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    Blackburn Rovers vs Huddersfield Town, Tuesday 16 April, 19:45


    Salgado Is A Hero

    Tuesday sees Huddersfield Town make the sideways step across the Pennines to Ewood Park. Although we found the term “divisional rival” strange when the Huddersfield fans used to frequently use it, arguably they have been our main “divisional rival” this year due to us occupying the same sort of position in the table throughout the year, firstly at the top, then mid-table, and now down the bottom.

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    History

    Not as good as ours. Still impressive though. They were formed in 1908, and in that time have mostly played in the top two divisions, recently being promoted to the Championship after an 11 year absence. They were the first team to win the First Division three times in a row (which has since been replicated by Arsenal, Liverpool and United), which they did so in 1923/4, 1924/5 and 1925/6. They were also runners-up in the following two seasons. They’ve won the FA Cup on the one occasion, after a 1-0 victory against Preston in 1928. Incidentally, they knocked us out along the way that season, after a 1-1 draw at Ewood, we went back to their place and got pumped 5-0 in a third round replay. They also knocked out Burnley in the first round. We got revenge though as we beat them 3-1 in the final in 1928. They’ve also reached another 3 finals on top of those two, in 1920, 1930 and 1938, losing to Villa, Arsenal and Preston respectively.

    Our overall record against them is – Played 72, Won 29, Drew 23, Lost 20. And at Ewood it’s – Played 36, Won 17, Drew 12, Lost 7. Our last game against them at home was a 3-1 victory in the League Cup in 2005. Bellamy scored twice, Khizanishvili scored his first goal for us, and it was the game before our victory at Old Trafford that season.

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    Manager

    Mark Robins, formerly manager of Rotheram, Barnsley and Coventry, became their manager on February 14 of this year following the sacking of Simon Grayson. Since his appointment, they've played 12, won 4, drawn 2 and lost 6.

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    Players

    James Vaughn is apparently world-class according to everyone’s favourite Huddersfield fan. Although he’s only scored 9 goals in 29 league games for them this season. In fairness, in a great deal of those games he was probably stretchered off after 5 minutes. Apart from him, Jermaine Beckford can be a real handful on his day, their left back Dixon is solid, and also from what I’ve seen, the Northern Irish international, center-midfielder Oliver Norwood is a good player, as is a winger they have called Sean Scannell.

    Common links

    Jordan Rhodes used to play for them. Did enough there to command an 8 million pound transfer fee. Is he worth that much? Probably not, but he was to them, with his goals they probably would have finished mid-table, instead they could be going straight back down.

    Their former manager Simon Grayson also played for us. Anthony Pilkington was on our books as a youngster before later signing for them. Our third highest score in the Premier League (I think) Kevin Gallacher also had a brief stint there in 2002. Can’t find anyone else, maybe others can name some more.

    Another common link is their fans also hate Steve Kean, due to a perceived tapping-up approach made by him in the media when attempting to buy Rhodes. So fair play to them for that.

    Forgot I had agreed to write this and therefore haven’t had time to speak to any of their fans, so I've put this up now regardless as I imagine people are “anxious” to start discussing the game. Questions and answers from their fans will appear here in due course as I'm just sorting that out now.

    On the one hand, they’ll be fighting for their lives, although it's important to remember they are down the bottom for a reason. They have the worst goal difference in the league, -24, with a key reason for that being the 45 goals they have conceded on the road. Their away record in the Championship is played 21, won 7, drew 3, lost 11, scoring 22, conceding 45. However, anyone can truly beat anyone, especially in a 6 pointer such as this so things like this often go out the window. Victory at Wolves on Saturday proved they’re not going down without a fight. I’ll don’t really like the term “must-win game” apart from games when you literally have to win, such as the Wigan game at home last year, but this is definitely our most important match of the season in terms of trying to stay up.

    Favoured line-up

    ----------Sandomierski

    Kane---Dann---Givet---Rekik

    King---Dunn---Jones---Martin Olsson

    ----------Best---Rhodes

    Prediction

    2-1 Rovers. Rhodes with the winner. COYB!!!!!

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    If the wind keeps up the game will be a flaming lottery and could end up 10-10

    Agree, if we lose this there's a very strong possibility we'll go down. We go down there's a very strong possibility we won't have a club left in a couple of seasons, then they'll have nothing left to care about.

    Filling the Darwen End then?, you should work for Rovers PR. :lol:

    I never knew Huddersfield was twinned with burnley and they shared the same dodgy abacus... I reckon if its numbers Leeds will have brought more . Does everyone think us rovers fans are gullible and believe propaganda and dodgy counting .

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    If the wind keeps up the game will be a flaming lottery and could end up 10-10

    I never knew Huddersfield was twinned with burnley and they shared the same dodgy abacus...

    Well they're both in Yorkshire for a start. Something really not right about those creepy Pennine towns and their inhabitants.

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    True wasn't going down the obvious route though... He may be right it's just taken me 15 mins to get from m65 to DW . Massive jams .. Town fans it must be .

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    Just want to get this over with now

    Huddersfield fans seem pretty smug and will be more so if they do us tonight so a Rhodes winner would be lovely, I think without Hanley Jackie Beckford may cause us some issues and Bort Vaughn is bound to score after we nearly took him on last season

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    Well they're both in Yorkshire for a start. Something really not right about those creepy Pennine towns and their inhabitants.

    ......local shops for local people.....

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    We will win ugly tonight I think but that does not for one minute mean we will be safe.

    I always like to look forward with hope but from now on we are game to game and just hope we fall over the line.

    The same applies for next season regardless of what devision we are in. Chicken farmers have completed their mission the club is FUBAR.

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    Just want to get this over with now

    Huddersfield fans seem pretty smug and will be more so if they do us tonight so a Rhodes winner would be lovely, I think without Hanley Jackie Beckford may cause us some issues and Bort Vaughn is bound to score after we nearly took him on last season

    They were over there as well Tom .. Two proper gobbed off and soon walked away when I stood up to their bullying.

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    ......local shops for local people.....

    Too strange even for Royston Vasey the Lancs/Yorks Pennines according to The League of Gentlemen, they filmed it down in Derbyshire. :)

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    this game is coming down to what happens in the centre of the park.whoever controls that wins the game. That centre area will be a local spot for local people... keep that in mind lads.



    Huddersfield Travel well?

    By my reckoning an away game just down the road at Leeds were you took minimal numbers says otherwise.

    limited by leeds untied to 1500 which we sold out. WYP and ken bates would not sell us anymore.

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    this game is coming down to what happens in the centre of the park.whoever controls that wins the game. That centre area will be a local spot for local people... keep that in mind lads.

    limited by leeds untied to 1500 which we sold out. WYP and ken bates would not sell us anymore.

    Well that's that then

    We haven't controlled a game in the middle for at least two seasons now :(

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    do you reckon Danny Murphy will be playing?

    100% of rovers fans hope not and I doubt bowyer would be daft enough to play him at home

    He's burnt his bridges here

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    100% of rovers fans hope not and I doubt bowyer would be daft enough to play him at home

    He's burnt his bridges here

    I reckon he'd be a good shout for you... Go for it might put in a man of a match performance.... ( which this comment come back to bite me as he thwacks a 30yrd screamer into the back on the net)

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    I reckon he'd be a good shout for you... Go for it might put in a man of a match performance.... ( which this comment come back to bite me as he thwacks a 30yrd screamer into the back on the net)

    MOTM for Huddersfield, you mean :P

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    I reckon he'd be a good shout for you... Go for it might put in a man of a match performance.... ( which this comment come back to bite me as he thwacks a 30yrd screamer into the back on the net)

    Have you been snorting the sheep dip ? Sheep sheep everywhere

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    Tbf, one of the few false dawns Murphy's had this year was away at Huddersfield so I can see why you might be worried.

    Take it from us though, in all bar about 3 or 4 matches this season, Murphy has been utterly abysmal.

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    Too strange even for Royston Vasey the Lancs/Yorks Pennines according to The League of Gentlemen, they filmed it down in Derbyshire. :)

    Apparently the film makers wanted the moors of Darwen, but found the people of Darwen too scary :lol:

    Comfortable win for me tonight against a poor Huddersfield team.

    Jordan is an absolute 100%, stonecaster to score tonight.

    At least 1 goal.

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