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  1. 17 points
    Well that was about as crap as I predicted. You can see our second string are bereft of confidence. Game changed when we brought Perez and Shelvey on. Was a penalty for me, but I think it's fair to say we didn't deserve a draw. Your lot were up for it from the off and while we had 19 shots, none of them really troubled your 'keeper. Hope the lads who travelled had a good time in Newcastle. re: not having sympathy for fans of clubs with shit owners. I don't get it? I know I speak for Newcastle fans when I say we feel for you having to suffer the Venky's, and for the Blackpool fans suffering Oyston, and Charlton with Duchâtelet. It shouldn't be "We can't feel bad for you because we think our owner is worse", should it? Everybody's battles are their own and I'm sure there's an owner out there who's worse than our fat chancer, your lot, and so on. Doesn't mean your owners aren't shit, or ours, or Charltons. It's not shit-owner Top Trumps.
  2. 16 points
    From BBC. Man of the match - Lewis Travis - Blackburn Lewis Travis 21, was brilliant in Blackburn's midfield, winning possession 9 times against the Premier League team, more than any other Blackburn player.
  3. 16 points
    I went for a kickabout this afternoon in Pleasington Fields with my son. He fancies himself as a keeper and I still hanker after a Rovers call up at the age of forty seven. Whilst slotting a few penalties past him in the admittedly huge nets on the pitch over the (once) blue bridge, I noticed a sprightly dog walker of pensionable age taking a keen interest as my lad repeatedly made the thirty yard dash to retrieve the ball that I had smashed past him in fatherly fashion. After a few minutes, the old boy ambled over and said hello. He asked if it would be ok to pass a tip onto my son to help him when facing penalties. He then spent a minute or so doing a bit of coaching with him which my son clearly found interesting. I formed the strong impression that he was an ex pro and when he came back over I asked him. "Bobby Svarc" came the reply. I didn't start watching Rovers until well into the 1977/'78 season so I missed him by a few months but the name was familiar to me. I shook his hand and had a lovely chat to him for 15 minutes or so. He is 72 years old now but clearly in good nick. He told me that Rovers was his last team, he retired at 31 with knee problems. We talked a bit about players of his era and, me being me I mentioned my all time hero Garns who he said he rated highly. He started at Leicester as a boy and played with the likes of Gordon Banks. He said he had played with or against all of the '66 World Cup team other than Jack Charlton and Stiles. He told me that Jimmy Greaves was simply the greatest striker he ever saw. All in all a really good day for me and I was chuffed to talk with him. My son won't reveal the penalty tip though.....
  4. 15 points
    As an academic exercise and also because I don't like to be bettered by a shit Sammysung phone I did a copy, paste on a gmail page for space, edit, copy and paste transcript as follows. Quite easy really: "Even now, almost a half-century on, Tony Mowbray, can remember when he first fell in love with the FA Cup. It was watching the final, starting in 1970, when his father would draw the curtains at their house in Redcar, North Yorkshire, get the TV ready, and his mother would lay out the cold beef sandwiches. “Dad always seemed to win the meat draw at the social club — must have known the committee,” Mowbray says laughing. “He used to have all his mates round, 12 blokes sitting there. I could never get on the sofa, so I’d be laying in front of the telly, a telly you turned the dial to tune in. The FA Cup final was such a massive event in our house. 1970 is the first I remember: Leeds v Chelsea, long throw, [Dave] Webb coming in at the back stick [to settle the replay]. Then Liverpool v Arsenal 1971 . . .” And the following season, a fifth-round replay on February 29, 1972, a day that will never be forgotten by Mowbray, eight at the time. He was at school, when his father, Clive, a scaffolder at British Steel, burst into the classroom. “What’s my dad doing here? ‘Come and watch Georgie Best,’ he said. Manchester United were coming to Ayresome Park. The coal strike was on, no floodlights, so they had to play in the afternoon. My dad used to drip-feed me on George Best, and that’s what a footballer should be like. Unfortunately for me, I became a big rugged centre half, not George Best. “My dad was driven on football. Loved it. He was in the social clubs constantly with his mates, and I was the little lad left at the door, while he had a quick pint, then, ‘Get your scarf ready’. We’d walk through the streets, he’d pay to get in the Holgate End, I’d nick in front of him and we’d go through together. It was buttons to get into Ayresome Park. Now football all seems corporate. “The memory I have is of walking up the concrete steps in the Holgate End and seeing the oasis of green. It left a lasting effect on me of how sacred football was amongst all the working-class people in their grey and black coats, and the smell of Bovril. In the middle of the Holgate End, the crowd swayed as shots came in, feet off the ground. “At nine and ten, now and then dad would take me in the middle before the madness started. As I got older, I got closer to the middle, in with my mates, thinking this was what life was about, really. Ayresome Park is not there any more, it’s housing estates. Sometimes I find myself just driving down the road to go past where the stadium used to be.” As the third round of the FA Cup quickens today, Mowbray oversees his 100th game as Blackburn Rovers manager, heading to St James’ Park where he made his Middlesbrough debut in 1982, marking an England legend. “I remember the nervousness of playing against Kevin Keegan, thinking, ‘I hope he doesn’t embarrass me.’ I only had one fear, letting people down.” He did not. The game finished 1-1, and Keegan never got away from him. “Whenever I have a day off, I meet Gary Pallister in Yarm, and we talk about life and football. The driving factor of a lot of players like me and Pally was the fear of letting down the people you love, your family. I don’t want to be the one who costs us the goal, who loses his man in the box. It churns your stomach. “My mum was always critical of me. I have kids — nine, 11 and 14 — who all play football in their local Sunday teams, and I’m very mindful of trying not to be overcritical of them. I have a 14-year-old who is nearly as tall as I am, can run like the wind, wins the cross-country and 100m, and yet he hasn’t the hunger I have in my belly, burning away. ‘Why did you let that kid push you about?’ I tell him. ‘Get stuck in.’ He’s trying to figure out at 14 that he knows how much his dad loves him but why is he pushing me so hard? I want him to survive in life, let alone the next football match. But he’s on the PlayStation and this Fortnite game all the time.” So why not turn the wifi off? “Listen, it’s chaos then,” he replies. “I say, Go in the garden and play football’. I spent my whole life as a kid walking to school, and kicking a ball about. I’m really worried about the next generation of players, not Harry Kane and Dele Alli — they’re great players — but the next generation on their PlayStations.” Mowbray is tempted to show his eldest son a picture he keeps of what he was doing at 14, standing in the tunnel at Ayresome Park as Graeme Souness strides past. “The tache. The long hair. He looks like Magnum! The shorts in the 1970s were almost obscene [short] and he has these legs which were always shining. I see Souness now on TV, and you can feel in his analysis that if you haven’t got a bit of bite about you then you’re weak. He’s from an era where he played against Billy Bremner and Johnny Giles, and if you don’t look after yourself you were in trouble.” Mowbray could certainly look after himself as one of Middlesbrough’s most cherished players, blossoming under Bruce Rioch. “I’d had Jack Charlton and Malcolm Allison, managers with big reputations, yet Rioch made us think two or three steps in front,” he says. “He taught us a lot about positional play. He was an amazing manager for me with successive promotions from liquidation, not even administration, to the top flight.” A famous diving header in 1988, in a victory over Aston Villa, helped Middlesbrough on their climb to the old first division. “I had a daft blond flick with peroxide hair,” he says. “That picture has been in lots of magazines. People do send me pictures to get signed, and the lads pin them on the wall before I get to them. I have still got the bottle of champagne from that game, unopened, man of the match. I was a young boy from the town, being captain, being successful, does it get any better?” Mowbray went on to play for Celtic and Ipswich Town, and has managed 625 matches, impressing at Hibernian and West Bromwich Albion, but often doing jobs in difficult circumstances. “Have I ever gone into a calm club? At Celtic, I didn’t survive a year in a job that needed dramatic change, with an old team. Second is nothing at Celtic. If you’re losing, you get absolute pelters, and you are the bad guy in the story that is Scottish football. It’s the brutality of that job, the brutality of green or blue, win or lose, goodie or baddy, dealing with five or six national newspapers every day, that didn’t suit my conscientious side. “I went back home, went to Middlesbrough. For three years I toiled hard at that club. That was the most painful time. I had young children who went to Yarm School, all Boro fans, and they were getting, ‘Your dad’s just got sacked.’ It was a tough time for my family. “I took time out. I tried to be a dad for six months but football dragged me back. Joe Royle phoned me up and said, ‘What are you doing? Coventry City, are you joking?’ I said, ‘Joe, listen, I need to get back to work, a group of lads who I can mould, give my values to, my integrity. We had James Maddison, Adam Armstrong and Jacob Murphy. Joe Cole came. I left Coventry because they became a basket case [with the politics about the ownership and stadium].” Then the controversial Venky’s family offered him the Blackburn job. “Joe Royle phoned me up and said, ‘You are a glutton for punishment.’ Yet this is a proper football club.” As he walks along a corridor at the Brockhall Village training complex, Mowbray points out the pictures of the title-winning Chris Sutton and Alan Shearer, the huge badge in reception with 1875, and we stop and talk to his popular PA, Lesley Fielding, part of the human fabric of Blackburn Rovers. “It’s a proper club with proper people,” Mowbray says. “I met the owners, I think they are nice, humble, honest people. They talked about family, which appealed to the conscientious side of my nature. I have great aspirations to help the owners to try to put Rovers back to where they and the supporters feel it should be. The highs of being a manager are greater than being a player. “But unless you have your tactics, words of inspiration and selection right, and you get beat, nobody knows the depths you can fall to. I’m not nice to be around when we’ve lost. I have to go back to three boys waiting for me, and when the lights come up the drive they all come running to the door. They are consoling. You have to be a dad then and yet the wife [Amber] knows when she can start a conversation. Mowbray has managed seven clubs in a career in the dugout spanning 16 years. “I have to switch off because I have to take three kids to matches, and try to watch their games but I have yesterday’s game in my head. With modern technology, I can watch the whole game back on my phone. Football . . . I do it because I love it. I do it for my kids so they can go to a nice school, and get an education and have a life. I toil with, ‘Am I doing the right thing by my children? Am I spending enough time with them?’ Life’s a juggling act.” Perspective on his profession is not far away. On our walk through Brockhall, Mowbray encounters Mark Venus, his assistant manager, who chats away, not giving any hint of recent bereavement. “His wife died on the 18th of December of breast cancer,” Mowbray says later. “My wife [Bernadette, his first wife] died New Year’s Day 1995. Breast cancer. He [Venus] hadn’t been to work for two and a half months. He’s just come back. There’s perspective for me. Somebody I’ve known, and his wife, for 30-odd years. He’s just buried her. It’s horrific, really.” Mowbray cares for his staff, and such compassion was confirmed when he was psychologically profiled. “You answer 60 questions, and there are four elements of a profile: dominant, influential, steady or conscientious. I’m stuck on the line between dominant and conscientious. I’m a football manager. I have to be dominant for 60, 70 people — the whole building,” he says. Spending brief time with the leading managers in the land gave Mowbray further insight into the importance of emotional intelligence, being conscientious. “We played Liverpool pre-season, and Jürgen Klopp came in afterwards, and we talked for half an hour. Wow. I sat next to Pep Guardiola at a dinner. He has the ‘dominance’ factor, and yet he’s conscientious, caring too. Klopp and Guardiola are two of the world’s greatest managers and yet you could feel their humility. “I care about people here, make sure they get a card, a bottle of wine or chocolates on their birthday. If they’ve got a problem with their family, ‘Forget about the football go and look after your missus or kid’. I feel for players when I leave them out. I make sure I explain the logic. The only time I’m not conscientious is when they let me down. I shout at them. They have respect because they know I’m shouting at them to try to make their careers better.” Mowbray cares. HIS MANAGERIAL RECORD Ipswich 11 Oct – 28 Oct 2002 Played 4 Won 1 Draw 1 Lost 2 Win % 25 Hibernian May 2004 – Oct 2006 Played 108 Won 52 Drawn 16 Lost 40 Win % 48.1 West Brom Oct 2006 – June 2009 Played 140 Won 58 Draw 30 Lost 52 Win % 40.7 Celtic June 2009 – Mar 2010 Played 45 Won 23 Draw 9 Lost 13 Win % 51.1 Middlesbrough Oct 2010 – Oct 2013 Played 153 Won 61 Draw 37 Lost 55 Win % 39.9 Coventry Mar 2015 – Sep 2016 Played 75 Won 26 Draw 22 Lost 27 Win % 34.7 Blackburn Feb 2017 – present Played 99 Won 47 Draw 30 Lost 22 Win % 47.5 Team Honours Championship 2007-08 Individual honours Scottish Football Writers’ Association Manager of Year 2004-05 League Managers Association Manager of the Year 2007-08
  5. 15 points
    Why is it so hard for some people to grasp that fans are behind the manager but not happy with 1 win in 9 and conceding loads of late goals? It’s really not that complicated.
  6. 11 points
    Dont waste anything on squad players. If we are not 100% certain they are going into the starting 11, then its not worth the money at the minute with were we are
  7. 11 points
    Kind of sick of the brereton debate now, he is here and our player let’s start afresh and see how he goes. Us moaning about his fee isn’t going to change anything
  8. 11 points
    Our game management is atrocious. Having played relatively well up until their red card that should have been the game changer that would see us press home our advantage by pressuring them for a long period and testing their keeper and defence. On the contrary as soon as they went down to ten and they sat back we had no idea what to do, how to break them down, or how to take advantage of numbers. We could have played all night at 11 v 10 and wouldn't have scored. I said to my mate when the red was issued that it probably wouldn't help us in any shape or form. I also said that the referee, having had grief from the home ends throughout, would embrace any opportunity to even the numbers up and get home fans back on side and so what do we do? Throw away our advantage by committing a stupid foul in a secure position. It really is amateurish. Sadly a trait of this team though. Weak, clueless, no plan b, poor substitutes that never change games. Sheffield went down to 10 they made changed and adapted their approach. We resorted to our clueless passing around our defence with no idea whatsoever of how to try and break them down, whereas we are wide open and all over the place as soon as we go down to 10. No adaptability or flexibility. I've a confession to make. I walked out after their 2nd goal and went back to the car. Something I very rarely do and have always been against doing. But I was so thoroughly peed off and sick of watching it that I wasn't prepared to stay. As soon as their 1st went in I knew that the floodgates would open. It's a shambles. The manager has to sort it but our problems are so numerous and deep running I don't think it is as simple as making a few signings or changes to the line up. It runs deeper. It is mental and physical, ingrained in the psyche of the team and manager. It was there last season if you look back. Mowbray is showing no signs of turning it around, and needs to do so very quickly. We can't defend and can't create, we're dull to watch yet that isn't offset by being hard to break down or beat. I don't know what Mowbray really wants to do.
  9. 10 points
    I haven’t read anybody blaming Brereton for surrendering the lead. However I have read a few quite rightly querying his application when he came on. For the record I have been sticking up for brereton in public, I’d never have a go at him in the ground and I cringe seeing a couple of morons making comments about his transfer fee on his twitter feed after he signed. Indeed i really want him to come good and take positives when Graham describes him as his protege and is mentoring him. However he was invisible when he came on and I’m entitled to voice that on here in private with fellow Rovers fans; it makes no odds as Brereton won’t read it. He should have been chomping at the bit; he has just signed permanently, glowing comments from Mowbray, coming on at St James Park etc. All he had to do was put himself about for 10 minutes as one would expect from a 19 year old keen to make an impression. Instead he was off the pace, blowing out of his backside and not challenging for anything. If he had reacted as one would expect from a sprightly 19 year old he would have been through on goal from an underhit backpass. I also accept the service to him was poor and desperate; but he should at least try and win a header! He is 6 foot plus and a striker; isn’t that what tall strikers are meant to do? He ducked a couple of times whilst ‘going up’ for the ball. Evans will cop the blame for giving the penalty away but he has put himself about as much as any other player this season and at times during this game he was very influential. I really want Brereton to come good but at some point he is going to have to put a shift in, do a bit of the ugly work and hopefully it will lead to a goal and fans getting onside.
  10. 10 points
    Winter was one of very few journalists who fully stood behind the fans when the Venky's/Kean saga was in full swing. Don't remember him ever taking a shot at us, only pointing out what the owners and the bald snake had done and were doing to us.
  11. 10 points
    At the time of going to press: the world is shocked that The Queen has got a golden toilet, I’ve put on a(nother) stone of Xmas cheer, and disappointingly for some - Mowbray hasn’t resigned as a result of those late goals. Well buckle up chaps, because it’s our final game of 2018 – and what a fantastic year it has been: We lost just two games at Ewood. We had a memorable, wonderful night in Doncaster (and therefore created a sentence never before written). We found out that Bradley Dack’s influence is such that if he bends down and points at a girl’s arse in a garden - we get tonked. We’ve held our own in The Championship, then held it a little less. We’ve become the Man City of spending loads to buy players we’ve never heard of just for a laugh. And me and @Biz got banned from AirBnB after sharing a house boat before the Charlton game. A bit better than 2017 anyway. I got banned from an airline that year. Another tough away trip awaits for this calendar closer, but selfishly – I cannot bloody wait. Crazily, we haven’t played at Bramall Lane for over twelve years. Having lived within about a mile of the ground for over a decade, you can’t even begin to imagine how keenly anticipated this one is for me. Needless to say I’m going on a ginormous piss up and I hope to see many of you there. The Opposition Only out of League One for a season and a half, the Blades have impressed many with their “Total Yorkshire” tactics and can attack from any area of the pitch. Billy Sharp continues to defy all logic and actually be decent, and their keeper is a coin-throwing nob. I’d say United are a good bet for the play-offs, and fair dos to them – at least they aren’t bloody Wednesday. Championship form guide last 10 games SUFC – W4 D3 L3 BRFC – W2 D4 L4 Head to head BRFC – 54 Draw – 36 SUFC – 57 Notable ex-players: James Beattie Craig Short Harry Chapman Keith Gillespie (who once got in a scrap with a mate of a mate outside of Cuisine World, Accrington) Alan Kelly Lee Williamson Jon Stead Colin Kazim-Richards Ashley Ward Keith Treacy Nick Blackman Jordan Slew Quite the rogues gallery, please feel free to add anymore. The Ground The oldest professional football stadium in the world and it has the concourses to prove it. Bramall Lane was converted from an international cricket ground in the late 19th century but only got a proper fourth side during the 1970s. Centrally located in the city, the stadium is deceptively impressive and quite grand once you get inside, although surprisingly only holds 1300 more than Ewood Park. I imagine tickets will be available on the day, but beware – SHEFFIELD UNITED HAVE A £2 SURCHARGE. DAMN YOU WAGGOTT! Local Knowledge: Parking. A bloody nightmare. Being located near the city it’s busy on the streets around and there’s loads of resident parking schemes in place. United’s good gates means that space is at a premium everywhere so prepare yourself for 10-15 minute walks at best. A safe and central (read busy) option is The Moor Market Car Park (S1 4QW) and I believe with a match ticket costs just £3.50 all day. Milton St car park should be ok (S3 7WH) and there’s a Wetherspoons nearby too. If you get there early enough the area south of the ground can be good for on-street gambles (try Broadfield Road S8 0XL) – this will avoid the city centre bollocks via sat nav from the north too. Please don’t hold me to this one if it’s packed by the time you get there. Pubs. Sheffield is the ale capital of the world. One brewery for every 24,000 people. I can highly recommend making a day of it at least. All advice here is for people who know how to be discreet with colours and don’t feel compelled to sing before they get to the ground. If that isn’t you, just go to The Howard (S1 2LW), but the following are some of the finest boozers in the land. Parking towards the south? Sheaf View (S2 3AA), The Brothers Arms (S8 9TZ) Central? The Devonshire Cat (S1 4HG) From the station? The Sheffield Tap (Platform 1), Station/Moor Car Park? The Rutland Arms (S1 2BS). If you see a drunk Gok Wan lookalike in here come and say hi. BE AWARE OF SOME FANCY CRAFT BEER CITY PRICING Sheffield is a fantastic, friendly, football mad city and if you are popping down give me a shout and let’s all round off 2018 in style. If we get beat, as I expect we will – let’s hope that it is soundly and thoroughly within the first 85 minutes, so that Mowbray can keep his job. You never know though… we might be able to shove those Greasy Chip Buttys right down their Yaakshire throats. COYB
  12. 10 points
    I have to admit of late I've seen two instances when I would expect team mates to "step in", yesterday Smallwood was surrounded by Sheff Utd players after his challenge and I would expect even for mind game purposes our players to front them up and say "we are up for this fight" it didn't happen and the rest of the game certainly proved we didn't fancy the fight! Also when Birmingham scored their penalty, Raya did some messing around with the ball and he was barged by their lads and not one of ours backed him up. Little battles and mind games are not being contested which I find hard to swallow if I'm being honest.
  13. 10 points
    The first thing in your head when the opposition has a player sent off at home should be - " The referee will be looking for an opportunity to even this up now if he can, don't give him that chance ".
  14. 10 points
    Tony: "We're not used to seeing us lose at home". Me: "We're not used to seeing us win at home either!".
  15. 9 points
    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!
  16. 9 points
    I don't think you will speak to any Rovers fan under the age of 50 who could say there has ever been a better footballer than Tugay to wear a Blackburn shirt
  17. 9 points
    I have not one iota, jot, stuff, call it what you will, of sympathy for those that own us. They have made their bed. If they are as rich as it seems, call the loss of money every month penance for their sheer incompetence at buying a play thing, and playing at it. If they were such hard headed business people, they should have listened to their very experienced then board about how to run a football club in the PL. Be careful what you wish for. It is now turning the fans against each other again. Fans have free choice and free will. No fan is necessarily better than another. The Loons have ground down many a previously loyal fan (me included). I have reasons for not going next Tuesday. It doesn't stop me watching the game on TV and wanting us to win. It also doesn't stop me wanting to see the back of them. I still don't see them as fit and proper owners even now. They simply bank roll the club IMO, lack any passion for the club/town/tradition of our great club. Why do they bother? A great question, and one they have never looked to answer!
  18. 9 points
    Depends how you feel about the money you spent on house insurance last year.
  19. 9 points
    Load of shite, Raya will be playing in the top flight very soon (and it won’t be for us). I’m yet to see a better keeper than him in the Championship and he’s just turned 23. We will soon be holding Raya back, not the other way around. Amazing that people who have watched football their whole lives can’t see how good he is.
  20. 9 points
    Morning all, Geordie in peace here. Newcastle are a shadow of their former selves, we're a Championship team in the top flight and are getting financially outmuscled by heavyweights like Bournemouth and Huddersfield. Benitez is doing his best with what he's got, but a decade of terrible decisions in the boardroom has left him with a squad thin on quality. We've been playing a defensive 4-4-1-1 or 5-4-1. Dubravka is a quality goalkeeper for our level and has kept us in games we really should have lost heavily. We're good at the back with Lascelles, Schar, Fernandez and Clark all decent centre halves, Yedlin can really make a difference down the right flank if he's fit and full of running. Rondon up top will work his bollocks off but is often starved of any real service. It's the creative side of things that's lacking. Shelvey has unbelievable passing range, but is an idiot with a short fuse. Diame is old, slow and a bit shit quite frankly, offers very little going forward. Hayden is very limited defensive midfielder who's prone to a rash challenge and offers nothing in the final 3rd. Ki is off to the Asian cup which is a shame because he's been decent. I wouldn't be surprised to see the young lad Longstaff given a go in the middle, positive and full of youthful confidence that hasn't yet been ground out of him by Ashley's reign. Perez, Kenedy, Atsu, Murphy and Ritchie are all decent in their own way, but none of them are playing well. For this game I'd expect Benitez to ring the changes with one eye on our relegation concerns. Fringe players like Atsu, Clark, Longstaff, Manquillo, Murphy, Muto, to be given a chance to impress. I'd probably predict a low scoring game, low on chances, low on quality, low on entertainment. From our end anyway. Off the pitch the club is, yet again, in turmoil. Ashley saying he wants to sell but making no progress and refusing to invest, Benitez stating (correctly) that the club needs investment or it'll need a miracle to survive, the club destroying £4,500 worth of banners and flags that the fans raised money for, players saying they want to move closer to the family (Hayden), fan groups arguing amongst themselves. Pretty hard to be excited about a cup game at the minute, so I'd not expect a big crowd, and certainly not a vocal one should the game pan out as dry as expected. For the lads travelling to Newcastle, there's a stack of great pubs, bars, and whatnot. Away fans usually congregate in the Union Rooms and the Mile Castle before the game. They're big, cheap, near to the Central Station and about a 10-15 minute walk from St James'. Anyone wanting a quieter pint of better quality try the Forth Hotel, The Town Wall, Tilley's. If you're interested in football history and memorabilia pop into the BackPage store on St Andrews st. Grab yourself some Gregg's sausage rolls on the way into the ground, have your fill of beer before you go into the ground, give nowt to that fat, southern, shitehawk.
  21. 9 points
    Hello Gents In peace.... I think Ben leaving was met with genuine annoyance and frustration by the vast majority of us - it reeked of short-termism and a Karanka being unwilling to go with our own youth product and instead wanting proven Championship performers. Having said all that, there were a number of us (myself included) who have always felt that whilst Ben clearly had something about him, you want a striker to score goals and that's the only real measurement that means anything - in that respect he achieved very little, even when he had extensive game time last season. The televised cup game against Arsenal was perhaps his best performance for us and I think it propelled him to an undeserved status - I'm sure it's the same for you boys, when one of your own breaks into the first team there's an affinity already established which results in rose tinted views. In his defence he was played out wide far too much (despite our inability to score). Certainly Karanka didn't fancy him up top and the latter part of his time at Forest is similar to his start with you. BUT above anything else, he simply didn't hit the back of the net often enough and the majority of our fans would simply harp on about him being young etc etc in exactly the same way many of you guys have been doing. Personally I didn't like the way he so quickly decided he wanted out - I felt he owed us a little more, clearly in retrospect it looks like we've robbed you, but we'll all have a better perspective by the end of the season. If he can get some end product then you'll be laughing - mind, he'll need to stop diving all the time if he wants to do that - at times he could be embarrassing! Good luck - cheers
  22. 9 points
    Just for the record in view of the criticism TM has received on this thread. I, amongst a small number of others, have his back completely. It feels a bit like planting a galatasary flag in a fenerbache centre circle (if you catch my drift) but this bloke is the best thing to happen to Rovers for years and by miles our best manager since Sam ( and is a much better bloke IMV). We’ve had a bad run no question. But played top teams in the last four. He always said at the outset that we would win some and lose some this season but always hope to compete. And ultimately consolidate. As far as I can remember very few thought that unreasonable ...until we started losing a few. But he has been proved so far correct. We are not the finished article but we have a team that competes, a club that is functional, a structure in place, a connection with fans and he is ..again IMV...completely responsible for that. And I’m not going to be mealy mouthed and subject that to qualifications like ‘needs to do better’. He’s doing bloody fine in my book.
  23. 9 points
    When said player had just given away a stupid unnecessary penalty after everything that has gone on the last few games, I personally couldn’t give a stuff how he felt about being subbed. It’s about time there were consequences.
  24. 8 points
    As Glasgow Rangers fan I began take interest in Blackburn Rovers when one my fav players TUGAY became Rovers player Followed his progress A number players have worn both Blue Jerseys Ferguson,Amoruso,Hendry,May to name a few All have same leadership quality but Tugay was exceptional player could spray ball about & also defend Both clubs had similar chairmen both involved steel Wanted dream team & success sadly was downfall of my club BUT I got see some real quality players & Rangers getting back to top I hope Blackburn can as well Both Clubs continue rebuild & have mutual respect
  25. 8 points
    Travis is already 21, from today it's obvious he should have more than 50 appearances under his belt by now.
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