Blackburn Rovers vs. Blackpool Preview
Where to begin? Another crazy week in the life of a Rovers fan has come to an end.
Last minute derby day euphoria, managerial changes, potential takeovers, players injured, the future outlook looking even more bleak, all in a weeks work for those in power at Ewood, and another week where Roverites are left scratching their heads, and questioning why on earth it is that we 'keep the faith'.
I had grand plans for this preview, Ince vs. Appleton, the ex-Rovers manager vs. the ex-Tangerines manager, two local clubs, who after years apart, had played a couple of cracking matches against each other in the Premier League and that a friendly rivalry was building up to a crucial match for both teams who are flirting with relegation despite being the early favourites and early pace setters in the npower Championship this season.
But then Tuesday happened, and once again I'm fighting to pick my self up off the floor and get enthusiastic about yet another game with more disruptions, more protests and more bad press and national humiliation.
Do we care? Of course we do, but for pushing two and a half years now we've been taken for granted, treat with disdain and been left to front up to the problems that are out of our control. Ironically if we were the animals were portrayed to be, the RSPCA would have been called in due to inhumane treatment!
Where will we be a week from now? My guesses in order of likelyhood;
The caretaker Gary ''Tony Parkes Mk2'' Bowyer will be in charge.
Shebby will be back in the limelight, whilst maintaining his shrinking violet act.
The Rao family will be thousands of miles away from Ewood doing what they usually do, I think that involves partying with Akon and Ronaldinho.
Protests and Boycotts will dominate the pre-match build up with our 100 independent supporters groups all claiming the moral high ground.
Murphy will ease back into his centre midfield 'deck chair' role
Etuhu will return to the bench
Dunny will be 'rested'
Judan Ali will be grabbing headlines
Jerome will be conning someone out of some money
It'll be bloody freezing for an Easter bank holiday, and,
The sun will rise in the East
The game itself has and will take a back seat, which is a real shame, and probably half the reason why we are where we are. Blackpool are on a sticky run themselves, Holloway, Thompson, Appleton, Thompson again and now Ince are trying to steady the ship at the seaside.
For the purists
Blackpool FC Factfile
Full Name – Blackpool Football Club
Nicknames – Tangerines, Seasiders, Pool (you may also see our less PC board members refer to them as the Donkeylashers or simply Lashers)
Founded – 1887
Ground – Bloomfield Road, capacity 17, 338
All time team – Farm, Armfield, H.Johnston, Gratrix, G.James, Matthews, Hutchinson, Green, Suddick, Mortensen, Mudie
Honours – 1 2nd Division League title, 1 FA Cup, 1 Anglo-Italian Cup, 4 Playoff victories, 3 Automatic promotions.
Songs/Chants - 'Glad All Over' by Dave Clark Five and 'Sea, Sea, Seasiders'.
The History - Memorable games at Ewood vs. Blackpool
19/03/2011 Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Blackpool (Junior Hoilett’s last minute header rescued a vital point for Rovers, who trailed 0-2 at HT)
09/02/1980 Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Blackpool (Last meeting in the old Division 3, now League 1)
29/03/1937 Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Blackpool (Last time to teams played on 29th March also in the 2nd tier)
02/01/1933 Blackburn Rovers 6-5 Blackpool (11 goal inter-war years thriller!)
06/09/1930 Blackburn Rovers 5-0 Blackpool (Biggest ever league win over Blackpool)
Overall Record at Ewood
Blackburn 10 wins – Blackpool 5 wins – 7 Draws – Rovers 43 goals – Blackpool 28 goals
Interestingly, Rovers have only won twice (competitive matches) at Bloomfield Road in the club's history!
Ramsbottom, Grayson, Hendry, Herbert Jones, A.Wright, Ainscow, B.Ferguson, J.Douglas, Beattie, DJ Campbell, Pickering
Subs - Burgess, Blackman, Broomes, Danns, Warhurst, Fenton, Coughlin, Blacklaw
Managers - Allardyce, Parkes, Appleton, Ince
League Positions Graph
Blackburn and Blackpool Managerial Win Percentages