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Rovers at the Toon FA Cup 3rd Round: Saturday 5th January 2019 - 5.30pm

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Well, as I sit here composing more nonsense to hopefully educate and entertain, Sir Bradley of Dack has put us 2-0 up against WBA. I hope by the time I've finished WBA will not have scored 3! (Now 2-1!).

The FA Cup, the oldest cup competition in the whole of the World, is perhaps not all it used to be, and isn't perhaps always taken seriously by the Lords at the PL top table, but fair play to Newcastle they have priced this very attractively to us, and an initial allocation of 3,000 may well sell out at £10 tops.

Head to head:

As far as I can work out, we have surprisingly only faced each other eight times (not including replays,) in the Cup's history. The first time was in 1910, at their place, where we lost 3-1, in front of nearly 55,000. Our overall record against Newcastle is:

W 56

D 29

L 58

Pretty even. In the Cup it isn't so good:

W 2

L 6

The last game was 7th January 2012 at St James Park, a 2-1 defeat, where Finetodger scored for the Rovers.

You have to go back to February 1993 for a Rovers win, when Roy Wegerle scored the only goal of the game at Ewood, in front of just under 20,000.

Both clubs have a cracking history in the cup:

Rovers: Winners 6 times, Runners-up twice

Newcastle: Winners 6 times, R-U 7

Recent common players:

Andy Cole

Keith Gellespie

David Batty

Darren Peacock

Craig Bellamy

Kevin Gallagher

Leon Best

Danny Simpson

Howard Gayle

Danny Guthrie

Shefki Kuqi

Zurab Khizanishvili

Grant Hanley

Damien Duff

I'm sure there's another......it will come to me, give me time.

Random facts about Newcastle:

1849's Robert Stephenson's high level bridge was the first road/rail bridge in the entire World......our Wainwright bridge to nowhere, can't even carry chuff-chuffs!

The Town Moor is bigger than Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath together, and the freemen of Newcastle can graze their cattle on it. Corporation Park has a reet fine duck pond!

One of my favourite films, Get Carter (1971) was filmed in the city, and that bloke who went on to be a publican in Corry was thrown off a multi-storey by that professional cockerney, Micky Caine. Britt Ekland took her top off, just saying. Part of Trainspotting 2 was filmed in Blackburn.....Scotland, although I think George Formby once trapped up in the borough to film summut old and in black and white, which was the colour of BwD before colour was invented in the 60's.

The Grainger Market in Newcastle, was their first covered market, in 1835. Blackburn's indoor market is okay.

The Newcastle Metro Centre is in the 10 biggest in Europe. The Mall is in the top 10 biggest in Lancashire.

Newcastle Brown Ale is very well known, It tastes like liquified excrement. Thwaites still brew some palatable ales, although now in the suburbs, and elsewhere.

Lucozade was invented in the city. John Noel Nichols, a Blackburnian invented Vimto. Vimto every time.

Greggs was launched in Gosforth in 1951. Not a fan. There's a couple in the Mall if you need to?

A Toon fan thought of the windscreen wiper in 1908 on the way back from a match in a storm, I swear by them.

My lad is at Durham Uni. He insisted we go to the big city last I visited in November, as "there's bugger all to do in Durham". My own observation is that the folk of the City are very hardy, On a Saturday night they wear very few clothes. I had four layers on, and I'm no shrinking violet, but it was bloody cold!

Alas, I was driving, but as I like a pint, there appear to be any number of fine watering holes in and around the stadium. I wish all those attending a safe and successful trip, with a few pints thrown in! Let's hope we are in the hat for the 4th Round. A good cup run is always fun. Tony, play a decent team, please?

Oh, and phew, 3-points, who doesn't like a happy ending........(so Carry On!). Alan, oh, it will annoy me when it's pointed out.....played for us for four seasons, and I recall he was the best striker to ever play for the club, sorry Simon!

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Brilliant preview!

Newcastle play revived Ole's Mancs tomorrow evening so Rovers have more recovery time than them.

We will lose but we certainly have a chance of at least a draw up there. We will go down 3-1 but not before causing a few Geordie collywobbles.

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Difficult one to approach, really would love a cup run, enough scope in the league to do so and potential to knock out a Prem side who will name a weak side, but also a chance to give some players a chance.

Raya

Nyambe Downing Mulgrew Bell

Travis Rodwell

Palmer Rothwell Conway

Armstrong

Subs: Leutweiler, Lenihan, Williams, Reed, Dack, Brereton, Bennett

Would potentially start Brereton but hes not showing enough in his cameos to warrant a start, and would like to see Armstrong as a striker.

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3 hours ago, philipl said:

Brilliant preview!

Newcastle play revived Ole's Mancs tomorrow evening so Rovers have more recovery time than them.

We will lose but we certainly have a chance of at least a draw up there. We will go down 3-1 but not before causing a few Geordie collywobbles.

I try my best whilst living on the edge of a Rovers performance. I'm happy we had a win. 

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3 hours ago, philipl said:

Brilliant preview!

Newcastle play revived Ole's Mancs tomorrow evening so Rovers have more recovery time than them.

We will lose but we certainly have a chance of at least a draw up there. We will go down 3-1 but not before causing a few Geordie collywobbles.

I didn’t know he had been unwell!

A rare away day trip for me this one. Not much expectation but just hoping that the lads who pull on the shirts put a shift in.

It would be a good day if we can earn a replay at Ewood. It would be a great day if we could scab a win.

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Just now, Stuart said:

I didn’t know he had been unwell!

A rare away day trip for me this one. Not much expectation but just hoping that the lads who pull on the shirts put a shift in.

It would be a good day if we can earn a replay at Ewood. It would be a great day if we could scab a win.

When I looked it up, they have in the main always won the replays! Be careful what you wish for!

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1 minute ago, Proudtobeblue&white said:

When I looked it up, they have in the main always won the replays! Be careful what you wish for!

I’d sooner lose a replay at Ewood than the first game at the Sports Direct Newcastle Outlet!

On the plus side I could well see a home replay being £10 per ticket and a sell-out.

Which of course means we’ll get hammered there!

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Sell out? For a midweek third round replay against Newcastle?

I wouldn’t imagine more than 7/8000 home fans, even at a tenner.

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Our lot would be absolutely mortified at only having to charge a tenner for the visiting Geordie hordes 😯

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Our season is effectively over in terms of excitement as we're unlikely to get promoted or go down while a cup run would give fans a real boost.

While Benitez will also want a cup run to distract fans from their relegation battle it is quite likely that he will rest some of his more important players for the battles ahead. 

I  hope Mowbray takes this tie seriously and fields his strongest possible XI as it is entirely winnable if he gets the players in the right frame of mind. 

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7 minutes ago, Mattyblue said:

Sell out? For a midweek third round replay against Newcastle?

I wouldn’t imagine more than 7/8000 home fans, even at a tenner.

Maybe ‘sell out’ was a bit strong. And I forgot the West Ham game was on a Sunday.

Surely we could must 15k plus for a Newcastle FA Cup game though?

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Rovers fans don’t really do cup ties (unless it’s Liverpool). Usually because the majority of season ticket holders don’t bother with them (and don’t get counted in the crowd anyway like a league match).

We’ve had some real poor turnouts in recent years even for quarter finals and the likes. So for a January midweek I think we’d be struggling, though possible if Newcastle brought plenty.

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1 hour ago, Stuart said:

Maybe ‘sell out’ was a bit strong. And I forgot the West Ham game was on a Sunday.

Surely we could must 15k plus for a Newcastle FA Cup game though?

I wouldn't imagine so pal. Newcastle aren't a big pull for Rovers fans.

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1 hour ago, Stuart said:

Maybe ‘sell out’ was a bit strong. And I forgot the West Ham game was on a Sunday.

Surely we could must 15k plus for a Newcastle FA Cup game though?

Newcastle aren't all that big, just got a lot of fans. Spent quite a bit of time in this tier themselves. And it's only the 3rd round. Think you'd be sorely disappointed. It would take one of the big 6 to get a crowd approaching that, or a later round tie.

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Imagine some of the players will be looking forward to playing at St James Park, a nice reward for the likes of Travis.

Id go with as strong a team as possible but maybe have Brereton in there and give him 90 minutes to stamp his mark 

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I would expect our two Geordie strikers to be desperate to play in this game. I think it's a free hit for us and hopefully Mowbray sets us up to go for a win. However I fancy a draw.

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15 hours ago, Proudtobeblue&white said:

Well, as I sit here composing more nonsense to hopefully educate and entertain, Sir Bradley of Dack has put us 2-0 up against WBA. I hope by the time I've finished WBA will not have scored 3! (Now 2-1!).

The FA Cup, the oldest cup competition in the whole of the World, is perhaps not all it used to be, and isn't perhaps always taken seriously by the Lords at the PL top table, but fair play to Newcastle they have priced this very attractively to us, and an initial allocation of 3,000 may well sell out at £10 tops.

Head to head:

As far as I can work out, we have surprisingly only faced each other eight times (not including replays,) in the Cup's history. The first time was in 1910, at their place, where we lost 3-1, in front of nearly 55,000. Our overall record against Newcastle is:

W 56

D 29

L 58

Pretty even. In the Cup it isn't so good:

W 2

L 6

The last game was 7th January 2012 at St James Park, a 2-1 defeat, where Finetodger scored for the Rovers.

You have to go back to February 1993 for a Rovers win, when Roy Wegerle scored the only goal of the game at Ewood, in front of just under 20,000.

Both clubs have a cracking history in the cup:

Rovers: Winners 6 times, Runners-up twice

Newcastle: Winners 6 times, R-U 7

Recent common players:

Andy Cole

Keith Gellespie

David Batty

Darren Peacock

Craig Bellamy

Kevin Gallagher

Leon Best

Danny Simpson

Howard Gayle

Danny Guthrie

Shefki Kuqi

Zurab Khizanishvili

Grant Hanley

Damien Duff

I'm sure there's another......it will come to me, give me time.

Random facts about Newcastle:

1849's Robert Stephenson's high level bridge was the first road/rail bridge in the entire World......our Wainwright bridge to nowhere, can't even carry chuff-chuffs!

The Town Moor is bigger than Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath together, and the freemen of Newcastle can graze their cattle on it. Corporation Park has a reet fine duck pond!

One of my favourite films, Get Carter (1971) was filmed in the city, and that bloke who went on to be a publican in Corry was thrown off a multi-storey by that professional cockerney, Micky Caine. Britt Ekland took her top off, just saying. Part of Trainspotting 2 was filmed in Blackburn.....Scotland, although I think George Formby once trapped up in the borough to film summut old and in black and white, which was the colour of BwD before colour was invented in the 60's.

The Grainger Market in Newcastle, was their first covered market, in 1835. Blackburn's indoor market is okay.

The Newcastle Metro Centre is in the 10 biggest in Europe. The Mall is in the top 10 biggest in Lancashire.

Newcastle Brown Ale is very well known, It tastes like liquified excrement. Thwaites still brew some palatable ales, although now in the suburbs, and elsewhere.

Lucozade was invented in the city. John Noel Nichols, a Blackburnian invented Vimto. Vimto every time.

Greggs was launched in Gosforth in 1951. Not a fan. There's a couple in the Mall if you need to?

A Toon fan thought of the windscreen wiper in 1908 on the way back from a match in a storm, I swear by them.

My lad is at Durham Uni. He insisted we go to the big city last I visited in November, as "there's bugger all to do in Durham". My own observation is that the folk of the City are very hardy, On a Saturday night they wear very few clothes. I had four layers on, and I'm no shrinking violet, but it was bloody cold!

Alas, I was driving, but as I like a pint, there appear to be any number of fine watering holes in and around the stadium. I wish all those attending a safe and successful trip, with a few pints thrown in! Let's hope we are in the hat for the 4th Round. A good cup run is always fun. Tony, play a decent team, please?

Oh, and phew, 3-points, who doesn't like a happy ending........(so Carry On!). Alan, oh, it will annoy me when it's pointed out.....played for us for four seasons, and I recall he was the best striker to ever play for the club, sorry Simon!

Thwaites used to bottle Newcastle Brown for Scottish&Newcastle brewery

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1 hour ago, rigger said:

Thwaites used to bottle Newcastle Brown for Scottish&Newcastle brewery

Unlike Tim Feathers (as my gran once called him), who never bottled a thing.

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Just now, OnePhilT said:

Unlike Tim Feathers (as my gran once called him), who never bottled a thing.

Just didn't like bobbly  ground

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                                      Raya

 Lenihan         Downing      Rodwell       Bell

 Rothwell        Travis            Reed          Bennett

                                    Dack

                                Nuttall

Subs: Leutwiler, Williams, Evans, Conway, Palmer, Brereton, Armstrong

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19 minutes ago, BlackburnEnd75 said:

                                      Raya

 Lenihan         Downing      Rodwell       Bell

 Rothwell        Travis            Reed          Bennett

                                    Dack

                                Nuttall

Subs: Leutwiler, Williams, Evans, Conway, Palmer, Brereton, Armstrong

Why? 

Why Lenihan right back?

Why Bennett left mid?

Why Nuttall? 

Why Downing and Rodwell?

Why is Mulgrew not even on the bench? 

Why 

Just....why? 

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                                         Leutwiler

Lenihan           Downing                Mulgrew      Bell

                        Reed                       Travis

Armstrong                     Dack                          Rothwell

                                      Graham

Subs: Raya, Rodwell, Williams, Evans, Bennett, Conway, Nuttall

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