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    Other Football League 2018/19

    Delighted for Ainsworth and Wycombe. I've met him a couple of times also and he was a genuinely nice guy, hope he continues to do well and maybe one day become Rovers manager. Also nice to see Coventry and Oxford or Wycombe joining the Championship next season, nice to see new teams down at Ewood at this level, although we do have the ultimate yo-yo club in Rotherham joining them! Fleetwood would have been a handy away fixture, but its always satisfying to see Joey Barton fail.
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    Season tickets and shirts 2020/21

    On the subject of new shirts, the Umbro teams have started to release/leak their kits for the 2020/2021. Our last year of the current Umbro deal, if I remember correctly. Heard some rumours to a new supplier, which I'll keep to myself as it may be complete tosh, but if true would be a real crowd pleaser. As for this year, Umbro and 10Bet confirmed, hopefully a more royal blue, after two seasons of lighter shades. Keeper kit design already confirmed with Bournemouth, just assume we'll have the same or different colours. https://www.footyheadlines.com/2020/07/derby-county-20-21-home-kit.html for possible clues.
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    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    By the end of this season, Tony Mowbray will have managed Rovers for 170 games. 115 as a Championship club and 55 as a League One side. Including cup competitions. His stand alone Championship record will stand at around 35% win rate or 1.3 points per game, which is just a shade better than Paul Lambert's 1.27 points per game. I, along with many others I'm sure, felt the Lambert era was generally underwhelming, which is unfortunately what the Mowbray (Championship) era is becoming. Now we are on target for our best points haul and finish since 2014/15 where we finished 9th with 67 points. (14/15 was the light blue kit year, the Liverpool FA Cup QF, Gestede and Rhodes both scoring 20+ goals) so its perhaps not as gloomy or as bad as it has been in recent years, but the disappointment is palpable. 2020/21 will be the season that either maintains or ends the Mowbray era. I've always thought highly of TM as a person, his stories and passion for football, the town and the history of the club are there for all to see. I believe in his integrity and his genuine honest character (compared to a lot of managers) and would love to see him do well, there is however, a strong sense of apathy setting in, amongst the fanbase and the players, this is what concerns me the most. The Premier League still feels a long way off, perhaps it always will.
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    Barnsley v Rovers

    Joe Rothwell..... A player who I’ve loved to hate pretty much for the last two seasons. Good grief, he’s been an passenger for these last two games, yet seems to avoid any criticisms. He looks a million dollars, yet rarely produces anything of note! Other names already mentioned also deserve their poor performances being highlighted, but I hope others have finally seen the light, not good enough!
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    Premier League Stuff

    Liverpool’s trophies in the last 30 years... ‪2 x Champions League‬ ‪1 x UEFA Cup‬ ‪3 x Super Cup‬ ‪3 x FA Cup‬ ‪4 x League Cup‬ ‪1 x World Club Cup‬ Still fair play to their fans, they’ve had it tough! 😂 Credit where due, best team this season, without a shadow of a doubt! I tell you what Rovers fans...... Spurs have never won the Premier League!!
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    Premier League Stuff

    Equally ironic that a result at Stamford Bridge could make a team Premier League champions for the first time in their history. Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur gave Leicester City the title back in 2015/16.
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    Academy & U21s

    Can't help but feel as though giving some of the younger lads some 1st team action without the added pressure of a crowd, could be a nice way of ''dipping their toe'' into senior football. Obviously, I want us to make a run at the playoffs, but if we fail, I'd love to see the last home game (vs. Reading) lineup look like this: Fisher Nyambe - Lenihan - Carter - Thompson Davenport - Travis - Buckley Rankin Costello - Brereton - Chapman With a new season likely to start again in August, the increase to 5 subs and the spike in muscle injuries in the Bundesliga, I'd expect as soon as we're out of contention for a playoff spot, the lineups will get a little experimental!
  8. The one and only time I went to Ewood with my grandad (wasn't into football, preferred his motorbikes) and it was a memorable day! Hughes' strike and it absolutely tipping it down all afternoon are my two memories. Also got a wave from Marc Overmars before the match!
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    PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 🏆 25 years today

    I think the point he was trying to make to 8 year old me was, take this in! Similarly, I'm sure most realistic Rovers fans knew that the time at the top wouldn't last and to savour the moment. We won the footballing lottery. Perhaps we didn't invest as well as we could, but for one brief moment, we were the best team in the country!
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    PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS 🏆 25 years today

    8 year old me was over at my grandparents house (because they had Sky) watching the game with them and my auntie, my uncle was on a stag do if memory serves. Obviously excited and delighted with the victory. I'd been following Rovers (with clarity) since I was 5, first game being the Playoff Final at Wembley, followed by my first season ticket for the 1993/94 season, aged 6/7, so understandably, the overall magnitude of the day and achievement was lost on me somewhat. We'd finished 4th, 2nd and now 1st in my three seasons supporting the team!! But I remember the day after more clearly, going to Sacred Heart Primary School in my Rovers shirt and then down to Ewood at night for the big celebration, my lasting memory being stood on my seat (which I still sit in) and my dad said to me..... ''Take this in Roger, this will never happen again....'' I've heard, seen and read so much about that 1994/95 season in recent weeks and months, and I'm delighted to see we're getting the coverage we deserve. Time only makes me more and more proud of the achievement.
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    Underrated Rovers 11

    Just tried to add some meat to the bones if you will. Flowers obviously a top keeper also, just opinions. Kenna almost made the cut. Others Kevin Gallacher - particularly the 1997/98 season where Sutton grabbed most of the headlines and two penalties, to share the Golden boot on 18, yet Gallacher scored 16 in the league and 20 in total vs. Sutton’s 18 in the league and 21 in total. Damien Johnson - forged a good career despite never really nailing down a place at Ewood Craig Short - Model professional, very good for us in the promotion season and transitioned back to the Premier League with ease, despite being the wrong side of 30.
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    Underrated Rovers 11

    Filan- Probably the second best keeper in my 25 years of following the Rovers, would have him in goal over Flowers and definitely over Robinson. Ooijer - Never really appreciated as a fullback, although he was a model pro and put in some solid performances after a particularly rocky start to his Rovers career. You don’t play that many times for the Netherlands if you’re not a good player. Henchoz - Reputation tarnished by the 1998/1999 relegation, but don’t think it was entirely his fault, showed his class and ability at Liverpool and in his brief return under Hughes. Khizanishvili - Forgotten about during the Samba/Nelsen years, but would have been a regular in other seasons, so composed on the ball, don’t remember him making many mistakes. Bjornebye - Hardly a big list to choose from, Le Saul clearly the best we’ve had, probably followed closely by Warnock, but Bjornebye was also very good, would be a huge asset in the current team. Gillespie - Hard to choose an under rated right midfielder as the obvious choices all seem to have gotten the credit they deserve, but Gillespies old school “chalk on your boots” wing play was great. Flitcroft - Perennially under rated, not just for his ability, but for his leadership. Never hear his name mentioned in anyone’s best XI and maybe rightly, but was a great servant of the club, won promotion and lifted the League Cup as a Rover, plus a winner against Man Utd too! Carsley - Not remembered with a great deal of fondness as he forced his way out of the club somewhat, but scored 11 goals (mostly penalties) during his Player of the Year season in 1999/2000. Had he stayed for the 2000/01 season I think his legacy would be a lot different. Wilcox - His “Bolser Boy (sp?)” nickname is from just before I started watching Rovers, aged 5, but I do remember him being widely disliked. Unusual for a homegrown player who went on to win a Premier League medal and represent his country. His legacy has improved as time has gone on, but he remains a bone of contention with a certain era of Rovers fans. Dickov - Top scorer in 2004/05 a real terrier up top, granted, not the most gifted striker we’ve ever had, but scored goals at the top level for both club and country. Stead - It’s hard to pick strikers, as they either score or they don’t! But decided on Stead, not because he was actually a world beater or actually Premier League quality, but for his story! Plucked from Division 3 obscurity for little money and his run of goals saved us from the drop and in a roundabout way, facilitated the Hughes era and the good times that followed. I know this isn’t lost on anyone who was old enough at the time, but Stead scored 6 goals for Rovers in 2003/04 Middlesbrough (a) 1-0 - Stead Newcastle (h) 1-1 - Stead Aston Villa (a) 2-0 - Flitcroft, Stead Fulham (a) 4-3 - Cole, Douglas, Amoruso, Stead Everton (a) 1-0 - Stead Manchester Utd (h) 1-0 - Stead An uninspiring overall record for him, and talent wise not fit enough to lace the boots of McCarthy, Santa Cruz, Bellamy etc... but in terms of impact, in the last 20 years, it’s hard to think of many above him.
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    Top Captains

    Trying to remember all the ‘long serving’ captains during my time supporting the team, since I was 4 in 1992. Kevin Moran Tim Sherwood Garry Flitcroft Ryan Nelsen Paul Robinson Grant Hanley Jason Lowe Charlie Mulgrew Elliott Bennett sure I’m missing some, but these are the obvious ones in the last 30 years.
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    BBC Prem top 10 goalkeepers

    Never rated Shay Given either, especially not ahead of Brad!
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    Did Shearer play pre season with Blackburn in 96

    I'm always surprised this has never surfaced. I do have a recollection of seeing him in the CIS, grandad collared shirt, but finding a copy is almost a Rovers holy grail!

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