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  2. Mattyblue

    Attendances

    The Tom Finney holds about 8,000. Any new stand would be more akin to the Invincible's stand opposite, you’d wager.
  3. SIMON GARNERS 194

    Attendances

    A Hotel,the much mooted Rovers Museum,gym facilities,a day to day community centre,restaurant with a fast food takeaway coupled with outside financial investment in the new Stand with naming rights...the possibilities are endless. A new 5,000 single tier stand like the Tom Finney at Deepdale to raise it to the height of the BBE and Darwen End...you could even fill in the corners like they have at Turf Moor with dedicated disabled facilities. Needs some drive and forward thinking..not holding my breath!!
  4. Mattyblue

    Championship season 2019-20

    They are going to have a season like us in 2012/13. Get relegated in a mess (Stoke’s second season down here but still have a lot of baggage) with over paid, demotivated players.
  5. Tyrone Shoelaces

    Reading (A)

    Yeah and even the best centre backs in the Prem have a habit of setting up goals for the opposition on a regular basis - Keane for England the other day being a great example.
  6. Tyrone Shoelaces

    Attendances

    I still have the dream we'll fill the ground on all four sides again one day.
  7. Mattyblue

    Attendances

    Of course in the 90s/early 2000s there was a gym in the DEnd. Perhaps it was before it’s time, as it was pre the explosion of gym chains we now see.
  8. Tyrone Shoelaces

    Reading (A)

    It's pretty rare that when you have an illness in the team, especially when you're travelling to away games, that it only affects one player. Maybe Travis was suffering from a bit of " Rothwellitis ".
  9. Admiral Nelsen

    Championship season 2019-20

    I'd say it's premature, but both are getting dangerously close to giving themselves a mountain to climb and the schools have only just gone back! Both have got squads to compete, so if they get out of a nosedive in the coming weeks they can both still stay above water. They play each other in a couple of weeks, if either of them still haven't won going into October then it's panic stations.
  10. OldEwoodBlue

    Attendances

    Waggott's priorities are to bring in additional revenue (not just on matchdays) and move us away from the benefactor model. Been said many times. They can knock down the Riverside. Move the fans into the closed areas of the other 3 sides. Reduce the capacity. Reduce the matchday running costs. Lease the land out to someone who will build a hotel leaving Ewood as a 3 sided ground. A hotel with balconies etc would at least look better than a Normid Superstore. TV gantries can form part of the hotel so we look like a full ground on Sky. Surely this is a more likely outcome / business decision. Fans emotions aside, why would anyone build a new stand when there are already 3 more than half empty stands?
  11. USABlue

    Reading (A)

    He did look proper knackered didn't he.
  12. pk1875

    Your expectations for the coming Season...

    My expectations remain between 11th - 16th, which would see us over performing on our squad value.... A play off chase is achievable though this year as there doesn't seem to be a nailed on promotion stand out team this season. Get on a good run and who knows.
  13. scotchrover

    Championship season 2019-20

    Would it be wrong to say Stoke and Huddersfield are down already? They’re already adrift and can’t buy a win.
  14. Admiral Nelsen

    Reading (A)

    I'm not sure I'd go quite as far as that, there are still plenty of teams that have a very consistent formation/style of play/personel which are only tweaked, which is different to Mowbray's approach. I think there are strengths and wekanesses to both approaches, and which is best probably depends more on the resources to build a squad more than anything else. One thing I'd definitely say in Mowbray's favour is that our changes look to be based on him doing thorough homework on the opposition. I don't think we've seen much evidence of that from any of our post-Big Sam managers, so from that point of view I don't mind him taking his 'reactive' approach, because at least he's doing it properly.
  15. pk1875

    Attendances

    I see your point but within a stones throw of Ewood we now have: Premier Inn Blackburn Town Centre Fernhurst Hotel Premier In Blackburn South Willows Blackburn Travel Lodge Blackburn / Darwen (M65) Wetherspoons Postal Order (Creating a hotel) Doubletree by Hilton Whitebirk with wedding and conference centre This shows that hotel chains see sustainability in and around Blackburn. The Hilton one is of particular interest, with the already existing facilities at Ewood and car parking close proximity to motorway network, with a little imagination and creativity Ewood could be an excellent wedding, conference and accommodation venue. This could see a significant return on the costs incurred in redeveloping the Riverside. Maybe a smaller capacity stand which incorporated good disabled seating, Hotel facilities, that complement the conference and event facilities in the Jack Walker Stand and Blackburn End, maybe a state of the art gym within the Darwen End. Making Ewood a 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year money maker.
  16. tomphil

    Reading (A)

    Why are we comparing to top level teams and tactics ? Some might say that is the problem in itself at times, applying champions league style philosophy to bread and butter championship needs. Keep it simple, get the basics right first. Square pegs in square holes, i think yesterday showed get the starting balance right and you'll get a much more solid fluent performance.
  17. roversfan99

    Reading (A)

    Your examples are a little strange, and somewhat back up what many of us are saying, that the best bet is to stick to and master the one formation, and when you want to adjust dependant on the fixture, you do so via changing players within that set system, rather than constantly changing formation from game to game. Liverpool always play that 433, your example of Origi played wide forward is an example of what we could do, within the parameters of a fixed and consistent way of playing, being flexible more in terms of personnel rather than shape. But their players are clearly always aware of the roles within Klopps team. Again, City rarely move away from their 433, Pep's consistent way of playing tends to make his teams almost machine like, and more than anyone else can get away with bringing new players in, Fernandinho CB is very much alike to playing Mascherano, Yaya Toure and Javi Martinez in that position in the past. Wolves always play with 3 at the back. If they want to be a bit more attacking, they often change it up via their wing backs, picking Vinagre and in particular the converted wing back Adama Traore over Jonny Otto and Doherty. But again, the system stays the same, 3 centre backs, 2 wing backs, 2 central midfielders with a third slightly ahead and 2 up front. They have struggled with the increased rotation in personnel required compared to last season, Patricio, Doherty, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Jonny, Dendonker, Neves, Moutinho, Jiminez and Jota was their team almost every single week. Chelsea and Tottenham are more unclear examples. Both seem to be struggling for consistency both in terms of system and results at the moment.
  18. matt83

    Premier League Stuff

    Ole still on course for the sack before the Christmas tree comes down. Or goes up at this rate.
  19. Admiral Nelsen

    Reading (A)

    I'd look at Luton & Hudds as the games that I'd probably 'expect' (dangerous in this league) to win. Forest & QPR are picking us results, and Brum have only lost once at home so far, albeit with some kind-ish fixtures. Four points from those three plus two wins from the winnable home games would mean 10 from 15, which is automatic promotion form, so I'd be very happy with that.
  20. Tyrone Shoelaces

    Championship season 2019-20

    Well if I had a £10 note for every time I've seen Rovers teams over the years struggle against " very poor " visiting teams I'd be reasonably wealthy. Let's hope we can put them to the sword. My mind goes back to the that game were we were playing West Ham at home two days after beating them 8-2 away at Upton Park. I had a paper round then and I distinctly remember " The Daily Mail " having a cartoon on the back page showing us selling cricket style scorecards instead of programmes outside of Ewood Park on the morning of the game. We played like drains and lost badly 3-1 !
  21. matt83

    Premier League Stuff

    That silva seems to be doing his best to be first manager sacked. Him and koeman have spent £480m between them apparently. To think Everton have spent all that money on shite yet bury went out of business for what £4.6 million.
  22. roversfan99

    Championship season 2019-20

    Agreed. A strange comment from someone who repeatedly dismissing managers he deems to be "boring" irrespective of results, but its a result business! That being said, a team with top 6 hopes should be capable of blowing away a very poor Luton side at home.
  23. Paul Mani

    Reading (A)

    Whilst I agree that we make some pretty big changes I have to say I disagree about other teams not changing theirs. I’ve seen games recently where City have changed their shape three times in a game, where Liverpool have gone front to back and played Origi in wide forward positions, Spurs play with a different formation most weeks as do Chelsea and Wolves. In fact I can’t recall think of many teams who play a set XI and pattern. Times have changed. Of course there has to be balance and I think all of the teams will settle as the season goes by but to compare it to our PL winning team 20 odd years ago to today’s teams is difficult. The intensity of games and training is much harder now. The culture of the game has changed so much during that time with the Wengers, Klopp and Pep effect.
  24. Tyrone Shoelaces

    Championship season 2019-20

    Winning's great and I was walking around with a big smile on my face yesterday because we won well. In fact I'm still smiling now ! Having said that we're also in the entertainment business and if we are hoping to attract back the stay aways we need to be entertaining as well.
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