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53 minutes ago, MelchesterRover said:

Darn! I doubt we can expect more than 1 point in the two fixtures against big club Sunderland.

I expect 4 points from the two games against Sunderland.

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On 19/05/2022 at 22:46, GHR said:

... and we can also remove Port Vale! We're now one of six, or one of seven depending on who wins the National League play-off...

(Thanks for all the Stockport corrections, that had completely passed me by, but in my defence it was a while ago!)

All these posts complaining that we haven't been to the new Wembley amaze me. Would you have preferred us to have visited the new Wembley for a play-off final instead of getting automatic promotion from League One just to tick a box? We may have lost there as well.

I'd like to see our visit there for an FA Cup final or League Cup final. 

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51 minutes ago, bazza said:

All these posts complaining that we haven't been to the new Wembley amaze me. Would you have preferred us to have visited the new Wembley for a play-off final instead of getting automatic promotion from League One just to tick a box? We may have lost there as well.

I'd like to see our visit there for an FA Cup final or League Cup final. 

What a bizarre post.

I was merely responding the poster who originally brought up the point with an actual list. I would like to think it's an interesting bit of trivia whatever way you want to interpret it. 

For what it's worth I've been to the new Wembley and I think it's shit. It should have been flogged for housing, England should tour the country to actually take the game to the masses, and finals should be held at vastly the many vastly superior club grounds around England.

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18 minutes ago, GHR said:

What a bizarre post.

I was merely responding the poster who originally brought up the point with an actual list. I would like to think it's an interesting bit of trivia whatever way you want to interpret it. 

For what it's worth I've been to the new Wembley and I think it's shit. It should have been flogged for housing, England should tour the country to actually take the game to the masses, and finals should be held at vastly the many vastly superior club grounds around England.

I know where you are coming from mate but alas, none of the grounds you want to host England matches or finals or semis have the capacity of Wembley. Money talks and the FA takes. Plus they dictate ticket prices. 

As an aside, I've never been to the new stadium ( only visited on the outside), the area around there is unrecognisable to when I last visited v Leicester. 

Spent a few nights in the cannabis towers Hotel there whilst taking my wife and her kids on a London tour. 

Fucking dump of a place IMHO. 

 

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2 hours ago, GHR said:

What a bizarre post.

I was merely responding the poster who originally brought up the point with an actual list. I would like to think it's an interesting bit of trivia whatever way you want to interpret it. 

 

Not getting at you GHR personally but just responding to all those who are aggrieved that Rovers have never been to the new Wembley.

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11 hours ago, Aqualung said:

I know where you are coming from mate but alas, none of the grounds you want to host England matches or finals or semis have the capacity of Wembley. Money talks and the FA takes. Plus they dictate ticket prices. 

As an aside, I've never been to the new stadium ( only visited on the outside), the area around there is unrecognisable to when I last visited v Leicester. 

Spent a few nights in the cannabis towers Hotel there whilst taking my wife and her kids on a London tour. 

Fucking dump of a place IMHO. 

 

Oh I realise I am definitely being wishful; I just look at the women's national team and see them playing at the likes of Norwich, Middlesborough and Wolves and think what a good idea it is to take it to the people - if you're a kid growing up on Tyneside it's highly unlikely you'll ever get the time or money for a day out a Wembley, but say a qualifier v. Andorra at the Stadium of Light? I accept finals and meaningful England fixtures are a different thing altogether mind.

I used to on occasion work in that corner of London; the area around the stadium, as with a lot of major cities, is a very strange mix of expensive new apartments and shops and old, run down equivalents practically right next door. I find the stadium and area a bit soulless myself, it literally just looks like a massive computer generated image with no character or anything. 

10 hours ago, bazza said:

Not getting at you GHR personally but just responding to all those who are aggrieved that Rovers have never been to the new Wembley.

Sorry, I was definitely a massive arsehole with the nature of that reply. The point about automatic promotion is a fair one, but I think it still demonstrates how practically every other team in the 92 has had some form of 'big day out' or similar over the past 15 years. Our single promotion aside, it feels a little bit like we've just existed rather than lived in the same timeframe.

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Swag will already be counting the pennies from fleecing a big Sunderland following when we play them. Glad they did it tbf it's a good away day and quite frankly Wycombe isn't.

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Sunderland a decent away day but then again we rarely take many to Middlesbrough which is similar.

If Wycombe had come up every man and his dog would want to go as it would have been a new ground for most following Rovers.

Waggott will also be hoping Leeds come down then he can have the return of the annual hand Ewood Park over to the away club routine.

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1 hour ago, JHRover said:

Waggott will also be hoping Leeds come down then he can have the return of the annual hand Ewood Park over to the away club routine.

Yeah but he could make Burnley a category A++ home game, and also charge £15 for the compulsory coach to the away game.

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West Brom are seemingly signing John Swift on a free according to John Percy on Twitter. Excellent signing and along with a fit again Dike they should have a much bigger goal threat, plus they have been linked with Jed Wallace.

Steve Bruce is a bit of a weird one, so many aspects of his management especially tactically are questionable but you cant argue with his track record at this level. In a league with very little quality, I would be surprised if they dont make the top 6.

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On 21/05/2022 at 21:40, Aqualung said:

I know where you are coming from mate but alas, none of the grounds you want to host England matches or finals or semis have the capacity of Wembley. Money talks and the FA takes. Plus they dictate ticket prices. 

As an aside, I've never been to the new stadium ( only visited on the outside), the area around there is unrecognisable to when I last visited v Leicester. 

Fucking dump of a place IMHO. 

 

The Challenge Cup Final is at Spurs’ new stadium this year, instead of Wembley. I’ve been to the new Wembley on three occasions, all Challenge Cup Finals watching Wigan and I’ve got to say, I think the stadium is superb. Wembley, the area of London, is a grade A sh!thole though.

From what I’ve seen of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on tv, it looks very nice and I’m looking forward to visiting. Probably the best stadium in the country in my opinion, certainly of the new builds.

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2 hours ago, Claytons Left Boot said:

The Challenge Cup Final is at Spurs’ new stadium this year, instead of Wembley. I’ve been to the new Wembley on three occasions, all Challenge Cup Finals watching Wigan and I’ve got to say, I think the stadium is superb. Wembley, the area of London, is a grade A sh!thole though.

From what I’ve seen of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on tv, it looks very nice and I’m looking forward to visiting. Probably the best stadium in the country in my opinion, certainly of the new builds.

Hope you've not paid for your tickets....

They are giving them away for free.

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On 26/05/2022 at 18:21, roversfan99 said:

West Brom are seemingly signing John Swift on a free according to John Percy on Twitter. Excellent signing and along with a fit again Dike they should have a much bigger goal threat, plus they have been linked with Jed Wallace.

Steve Bruce is a bit of a weird one, so many aspects of his management especially tactically are questionable but you cant argue with his track record at this level. In a league with very little quality, I would be surprised if they dont make the top 6.

Good signing by them overall but they will need a few good signings to make them good enough to promotion challenges. 

It will interesting to see how Bruce sets them up formation and tactically. 

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4 minutes ago, chaddyrovers said:

Good signing by them overall but they will need a few good signings to make them good enough to promotion challenges. 

It will interesting to see how Bruce sets them up formation and tactically. 

Its not a very good league in terms of quality hence why teams like Luton and Huddersfield made the play offs. Bruce is no tactical expert but he has a good record of promotions and with Swift signed, Dike back fit and potentially Wallace to come, im sure they fancy their chances.

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Just now, roversfan99 said:

Its not a very good league in terms of quality hence why teams like Luton and Huddersfield made the play offs. Bruce is no tactical expert but he has a good record of promotions and with Swift signed, Dike back fit and potentially Wallace to come, im sure they fancy their chances.

That was last season but who knows what this season will be quality wise. Some clubs will have bigger budgets if key player are sold, 4 or 5 new managers at this levels, etc. 

On Bruce, I meant will he go 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 next season and will he have sell certain players to balance the books 

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1 minute ago, chaddyrovers said:

That was last season but who knows what this season will be quality wise. Some clubs will have bigger budgets if key player are sold, 4 or 5 new managers at this levels, etc. 

On Bruce, I meant will he go 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 or 3-5-2 next season and will he have sell certain players to balance the books 

I suspect that the quality will continue to decline with the gap between the Premier League and Championship growing and finances allowing the better Championship players to be swallowed up quickly.

Fulham were miles better than everyone else. Bournemouth also had a very good squad and would have gone up more comfortably with a good manager. And im not too sure how the relegated sides will do but Burnley have lost their key asset in Dyche and Norwich come down with a lot of crap players.

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1 minute ago, roversfan99 said:

I suspect that the quality will continue to decline with the gap between the Premier League and Championship growing and finances allowing the better Championship players to be swallowed up quickly.

Fulham were miles better than everyone else. Bournemouth also had a very good squad and would have gone up more comfortably with a good manager. And im not too sure how the relegated sides will do but Burnley have lost their key asset in Dyche and Norwich come down with a lot of crap players.

We have to see at the start of the season and now is not the time to judge. 

Norwich squad is more than decent for championship and its will be interesting to see what changes Dean Smith makes there. 

On Burnley, Alot will depends on what their next manager will do, budget there, how many players renew their contracts and what signings they make, etc

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On 26/05/2022 at 22:30, Sparks Rover said:

Hope you've not paid for your tickets....

They are giving them away for free.

From what I understand, it was a glitch in the system. They were offering a couple of hundred tickets to armed services personnel etc. and for a short while, anyone else was able to buy the tickets for nowt. Since been sorted. 😆

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5 hours ago, chaddyrovers said:

Championship playoff final tomorrow between Huddersfield and Forest. 

I think Huddersfield might just surprise a few tomorrow and win. 

I nearly stuck a tenner on Huddersfield before their semi-final but thought the odds (4/1) weren't that great considering Forest's form going into it. Think they'll surprise a few, too, but I'm usually wrong. As long as someone else says it then there's a chance.

From a Rovers point of view, I'd prefer Forest to go up. I fear Cooper more than Corberan.

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