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  1. 14 points
    A group of concerned supporters have set the wheels in motion to form the #VenkysOutParty. We plan to stand for the Blackburn parliamentary seat in the upcoming General Election. Essentially a single issue party, our aim is to have an elected member who can lobby for change in the governance of Football, and attempt to safeguard Blackburn Rovers FC for years to come. Arguably, there is no bigger local issue than the state of our proud town's club. Rovers is hugely important socially, economically, and culturally to the people of Blackburn. We have been let down thus far, by every individual, group or governing body trusted to ensure our football club continues to thrive. We need to, and we will, fight back. In a time when global disillusionment with the political establishment is at an all time high, this is the greatest opportunity ever to use a protest vote that could actually make a material difference. The running of the country will be contested by the major parties, to whom our town and its football club are insignificant. We now have a unique chance to assert some real influence and pressure, by electing not a career politician, one motivated by self gratification and fulfilment of their own ambition, but a supporter who bleeds Blackburn, Blue and White. It is early days or far. But a group of committed fans are already working to make this work. We need your help. Now. Ideas and support would be gratefully received. We have an unofficial slate of 5 candidates who will be approached. Ideas and nominations welcome. Over to you BRFCS. Arte Et Labore.
  2. 3 points
    Well then, this game is rather sizeable, isn't it? A bit about our opponents to begin with...... Villa were formed one year before us in 1874 and are the fifth most successful club in the country. They won the European Cup in 1981-82 and are one of only five English clubs to have done so. Like us, they are a founder member of the Football League. They were formed by members of the Villa Cross Wesleyan Chapel in Handsworth (now part of Birmingham). After they moved to the Wellington Road Ground two years later, they soon established themselves as one of the best teams in the area, winning their first honour in 1880, The Birmingham Senior Cup. By the end of Queen Victoria’s reign in 1897, they had firmly established themselves as the most successful club in the country and they had moved into their current home, then known as the ‘Aston Lower Grounds’. The supporters coined the name ‘Villa park’, though no official declaration listed the ground as ‘Villa Park’, I suspect that’s what is on the land registry nowadays…. As it stands at the moment, they are one of four Chinese owned clubs in England (all of whom are based in the Midlands incidentally). The others being; local rivals Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and their Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion. I suspect most would say that the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo was an odd one and perhaps unsurprisingly, he didn’t last long, only to be replaced by Championship stalwart Steve Bruce. (For those of you that use Twitter, search for Steve Bruce at weddings for the LOLs). I think that based on the squad they have, their fans would probably say that this season has been a disappointment overall. Which leads me nicely onto the next part! I’ve got a couple of friends from Uni who support Villa, but I only have the mobile number of one, so he’s been kind enough to provide his input! Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr Joel Hagan. Thanks for your contribution and I hope you’re well! KH- How do you feel this season has gone overall? What have been the highs and lows? Who has performed well? Who has performed poorly? Who would get your vote for player of the season? JH- This season has been a bit of a rebuilding one for us. I believe a lot of fans were delusional enough to believe we would go straight back up so have caused some problems for Bruce but I think actually, overall it's been a decent season. New manager, a lot of new players, new league so we couldn't have expected too much. It's hard to look past (Jonathan) Kodija for player of the season for his goals, however (James) Chester has been solid and a good leader for us, so between those two. Jack Grealish has to be the biggest disappointment. All the talent with absolutely no desire to achieve. Overpaid, massive ego and no work ethic. Could be a great player for us but doesn't care. Highs of the season would probably be the recent run of form. I believe seven clean sheets in a row and a good win streak before the last few games, hopefully we can carry that form into next season. Low would be Burton Albion away....Just the fact that we have to play Burton Albion in the league. What has happened to us?! KH- One of the most memorable things (granted, for the wrong reasons) to happen to your club this season would be Ross McCormack and the Gate incident. Instead of Steve Bruce being passive aggressive, then making full use of the camera on his mobile after turning up at his striker’s house, don’t you think he could have used that same phone to call McCormack and offer him a lift? I’m sure Ross McCormack had a step ladder on the grounds to enable him to conquer his adjoining wall….. JH- Haha! Ross McCormack. On loan, so technically could come back to us, if we take that gate out. I believe Bruce could have handled the situation better, yes. I think it was clear to a lot of people here that there was ore to him not coming to training than a big gate! But Bruce decided to call him out on it. It turns out he has suffered with depression in recent years so maybe a little discretion would have been nice from Bruce. Hopefully he can come back to Villa fully fit. If he does, we have a player on our hands I think! KH- I’ve seen a few comments online from Villa fans (possibly with tongue firmly in cheek) saying that they would take a loss at the weekend if it helps your city rivals suffer relegation. Would you take a defeat at the weekend if it meant ultimately relegating Birmingham City? Our need is greater than yours, btw! JH- Ha! I also heard this bandied about last weekend at the game. Ermmm, I am a bit torn on this one. I don't like to concentrate in the blues as they really should be insignificant to the Villa, so I would usually say that I would prefer the Villa win. However, two things make me want Blackburn to win. One is Blackburn is a bigger and better club and should not be going down over the blues. Two- I'm bored of them thinking they are at our level so I wouldn't mind seeing them flounder round the bottom two leagues for a couple of decades. KH- What are your hopes for next season? From the outside looking in, the new owners seem to have let Steve Bruce to get on with his job, is this the case by and large? JH- I think you are right. The owners have let Bruce get on with things. They have given him money and seem to stay out of where he spends it. Hopefully we can build again and push for a finish in the play offs. If we keep the back line together, we keep Kodija, get Hogan firing and sign a top class midfielder or two, I think play-offs could be for us. I do however think that Dr Tony's four season prediction for CL qualification has gone now... KH- Finally, what’s your prediction for the weekend? (You don’t have to be kind, we know just how poor we are!) JH- Haha. Well you may be poor but your last three results have been decent so you've got fight in you against the drop. Our season is over really so I think it will be tough. Your boys seem to fancy a draw as well so I'm going to go score draw at 1-1. If you do win and drag the blues into the relegation zone, then so be it!!! Some Famous Villans Tom Hanks- Prolific actor David Cameron (when he remembers they aren’t called West Ham United) Benjamin Zephaniah- Poet, Rastafarian & recently seen in Peaky Blinders Prince William- Member of The Royal Family with a worldie of a sister in law Oliver Phelps- One of the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter franchise (his twin is a blue nose) Pauline McLynn- Mrs Doyle in the comedy series Father Ted Ozzy Osbourne & Tony Iommi (both of Black Sabbath) Simon Le Bon & Roger Taylor (both of Duran Duran) Ian Bell (Cricketer) Some Connections between the two clubs Paul Lambert (managed both) Alan Wright (played for both) Rudy Gestede (played for both, then went to Middlesbrough to get the band back together, only for Middlesbrough to selfishly sell Jordan Rhodes to Sheffield Wednesday) Gordon Cowans (played for both) Stephen Warnock (played for both) Brad Friedel (played for both) Head to head Villa 74 wins Rovers 61 wins 35 Draws The last meeting between the two sides came in November at Villa Park, where our opponents ran out 2-1 winners. Being the pessimist I am (where Rovers are concerned), I’m fully expecting a drab 0-0 draw and for us to go down with a whimper. As long as it doesn’t take us an hour to record a shot on target, I guess that would be an improvement from the weekend’s game at Molineux at the very least……
  3. 3 points
    Id vote for anybody that wasnt nigel evans to be fair
  4. 3 points
    Florian Thauvin. Signed by Newcastle, from Marseille. Then sold back to Marseille. Agent Mondial Sports Management. Diego Payet. Signed by West Ham, from Marseille. Then sold back to Marseille. Agent Mondial Sports Management. Remt Cabella. Signed by Newcastle, from Marseille. Then sold back to Marseille. Agent Mondial Sports Management. Draw your own conclusions.
  5. 2 points
    Did West Ham get the punishment they deserved last time they broke the transfer rules with Tevez and Mascherano? Did they heck! Brookings connection appeared to protect them and id expect the same this time. Individuals may be done, but not the club
  6. 2 points
    All you do, Chaddy is ignore the past. Venky's have been here for around 7 years and in that time we have gone backwards year on year. The very structure of our club has been dismantled. The players we had have disappeared and any replacements brought in had been such a downgrade that it's a wonder we are still in with a shout of staying in the championship. The fans have been at best ignored and at worst insulted and so far sidelined that it's a wonder any still attend. And against this, all you say is that's the past, why go on about it? We go on about it because it matters, because we shouldn't forget how this lot, the Raos, Anderson and co, agents, players, our own director, the FA, the premier league, the media have treated us. I'd love it if the past I was dwelling on was winning the Worthington Cup, the Premier league, watching Tugay, Shearer, Bellamy, and other great players many on here will have seen that I don't know. I'd love it if the football thread was us discussing matches we've seen or would like to have seen. I'd love it if the transfer thread was about potential real signings who would bring something good to our team and excite us. I remember walking down the Champs Elysees and seeing on a day old newspaper that we'd signed Mark Hughes. The next night the kids were hanging out of the hotel window in the pouring rain desperately trying to get radio signal to hear the match because Hughes was playing. That's the kind of excitement I want to feel about my club again, but it won't be achieved if we simply gloss over the awful things that have happened and been allowed to happen at Rovers. I doubt those responsible for the destruction of Rovers will ever be brought to book in this life, but I, like many others won't forget what they have done.
  7. 1 point
    Nice 18 month ban for this idiot. The worst of it is the bloke sees himself as intelligent and swears he never did anything that could influence a game. Yet he placed bets backing him to score first and laying against his striker scoring first - to the total of £8!
  8. 1 point
    What's with all the concern? Very unnecessary IMO. Rovers to win at a canter, with the the lads rampant: Rovers 4 Villa 1
  9. 1 point
    Chill your beans you keenos! It's done, I just have to add some input from a Villa supporting mate from uni and upload it! It will be with you by 7pm.
  10. 1 point
    No chance this affects Newcastle getting promoted. A fine (possibly hefty) for both and a warning not to do it again. Everyone goes back to feeding out of the trough.
  11. 1 point
    I'll have a chaddy that there will be a post before 15:02 on Saturday
  12. 1 point
    It's not correct though. Its a bit like saying that x, y and z are the case but its basef on the assumption the world is flat. I'd say the actual maths are as follows. (Might be stating the bleeding obvious but here goes) The easiest route to survival is to finish above Birmingham. We need a minimum of two points to have any mathematical chance of survival. That assumes BIRMINGHAM lose their last two games. If they get one point we need 3. If they get two points we need 4 If they get 3 or 4 we need 2 wins. If they win their last two we have to as well and hope we finish above one of the other sides. There's no way you can predict how Brum will do or put an actual probability on any of the above therefore we have to assume the worst and target six points. You would hope two wins would be enough to see us stay up at Brum's expense. Trouble is I can't see us getting one win let alone two.
  13. 1 point
    Strange isn't it, I came on this thread to defend the point that Chaddy and one or two others where actively having a go at the people who had organised the meeting with sports minister, because they said nothing would happen, I asked Chaddy what he had tried. And now two days later we are in the position of people trying to 'defend ' Chaddy. Maybe he shouldn't have come on the thread making assertions that he had no evidence for in the first place? That way we could be debating the meeting instead of Chaddy?
  14. 1 point
    If there is a problem with Emnes then that is us sunk imo as the only chance of survival for me is to successfully pair him up with any one of the other strikers. Its clear he is the only member of the squad with a bit of vision and time on the ball capable of bringing others into play and I think we always play much better when he is on the pitch. Strange how perceptions change depending on who the player and/or manager is. This story about Emnes could well be complete cobblers but he and Joao and a few otbers allegedly dont buy into what Mowbray is trying to do and are castigated az villains. The likes of Marshall and Graham don't try or bother to get themselves fit all season for a less popular manager in Coyle and they're hailed as heroes and the manager is in the wrong. To be fair something doesn't seem to be right in the camp though wherever the blame lies. We need wins, yet since Preston the manager has gone ultra defensive, exactly the opposite of what is required and the players don't appear to be putting much of a shift in either.
  15. 1 point
  16. 1 point
    Mowbray should be calling these players out. People on here are already saying he's not good enough, so alot of the blame for relegation is likely to end up at his feet. Emnes surprises me to be honest, Mowbray spoke very highly of him in one of his first interviews having worked with him in the past. I'd Chuck Bennett in the good guy camp also, he has improved under Mowbray but has also stood in with the fans to watch the game when injured.
  17. 1 point
    Sorry for the late reply Chaddy; just seen your post. I'm not entirely sure how many players are involved in this but I think I can speculate with a degree of accuracy. Steele- I wanted him replaced months ago. Mowbray knows him of old. I believe Mowbray wanted Raya in several games earlier but didn't want to destroy Steele. When Steele visibly demonstrated an 'injury' the other week during a home game (Preston?), I didn't believe he was genuinely injured. I think his confidence is completely shot and he wanted to be rested. Hoban- I know some like him but I haven't been impressed since his return. Wasn't he dropped for the last game? A strange decision if true. Isn't he a loanee and therefore leaving soon? Feeney- he is a Coyle man and Mowbray has publicly had a problem with him since day one. Feeney has infuriated Mowbray in my opinion. Gallagher- another Coyle man and far worse under Mowbray. Graham - anyone who saw his innocuous 'hip injury' within minutes of coming on the other week would have to be sceptical. He certainly seemed to recover remarkably quickly to now be back in contention. Can anyone honestly say his body language this season has been indicative of a happy player? Stokes- wtf!! Corry Evans- see Stokes/Graham above Where is Greer? Akpan- incongrously arrived in a taxi before the last home game. Not sure that is partuicularly relevant to this thread but he played like he he had been on the ale. Guthrie- I rate him but I think he is a gobby scouser who rubs managers up the wrong way. I bet he would offer an interesting view on the season after a few pints! Emnes /Joao - big buddies and travelling companions. Very talented but absolutely zero interest in our club. A bad influence on each other and collectively, a manager's basic nightmare. I see Raya, Conway, Mulgrew, Lenihan, Lowe, Nyambe,Williams and Mahoney as the flip side of the coin and basically the good guys. I called relegation before a ball was kicked and I call it now. Mowbray must be gutted. He is a genuine good guy surrounded by scoundrels and wastrels. Oh, for a Kevin Moran or a Craig Bellamy! Even an Ian Miller or a Robbie Savage!
  18. 1 point
    If that is true, TM must leave them out completely and only include in the squad those who want to give their all for the team, even if that means bringing some of the under 23s into the squad.
  19. 1 point
    They'll sign lower level journey men who'll play for a few grand per week instead of Champ ones and promote as many U23's as poss then scour around for any loans from higher placed clubs who'll send them here for virtually nothing. Pretty much a lesser version of what's happened this year except without the thousands given to frees like Graham, Mulgrew & that cretin Stokes who'll all be paid up and that'll hamper the finances even more. Wish I had a quid for everyone who is assuming we'll go down then bounce straight back up after a season of rebuilding. That's the ideal they'll try and sell but the reality will probably be a whole lot different.
  20. 1 point
    Love how you have plucked this 25 game figure to suit your argument! How about a team that lost 16 games out of 31 have now lost 3 in 13, what does that say about the job he has done? I agree with the point about coaches and transfers to a certain extent...However he deserves praise for what he has done so far, he is also clearly a man of integrity, which gets a thumb up from me.
  21. 1 point
    Week in week out. Only way to rid the club of these owners. The fans will have to hurt the club initially before it can be rescued.
  22. 1 point
    I know they have to do it but its cringe worthy, its making me angry just thinking about it, can you imagine if we go down and this is awarded at the last home game? The bleedin fans should get an award for putting up with the sh1te served up week in week out. I'm going for a lie down....
  23. 1 point
    I love how the club are putting the owness on the fans, like we caused all this or we are a part of this problem and 'they' need our help to get out of it. The deeper the problem the more helpless they feel against the problems, and the more entitlement they adopt to compensate for those problems. This entitlement plays out in one of two ways: 1. They awesome and the rest of you all suck, so I deserve special treatment. 2. They suck and the rest of you are all awesome, so I deserve special treatment. Opposite mindset on the outside, but the same selfish creamy core in the middle. In fact, you will often see entitled people flip back and forth between the two. Either they’re on top of the world or the world is on top of them. There is a simple realization from which all personal improvement and growth emerges. This is the realization that we, individually, are responsible for everything in our lives, no matter the external circumstances. This is what the club by blaming US or putting US into the same barrell as the club is doing. We don’t always control what happens to us. But we always control how we interpret what happens to us, as well as how we respond. Whether we consciously recognize it or not, we are always responsible for our experiences. It’s impossible not to be. Choosing to not consciously interpret events in our lives is still an interpretation of the events of our lives. Choosing to not respond to the events in our lives is still a response to the events in our lives. Even if you get run over by a clown car and @#/? on by a busload of schoolchildren, it’s still your responsibility to interpret the meaning of the event and choose a response. Whether we like it or not, we are always taking an active role in what’s occurring to and within us. We are always interpreting the meaning of every moment and every occurrence. We are always choosing the values by which we live and the metrics by which we measure everything that happens to us. Often the same event can be good or bad, depending on the metric we choose to use. The point is, we are always choosing, whether we recognize it or not. Always. The responsibility/fault fallacy allows people to pass off the responsibility for solving their problems to others. This ability to alleviate responsibility through blame gives people a temporary high and a feeling of moral righteousness. Unfortunately, one side effect of the Internet and social media is that it’s become easier than ever to push responsibility—for even the tiniest of infractions—onto some other group or person. In fact, this kind of public blame/shame game has become popular; in certain crowds it’s even seen as “cool.” The public sharing of “injustices” garners far more attention and emotional outpouring than most otherevents on social media, rewarding people who are able to perpetually feel victimized with ever-growing amounts of attention and sympathy.
  24. 1 point
    You're not wrong in the sense that all those things happened (there were others too - PNE away immediately springs to mind) - but I would imagine any club can look back over its previous 40 odd games and find similar ifs and buts. They are a fact of life for most teams, especially those near the bottom or top of leagues, and when you are in the mire each late goal's significance is enhanced. We've also scored one or two late goals as well as conceded them, so you can't just pick and choose which side of the coin to focus on. The bottom line is we haven't been good enough all season and in truth we deserve to go down.
  25. 1 point
    Blimey Mark, that's an unusual and fairly elongated triathlon mate!! For the first time in ages I recently checked myself against one of those height/weight charts, and apparently I should be 7'3".
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