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  1. The old adage that a fish rots from the head just rings so true with my beloved Rovers. I can only read with pure and absolute bemusement the various defences put up for the clubs’ owners. The whole club has been reduced and hollowed out to a completely pathetic, soulless, joyless tinpot charade. They have brutally depth charged the proud legacy of Jack Walker, so much so that chancers and carpet-baggers think they can exploit one of its preeminent components in the shape of Brockhall and the academy that has produced numerous players for the first team. Each one indeed a tribute to the foresight and endeavour of the great man himself. You know this lot should be frogmarched before a panel of fans and forced to answer many an uncomfortable question. Instead we have fans mounting pitiful defences for a pitiful regime. The notion that any discerning Rovers fan should feel even a scintilla of gratitude towards this wretched family is utterly demeaning, degrading, debasing and disparaging to the club - and is tantamount to defending an absent parent who pays maintenance for their children, but has absolutely no profound effect on their upbringing. Takeovers of football clubs by allegedly wealthy families are meant to generate buzz, excitement, pride. Here we are after a decade plus, and £282 million, exiting the brewery tour sober. It’s just a dire disheartening mess that never displays any appreciable sign of improvement. The Rao’s are to football ownership what wood-rot is to Pinocchio and the sooner this nausea is rung from the clubs’ brow - and consigned to the past - the better for Blackburn Rovers Football Club
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  2. Aye, today is the end of an era. Josh, Ian, Stu and co have effectively been running the site for many years now, Ste and I long since vanished into the shadows and have had almost no input bar paying the odd bill. but today is the biggest and first publicly visible step towards it all being officially owned and managed by the new team. I first got involved with BRFCS in 1998 and I think Ste and I formally took control (with Paul and Don) around 2001, in our time we did some amazing things (the events around the Genclerbirligi away game in Turkey being my personal highlight), we've streamed live from Ewood, had a dinner hosted by Tash McDermott with Simon Garner as a speaker, we're doing Podcasts a decade before they became commonplace, hosted Poker Tournaments, done site specific merch, hosted the Grooby Annual Awards Ceremonies, had a recognised rep on the clubs Fans Forum, had great projects like FLB & CN174s history, CN174s Jack Walker Tribute, Den's epic All Time Starting 11 and kept "raising the coffin" alive, to name but a few. We've done a lot, and had so much help doing it, but so much fun along the way. But most of all I made friends, lots of friends. Trying to research the pre-Grooby era of the site for Josh I've been re-reading thread after thread, reading name after name of people I now consider real life friends that I met through the site, seeing the names hundreds of people who would come up to us at games and say Hi and Thank You. Whilst it's easy to relive the sites former glories, over the last decade or so, Josh and his team have managed to steer the site through some of the toughest times for internet sites in general and in all that he's stayed true to our vision that the site remains a "free for everyone" community resource with a primary aim of it's own long term survival. Hopefully through me being tight with the purse strings, I've taught he him how to do so much with so little. I'm also proud that whilst the site it now under a new company, Ste and I are in the fortunate position to give them a chunk of starting capital. A world apart from when we took over when the lucrative advertising deal had just collapsed, there was nothing in the bank, we faced a massive hosting bill and had to walk around the stands at games asking for donations to keep the site alive! It's not all been good times, but we survived people inside and outside the club attempting to destroy us, we outlasted them all! I'll always be proud of that. It's fair to say in recent years I fell out of love, with BRFCS, with Rovers, with football in general and I don't know if it's correlation or causation that that love is starting to return at the very time the millstone of BRFCS is being lifted. Whichever, it feels great and I'm confident we've leaving the site in very capable hands. Finally a massive Thank You to everyone who has contributed in all way, big or small, to keeping the site running the last 20+ years (25+ including the Grooby era), I'm not going to attempt to name you because I'll only miss people who made a significant contribution, but you are ALL heroes! Thank You!
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  3. Nope, my mother was an alcoholic that died at the age of 46. Her vice was white wine and beer/cider. My father left her, me (12) and my brother (10) and she turned to drink a couple years later. I would come home from school and she was passed out with bottles all around her. We spoke to all the off licenses and supermarkets in the area to ask them to stop serving her. Some did, but she was still able to get her hands on it somehow. It was the toughest time of my life. I lost all discipline as my father was not there and my mother was pissed 24/7. From doing well at school, I was now hanging around with the wrong crowd smoking weed and drinking myself at 14. My brother just stopped going to school all together and locked himself in his room all day. My dad didn't even have the balls to leave while I was there - I was on scout camp ffs, I came home to find my mother in pieces on the stairs. I went from scout to drug dealer within the space of a few years. I hit rock bottom at 18, arrested for an armed robbery - tried to rob a local Spar with a knife. At that point a friends mum forced me to get help and i was diagnosed with severe depression and put on anti-depressants (seroxat). Fortunately, with her help, the courts were sympathetic to my case due to the circumstances around my life at the time. I got a two-year suspended sentence and 200 hours community service. She even took me in to live with her and her family for about a year after. She was a godsend and I still speak to her today. Barbara, wonderful woman who volunteered to work for free for the Citizens Advice Bureau for most of her working life. She constantly tried to help my mother too, but there was no hope. She eventually sold the house and started renting somewhere we couldn't find her, until I got a call when i was 21 that she was in hospital - by the time me and my brother got there, she had passed away with liver disease. Barbara continued to help me through. I went to college to take a 2-year Btec in IT and I also self-studied to become an MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer). Seriously, without her, I don't know where I would be today. I wouldn't have had the career I have, that's for sure - more likely I would have followed the downward path and ended in a similar situation to my mother. My brother turned out okay too. He moved in with a family member and got his life back on track as well. He is now an accountant and doing well. Sadly, my overwhelming memory of mother was her answer to a question I asked out of anger when trying to stop her from drinking. Smashing her bottle of white wine into the wall after coming home from school, I shouted "You love drinking more than you love me and Lee, don't you?" Her "Yes" broke me. Been a while since I have spoken about this - so apologies. Nice to get it out every now and again.
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  4. Popular fan forum, BRFCS.com to relaunch with expanded content, partners with 4000 Holes. Tuesday 27th July 2021 This Wednesday, July 28th 2021 sees the re-launch of the BRFCS.com website. The leading Blackburn Rovers fans online forum will expand to include articles from guest authors and will incorporate the hugely popular “4000 Holes“ fanzine archive. The new website is formatted in a magazine style content and retains the much-loved forum. Fans can continue to have their say on the topics of the day, just as they have for over 25 years, sharing their hot takes after the latest match, or opinion on a new signing; but now, when they have more to say, there's a place for them to say it. BRFCS.com already has a team of familiar names to create multi-media content and some new contributors have been added to the team too - keep your eyes out for interesting items from them all. The "new" team behind the venture have been operating the site for the past 3 or 4 years. I’ll be the Forum, @Herbie6590 on podcast content, @4,000 Holes on website content, @StubbsUK running the website back end and @Rothon front end. The website will by run through Northern Horde Ltd. We’d like to thank the previous owners Glenn and Ste for everything they have done for the site historically. 
We’d also like to thank everyone who has helped us get this far, special mentions to the moderation team led by @K-Hod whilst we worked on the site, @Kamy100, @Biddy and Phil T. The new BRFCS continues the “not for profit” ethos of previous guardians of the site, with all profits from the forum continuing to be reinvested in order to improve the site and the Rovers community.
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  5. Quite astonishing that it seems some people are willing to just erase last season. I fully understand that some are desperate to get back to watching live football at Ewood (I dearly wish I was one myself). I'm not sure why that means that the slate should be wiped clean. It is almost incomprehensible that Mowbray is still the manager of this club. His performance and body language last season, never mind the results of the team, clearly demonstrated that he had lost the dressing room and was ready for the sack. Because he's surrounded himself with sympathisers and sycophants at the club and the 'inner circle' he'll have a small army of people working away to eradicate last season and, of course, criticism or doubts about him moving forward. Should he be here? No Does he deserve to be here? No Yet we have to put up with it because of the joke owners and joke structure we have here. After 4 years most of us know how this is going to unfold and are bored stiff of the same old story. It's hard to have any optimism when you know the setup isn't good enough and also know that it won't be changed regardless. No HOPE.
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  6. I watched that 64-65 team and yes it was a cracking side - one of the best I've seen at Ewood. But Pickering wanted away due to the wage situation at Ewood. Local businessmen who had limited finances were suddenly thrust into a situation were it was impossible to compete with the big city clubs in terms of wages. The likes of Bill Bancroft and Bill Fox did a great job - often under appreciated at the time I admit - to keep us competitive on little or no money. John Williams and Tom Finn ran the club superbly on limited finances compared with other Premier League clubs. The owners made mistakes when they first got involved with the club and whilst one could understand initial mistakes the fact that ten years later the club continues its downward spiral suggests that they still haven't a clue how to run a football club. Throwing £20 million a year at it and not coming close to getting anywhere near the play-offs, let alone promotion, is not a sign of good ownership it's a sign of complete incompetence. After 60 years of supporting this club I feel totally despondent about the future of this club. I've renewed my season ticket more out of habit than anything else. For the first time in more years than I care to remember I will not spend money renewing my away travel season ticket - partly due to Covid and partly due to the mind-numbing football that we play. Our squad this season is weaker than last and frankly if we finish fourth from bottom I will view that as an excellent outcome. As many on here will tell you, I've been one that has been prepared to give the owners time to get it right but, sadly, I've come to the conclusion that they will never get it right because they just aren't interested in the club.
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  7. I’m not even that bothered by the lack of signings at this point, and I’m certainly not surprised. We should’ve got whatever money we could at the start of the window for Armstrong and used it to pay off Mowbray, Venus, Lowe, and whoever else, as well as Waggott. A compensation package should’ve been agreed with Wycombe for Ainsworth and Tom Finn should’ve been approach with a sincere apology and a handsome offer to try and get the club back on track. Just a quick one on Waggott, if his salary was talked about weekly instead of annually, it becomes apparent he earns more than most of our first team squad. More than we are offering Nyambe. It’s ridiculous. I’d be happy going into the next season with no new signings, but with major changes in the dugout and boardroom, in fact, I’d be delighted.
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  8. I really enjoyed that. Nyambe and Buckley were excellent, Kaminski picking up where he left off. Really impressed with Magloire, the lad is a physical phenomenon and those attributes alone mean he should be in and around the first team not shipped out in favour of other teams kids. Pickering has a lovely left foot but struggled defensively against a tough opponent. Garrett loves a tackle, Cirino looks like one to watch, Dolan was busy first half, and what a hit by McBride… the way he set the ball down it was always flying in! Armstrong looked like his head was in Southampton. Oh, and that Diaz lad reminds me a lot of Brereton we had last season. We’re obviously going to be reliant on a lot of these young lads at times throughout the season. What a shame that during what is probably the academy’s most purple patch since it’s inception, there is such an uninspiring manager at the helm. A dynamic manager with motivational skills might get these lads playing fearlessly and above themselves giving us something to get really excited about.
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  9. Some bleak reading in the last few pages, but I find it very easy to believe. Owners aren’t so much asleep at the wheel as curled up on the backseat with a brick on the accelerator. A genuine tragedy if the legacy of Jack Walker was dismantled to save face of a trio of spoilt, bratty siblings on the other side of the world. I have nothing but ill will towards them. The type of things I wish for them are possibly incriminating to share publicly, but I do hope they get what’s coming to them. Having said that, Jack himself would say that no one person (or group of people) defines the club. Players, managers, owners - even fans! - all come and go. The colours, the crest, the history, the town are what last, what defines us. I think a part of me has always held onto the shred of possibility that we could be a top-flight team again, that we could go up, grind out and stay up. Before the 90s, we hadn’t been one for a while, so I suppose older posters on here can point to that as the norm for us. Is it so bad? Well, it’d be awful while these owners and the litany of chancers they’ve employed were still involved with us, no doubt. I don’t spend money with the club anymore, where I can help it. Occasionally I’ll buy a match pass to watch when I’ve the time to sit down and watch. The new kits have definitely piqued my interest. But the thing I understand about business is that - while the average consumer has very little bearing on management’s KPI’s - mass desertion (while maybe not a huge effect on top/bottom line) - works. When you have absolutely no customer base, it’s impossible to ignore. One way or another - whether the owners are still at the helm or whether they drop us in some way - it feels like administration is pretty nailed-on. There’s no way anyone buys us outright in our existing state and the owners have been unresponsive to offers, if memory serves me right. Tragic, genuinely awful. It will be absolutely heartbreaking, it will feel like a bereavement. Part of the reason I don’t spend money with the club where I can help it is I’m essentially ashamed. I love every pre-Venky’s memory, I absolutely cherish it. But I’m embarrassed to be a fan of a plaything of some of the most two-bit amateur-hour morons that have ever been involved in football, Waggott included. When it comes, administration will be mercy, essentially. And with that, comes the opportunity to move on. Agency. An opportunity to learn, an opportunity to reminisce, to bond, to share. If there are enough of us feeling that way, there will be a way to build out of it, there will be something to be proud of again. We’re all masochists for still following the club, maybe out of duty, compulsion, compassion or delusion. It’s going to be a painful watch, at times, but at least we’re all still watching, at least we all still care (to whatever extent!) and maybe we’ll one day have something to be proud of, of our own making.
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  10. I know Venkys are shite houses, I know Mowbray is holding on with all his might to his last ever pay day, I know Waggott is the worst CEO in football. But, I'm still going to say it ... I'm absolutely staggered at what is going on at Blackburn Rovers with regards to preparing a squad for a season in England's second tier, I'd be shocked if a league two club were so clueless. It is an absolutel embarrassment to the history of this famous club, its an absolute shambles!!!
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  11. You should be extremely proud of yourself mate.
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  12. Ex Boro - Check Injured - Check Nailed on that one then!!
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  13. Mowbray is doing what he does best - absolving himself from any blame as he sees the writing on the wall. He has never once accepted any culpability in the mess Rovers have become for a large part of his tenure. He is a self serving, egotistical pillock and I just wish he would piss off away from my club.
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  14. Wow! I’m loving all this because he made it all happen himself. The boy deserves everything good coming his way.
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  15. It's simple really and iv'e banged on about it all along, he won't get anything because hes already spent it. There's a 12 million quid shaped hole on the books in the last cycle of FFP. Only way that could ever be plugged was promotion or sales or owner input. Because of what we spend on wages the last bit can't cover it. So here we are largely courtesy of this mangers slow build policy. Which included spending big on two forwards and gambling on higher wage short term contracts on for Downing, Holtby, Johnson etc. Alongside costly loans and keep the likes of Evans, Smallwood, Mulgrew, Bennett etc on deals they didn't warrant. Some journey.
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  16. I couldn't possibly watch Andy Carroll lumbering down the wing putting crosses into Dolan. Would be funny though.
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  17. "Badly advised"? For way over a whole decade now? Come on. The example you yourself mention about this poor advice is from 2010!!! When results still do not happen and relegation happens then heads roll in business. They understand business. You don't need "football knowledge" as another poster put it, to read a table. You don't need to know sport to know that winning games is better than losing them. It isn't a hard concept to grasp. If they were being badly advised they'd have woken up to this eventually and sacked those advising them. They'd have tried different approaches. They'd have listened to those who reached out to them. But they don't. They didn't sack Kean. They ignore all attempts to reach out to them. They keep the Coventrio on. The badly advised line worked for a while but it's turned into groundhog day and it's not convincing. Some of our fans made up their minds about this badly advised line in 2011 and have stuck to their guns ever since, adhering the sunk cost logical fallacy approach. Why are they badly advised, anyway? We have no evidence to show that they give too much of a crap about our league position. They bought us as a longstanding top-flight club, after all. Exactly WHAT do they care about when it comes to our club...?!?! It sure as heck ain't success on the pitch. But badly advised as the excuse for over a decade of hands-off management and continuing underachievement? Really strains at one's credulity to think they can be "badly advised" continuously for 11 whole years and counting...
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  18. Not aimed at you in particular chaddy but When we tank "let's give him until the end of the season and see where we are then" When it doesn't improve "let's see who he brings in in the summer" when there's no sign of activity "let's see where we are by the end of the window" when we start badly "let's give him until Christmas and see where we are then" When the congested Christmas period goes badly "let's give him the chance to see what we can do in the January window" When the season is dead by February "No point getting rid of him with only ---- games to go" And on and on it goes.
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  19. Christ, can we not just all agree that the owners AND the management team are responsible for our plight?
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  20. Why speculate it only causes you to get angrier than you already are? Rovers are a very poorly run club, we are on the back foot already and the season hasnt even started yet. There has been very poor planning, management is awful and it is clear there are players who do not trust or back mowbray. I am definately in the mowbray out club, he is taking us down and waggot is shoving the club into oblivion.
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  21. I know you like a doomsday scenario. You’ve predicted a few. Looking at what is happening and signals such as staff leaving certainly suggests the club is run appallingly, there are serious issues with governance and in all likelihood we are never going to be back to where we all want to believe we belong (a separate debate - personally in modern day football I think we are right where we probably should be, bitter pill to swallow). But this is the great irony in what you are saying, Venkys pump in £20m+ a year. We are many many many things, but close to skint or admin ain’t one. The debt is assured against them, not the club (I do think you tend to bloviate in how you paint some of the financials on here - there are plenty of us who can read a P&L). The reality is we are are but a very small cog in their vast empire - they don’t need or want to care. It’s a bad investment that they are prepared to ignore and not admit defeat. Perhaps like that crap bottle or case you bought, but you’re too proud to admit it to yourself or your associates….. Do I like how rovers are run and the state we are in? Absolutely not. Do I want Mowbray and Waggott here? Of course not. But come on, none of this makes sense. We’re an absolute shambles and a classic example of why modern football is, frankly, rotten.
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  22. Agree 100 percent. I'm a headteacher, if Ofsted graded our club we'd have been in Special Measures moons ago. We'd also have a new enforced senior management team drafted in. Shame the EFL doesn't offer something similar...
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  23. Welcome back Gav. Our kids are playing this year whether we sign 4 premier league loans or not, that much is clear. We have lost 11 players. The thing that pisses me off soo much is everyone at the club should have known this stripped back version of the transfer window was coming, and the kids should have been playing the last 4 games of last season to see who could hack it. Instead we had to watch Mowbray with his pathetic self preservation ploy. Sickening, and now we go into the Swansea game next week non the wiser. The whole senior management setup at the club is an absolute farce top to bottom.
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  24. Seaon ticket renewed, out of loyalty rather than optimism. No new players at this stage, with squad likely to be propped up with Loans. We are a side gearing up for the championship, but in reality with a division 1 stroke 2 budget. This has been on the horizon since the clowns in Pune took over, regardless of who is sat in the dugout/boardroom. The club has been on the decline, will continue to decline and the fact we still have a club is a minor miracle given the mismanagement to all those involved since the changing of the guard. Season tickets/walkons will likely be at the same level or worse, than before Jack Walker bought the club. A 31000 all seater stadium which will be not even a third full including away support. An atmosphere, which will need life support to get you off your seat. Selling a player or two to stay afloat, then loaning a kid or two to plug the gap. Rovers are very stale, in terms of vision, management top to bottom and ownership from afar. I'd like to say I can't remember a more underwhelming run up to the new season, however since the Venkys, its been a recurring theme each season. We cant afford to buy players, or even match wage demands. When they sit down with potential targets, genuinely, how do we sell this club to the player? Only positive this season, is nice new kit, although that became a negative when they sold out in 48 hours. Whatever this season brings, i'm already resigned that this season, next season, the season after etc. Will be a continuation of decline. Enjoy the season fellow supporters and cherish the memories
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  25. If money is needed quickly I would rather lose AA for less money than expected rather than lose the training ground forever.
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  26. It’ll be circa £3 / month and released as soon as we can get it ready. That £3 is roughly what each member generates in ad income each month for the site. I know people are talking about AdBlockers - to be absolutely clear, if everyone on the website runs an adblocker the site will go under. It costs money to maintain and if you don’t see the ads, we don’t gain the revenue to pay the bills. The ads are the main source of income. So I would hope everyone would either put up with the ads to help us keep the site alive… or sign up for the ad free version when released.
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  27. If we want promotion we need to scrap the manager and keep Armstrong if we want relegation we need to keep the manager and sell Armstrong simple..
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  28. You talk about 28-29 year old's as though they are ancient and on their last legs. Tugay was 31 when we signed him, McCarthy was 29, Savage was 30, Nelsen was approaching 28, Dunn was 28 when he resigned, Salgado was 33, Givet was approaching 29 and Ooijer was 32. I don't worry about their age I worry more about what they are going to bring to the team.
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  29. Community use? Since when was the purpose of our training ground to provide a facility for the community to use? With the demands of a professional football club, academy, full time staff, rehab there simply isn't the space or time for locals to use the facilities Nor do we want them there. BwD has perfectly adequate sports facilities as it is. If the community want more they can pester the council for it. Not Rovers job to provide facilities for people in Blackburn to use. I'm from Hyndburn. Would I be able to use these facilities? Accy Stanley have recently erected steel fencing to prevent locals using their training pitch so why would we be any different? Why should Joe Bloggs who supports United and does nothing for Rovers but lives in BWD get any benefit from our facilities? Do folk from Salford get to go and use Carrington for a kick about?
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  30. The sad thing is To fix it, it would be pretty simple. Sack the trio, Bring back Tom Finn and appoint him as Executive Chairman, Ainsworth in as manager and give them £3m for players and what ever they raise as well.
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  31. I will always get behind the players on the pitch (even though my Riverside upbringing means I'll have the occasional moan too!) but I will never be reconciled with the arrogance being shown by the gurning goon, the spivmaster general or the loons from Pune. Until there is a broom through Blackburn Rovers, wielded by people who care about the status, standing and future prospects of the club, then we are being asked to support a hollow shell that is Blackburn Rovers only in name, and not in nature - remember, Arte et Labore should not be an afterthought; it should be the raison d'etre.
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  32. Christ, here we go again, I didn't think they would have the brass neck to try again quite so soon. This is the one thing they shouldn't be allowed to get away with, players come and go and can be replaced. Once infrastructure is gone it's gone and the current incumbents at Ewood won't be here much longer anyhow due to their age if nothing else. If a progressive manager who was taking us places and a forward thinking CEO had a different vision for the Training facilities that might be a bit different. But this lot will just bugger off into the sunset leaving us with nothing. For me this was why it was so imperative they were all replaced at the end of last season before they had chance to revisit this scheme.
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  33. My two penneth Positives Defended really well against a fluid, Premier League quality Marcelo Bielsa team, which contained several of their bigger names (Rodrigo, Raphinha, Harrison etc) All of the younger lads acquitted themselves well and by the end, all had done their first team chances no harm indeed. Notable shout-outs to Garrett, Carter and Magloire. All played 90 minutes and defended, headed, tackled and work hard throughout. All three will be involved more this season I'll bet, and based on last night, they have something to add to the squad. Of the others, nice run by Cirino, McBride rides his luck with the goal (but at least his free kick was on target) for his second of preseason. Him as a fourth/fifth striker option isn't the worst news. Nyambe, getting better each season, nothing new to report. Pickering, I think he's getting a bit of undue flack on here! Based on last night, I think he's a ''Steady Eddy'' type at left back, More of a Michael Gray/Alan Wright type than a dynamic fullback, but handled Raphinha as best he could. I can say this with absolute certainty.......He won't face too may Raphinha level wingers in the Championship! Mention too for John Buckley, some very nice moments, some frustrating ones too, a couple of beautiful passes, a couple of ''who was he passing to there?'' moments. Never shirks a challenge to be fair to him, big season ahead. Brereton Diaz - A different beast all together, more like a £7.5m potential star of the future than we've ever seen down at Ewood before, plus the stadium (or at least where I was sat in the Blackburn End) came to life whenever he had the ball. Kaminski also looked every bit the keeper that won Player of the Year last season. Negatives Armstrong looked completely isolated up top in that system, and his shooting boots where on the wrong feet! Pike and Vale couldn't make the same impact as some of the other substitutes, poor header from Pike for the Leeds goal, but I think both need some first team football in League 1/2 this season. No Butterworth either, which is a shame, after his MotM cameo at Fylde and he played against Bradford too. Nothing too major in the negatives in regards to play and ball retention as it was a very young team against a team heading in the right direction in the Premier League, but still sloppy at times, particularly going forward. Overall Before even speaking about the match.....How brilliant it was to be back inside Ewood. Feeling that connection with the team once again, and that feeling of pride at the final whistle. Great to be home! The kit looks fantastic, plenty wearing the shirts in the stands, saw both home and away on display! c.9,000 fans provided a great atmosphere for a pre-season match. Thankfully Rovers fans almost matched the Leeds fans 1 to 1, so made for a nice spectacle. Left the ground feeling more optimistic than I felt going in! In regards to almost everything! Off the pitch, how comfortable it felt being amongst a large group of people. The euphoria of being at a live match at Ewood and the feeling when the ball hit the back of the net. On the pitch, I still feel as though this season will be a battle from start to finish, and I'm predicting a lower middle placed finish, but I do feel we have enough to survive. Particularly with Gallagher, Johnson, Travis, Ayala and others to come in and come back.
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  34. What Rovers' fan in their right mind WOULD NOT WANT Sean Dyche!?!?
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  35. Hope Tony will be there to do his induction "If you go to that there Google, and type in 'Middlesbrough players past and present', then sign them up for a 3 year deal, if they're injured give them 4 cos they'll need longer to prove themselves. Then if you pull a piece of paper out this hat, that's where I'll play them all season, BTW do you want in on this housing development we're doing?"
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  36. Nonsense. All the cards are stacked against Rovers. Armstrong walks for nothing in 12 months if that is what he wants. All boils down to Armstrong. Think least likely option is he signs a new contract with Rovers and condemns himself to Championship mediocrity at best - think he and his agent will have a bit more sense than that. Think Rovers will be lucky to net £7/8million after Newcastle's 40% share of any profit. We are not in the driving seat - Armstrong and his agent know that and so do other clubs. I think the incompetence of Waggott and Mowbray has screwed us again.
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  37. What an absolute shit show. Having to be bailed out by a non League side. We're meant to be a professional Club in the second tier of English football. So: Extortionate match day prices Season ticket prices raised during a pandemic The Brockhall fiasco New pitch promised which never came to fruition Edit: Young fans excluded from a Club mural No kit to play in The list of fiascos gets longer and longer. Come on Venky's - sort this rabble down at Ewood out! Please!
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  38. ‘In it for the long haul’ normally implies owners who are willing to put their heart and soul into a club (or any other business, for that matter) and stay involved for as long as it takes, to either maintain standards or improve them. This set of uninterested, absent landlords have done the exact opposite, have relegated us twice and put us in a position where our standing in the Championship is looking frail to say the least. We are only going in one direction and it’s not an upward trajectory. Protect Jack’s legacy? What a fucking joke! And a question you posed earlier about where would we be if we had run them out of town. The answer is probably still in the Premier League. We were an attractive, stable, relatively successful, family run PL club with state of the art training facilities and a supporter base of 20-22k, most of whom were season tickets holders. The Walker Trust sold us down the river and got rid to virtually the first buyers who appeared on the scene. Given time, they could (and should) have found more suitable buyers and certainly ones who would have upheld that legacy.
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  39. We should be blessed with owners willing and able to tip in such amounts each year It should make us the envy of other clubs in this division. It should see us armed with a strong squad of assets. It should see Ewood immaculate. It shouldn't see us slashing the squad back, relying on unproven kids, risking our Championship status. Yet it does. It isn't good management and it is awful value for money. They seem happy or comfortable with it. The trouble is that the club crumbles and stagnates whilst this goes on and how it ends up is a big worry.
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  40. The Watford owner has more ambition than the lot of the no-hopers that we have, put together. He might be trigger happy when it comes to managers, but that's because he wants the club to succeed. Following relegation he came out and admitted that the team hadn't been good enough, but that he would do everything he could to get Watford back in the Premier League. His words were followed by action and now they are back there. If that's dysfunctional, I want that type of dysfunctional at Rovers.
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  41. Can you imagine the lengths the John Williams era BRFC would be going to this summer. Just makes me so very sad seeing these people who couldn’t give a shiny shite ‘representing’ my club, wearing our crest tie at whatever function or FA/EFL get together they happen to get an invite to. Just a shell masquerading as a historic professional football club.
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  42. We have a manager who uses this club like a benevolent fund for him and his mates. He's got Venus a job here, he's now appointed an old mate as his Head of Recruitment and he even got to appoint his mate as his CEO. How many other managers get to appoint their own CEO? Then we have all the money that has been wasted on players from his beloved Boro with the most criminal of all being a decent fee and a 4 year deal given to an ex team mate of his' son. The man has seemingly complete and unlimited power at the club. And whilst it might be good for him and his mates it is most certainly not good for Blackburn Rovers Football Club.
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  43. A tiny minority of dickheads in a football mad nation… no WC for you. Corrput micro state with myriad human rights abuses and employing slave labour… fill your boots and we’ll even move the whole European domestic season for you while we are at it. Go figure.
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  44. Arguing about Armstrong’s potential fee is like two bald men arguing over who’s comb it is. Any fee will go where the Rhodes money went.
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  45. Think this advert, whilst browsing this thread, couldn't have put it better.
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  46. Mowbray isn't the man to do it, but I'd actually be extremely happy if Rovers turned into an entertaining mid-table Championship side that blooded Academy players every year before selling them on for a profit. At least we'd have an identity. We've lacked that for over a decade. How I miss Hughes' Black-eye Rovers.
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  47. In Venkys' tenure we've sold from our academy: Alex Marrow - 248k Phil Jones - 17.37m Frank Fielding - 315k Hoilett - 3.38m (tribunal?) Olsson - 2.61m (signed age 16 for 45k, so I'm including) Hanley - 5.94m Raya - 3.02m =32,883,000m Not including any undisclosed (Judge, Doran, O'Connell, O'Sullivan etc) 3.2m-1.9m grant = 1.3m, or 14.1m at most since Venkys turned up. 32,883,000-17,370,000= 15,463,000 Even without accounting for Jones, the academy has at least broken even. That many academy players are in/around the first team shows the value of a Cat A academy at this level, giving us a wonderful safety net in the face of awful misspending by successive managements at Rovers.
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  48. Your introduction to the site isn’t going well is it…..
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  49. One of the lucky souls with a ticket for tomorrow. Got my Rovers shirt hanging up and will be proud to be donning the blue and white halves at Wembley.
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