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  1. https://www.lcfc.com/news/1788953/https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lcfc.com%2F free link to watch the match
  2. Blackpool - (A) - Bloomfield Road - Tuesday 25th August 2020 - Streaming Options Available through Blackpool website https://www.blackpoolfc.co.uk/news/2020/august/new-live-streaming-service-for-everton-and-blackburn-games/ For streaming info. £5.99 match pass seemingly but all will be confirmed before kick-off. Looks less likely that Rovers will be permitted to stream this for free on YouTube as we did at Fleetwood. Mowbray expects players to get a bit more game time in this one, so maybe we won't see two entirely different XI's for each half. Joe Rothwell is said to only have a knock and not an injury, so that's good news. Match kicks off at 19:00GMT.
  3. Fleetwood Town (A) - Highbury Stadium - Saturday 22nd August 2020 - Pre-Season Friendly Streaming Information Unavailable, Rovers to inform fans nearer the time, Everton game confirmed to be streaming on their platform. Interesting pre-season ahead of us now, with Fleetwood Town away in a weeks time. When the "Pre-Season" thread was first devised I said I thought a game against Joey Barton would be perfect for us, all this talk of Premier League opposition and testing ourselves against these big teams, but the reality is that we struggle against teams that sit back, defend in an organised block and get stuck in. One of our biggest blessings going into next season is that we don't have to travel to the DW again! Fleetwood missed out on promotion after losing their semi-final tie with promoted Wycombe Wanderers. They've lost their star right-back in Lewie Coyle to recently relegated Hull City, but they have just picked up Morgan Boyes on a season-long-loan from Liverpool's Under 23's. Fleetwood Town won 4-2 against Carlisle United in their first pre-season friendly of the 2020/21 season, and whilst Carlisle are a league below, a 6-goal game shows that they won't just sit back and defend, they'll have a go at us. They've got Glenn Whelan, Paddy Madden, Ched Evans, Josh Morris (former Rover) and Callum Camps just to name a few in their side. Onto Rovers and it isn't looking great. Probability says we're playing this fixture in last years kit, as no announcements have been made, with the clubs retail officer recently telling a forum member that they don't even know when the release date is. Home, away and goalkeeper shirts will be made by Umbro and sponsored by 10bet again, and it's gotten to a point now where they may aswell just leave last years designs on all bloody season! Andy Fisher is expected to start in goal ahead of Joe Hilton. Fisher has been at the club longer, and whilst of similar ages and abilities, Fisher also has a little more mens game experience under his belt, having spent the last three seasons out on loan at League One and Two sides in Northampton & MK Dons. Amari'i Bell and Derrick Williams are both expected to be back in full fitness, whether you take that as positive or negative news is your choice, and the loss of Danny Graham and Dominic Samuel means that the toss up of "who'll start up front" becomes a three horse race, but the expectation is that Brereton, Gallagher and Armstrong will probably all feature. Last years pre-season games featured one team in one half, and another team in the other, style tactics from Mowbray and his coaching staff. 9 half time subs away at Blackpool last summer was quite a sight to see on the touchlines! So it wouldn't be a shock to see a slightly odd line-up at kick off that gets moulded as time goes on. We won't see Bradley Dack, who isn't far off now but still not ready for games. Rovers are quite openly trying to get shift of Charlie Mulgrew as they were last summer, as reports in the LT suggest, so it wouldn't be a shock if Mulgrew doesn't feature, or maybe even travel. Joe Rankin-Costello, John Buckley, Dan Butterworth (now back fit), Joe Grayson (now back fit), Scott Wharton and Stefan Mols will probably all be hopeful of being able to come along on the coach and getting some minutes. I think some interesting questions WILL be answered though, outside of the ones we know won't be answered (kits and goalkeeper): What formation will Mowbray go with? Will we see something new? Will Armstrong go down the middle or out wide? How can Andy Fisher cope with decent opposition? What's his kicking game like?
  4. Broke my voodoo by Rovers winning at Cardiff. We lost at home to.Luton in a Mowbray horror show when selection tactics subs and motivation were all wrong to.set up this absolute must win game ... For Luton. I fancy us to win this and get close to the 5 Reading scored at Kenilworth Road. Luton are a very limited side and even with injuries we probably have two complete elevens who could beat them. I would like to see yesterday's starting team with Buckley in place of Johnson. I fancy Luton tactics will be to keep it tight and profit from the inevitable Rovers mistakes. Total dig in if Luton get ahead. If we score first we will get lots of chances to add to the lead.
  5. There is a game on Saturday at 3pm. We are in it. Reading are also in it. This is an absolute must-play game. It's crucial that we play this game. For Reading also, it's extremely important that they play this game. Mid-table mediocrity bragging rights are on the line. If we don't field a team that can play this game, we will have no chance of achieving our dream of fulfilling our fixture list. The stakes are now very real. I'm hoping we can field a team that definitely includes Bennett. This hope is the best way to make sure I'm not disappointed. It might be best if he plays in goal, as I think it's the only position he hasn't been crammed into, with Walton as a false 9. I expect Tony to field a never-before-seen formation so that we can have a talking point. With the playoffs and relegation no longer on the cards, we should probably try out more of the youngsters and players with a future who need to keep developing. So the out-of-contractors and the loanees will definitely play in our 2-6-1-1 formation, with 6 CMs, Gally RW, no LW and Walton as the false 9. I can't emphasise strongly enough how excited I am that we are in with a great chance to play this game. Anything less than 0 points is just unacceptable.
  6. how does everyone think we will do? any lineup thoughts? Millwall recently have been playing 3-4-2-1 formation.
  7. Tough game. But I expect the same team. What do people think?
  8. In an alternative universe before our kick off on 27 June, this looked like it could be the decisive battle for 6th place. Well Cardiff need to keep winning to remain in 6th. My doing match threads has a 100% record of defeats for Rovers since coming up so I have started this one deliberately to put us out of our misery. Not going to hazard a team selection beyond Downing at Left Back.
  9. Dont know if this is the best place to put it. But I really think at the moment we are at a crossroads in terms of naming our best side. I sort of understand the thinking behind this new elaborate formation to an extent but it needs to be binned, Holtby like Dacks influence is massively compromised when you ask him to essentially lead the line. Of course we have to try and get that unlikely 6th spot as long as we mathematically can but perhaps we also need to be trying to finally come up with a successful way long term to bring together an imbalanced squad. What formation do we play? We HAVE to play a number 10 because our best player is a 10 so theres little point planning a formation without him, plus Holtby is best as a 10, and even Buckley has had his only good game at Charlton as a 10. That sends you towards 4231 again but the problem is we have absolutely no competent players to play wide roles, and that leads to this wide strikers bollocks. This is where our previously imbalanced recruitment hits us hard. We already need a GK, CB and LB minimum defensively. We also need a real revamp in wide areas. Sadly with the current situation any hope of adequately fixing all of this is unrealistic. We need to come up with a way whereby we can use our technical players to dominate games, but still have that attacking threat. Looking ahead to Tuesday night, I think the most obvious change to make first is Downing to left back. Not ideal but in the absence of our 2 LBs hes the only option and a competent option at that. Id pick Davenport over Johnson (who again looks a busted flush) in CM, and Armstrong up top is an obvious one. Always reluctant to move Holtby but again when Dack is back he may need to go somewhere else anyway, maybe have Rothwell (so lucky to have another chance) coming in from the left, Holtby from the right giving us technical players at LB, Adarabioyo at CB, then the 2 CMs and ahead Rothwell and Holtby cutting inside to hopefully get us plenty of possession. Nyambe and Downing overlapping, and Brereton as a 10 off Armstrong? Walton Nyambe Lenihan Adarabioyo Downing Travis Davenport Holtby Brereton Rothwell Armstrong
  10. Looks like Travis will be fit for the game but Wiiliams, Bell, Evans injured. Brereton banned. Buckley is back.
  11. Wigan Athletic vs Blackburn Rovers DW Stadium Saturday 27th June 2020 3pm Kick Off (Behind Closed Doors) (Available in full on iFollow, goals as they go in on Sky Sports and highlights on Quest (Sky channel 144) from 9pm Saturday.) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lovely win against Bristol City last weekend just gone. We've got the Wigan game fast approaching, but all the fixtures are fast approaching with the way they've all been crammed in. Originally scheduled for a midweek game, we were expecting to take a dwindling away following - but now there'll be none whatsoever. As with the City fixture, this no crowd malarkey could be a good thing for some of our players. I think most of us agree than Ben Brereton's best game in a Rovers shirt came on Saturday. The main question though, and it is a tough one, is who does he start? Wigan are a much more direct and physical side. Against Huddersfield Town where they won 2-0, they had just 30% possession. They will happily wait whilst we play it round the back and hit us on the counter. We have to approach this game differently to the last. Therefore could a Danny Graham start be warranted? Maybe we need to play a formation with wingers to try and get the ball in the box? Where does Sam Gallagher fit into that? Or Ben Brereton for that matter. A win in the right circumstances could take us into the Top 6, with a trip to lowly placed Barnsley to follow. A plus 9 goal difference is also vastly superior to a lot of play-off chasing sides, which could come in handy at the run in. Lots to discuss before another big game! Hopefully no, or at least less, iFollow issues will persist into the next round of fixtures either. Looking forward to the game and hearing people's thoughts. Some highlights for the perusal of those as bored as I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hUskn1tX_I / Highlights from 18/19's 3-0 victory at Ewood Park https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NDnFYCqU8o&t=78s / Highlights from 17/18's League One clash which ended 2-2.
  12. Blackburn Rovers vs Bristol City Saturday 20th June 2020 Ewood Park (Behind Closed Doors) 15:00 Kick Off - Available on iFollow free for ST holders, £10 for non ST holders. Wow! Finally a real match thread. It's been so long. I guess this feels a little like a reset for everyone and every club in the division. Form out of the window, more players back fit and ready to play. So many questions to mill over before Saturday! I just can't believe that in 6 days we'll finally be seeing Rovers play again. Whilst we'll all disagree about club policy, and BCD football - lord knows we've spent 2 months disagreeing over it - it's nice to know that there'll finally be something tangible to discuss throughout this next week. Who would you like to see play? Who do you think will thrive in the final 9 games? What do you make of the race for 6th, who grabs it, is it us? Excited to discuss below
  13. Match Thread: Kind of Set to play Liverpool today with Lewis Holtby also set to feature in the game as seen on Instagram. Liverpool TV nor Rovers are showing the game in any capacity, I wonder whether Rovers will live tweet it either? Probably not. Hoping Rich Sharpe might provide some updates for the Lancashire Telegraph. Does anyone on the forum know where this game is taking place? Ewood or Brockhall?
  14. Lenihan returns, as will a back four featuring Nyambe in his favoured position. 3pts & results going our way puts us into 6th position. Bristol City of course face us, whilst Preston take on Luton Town away. Cardiff host Leeds and Millwall host a Derby County side who just annihilated us at the weekend. Balance of probability says that Rovers and Preston pick up wins, with Cardiff, Millwall and Bristol City most likely drawing or losing. Despite a poor performance at the weekend, I feel that with the pressure of "win and we're in the play-offs" lifted (albeit self-inflicted) we'll probably pick up a win here. Bristol City have been in even worse form than us over the last six matches, picking up just one win in seven matches. In typical Rovers fashion, I see us keeping faint hopes alive, just so they can be crushed again with the back-to-back away games at Wigan and Barnsley coming up. Away from home, City like a 1-0 victory. They've managed this result at QPR, Reading & Cardiff this season. In-fact, Lee Johnson's side very rarely score more than a goal or two, a team etched in a similar fashion to Fulham who very much grab their goal and sit (ignoring that 6-0 win earlier this season!!). We managed to pick up a win at Ashton Gate earlier in the season, in one of our stronger performances of the season - where Bradley Dack didn't feature as he won't on Saturday. Usual Q's: Your Starting XI and Subs Does Brereton need to be dropped? Can Mowbray continue to justify Sam Gallagher's starting spot every week? How does Danny Graham fit into our squad now? Score Predictions & Goal-scorers As per Mr @Sparks Rover's Review, I'll be adding some new content to this preview - apparently it simply isn't good enough. Recent form for both sides, fixtures for other 6th spot hopefuls and an insight in the away sides playing style just simply isn't enough and I need to do more. So, specially made for Mr @Sparks Rover, I'll continue: I attended the Bristol City fixture last season at Ashton Gate, it was very early on in the 18/19 campaign and we were hammered 4-1. At that stage, if you'd have told me that by this time this year we'd be in the same position, clamouring to reach the same spot in the table, I'd have been delighted. Now it has to be said that Lee Johnson has let some key players go, and lost some other key players he may have rather kept hold of, since then. However, Bristol City still boast an impressive team. They definitely seemed to struggle in this seasons reverse fixture when it came to chasing leads, and I'm hopeful that if we can nick an early goal on Saturday that we can prove this theory to be correct. Rovers love an early goal, we've been one of the most potent sides in the division within the first 20 minutes of games this season. Bristol City have announced that to date, over 300 tickets have been sold from the club's initial allocation, which for a team in the position they're in, is a pretty lowly figure for a Saturday 3pm kick off. Another interesting stat is Bristol City's 14 shots, 8 on target, against tough to beat Fulham. They came away with a 1-1 draw but certainly proved more of a threat against them than we managed in our two losses to Fulham this season, home and away. Their xG was 1.68, a respectful figure given the difficulty most sides have in breaking down Scott Parker's side. In health news, this could be our last home game in front of a crowd for a while, who knows! Obviously it's all speculation, but with sporting events, leagues and competitions being suspended across Europe, and current statistics having the UK around "two weeks behind Italy", we may not see a home game at Ewood Park in person for a while after Saturday.
  15. Wigan Away replacement Match Thread! Fresh from a promotion season, our first game of the newly formed Premier League season takes us to London as we face Crystal Palace away. A stream, from the moderators, I hear you ask? You heard that right. Watch below:
  16. Whilst the EFL is on lock down and we have some members self isolating, BRFCS will be live streaming classic Rovers throwback games to give us all our Rovers fix. Todays match sees Rovers face a strong Manchester United side, featuring Ronaldo, Rooney and Tevez, who are chasing down the title. Team News: Rovers: Friedel; Emerton, Samba, Nelson, Warnock; Bentley, Reid, Vogel, Pedersen; Santa Cruz, Roberts Subs - Brown, Mokoena, Ooijer, McCarthy, Dunn Man Utd: Kuszczak; Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo, Carrick, Scholes, Giggs; Tevez, Rooney Subs - Foster, Pique, O'Shea, Nani, Park Link: https://www.youtube.com/c/BRFCSdotcom/live
  17. Apparently they sold out 7,700 tickets in 30 minutes. Why not sell more and corden off the Riverside and give them 2,000 more. £308,000 plus spends at the bar already.
  18. So, somehow still only three points from sixth despite a pretty dire week. A nice goal difference compared to Bristol City to. Surprisingly, this still isn't over, and we still have at least a small chance of doing something special, something unthinkable, this season. A trip to Derby this weekend, where we've had mixed results over the years. We scraped a 1-0 win at home with an Adam Armstrong rocket, in a very boring encounter not too dissimilar to the Stoke City game Wednesday night. What team would you start? Does Gallagher's goal earn him a place in your ideal XI? Did we lack a John Buckley at times on Wednesday and Saturday? Score prediction and goal scorers
  19. Ok I will kind another one by starting a thread. Rovers will not beat Swansea at Ewood. Off you go.. PS. Better get to the game in person as i doubt the next game at Ewood will be played in front of spectators because of the virus.
  20. Banana skin or banana? We deservedly lost this fixture last year so not a gimme three points. Will Rothwell be back? I would start with the same eleven who started at Brentford. Controversial view but I thought Downing wasn't his normal commanding self at Griffin Park.
  21. You can see by the table attached that Rovers are starting to do better in the FAWC (especially with the games in hand). Charlton Women are currently winless & were recently beaten 1-2 by Rovers back in January. Another 3 points could go a long way towards helping Rovers retain their hard-won FAWC status. You can buy tickets on card via the link or you can pay cash on the day:- £5 Adults £3 Concessions (18-25 & Senior) £2 Kids (17 & Under) or you can go posh & contact the Club about the £12.50 Hospitality option (screenshot below) where you can access the balcony behind one of the goals. or you can sponsor the ball for £50+VAT if it's still available. https://www.eticketing.co.uk/onerovers/EDP/Event/Index/829 Bamber Bridge's ground (The Sir Tom Finney Stadium) is just off the m65. There's free parking in Bamber Bridge (on the street by the ground or there is St Mary's Church Car Park which is also free if needs be). It's a 15 minute walk from Bamber Bridge train station to the ground as per Google Maps. I can recommend the chips'n'gravy (pic attached). They also serve Bovril & hot chocolate as well as chocolate bars/crisps etc. #onerovers Thanks for reading, Darmond.
  22. Almost has a feel of Brentford away last season. The main questions will for TM will be surrounding a potential Rothwell return, DomSam vs SamGal and how to put pressure on David Raya in the air. Same Q's for you lot as usual: Who's going down for this one? Score prediction & goal scorers? Team prediction/who you'd play? My A's: I'm not travelling, not for a midday on Sky I'll take a stab at 2-1 Brentford with Armstrong getting our only goal. I think Sam Gallagher might end up returning, which he shouldn't, and therefore I think we'll get beat.
  23. Got couple of spares for brenford tomorrow , will be in the griffin pre match , ping me if interested
  24. Charlton have announced our game with them will be one of their £5 a ticket deals. Probably won't be quite the same demand as the League One season but still an absolute bargain in this day and age. Always a good day out too.
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