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  1. Hello all. Thought I'd register on here tonight as I'm a Stoke fan living in Chile for the past 15 years, following the local football all that time through thick and thin, completely bewildered by the fact that a kid who grew up about 3 miles from me in Stoke-on-Trent is now playing and scoring for the national team and is a complete fucking sensation on Chilean social media. Absolutely bizarre. Genuinely a bit emotional about him scoring earlier for some weird reason. I've got Chilean friends, neighbours, acquaintances here sending me memes and articles about him all over the place. The
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  2. I agree that £7 for an unproven player was not a good investment, regardless of what happens now. It must be difficult for many of the true Rovers fans here [i just showed up and confess to not being one] to understand the impact BB has had on Chile the country, beyond his just making the team. There is true "Breretonmania" gripping the nation. He has somehow, in only 2wks, charmed the pants off of chileans. I don't recall another chilean player ever making such a sudden impact not just on the team but for fans of the national team. If you watch reaction videos, he was being c
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  3. Honestly I'm at a point where I just can't get excited about new signings as long as Mowbray is in charge. Even if the signee appears impressive I already know his impact will be neutered by Mowbray's coaching and style of play, and will be lucky simply to play in his natural position.
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  4. Hi all. Would like to thank anyone and everyone who has given my work a read over the last few days. As you can probably tell it took a very long time to do and a lot of late nights around my full time job and young family, so any view or like or comment is much appreciated. Just in answer to some comments around motive. Yes, although I am currently a player analyst part-time at FIVEYARDS (a football scouting/gambling game) it is my dream to work in recruitment for a club. That is very unlikely to be Blackburn. If they had wanted the style of stuff I do then they had ample time after last
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  5. It's all happening!!!!
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  6. £200000000+ to take a football club from an established Premier League outfit to this rusting shell. Bravo to all involved 👏
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  7. I just can't understand this 'trusting' a CEO thing. It just isn't the real world. On what planet do billionaire businessmen keep hold of a loss making enterprise and allow it to fail because they don't 'trust' anyone to run it for them? It's nonsense. It is also nonsense that you would employ substandard or clueless people - Kean, Waggott, Agnew, Singh - because you do trust them and allow that trust but incompetence to ruin the club. I could - almost - believe and understand it if they had been at the club for 6 months and were still finding their feet and getting to
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  8. Rovers Trust has submitted the below statement (drawn up wonderfully by Andy Young) to the Review of Football Ownership being conducted by Tracey Crouch MP, and her encouraging response is also detailed. What are your thoughts? BLACKBURN ROVERS TRUST: Submission to Fan-led review of football governance Prepared May/June 2021 OVERVIEW - Owners not been seen at Ewood Park for 7 years - Spring 2021 failed attempt to sell 50% of Training Ground - Annual Accounts 2019/20 not been filed - Open appeal to Owners to reveal plans –gone unanswered - After 10 years owners
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  9. here is something of what the Chilean press says about Ben: The positive debut of Ben Brereton that excites the Red The Chilean nationalized English striker Ben Brereton made his debut for La Roja and left a good image against Argentina. The Blackburn Rovers striker played the last 13 minutes of the match against Argentina, time that was enough for him to show some of his qualities. He showed speed, fought balls, ran, held in the area, showed skill and even cleared balls at critical moments. He entered very plugged in, and he got on perfectly with his companions. Martín Lasarte wi
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  10. Why, everyone else has 😂
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  11. Since the day he got here it seemed that Ben was the main recipient of dressing room bantz from Dacky, Danny and the lads. And the big goof seemed to take it all in uncommonly good spirit, but I wonder if endless, merciless piss-taking might have held him back. Last summer he beefed up and was generally worth his berth in the team I thought. Now, this summer, to fly on your own to the other end of the world, join a squad of internationals that you have never met before, probably never even seen more than one or two of them play before, be with them for weeks in end, and not speaking a wor
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  12. I feel like a proud dad, my boy Ben
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  13. Tugay had it down to a fine art. From an old post on here (can't remember who I nicked it off for Facebook): Step 1 - Glance over to bench to get inkling he was coming off Step 2 - Decide to try something outrageous or overly skillful as a parting gift Step 3 - Drift over to the Riverside Stand Step 4 - Look at the fans in the Riverside as the board went up. Step 5 - Ignore the board Step 6 - Wait for prompting or the stadium announcer to call out ''Number 5......Tugay'' Step 7 - Look suprised Step 8 - Remove shinpads Step 9 - Loosen Socks
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  14. Get Mowbray out our great club.
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  15. Some pointed questions about Mowbray but overall a pretty disgraceful lack of response from The Forum there who once again have let Waggott get away with absolute murder. The sort of things we needed to know are: Who shelved the Brockhall fiasco Why was it shelved How much money was wasted on the aborted scheme? Are there now plans to upgrade the facilities on the existing sites Did Waggott ever specifically ask the owners to commit to a new £2m stitch pitch or was it his decision not to go ahead Who made the decision that according to SW Mowbray would be s
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  16. Chilean social media, press, and general public are abuzz about Ben Brereton. There seems to be little consensus as to how to say his surname and there are at least 10 different pronounciations. As the Chilean announcer celebrated his goal he said about BB, "A dream come true for the 22 year old kid, who travelled alone, with only a dream and a passport, without knowing a word of Spanish, and winning everyone's hearts, scoring like one the greats!" He seems to be a breath of fresh air for the team. People were moved by the genuine joy and emotion he showed while celebrating his first goa
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  17. If this is how football has “evolved” and this is the game now as we are often told, I give up. I’d much rather watch poor quality uploaded vhs footage of games on YouTube of when you could actually tackle, when teams would actively try and out score the other, when corners weren’t back with the keeper within three passes, when dickheads didn’t lie down behind the wall at free kicks, where keepers were capable of catching a ball, where refereeing decisions weren’t scrutinised for hours on end, where players making a conscious decision to fall over was acknowledged as cheating, where playe
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  18. In a few years it'll be one for Messi's family album.
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  19. On a serious note the owners are so far missing a trick big style once again here as it's difficult to imagine that any ST launch won't have the feel of a lead balloon if Mowbray, Waggott and Venus are still here. And that's before considering whether or not Waggott will introduce another huge price hike. Just imagine the difference in outlook and new found feeling of optimism were the Coventrio potted, for the sake of argument Hughes or Ainsworth were appointed, and season tickets went on sale a couple of days after that!
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  20. I fucking love this lad. Always have and always will. He’s a walking meme but underneath it all he’s properly good at football. Just LOOK at the PURE JOY on his face. Warms the heart.
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  21. Point of order: we’ve been in the third division for two spells (5 years total, including 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes) in our entire 132 year history of league football. (Less than 4%). Jack took us back to the top flight. In the 100 years before Jack arrived, 55 of those were as a top flight team. 73/124 in total until Kean took us down. We are a top Championship club with people holding us down for their own gain, or through their own ineptitude. Let’s leave the dumbing down to those currently making money out of the club.
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  22. ….I feel really pleased for them. I remember the day when we marched together, in pouring rain , to share our mutual dislike of our owners….… …..they are rid of their shackles, we are still bound. They are rid of their management…we remain on the journey to nowhere . I actually envy Blackpool and Bolton…. They are clubs reborn …we are either dying or dead….. oh for a manager with the guile and hunger of Critchley
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  23. Thomas Frank hopes Brentford’s promotion helps other clubs to dream There seems to be some words missing from that headline, it should have read... "Thomas Frank hopes Brentford’s promotion helps other clubs to dream, but knows that Tony Mowbray will prefer to lower expectations in a continually transparent attempt at self preservation owing to his own managerial mediocrity."
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  24. This is the kind of informed debate I come here for.
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  25. There’s a few reasons why I get “uptight” about it. I must have missed the subsection in the FFP rules where £7 million “gambles” were permissible and don’t impact your sustainability. It’s become a favourite tactic of Waggott to try and keep the fanbase subservient by dangling the threat of FFP sanctions or financial oblivion over us like a shit sword of Damocles. The first time the radio silence coming out of Ewood is broken, I guarantee Waggott will be attempting to guilt trip hard up Blackburners into parting with £399 they can ill afford. Does it become our business if the club
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  26. 100%. He is nothing close to a legend, that word is thrown around so much. I would look at his Rovers career on the pitch, pretty decent for his first 6 months under Lambert, then unwanted under Coyle, then he had his best 6 months when Mowbray came in, scored 3 or 4 screamers that turned out to be false dawns, but in general was as good as anyone in that spell although it ended in relegation. I actually thought that his work on the pitch (his leadership was clearly important) was mixed even in League 1. Was fairly ineffective out wide for half the season before starting to become a
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  27. Sorry, which physical Jason Lowe do you speak of? I agree that he spoiled football games.
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  28. Yes thank God they saved us from the fiscal security of the premier ship's top six. Good work there, Venky's. For a while I was truly worried that we'd never see third tier football at rovers again in my lifetime. But would you know it , you managed it. Took a wee bit longer than Jack Walker did to take us from second tier lower table to top flight champions, but God bless you. Twats.
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  29. Equally as galling for me is that the club has missed out on around a billion pounds in lost revenue simply due to their mismanagement, arrogance and blind stupidity. We had it there, in the palm of our hands and they dismantled it. We were the model for many others to follow and they killed it. I curse the day they darkened our door.
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  30. As someone who spends a good chunk of their working life on some form of data analysis I will say first and foremost I am often in awe of the presentation and methods used in the analysis, at times it’s the theory I am not fully aligned with For me there’s a place in football for it but I see it more in a sense of spotting weaknesses in players games and then highlighting where they need to improve. If I’m going to present anything to our ExCo or HR director then the biggest thing in my mind is the ‘so what?’ I can produce a long deck with lots of figures and stats but there has
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  31. Absolutely terrible decision by the club not to replace the manager immediately as the season ended. It's a decision that's going to cost the club revenue and the team support on a match day. Understandably so after the manager was on national television, crying out for the sack with the season still ongoing. There is no coming back from that in a dressing room of winners, which leads to be believe the notion that Brockhall is a holiday camp for a better than average Championship pay. Next season is going to be a total disaster regardless of what players he manages to bring in. I'll
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  32. Rumoured third kit inspired by ToMo's vision
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  33. So no new pitch due to “the economic situation in India” Must be devastating for Venky’s seeing their share price at its highest in 3 years and absolutely dwarfing where it was at when they first darkened our door. Also interesting that Waggott “was surprised that it was felt that the owners were inexperienced after 10 years of owning the club.” For once I agree with you Steve. I’m sick of supposed naivety and inexperience being used as an excuse for their incompetence.
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  34. Scott Wharton signs a new contract to 2024:
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  35. Another day of nonsense in the life of being a Blackburn supporter! No one knows anything, the club are silent on all things that involve or should involve the fans, another day and week passes without any news on season tickets, no word on the kit and how it will look both home and away. All these have impact on finances at the club. Even if we had pre orders for shirts added to 3000 season ticket renewals then there would be increased cash flow within the club and YET they continue with the inane running of this club. I am so saddened, so dispirited and so bloody annoyed that the c
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  36. I know you still read this forum - donate my £100 to nightsafe.
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  37. Nothing wrong about Brentford in the PL. They have been knocking the doors and deserves their spot. I rather my team to be a little "nasty and niggly" and get promoted than being nice and friendly and stays in the 2nd division. They found a way to get promoted and that's all it matters. Well done Bees.
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  38. 1. No new training ground. 2. No new Stitch pitch. 3. No fan re-engagement. Plan A - reopen Blues Bar. Plan B - No plan B 4. No new manager. 5. No owner communication until at least 2025 (maybe). 6. No fans consultation meetings. 7. No transfers until after June 30th (maybe). 8. No other business. 9. No hope.
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  39. It’s official, BB Diaz has 160,000 more followers than Burnley FC on Instagram.
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  40. For me, the ‘club’ is now what that famous Bobby Robson quote largely described it as - I.e us fans keeping the flame going though our collective bond and histories. That shell of an organisation at Ewood Park doesn’t remotely resemble a ‘football club’ and it certainly isn’t the institution I’ve spent my life obsessed with anymore.
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  41. Today's (yesterday's now) LT article made depressing reading. What we thought was nearly 2 million for Brentford's promotion turned out to be 500k. Getting rid of five loanees, Downing, Mulgrew, Evans, Bell, and Holtby only comes to savings of 50k per week apparently. On the plus side this means we were paying less for them than we thought, but the downside is it doesn't free up as much budget as we thought. I'm very much suspecting that when the Financial Unfair Play decisions are made we are going to be in an embargo. Which will weaken our bargaining position for Armstrong and
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  42. Wow. I don't know if you watched it live. But it was genuinely shocking. I'm aware terrible things happen in the world on a daily basis. But to show such little remorse to any human being shows such disconnect to what is important. When the world gets to a place that people have such disregard for the wellbeing of another it's a sorry state of affairs. He's a young man, who's life flashed before his eyes in the most public of view. Why you're commenting on the BBC showing sorrow I don't know. I absolutely believe that the pundits, who are people who have worked through the exact same career
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  43. Paul Gascoigne: “What do you call a Scotsman in the second round of a World Cup?” 🤔 “A referee.” 😂
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  44. The Walker family certainly contributed. Couldn’t wait to offload us and practically gave the club away to the idiots. If they’d continued to put in £5 million a year for another 3 years, or even just allowed us to increase the debt level from 20-35 million things could’ve been oh so different. They didn’t even need to be benevolent, just respectful. I’m confident John Williams would’ve ensured we retained our top flight status even if he was instructed to make savings, and 2013 saw the TV money go to absolutely mental levels. The deal doubled from 1.5 to 3 billion. Their short sight
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  45. lol these owners don't know their arses from their elbows. Sell off Cairney for 3 mil who goes on to become a PL level player but reject the same amount for a conference level keeper.
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  46. 100%. People say "look at how he coached Dack and Armstrong though". Dack was L1 player of the year (at a rubbish Gillingham) before Mowbray got him and always looked a strong player. Armstong, came from a PL academy, and yeah he flopped at Bolton (who were rock bottom btw) and you can argue if you choose to (though lightning pace helps... and you can't coach pace). What you can't argue: Go online and watch the following two Ewood matches: Travis in the WBA 2-0 and Rothwell in the Derby 1-0. Both players were getting one of their first starts for the club (af
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  47. I know it hardly ever happens, but if I was in charge of selling Armstrong I’d be asking for players in exchange and contributions towards their salaries to avoid paying that 40% transfer clause.
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  48. Send him grapes.
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  49. 1 win in 18 is an excellent return during a once-in-a-century pandemic that affected Blackburn disproportionately, a pitch resembling the Somme Battlefields, an injury list requiring the erection of a military hospital on the DE car park and finances that meant at least 7 members of the first team couldn't afford to eat for most of the winter. Tony continues to do a great job. We hope to win 4 games next season.
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  50. As predicted we are now in the 'dust settling' phase. Go off on holiday, keep quiet, let the catastrophic run and performances of January to April drift into the distant past. The local media are busy away doing their bidding by regurgitating interviews about which players and positions we need to address, how the summer provides an opportunity. All this does is implant things in people's minds - makes them think it is business as usual, that there's no decision to be made, that anyone entertaining ideas of him going are barking up the wrong tree, that the only issues for discus
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