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  1. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55152637 And so it begins... something for the European Scouting network to get its teeth into! Best of luck to them I say! Could be good for homegrown youngsters mind you.
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    Rovers v Barnsley. Sat 28 Nov 3pm

    Not dropped, rotated. With two games a week for 2 months, get used to it all over the park!
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    Luton Town v Rovers Sat 21st Nov. 3pm

    Good lineup that, probably only 4 players missing from a best 11 (Dack, Travis, Ayala / Williams & possibly Nyambe). Should have too much today for Luton, but I expect they'll not be push overs. Hopefully their 2 wins last season will breed a bit of over confidence & we can exploit holes in behind.
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    5 most important players...

    Kaminski Lenihan Travis Armstrong Dack However, so far this season it's: Kaminski Holtby Johnson Rothwell Armstrong They've been our 5 most consistent performers so far this season imo and are the key 5 that allow us to play the 433 most effectively. Problem is the middle 3 are all capable of stinkers...
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    BRFCS TV - Nostalgia Thread

    What a legend.
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    Venkys - Welcome or Not?

    I agree, I'd say that article & the opinions therein accurately sum up the turmoil our great club has been put through. I for one am hopeful (as opposed to confident) of a brighter future given the arrest of the slide these last 3 years, albeit being reluctantly resigned to the likelihood that it will include our current owners for the foreseeable.
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    Luton Town v Rovers Sat 21st Nov. 3pm

    I'm just trying to give it some perspective, I'm not giving the teamtalk! This game is not the be all and end all. Yes it's important for confidence, momentum etc and I'm certainly not belittling that. The problem with "expecting to win" is that if we don't win, the supposed consequences of that are magnified beyond reality and it puts additional unnecessary pressure on the next game (it being at Preston is pressure enough). The reality is that if we win we're not guaranteed to go up; lose and we're not guaranteed to stay down. It's a marathon not a sprint and there's still 75% of it left to go after Saturday. This is the right way to think in my opinion; expects ups and downs, keep level headed and maintain some sanity!
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    Luton Town v Rovers Sat 21st Nov. 3pm

    Fair point, and perhaps only recent history (which isn't good) plays a part in the mindset here, but even then the context is very different as both teams (certainly ours) will be significantly different from the ones that played there last season, and for us that match was effectively a dead rubber whereas for them it was a matter of survival. By the same token, looking at the match completely in isolation Luton are above us in the same division, so it cannot in any way be viewed as an easy match. My point was that there seemed to be a feeling building of, "it's only little Luton, if we can't win that we'll not do anything", but football isn't like that as for 80+ years we've been a bigger / better club than them, yet we're still winless there in 20 league attempts! We can take nothing for granted. We'll have to work hard & get some luck to earn 3 points on Saturday. But we're absolutely capable of doing it and breaking our hoodoo, of that I have no doubt.
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    Luton Town v Rovers Sat 21st Nov. 3pm

    It's up for discussion because they're in the same league as us, next game up, are above us in the table (albeit having had an easier run of fixtures, on paper at least) and we've never won there in the league in 20 or so attempts across various divisions! 5 points back from 6th at this stage of the season is nothing. Yes that needs to be improved upon but, given our run of fixtures, injuries & illness up to this stage of the season, I'm confident it will be as we enter a period with a lot more winnable games & players returning. Hopefully starting with Luton, but I won't be throwing my hands up in despair for the rest of the season if we don't win.
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    Luton Town v Rovers Sat 21st Nov. 3pm

    https://www.11v11.com/teams/luton-town/tab/opposingTeams/opposition/Blackburn Rovers/ According to this website, we have won once at Luton Town since 1937, in about 20 games, which was in 2007 in the FA Cup. So never in the league. So historically it's not a happy hunting ground for us, yet we've still had plenty more overall success than them in that time. Nothing significant will be decided on Saturday whether we win, lose or draw. I think we are more than capable of winning on Saturday, but would suggest that those thinking we are underperforming if we don't, or that it is somehow a barometer of how rubbish TM is if we fail to win, ought to think again.
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    Luton Town v Rovers Sat 21st Nov. 3pm

    He will be anyway due to his time away with Namibia, which regardless of anything else would be the right call in my view.
  12. You forgot about Coyle. I wish I could.
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    Other football league 2020/21 season

    My sister in law is a Wrexham season ticket holder & is very excited by this. They put out a spoof promo video advertising Ifor William's Trailers - Wrexham's club sponsors- as part of their announcement of imminent takeover. All a bit bizarre, but good luck to them I say.
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    Dissertation Survey Help!

    Yes, I'm with you on that but I guess it's intended to be neutral language that doesn't lead the reader.
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    Dissertation Survey Help!

    Done; good luck!
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