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1 hour ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

Just to cheer us all up can I just remind everyone that it was on Easter Saturday 1963 that I saw the finest goal I’ve ever seen scored in the flesh.

The scorer was Bryan Douglas of course. The game was against West Brom at Ewood.

Here’s what Alf Thornton had to say about it in that evenings “ Last Sports “. -

 

“ At 80 minutes DOUGLAS brought the house down with a wonder goal such as only he of present day footballers can score. He picked the ball up on his wing at the half way line, shrugged off attempted tackles by Clark and Bannister, went inside at speed and beat Williams, Jones and Fairfax with beautiful body swerves as though they did not exist before crashing in a terrific drive.

The Rovers players dashed to congratulate him and the crowd gave him a standing ovation “.

I was right behind the goals at the Darwen End and I had a birdseye view of the run from start to finish. It really was an amazing goal and I consider myself really blessed to have been there to see it. Alf’s report doesn’t really do it justice to be honest. Dougie was at genius level with the ball at his feet.

There can’t be many of us left now that actually witnessed it, the gate was only 11,451 that afternoon.

This was the day after we’d beaten a good Sheffield Wed team 3-0 at Ewood in front of a gate of 14,361.

I was there. Riverside for me.

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16 minutes ago, darrenrover said:

Out in my shed this afternoon, radio on....on come's Dorris Day with a classic:

"She wore, she wore, she wore a blue and white ribbon, she wore a blue and white ribbon in the merry month of May, and when I asked, her why she wore that ribbon, she said it's for The Rovers and we're going to Wembley......Wembley, Wembley, we're the famous Blackburn Rovers and we're going to Wembley. Wembley....."

If only, eh lads?....

one day.

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3 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

Just to cheer us all up can I just remind everyone that it was on Easter Saturday 1963 that I saw the finest goal I’ve ever seen scored in the flesh.

The scorer was Bryan Douglas of course. The game was against West Brom at Ewood.

Here’s what Alf Thornton had to say about it in that evenings “ Last Sports “. -

 

“ At 80 minutes DOUGLAS brought the house down with a wonder goal such as only he of present day footballers can score. He picked the ball up on his wing at the half way line, shrugged off attempted tackles by Clark and Bannister, went inside at speed and beat Williams, Jones and Fairfax with beautiful body swerves as though they did not exist before crashing in a terrific drive.

The Rovers players dashed to congratulate him and the crowd gave him a standing ovation “.

I was right behind the goals at the Darwen End and I had a birdseye view of the run from start to finish. It really was an amazing goal and I consider myself really blessed to have been there to see it. Alf’s report doesn’t really do it justice to be honest. Dougie was at genius level with the ball at his feet.

There can’t be many of us left now that actually witnessed it, the gate was only 11,451 that afternoon.

This was the day after we’d beaten a good Sheffield Wed team 3-0 at Ewood in front of a gate of 14,361.

That attendance would have been 11,450 if I had not been standing on the Blackburn End.

Rovers were attacking the Darwen End. Dougie was playing at inside left and picked the ball up near the left touch line on the halfway line (in front of the Riverside). He went on a mazey run diagonally which brought him to the right side of their penalty area D. The WBA defenders expected him to pass the ball so were standing off him. All of a sudden he beat two defenders in the area and scored with a great shot.

I think this was the game when I took my transistor radio onto the match to listen to the second half commentary. In those days BBC Radio used to invite us to tune in at 4pm to listen to the second half commentary of one of the first division matches. They never told us which one. That day they made a mistake and said it would be Rovers v WBA. Hence I took my tranny to the game.

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13 hours ago, darrenrover said:

Out in my shed this afternoon, radio on....on come's Dorris Day with a classic:

"She wore, she wore, she wore a blue and white ribbon, she wore a blue and white ribbon in the merry month of May, and when I asked, her why she wore that ribbon, she said it's for The Rovers and we're going to Wembley......Wembley, Wembley, we're the famous Blackburn Rovers and we're going to Wembley. Wembley....."

If only, eh lads?....

Is that the same shed you brew your own ale in Darrenrover? Seems like you tried one too many 🤪

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Just now, Riversider28 said:

Is that the same shed you brew your own ale in Darrenrover? Seems like you tried one too many 🤪

No, but funnily enough home brew is on the future agenda!

I’m offended to be honest, can’t wait to sample a couple of ‘proper pub scoops’ though when we’re all let of the leash! 💪😂

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Back in mi shed, radio on and UB40...

”wise men say, only fools rush in, but I can’t help falling in love with you.....The Rovers, The Rovers.👏👏👏”!

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22 minutes ago, darrenrover said:

No, but funnily enough home brew is on the future agenda!

I’m offended to be honest, can’t wait to sample a couple of ‘proper pub scoops’ though when we’re all let of the leash! 💪😂

Sorry, darrenrover no offence meant 😔

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Happy birthday Eamonn Rogers. 74 today.

Played for Rovers 1965 t0 1971.  177 appearances.  39 goals.

19 caps for Rep of Ireland. 5 goals.

You have to be good to play professional football but Eamonn was exceptional.

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7 minutes ago, bazza said:

Happy birthday Eamonn Rogers. 74 today.

Played for Rovers 1965 t0 1971.  177 appearances.  39 goals.

19 caps for Rep of Ireland. 5 goals.

You have to be good to play professional football but Eamonn was exceptional.

His name is Eamonn Rogers,

He is the king of our land,

His hair hangs over his shoulders,

Tied up with a blue and white band.

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3 hours ago, bazza said:

Happy birthday Eamonn Rogers. 74 today.

Played for Rovers 1965 t0 1971.  177 appearances.  39 goals.

19 caps for Rep of Ireland. 5 goals.

You have to be good to play professional football but Eamonn was exceptional.

He could have been whatever he wanted to be. I saw him play central midfield, behind the striker, defensive midfield, out on the wing, right full back - and he was great in all of those positions. A David Dunn who could tackle.

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3 hours ago, rigger said:

His name is Eamonn Rogers,

He is the king of our land,

His hair hangs over his shoulders,

Tied up with a blue and white band.

Did I actually stand on the Riverside singing that ditty? The things we forget, eh.

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Bolton away 1977, a loss, but some great footage.

I bet a few on here went to this.

 

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12 hours ago, Gav said:

Bolton away 1977, a loss, but some great footage.

I bet a few on here went to this.

 

I wasn’t at that game.
 

Just look at the state of the pitch yet teams could get you out of your seat with the football they played on pitches like that.   I watched the City - Chelsea semi final on a billiard table surface yesterday and it took me all my time to stay awake. 

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I drove into Sheffield earlier today and driving past Hillsborough park I see 2 lads wearing the Blue and White halves loud and proud. I have to admit I've seen Rover shirts here before, could be the same lads.

This site has turned into a cauldron of misery, but when you drive into 3rd city and see Rover shirts, everything in the world is great again, lets face it, we could be Wednesday 😟

 

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On 16/04/2021 at 21:07, rigger said:

Never forget!

Aye, was it you that ripped the ear of my Steiffe?  A quick chuck to the left side o' t' Riverside just after half time against Port Vale and he came back with only one ear and left leg hanging on by a thread!...Absolute animals left side of centre, no bloody respect for man nor bear!

Memories lads eh, simple things?

Let's fecking get that spirit back! (Young 'uns won't have a scooby doo!)

WE ARE The Rovers!!!

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Mick McGrath, Ken Taylor, Ian Lawther, Ronnie Clayton (in front) and Matt Woods during a training session at Feniscowles before the FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough on February 13, 1962.  

Younger fans might like to note the state of the pitch they are training on. 

That is how it used to be

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, jim mk2 said:

 

Mick McGrath, Ken Taylor, Ian Lawther, Ronnie Clayton (in front) and Matt Woods during a training session at Feniscowles before the FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough on February 13, 1962.  

Younger fans might like to note the state of the pitch they are training on. 

That is how it used to be

 

 

 

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Is the pitch Feniscowles Rec?

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10 hours ago, jim mk2 said:

 

Mick McGrath, Ken Taylor, Ian Lawther, Ronnie Clayton (in front) and Matt Woods during a training session at Feniscowles before the FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough on February 13, 1962.  

Younger fans might like to note the state of the pitch they are training on. 

That is how it used to be

 

 

 

fenis.jpg

Are you sure that’s Ian Lawther Jim ? It looks like Keith Newton to me.

The first game was actually played on March 5th. A 1-1 draw at Ewood. We lost the replay 3-1 to a 2nd Div team on the 11th. Another post 1960 FA Cup flop. Being fair to the team we’d played on the 2nd, 5th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 23rd, 25th, 29th of March that year.

Mick McGrath, John Byrom and Fred Pickering carried the can for the defeat and were  all dropped for the next game. I think Mick asked for a transfer afterwards. He lost his place for more or less the rest of the season, the other two were soon re-instated.

 

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