the "Ewood Express" I think Tony. The trains that we used to go on to away games. Can you imagine that now?

 

I remember the Ewood Express getting turned back at Crewe on the way to Eastville in the early 70s as word had got through that the pitch was waterlogged.

Years later they laid on a train for Rovers fans for the FA Cup semi final at the Millennium Stadium, it left from Manchester Piccaddilly at silly o'clock in the morning. 

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I was with my mate and sons waiting for a coach to pick us up at Bamber Bridge level crossings and take us down to Wembley for the full members cup final.

Two special trains came through from Blackburn pulled by diesels. Each must have had at least 10 coaches all packed full. What a sight!

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3 hours ago, rigger said:

I just went with Ribblesdale. The RATC meant rules that had to be followed. Ribblesdale was a free for all. At Southampton our coach got bricked, the driver hit the brakes, opened the door and shouted, "get the bastards".     

Agreed rigger, I was on RATC solitary coach trip to White Hart Lane on New Years Eve 1977!

We got thrashed 4-0, I got battered in The Park Lane Stand by 2 black lads, every window in the coach other than the windscreen was put through by a gang on Edgeware Road and when I got back to Lancashire just in time for Big Ben to chime, I saw my girlfriend , legs akimbo with some bastard else! 

Fucking great New Years Eve that was!!   Never forgotten though!!

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1 hour ago, darrenrover said:

Agreed rigger, I was on RATC solitary coach trip to White Hart Lane on New Years Eve 1977!

We got thrashed 4-0, I got battered in The Park Lane Stand by 2 black lads, every window in the coach other than the windscreen was put through by a gang on Edgeware Road and when I got back to Lancashire just in time for Big Ben to chime, I saw my girlfriend , legs akimbo with some bastard else! 

Fucking great New Years Eve that was!!   Never forgotten though!!

No regrets then?

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1 hour ago, bazza said:

I was with my mate and sons waiting for a coach to pick us up at Bamber Bridge level crossings and take us down to Wembley for the full members cup final.

Two special trains came through from Blackburn pulled by diesels. Each must have had at least 10 coaches all packed full. What a sight!

I was on one of those bazza 👍

First trip to Wembley, getting goose bumps just writing this.

Without doubt my greatest day watching the famous Blue and Whites.

We had nowt, we never expected owt and we won the bloody thing.

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