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  1. Here's wishing every one of you and your families a wonderful healthy happy and successful 2021. We've been through a lot together as Rovers fans and 2020 has had its own particular twists and challenges to say the least. But I am very upbeat about the coming year even though the first quarter promises to be the worst part of Covid. We even have a bit of a Rolls Royce of a Rovers squad albeit the tires at the back are bald, there's no spare and we have found out what we suspected all along, the long serving chauffeur doesn't know how to drive... Here's my 30,000th post- wh
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  2. It’s all about the journey.
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  3. Superb post. I know @mheadand the Rovers Trust have been really pushing the idea of a heritage project in conjunction with the club. We touched on something on the Rovers Radio show a few weeks back when some fans were asking for a statue of Mowbray(!!!) to be erected... I know John has proposed we should have one for Bob Crompton. Every one of our fans should know his story. I used to conduct ground tours at Ewood, and the amount of history there is unreal. Tours were supposed to last an hour to 90 mins. I’d regularly do double that, or more, and always have loads more to show and talk a
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  4. The telling line in that article for me was " I probably haven't got a best XI, that depends on the opposition." The managers who I've enjoyed the most - and invariably been the most successful - Jack Marshall, Gordon Lee, Howard Kendall, Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness had this strange habit of picking their strongest team week in and week out irrespective of the opposition.
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  5. He’s probably fed up of being sent to Middlesbrough every week.
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  6. What an absolute shambles. The people owning and running the club should be thoroughly embarrassed and ashamed of themselves. The people I feel sorry for are the ground staff and players. The ground staff do the best they can with the resources they are given. It is clear the owners and directors have cut corners and costs and now it comes home to roost. The players have joined this club presumably thinking they are joining a professional and serious operation hoping to get to the Premier League. Yet a stadium and pitch barely maintained, no undersoil heating and blocked
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  7. Mowbray's initial target was to keep us up. That's what he was appointed to do, that was the task he was given when he got the job. I am confident that he didn't get the job based on his ability to get us out of League One or because he told them we were doomed but he would sort it out in years to come. He got it because he told them he would keep us in the Championship and it was all hands to the pump in doing that. It seems one of the reasons he got the gig was because he agreed to work with existing coaching staff in Lowe, Dunn and Benson (always a bad sign that a club would impose coa
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  8. Branthwaite is the sort of 'back to reality' signing we're used to here after talk about Whiteman and Pickering (Christ, players from Crewe and Doncaster are now out of our reach). Short term cheap loan for a PL teenager to fill a gap until the summer. Short term, unproven but most importantly cheap and requires no commitment from Rovers. Ticks all the boxes. He might be decent, he might not. We will still concede with alarming regularity. Come the summer he will be off and we will need more defenders. So predictable and to be honest depressing.
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  9. Have spent a couple of days thinking what to write on here as I am utterly bewildered as to what this so called government is up to regarding schools. Firstly, before Christmas my school had several cases over 2 days, I wanted to close the school early so as to limit the contact and spread so close to Christmas. I was sternly told no by the DFE and threatened if we did. Subsequently 3 staff spent Christmas in hospital with Covid. 2 days later the DFE in the wisdom stated we could take Friday 18th as an INSET too little too late. Nothing but a waste of a day as with all schools quali
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  10. The blasé comments of a manager who couldn't care less. Where's the hurt? The embarrassment? The anger? If you've stopped caring Tony then fine, it's obvious things aren't working and perhaps you've given up. If so then do the honourable thing and resign. If you aren't going to do that and are going to cling onto the job because you hired your mate as your boss and we have absentee owners then so be it, but at least pretend that you care and that results like this hurt. Don't insult us with platitudes and lies.
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  11. Well 2020 was quite the year wasn’t it ? It feels massively inappropriate to be moaning about football in the context of the challenges being faced across the country right now but somehow, having a good old moan after a disappointing defeat helps restore some semblance of normality...! A lot of people have kept this site ticking over this year - we’ve done a LOT of work behind the scenes that will go largely unnoticed (except when the Like button disappears...🤦‍♂️) so thanks to Stuart, Andy (& from time to time, the old guard Glenn & Biddy) for doing what needs to be done to
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  12. With Mark Hughes it boils down to how eager he is to return to management and repair his damaged reputation or if he is happy to relax and wait for something to come along that genuinely excites him. He's been out now for over 2 years and his last two jobs have ended in failure and the sack so the longer his absence from the game continues the more difficult it is going to be for him to get a decent job and the more likely it will become that he will be a forgotten man in management like Alan Curbishley, Alan Pardew and others. It is rare that managers come back from years out of the game
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  13. Don't need lectures from you on my commitment thanks. I'd have been happy if we'd scabbed an undeserved win but a point that might help keep a lame duck manager in situ for a while longer isn't a good result for the Club imo. Why are you (apparently) happy with a manager who has been performing poorly for the last two and a half seasons? I could reverse what you said and state that with fans like you who are happy with any old rubbish, it's no wonder we never get anywhere.
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  14. Who ‘gave up’ in the 80s? The club didn’t, couldn’t pay the leccy bill? Training on Pleasy and fishing balls out of the river as we couldn’t afford to replace them? Yep, but still no excuses and the club maintained standards, the result? Top end of the second tier for the majority of the time. A club to be proud of. Compare and contrast to BRFC of 2021.
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  15. All I can say is it's a nice bonus as a key worker that my son arrived today instead of his due date of 22nd December. Work have very generously offered me extended Pat Leave for 3 weeks full pay as opposed to 1 week 'because you've enough to think about'. Some managers are worth working for.
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  16. He's here at long last, was due on 22nd December! I'm in love all over again.
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  17. 10 years in and some of you still haven’t worked these owners out and think he will be under some pressure, that a ‘board’ will be discussing the alarming drop off in results. ‘His position is untenable’, ‘let’s give a new manager time to settle in’. A thread talking about replacements has been started. Perfectly understandable, that’s how football works, especially in the Championship, however it just doesn’t here, and you are all going to be getting more and more wound up. I remember last season on a similar death spiral, a fan asked Waggott about TM’s position, he merely laughed.
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  18. Rovers should be embarrassed. Venkys should be asking questions. The days of the river Darwen being attributable to the dreadful state of Ewood every winter are long gone. Not too long ago that pitch didn’t flood, the drainage was excellent. Theres only one reason, - neglect. Neglect of a wonderful stadium and neglect of a perfectly fine playing surface.
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  19. Well a full house on the Mowbray bingo. A textbook Mowbray performance with just about every ingredient on display today. - Bright(ish) start to the game for the first 10-15 minutes but alas no goal to show for it - I said to my dad when the clock hit 15 that I'd have any bet going that we wouldn't score until the second half at the earliest, and probably wouldn't score all afternoon. - Rapid regression into mind-numbing rubbish for most of the game after the clock reached 15 minutes. - Bundles of possession but precious little to show for it yet conning viewers into th
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  20. So when this pandemic is all over and things return to normal and supporters are allowed back in the stadium and now that I am in my mid-late 60’s...... will I be enticed to renew my season ticket, put up with traffic jams through Preston on a Saturday afternoon or a Wednesday night match, have difficulty parking my car, drinking a can of fizzy John Smiths bitter at £4.20 a can, to watch a confused group of players, with an even more confusing manager, when the club can’t be bothered to take care of the Stadium and the pitch. Respecting Jack Walkers legacy and memory? My @r$e
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  21. Predictions: I expect the tombola to be given a good old shake. Not quite outright desperation, but hints of it. Kaminski Buckley Lenihan Branthwaite Douglas Elliott Trybull Davenport Brereton Dack Armstrong I can see Nyambe being dropped for three games for his part in Stoke’s goal... maybe longer with Bennett being back “on the grass”. Buckley will be rewarded for his goal by a start in the most attacking position on the pitch. Davenport for a recall, because broken clocks an all th
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  22. Doesn't matter who is in defence. What matters is who is in the dugout.
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  23. I never usually go in for all this ‘Teeside Tony’ stuff, but the Pears signing has a whiff factor for me. His dad Stephen Pears is a big pal of Mowbray, played together for 10 years and was one of TM’s coaches at Boro. Little track record or form, but a decent fee paid and a 4 year deal (which is a contract length we don’t usually see here). Nepotism at play, I’m afraid.
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  24. That is one of the reasons that Mowbray is so secure in his job. People thinking it doesn't matter to loose cup games. No games are pointless, in my limited experience you strive to win every competition. Why do you consider an FA cup game pointless ?
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  25. It was always going to be tough against a side like Doncaster. We did well to stay in it for as long as we did and make a contest of it. Donny have to be one of the favourites for this competition so it’s no shame to go out only conceding the one wonder goal. (He ran all the way from the half way line before smashing that rocket under Pears. Buffon wouldn't have saved that!). With all of the injuries we have, with FFP and the lack of support from our fans we can’t expect miracles from Mowbray. He’s got us playing some great possession-based football (nearly 70% again today) and
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  26. Absolute shite yet again. Not even desperately ineffective but incredibly dull and poorly drilled. The season is essentially over before the turn of the year, miles off the pace, in the bottom half and going backwards. The negligence of the defence is unforgivable. We suffered last year and hes replaced a loanee who regularly played with a solitary recruit made out of glass. No hard luck story there, we are underresourced. Chuck in a loanee at left back who has been so bad that weve reverted back to the hapless Bell and it is little wonder that Rovers and a clean sheet are alien to each o
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  27. Once the absentees return... If we go on a run of wins... If we believe in the process... Once we start getting a bit of luck... Tomorrow never comes.
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  28. After 21 games... 18/19 - 30 points, 6 off the play offs. 19/20 - 31 points, 3 off the play offs. 20/21 - 29 points, 7 off the play offs.
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  29. Priority for the playing side? Of course, as John Williams used to say the point of running a football club is to get the very best team on the pitch that budget allows. However, it’s become strikingly obvious that to keep a semi-competitive Championship squad the non playing side is run on a shoestring (executive pay aside, of course). Weed infested, filthy stadium, litter piled up, cabbage patch pitch, skeleton staff for maintenance and groundwork, closed Radio Rovers, closed RoverVision, closed DEnd, closed BBEnd Upper, closed town centre shop, leaking roofs, closed Blues Bar, run down
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  30. As others have said there’s obviously a dual budget at Ewood. Playing side gets generally what it needs, the last few weeks have seen that with Branthwaite, and little pressure for the manager to sell players. On the non playing side ‘keeping the lights on’ so we don’t ‘do a Bury’ is seemingly seen as enough. Maybe that’s the correct approach and we are all being precious over weeds, litter, grime and a Sunday league pitch, the first team has to take priority at a football club after all - though considering much infrastructure spending doesn’t impact FFP and we have ‘optimum owners’ th
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  31. Someone posted earlier, maybe we're not as good as we think we are ? Well i've totally stopped thinking about the players, i'ts all about the manager for me. I would have replaced him straight after our promotion from League 1, some of the performances in that league were shocking and he allowed Wigan to take the title, because he didn't care enough, he's simply not a winner, and don't get me going on his lack of tactical nous. Go now Tony, for the good of the club.
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  32. He gets sacked tomorrow and Chaddy will be telling us how it was time for a change and he’ll be regaling us with his shortlist of potential replacements. So why bother getting wound up going in circles with him?
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  33. Beaten by a better coached and organised team, who played some nice stuff on the counter and thoroughly deserved their win. The goalkeeper isn't good enough, terrible from Mowbray to spend money on a third keeper in a window whilst only only signing one crocked centre half on a free. But given how poor we know the keeper is Lenihan and Johnson have got to go out and attempt to block the shoot rather than just standing off and letting the man shoot. Lenihan was absolutley abysmal again today, his performances this season bar one or two have been shocking, we don't just need 1 centre back
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  34. I'd bet there would be a long queue of Championship clubs interested in his services if he was to leave here at the end of the season!
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  35. No idea what we will be seeing this afternoon. I will watch because it is Rovers playing. Beyond that it feels like sitting in the dentist's chair with a numb mouth. I know it is probably going to be unpleasant but I am hoping it's not too bad.
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  36. Rovers of the 80s were everything this present incarnation isn’t. No brass, but doing everything it could to upset the odds and compete. A club bursting with pride, both local and professional. 2020 BRFC; billionaire owners and can’t even keep the ground clear of weeds.
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  37. Why are we all wasting our time with recommendations......different fullbacks, big man in the middle, high press....etc, etc.....all utterly pointless with this man in charge....we can fart about all day with these inconsequential changes....HE is the problem! Until that changes ....we are what we are....rudderless, floundering....and, sadly, with an ever decreasing fan base.
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  38. Having been an avid follower and occasional contributor to this thread, thoroughly enjoying it and being able to both share and relate to much of its' content, I decided to delve into my own personal treasure trove of Rovers related family heirlooms and share some of the history with you. I've decided that rather than rush it and potentially bore everyone to death, I'll do it in several component parts over a period of time. It is a part of my family heritage (part of the family really) and something of which I am exceedingly proud. I'll also include as attachments at the end of each piece, ph
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  39. Now this clearly isn't true. In fact the evidence refutes this quite considerably. I could write an essay on this but just three quick pieces of evidence. 1) Top teams are always built from the back. Manure under Fergie, Chelski under the annoying one, Rovers under King Kenny. Sure the SAS got the headlines and were a huge factor but it was built on a solid foundation of defense - Berg, Hendry, Le Saux, Flowers etc. Boring boring Arsenal under George Graham. Liverpool's success under Klopp finally came when they shelled out for a top class centre back and goalkeeper. Coincidence? No. Sin
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  40. At any normal club he'd have been potted at the back end of the 18/19 season. This bloke has the easiest job in football, he's got no fans in the ground for the foreseeable future, he's got clueless uninterested owners, he's got his mate into the CEO position and he has a local press that just swallow up all his excuses and don't ask him any difficult questions. We could lose our next 10 games and I'd still expect him to be in a job. The only way he goes anytime soon is if he resigns and he isn't going to do that despite his claims of being an 'honourable' man.
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  41. I see comments on twitter and instagram from people saying maybe lets start giving Venkys some thanks for their continued support,all i have to say to that is.......no.nay.never!!!
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  42. Merry Christmas to all that post on here and keep the gaff going. We all disagree at times, but this mint football club brings us all together, so that’s got to count for something! Also, a massive shout out to all the back room staff (not just me), that help keep it going by giving up their own time to do so. Particularly with the latest upgrades and such! They’ve really gone beyond the call of duty and that needs recognition! Let’s have a good one with our families and smash Wednesday on Boxing Day! COYB!
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  43. Sitting down with my Sunday morning brew I broke one of my New Years resolutions which was to never read any of Mowbrays articles. Lancashire live quote “ Mowbray expects a team like boro to be in the premiership “. God give me strength in their entire history they have won one trophy. He endlessly tells us how privileged we are to be competing against the big teams in this league. Has he taken any time to look at the history of the club he manages if boro deserves to be in the premier then I’m one hundred percent sure we do. He needs to recognise the privilege he has been given to manage
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  44. Years ago Charlton fans got "bored" with Alan Curbishley keeping them mid-table in the Prem and look where they are now. Same with our fans who were bored with Sam keeping us in the top league. I've never in 50 years plus gone to watch Rovers wanting to be "entertained". I want to see us win - full stop. I find this argument quite ridiculous. I'd have the likes of Dyche or Sam or Warnock at Ewood tomorrow.
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  45. Dack, Travis and Johnson very poor. Douglas best game, Branthwaite promising, Holtby, Buckley, Brereton and Davenport changed the game and probably deserve starts vs Swansea. Overall, a terrible performance that we deserved nothing from. 0-75mins made my eyes bleed. 75-90 mins was acceptable. Not good enough.
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  46. This is actually quite an important factor in all this. Particularly IMO when it comes to FB groups & the like. A lot of these are likely to be the younger generation who haven't really known anything other than the Venkys era. As a good example, although I'd tried over the years to explain to my daughter all about who Jack Walker was & what he did for Rovers, it was only probably 12 months ago, having been watching Rovers for 7 or 8 years, when she started to ask questions about him. Ie taking an interest, rather than it just being white noise coming from her father's mouth! She
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  47. ‘People didn’t do their jobs’. Yeah, you!
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  48. I said it on Saturday and again last night - why on earth wasn't Hayden Carter on the bench as cover for the fragile central defenders? We are allowed nine substitutes so not to have him there is a total dereliction of duty by Mowbray. Once again we were poor, disjointed, shapeless at times, lethargic in possession and many more things which contributed to the defeat. Of course players have responsibilities which some are abducting but the buck stops with the manager. He is responsible for results and his latest deflection interviews are a disgrace. He simply has to accept the responsibil
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