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    Rovers have confirmed the new date for the 1st leg of the Carling Cup Semi-Final.
    The Carling Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg game against Aston Villa to be played at Ewood Park has now been re-arranged to take place on Thursday 14th January and will kick-off at 8pm.
    Consequently, our Premier League game at home against Fulham has moved to Sunday 17th January, with a 3pm kick-off.
    The Carling Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg game at Villa Park will remain on the 20th January with a 7.45pm kick-off.
    Please note that the Premier League fixture at Manchester City will remain on Monday 11th January 2010, 8pm kick-off.
    Kamy

    By Kamy, in Matches,

    Rovers claimed a vital point today in an entertaining clash against Wigan at the DW Stadium.
    Benni McCarthy gave Rovers the lead on 30 minutes scoring from close range. Wigan came back in the second half and equalised through Hugo Rodallega who powered home a close-range header.
    The football on show was not for the purists but neither side was prepared to settle for a point though and a frenetic second-half ensued.
    Jason Scotland fluffed a one-on-one with Paul Robinson and McCarthy had an overhead kick saved by Chris Kirkland.
    Sam Allardyce felt that Rovers deserved to claim three points: "We are sat here hugely disappointed and very down in the mouth in terms of we know we should have had three points to get us that bit further up the league. We've come out here and matched them in every department."
    Rovers now face Sunderland on Monday, with the table being so congested a win could see Rovers climb into the top 10, whereas a defeat could see Rovers slip into the relegation zone.
    vdb

    By vdb, in Matches,

    Rovers claimed a vital point today in an entertaining clash against Wigan at the DW Stadium.
    Benni McCarthy gave Rovers the lead on 30 minutes scoring from close range. Wigan came back in the second half and equalised through Hugo Rodallega who powered home a close-range header.
    The football on show was not for the purists but neither side was prepared to settle for a point though and a frenetic second-half ensued.
    Jason Scotland fluffed a one-on-one with Paul Robinson and McCarthy had an overhead kick saved by Chris Kirkland.
    Sam Allardyce felt that Rovers deserved to claim three points: "We are sat here hugely disappointed and very down in the mouth in terms of we know we should have had three points to get us that bit further up the league. We've come out here and matched them in every department."
    Rovers now face Sunderland on Monday, with the table being so congested a win could see Rovers climb into the top 10, whereas a defeat could see Rovers slip into the relegation zone.
    Kamy

    By Kamy, in Matches,

    Rovers' away day woes continued last night as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Birmingham. Two goals from Cameron Jerome put the Blues in control. Nelsen pulled one back to set up a frantic finish; however, Birmingham held on to record their fifth straight victory.
    After the game, Rovers manager Sam Allardyce lamented his team's defending: "We expected Birmingham to come out all guns blazing and put us under the cosh," he said.
    "We controlled the first 10 minutes but then gave them a first corner and decided to give them a goal.
    "With the form and confidence that they are in at the moment, it was always going to be difficult to come back from that. But to gift them another one really killed us.
    "Apart from those errors it is a toss of the coin as to who was the better side, but Birmingham were the ones who took advantage of their opportunities."
    Rovers have now been dragged back into the relegation battle and face Tottenham at Ewood Park on Saturday.
    vdb

    By vdb, in Matches,

    Rovers' away day woes continued last night as they crashed to a 2-1 defeat against Birmingham. Two goals from Cameron Jerome put the Blues in control. Nelsen pulled one back to set up a frantic finish; however, Birmingham held on to record their fifth straight victory.
    After the game, Rovers manager Sam Allardyce lamented his team's defending: "We expected Birmingham to come out all guns blazing and put us under the cosh," he said.
    "We controlled the first 10 minutes but then gave them a first corner and decided to give them a goal.
    "With the form and confidence that they are in at the moment, it was always going to be difficult to come back from that. But to gift them another one really killed us.
    "Apart from those errors it is a toss of the coin as to who was the better side, but Birmingham were the ones who took advantage of their opportunities."
    Rovers have now been dragged back into the relegation battle and face Tottenham at Ewood Park on Saturday.
    Paul

    By Paul, in Players,

    As you know, in an attempt to create a closer link between supporters, prior to each game we attempt to get the views of the opposition supporters in the form of a questionnaire plus predictions on the outcome of the game ahead.
    Just for a change, I approached a Rovers supporter playing for the opposition, and I’m pleased to say that David Dunn responded to the questions set.
    I know a lot has been said about events surrounding Dunny’s transfer to Birmingham, but I hope on this occasion you will give him the credit for sparing the time to respond to fellow Rovers supporters.
    What was the first Rovers game you watched ?
    Not sure of the game, just remember Ossie Ardilles and Steve Archibald playing.
    Which Rovers game stands out in your memory as a Rovers supporter ?
    When Shearer scored against Man Utd or the play off final against Leicester.
    Which Rovers game stands out in your memory as a Rovers player ?
    Worthington Cup Final v Spurs
    Who during your lifetime has been the best Rovers player ?
    Alan Shearer and Gordon Cowans.
    What was your worst moment as a Rovers supporter ?
    Getting Relegated
    What was your worst moment as a Rovers player ?
    Getting Relegated
    Who was your room mate on away trips at Rovers, and did he snore or have any strange rituals ?
    Martin Taylor……………I just cant get rid of him.
    Who is the biggest joker in the Rovers squad ?
    Graeme Souness
    Do you read supporters internet web sites, and if so have you ever read the fans message board on this site ? (www.brfcs.com)
    Yes, once or twice, but most don’t have any idea about football so I don’t anymore.
    What are your plans for the summer ?
    To get my injury sorted out for good.
    If Rovers had needed a point to stay up, and Birmingham were given a last minute penalty on Saturday, would you take it and if you did would you hit it over the stand ?
    No, I would take it because its my job to do so. But Brad knows where I put them anyway HA HA.
    Any suggestions for Burnley on who they should appoint as their new manager ?
    Not bothered
    Prediction for Saturday ?
    1-1
    Any other comments ?
    Glad that they stayed up, I was worried for a while.
    Good Luck
    Signed. David Dunn
    David, If you do read this, thanks again.
    Alan.
    Paul

    By Paul, in Players,

    As you know, in an attempt to create a closer link between supporters, prior to each game we attempt to get the views of the opposition supporters in the form of a questionnaire plus predictions on the outcome of the game ahead.
    Just for a change, I approached a Rovers supporter playing for the opposition, and I’m pleased to say that David Dunn responded to the questions set.
    I know a lot has been said about events surrounding Dunny’s transfer to Birmingham, but I hope on this occasion you will give him the credit for sparing the time to respond to fellow Rovers supporters.
    What was the first Rovers game you watched ?
    Not sure of the game, just remember Ossie Ardilles and Steve Archibald playing.
    Which Rovers game stands out in your memory as a Rovers supporter ?
    When Shearer scored against Man Utd or the play off final against Leicester.
    Which Rovers game stands out in your memory as a Rovers player ?
    Worthington Cup Final v Spurs
    Who during your lifetime has been the best Rovers player ?
    Alan Shearer and Gordon Cowans.
    What was your worst moment as a Rovers supporter ?
    Getting Relegated
    What was your worst moment as a Rovers player ?
    Getting Relegated
    Who was your room mate on away trips at Rovers, and did he snore or have any strange rituals ?
    Martin Taylor……………I just cant get rid of him.
    Who is the biggest joker in the Rovers squad ?
    Graeme Souness
    Do you read supporters internet web sites, and if so have you ever read the fans message board on this site ? (www.brfcs.com)
    Yes, once or twice, but most don’t have any idea about football so I don’t anymore.
    What are your plans for the summer ?
    To get my injury sorted out for good.
    If Rovers had needed a point to stay up, and Birmingham were given a last minute penalty on Saturday, would you take it and if you did would you hit it over the stand ?
    No, I would take it because its my job to do so. But Brad knows where I put them anyway HA HA.
    Any suggestions for Burnley on who they should appoint as their new manager ?
    Not bothered
    Prediction for Saturday ?
    1-1
    Any other comments ?
    Glad that they stayed up, I was worried for a while.
    Good Luck
    Signed. David Dunn
    David, If you do read this, thanks again.
    Alan.
    Alan75

    By Alan75, in Players,

    You may recall some time ago members of this site submitted a number of questions for our Championship winning keeper Tim Flowers, who is Saturday’s opponents, Leicester City’s goal keeping coach.
    Well this afternoon I had the pleasure of a long and lengthy conversation with Tim, when I submitted your questions.
    I edited the questions before hand in to subjects to avoid duplication and have transcribed Tim’s replies accordingly. Please excuse any spelling or grammatical errors, but it’s been an exciting day chatting to one of my all time Rover heroes.
    EVENTS AT ROVERS
    Posted by: Blueboy
    How does it make you feel to know that when you had the game of your life in 1995 against the geordies at ewood park - that a grown man was crying, 12,000 miles away in Australia because he knew that we were so close to the pinnacle of the worlds greatest league?
    It’s always fantastic to find out that you’ve contributed in giving back something to the supporters.
    Posted by: bellamy11
    Does he feel the Newcastle game on VE Day to be the best of his career?
    That’s a tough one, it’s difficult to say whether it was the best in my career, but it’s one that will live in my memory. I’ve played in a lot of games throughout my career, the memory of the Newcastle game being more about how crucial it was that we didn’t loose, than how I played.
    Posted by: Jordan
    (Does he feel the Newcastle game on VE Day to be the best of his career)
    If not what was the best moment of your career?
    Best moments, Anfield knowing we were Champions, getting my cap to play against Brazil and the Worthington Cup Final with Leicester. I had a Championship medal then getting to a Wembley Cup Final was a real bonus. Very few people get the opportunity to play in a Wembley final, so I was very fortunate.
    Posted by: DP
    Sky recently awarded a save of the decade award to Peter Schmeical. Do you think they completely forgot about the Newcastle VE day game or what? (the one that springs to mind for me was the stop from Ruel Fox near the end)
    Football is a game of opinions, everyone has different memories of events and judge things differently.
    Posted by: Radaghast the Brown
    What was the first thing to enter your mind when Redknapp's free kick flew past you on championship winning day? (I'' understand if the answer is a little too 'colourful' to print
    (As an aside, thanks for the memories, Tim )
    Oh, I could sense the worry from the fans behind me, kept thinking that after all the work that season it was slipping away. By rights we should have won the championship before going to Anfield and nearly threw it away. I kept sensing the crowd reaction, then the roar when the United result came through.
    In some ways I was glad that we lost, because of all the rumours that Liverpool were going to hand us the Championship.
    Posted by: colin
    That Collymore goal. Was the divot created by Tim to mark the centre of the goal or was it just created by normal play?
    I should have guessed that question, I used to mark the pitch out. Because the Darwen end doesn’t get as much sun, it gets muddier and a groove had developed in the pitch.
    EUROPE
    Posted by: Parasyte
    After the championship win, how dissapointed were you with the European venture?
    Very disappointed, Al, Micky Newell and myself had been on holiday that summer, and we were looking forward to the European games. Then loosing Kenny was a big blow. We were in a decent group and Spartak Moscow were a very good team, and we nearly got a last minute draw against Warsaw, which might have got us through to the quarter finals.
    TEAM & PERSONALITIES AT EWOOD.
    Posted by: Exiled in Toronto
    What really happened between his pal Shearer and Sutton, which resulted in Al not passing to Sutty in the last 3rd of the championship season?
    That’s new to me, us players never noticed anything, they were the perfect double act, you only have to look at their goal total in the championship season
    Posted by: DP
    The championship squad at Rovers was renouned for having a great team spirit. What went wrong?
    There was nothing wrong with team spirit, but heads do drop when your loosing. After Ray left, Tony took charge and we dug ourselves out, if there hadn’t been any team spirit we wouldn’t have.
    Posted by: laughatthedingles
    what was it like to know jack walker personally? what was he like?
    I cant say I knew him personally. But he was a magnificent man. He attended every game travelling from Jersey home and away, and it wasn’t because of his position at the club, he just came to watch the team. He was a normal bloke but very powerful man. When I joined the club, I called him Mr Walker and he told me, that if I didn’t call him Jack, then I might as well ###### off.
    We had some great nights out with him, he had a trick flicking coins into a glass, don’t know how he did it, but he used to bet us, how many he would get into the glass and won every time.
    Posted by: Exiled in Toronto
    What were his views of the Rovers managers he played under?
    Kenny and Ray were magnificent.
    Roy Hodgson was a brilliant coach, and I learnt a lot from him. He had variety in his coaching and I’m trying to remember and use them now.
    Posted by: Exiled in Toronto
    What does Tony Parkes do?
    He worked closely with Ray coaching the team and his commitment to the club kept us up after Ray left.
    Posted by: colin
    Do you keep in touch with any of the Rovers' players from 1995?
    Al and Micky Newell. And I see Bill Mac everyday at training.
    I also see Mimmsey as well, as he’s also a keeper coach. At Wolves.
    I bump in to some of the other lads at games. Saw Jason at Leeds the other day.
    TRANSFERS
    Posted by: philipl
    He was frequently linked with a move to Old Trafford before he came to Ewood. Any regrets?
    I was never linked with United, but Liverpool came in for me at the same time as Rovers.
    And I didn’t need much convincing on which club to join as soon as I talked to Kenny.
    Posted by: Radaghast the Brown
    Was there any truth in the rumour that Celtic were interested in you before you joined Leicester?
    Celtic….Not that I know of.
    I was playing in the second string, when Kidd put me in the team to play Oldham a week before the start of the season. Martin O’Neill was at the game, so I guess he’d been talking to Rovers and wanted to see me playing. Next day I signed for Leicester.
    LEAVING ROVERS
    Posted by: Hasta
    In your opinion was the curtain brought down on your Ewood career prematurely?
    Posted by: Dr Rich
    Do you feel you deserved to lose your place to John Filan when you did, especially considering the fact that with all due respect to John, he's hardly been a massive success since?
    Posted by: Seggie
    Do you feel any Bitterness towards Brian Kidd for Ending your Rovers career prematurely?
    Posted by: colin
    Seriously, and sorry, this one may smart.....
    You seemed to go from being a championship-winning player to Stockport County's reserve keeper in a very short time. Do you feel you should have been in the big time for longer?
    (Good luck Tim, you were good.)
    Yes, I believe my time at Rovers was brought to a premature end, and that’s with no disrespect to John Filan. Managers have their opinions, so you have to accept it if your not first choice. Leaving Rovers was hard but there is never any point in hanging around if your not making any contribution to a team.
    PERSONAL
    Posted by: Nayef
    why did you decide to become a goalkeeper?
    As a kid I played striker and centre half, but my best position was in goal. I was determined to be a professional footballer, so when I was 12-13 I concentrated my game on being a keeper. I started playing for a Sunday league team and Wolves signed me from there.
    Posted by: Modi
    If you had your career over again, would you prefer to have been a goal scorer instead of a goal keeper?
    No, I’ve had a fantastic time and loads of fun along the way.
    Posted by: cn174
    When you was a youngster which goalkeepers were your role models?
    Liverpool were the team in my youth and Clements was the keeper to model on, then I signed for Southampton from Wolves, and Shilts another of my heroes was there, which was a great experience training with him.
    Posted by: roversismylife & cn174
    What was the best or most important save that you have ever pulled off?
    Great keeper for us.
    Tough one, the Newcastle game was very important for the team, so maybe during that game.
    Posted by: Parasyte
    If David Seaman wasnt such a good GK in his day, do you think you would have made a bigger impact on the English game as a whole, and not just your international career?
    Another tough one, I don’t know. Stepping up from the reserves to the first team, you have to have a run of games to establish yourself. It’s the same at international level. Something I never had. I got my 11 caps over a 6-7 year period.
    Posted by: ihatethedingles & Seggie
    What was your worst moment in a Rover's shirt?
    That we didn’t consolidate our position after the championship, looking back we should have strengthened the team and didn’t make an impact. If you look at the other clubs they have strengthened their squads after winning trophy’s.
    I didn’t like leaving Rovers the way I did either.
    Posted by: The Dart
    Does he think more ex-professionals should become referees?
    The laws are difficult these days and refs have a bad time, every thing they do is monitored by tv and from supervisors. If players want to be refs, then good luck to them, there would be less bookings if players were refs.
    Posted by: AlanK
    What was in Tim`s BOTTLE this Xmas
    The first Christmas that I haven’t played, so was able to have a bottle of wine with my Christmas dinner, Would have preferred to have missed the drink though and played against Al and Newcastle on Boxing day.
    Posted by: laughatthedingles
    Is it true you will need/already need/have had a hip replacement ? (My sister might be able to sort a cheapen out for you!) was this just caused by football?
    I have my operation in June, They sawed off a top of my leg, installed a metal peg into the bone. The peg is capped with half a metal ball, about the size of a tennis ball. Then it’s refitted into the hip. It will take about a year to get right. At least I don’t have so much pain now and can wellie a ball again.
    As for your sister, thanks for the offer, give Alan her telephone number, in case I need another op
    Posted by: laughatthedingles
    when are you coming back to rovers??
    (Thank you for everything you did "england's number 1, england's, england's number 1" )
    SATURDAY
    Posted by: Seggie
    What does it feel like to have the record for the fastest Red Card for a Premiership Goalkeeper?
    Thanks for that, it was against Brian Deane who is now at Leicester. He keeps reminding me, he says I wasn’t fast enough so why did I bother. I broke my big toe in the tackle, so it’s recovery coincided with the 3 match ban that I picked up.
    Posted by: Crunching Tackler & laughatthedingles
    who would you say are the 3 toughest opponents you've faced?
    So many, Al, Sherringham, Ferdinand, Ian Wright always gave me a bad time at Southampton, but not at Rovers.
    Teams, Brazil and Italy,
    Posted by: laughatthedingles
    who was the best player you have played with?
    Al, Matt le Tiss, Lennon, Heskey.
    Posted by: rover6
    Who was the best centre half you played behind?
    Colin, Henchoz Adams, Palister, oh and I better say Ruddock, or he’ll beat me up
    Posted by: Crunching Tackler
    Can you see yourself ever becoming a manager?
    Don’t know, but I wouldn’t rule it out. I’m currently enjoying my role coaching the keepers, but I’m also doing my UEFA coaching badges.
    Posted by: 1864roverite
    which pies he rates as the top 5
    Sylvia the cook at Rovers made some good pies.
    Barnsley pies where ok as well, they used to bring a big tray of them into the changing room.
    GOALKEEPERS
    Posted by: Tim Southampton Rover
    With the increase amount of foreign players playing in the Premier League, do you think England will struggle to produce world class goal keepers like we have done in previous years such as Shilton, Seaman and yourself?
    Posted by: Big A
    Only a small number of Premiership clubs have English goalkeepers now. Do you think this trend will continue to the detriment of the national team?
    No disrespect to non English keepers, but with limited English keepers getting premiership experience it doesn’t help. However there are a number of good English keepers about.
    Posted by: cn174
    The day after Higuita did the scorpion kick in the England v Colombia game did you try it in training?
    No I was never that supple, Not even with the new hip.
    Posted by: 92er
    How do you evaluate Brad Friedel-strengths and weaknesses?
    He has confidence, has a huge frame, can kick a mile, makes great saves and I don’t see any weakness.
    Posted by: Parasyte
    Buffon and Kahn - both always said to be the best GK's in the world. Who would you say is better and why?
    Would have to say on current performance Buffon. He’s young and a top class performer.
    Posted by: Seggie
    Who is the Number One Premiership Goalkeeper in your opinion?
    There are a number of good keepers in the premier, Friedel, Given at Newcastle, Niemi at Southampton and I was impressed on how Howard adjusted so quick to the premier league.
    Posted by: modes98
    What tips would he give to a young keeper who wants to improve his game?
    *my uncle was in Tim's year at school in kenilworth*
    Work hard, be determined and practice all the time. If possible get a coach.
    When I was a kid I used to practice on my own, kicking a ball against a tree or wall then diving to catch it.
    Posted by: Crunching Tackler
    whats the best thing about being a goal keeper?
    You get gloves to keep yourself warm in winter. And a tracksuit bottom.
    Posted by: Crunching Tackler
    What do you think is the most important attribute for goalkeepers?
    Stopping the ball. Keeping calm, concentration. Good foot work is very important in the game now.
    Posted by: Crunching Tackler
    Whats the best advice you've heard?
    Always work at your game. Take notice of experienced players and coaches.
    Upton my coach at Wolves always stressed work ethics as did Mike Kelly at Southampton, who coached me in to becoming a premiership and international keeper.
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