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  1. Parsonblue

    Summer Transfer Window

    Personally, I don't see this as a normal season and therefore no way is this going to be a normal transfer window for the majority of clubs. With plans for an October return to grounds now abandoned by the Government, I fear it's likely to be next spring, at the earliest, before spectators are allowed back in grounds, although I suspect it will more likely be next season before we get large numbers back - if there is a vaccine. Under the circumstances, the majority of clubs, Rovers included, are going to have to watch every penny with income being drastically reduced. Whatever the manager might or might not have said in the past few weeks in now irrelevant. The reality is that the majority of clubs, including Rovers, are in a struggle for survival at the moment. Personally, I couldn't care less if we sign anyone or not over the next few weeks, as the bigger picture is the survival of football clubs during these bleak times.
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    Season Tickets 2020-21

    Totally agree Paul. Personally, I think it will be the start of next season before we start to see a return of spectators to football grounds. Until there is a vaccine, which will no doubt be like the flu one that we have every year, there is no chance that large crowds will be allowed at any sporting venue. This will be the season we watch our football via streams rather than live in the stadium.
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    Rovers vs. Wycombe - 19th Sept, 3pm

    Excellent performance today. We are playing some really attractive stuff the way Mowbray has us set up this season. I thought Williams was outstanding at centre-back - won everything in the air. Johnson was a rock in front of the back four which is an ideal position for him. He has strength and a terrific passing range. Dolan is a really exciting prospect and Mowbray seems to be letting him have his head in terms of running at team. Whatever we do in the rest of the window we must keep hold of Armstrong. It was good to see us give a strong performance over 90 minutes and with not a weak link in the team. A nice way for Mowbray to celebrate 700 games as a manager. There will be tougher tests ahead but I must admit that I really like the look of how we are going about the job this season. In a League that looks very open I actually don't think we will be that far away if we can keep our key players injury free.
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    Season Tickets 2020-21

    Perfectly understandable why you wouldn't want to come to Ewood having to travel those sort of distances. As you say, the matchday experience for many supporters will be very different from what we are used to. I meet up with friends who I sit with but, as we aren't in the same bubble, that will not be possible. I suspect iFollow will be how most supporters watch Rovers this season as I can't see us getting anywhere near back to normal before the start of the 21-22 season.
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    Season Tickets 2020-21

    Sorry to hear your news about possible redundancy, hopefully it doesn't happen. The figures aren't looking good for Blackburn chaddy. Latest I saw, today, for September 7-13 show 180 new cases which is an increase of 80 and our rate is now 120 in 100,000 whilst the average in the UK is 18. If this continues upward - and there is no suggestion it won't - I suspect it may be some time before the government allow fans back into Ewood Park. Personally, I'm increasingly doubtful that fans will be allowed back into the stadium before next spring.
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    Season Tickets 2020-21

    I know we've disagreed over many things over the years - and still do - but I agree with you totally with regard to the season ticket issue. I find it really sad that long standing and loyal supporters like yourself are put in this position. I know the government guidelines don't help, but the club should have bent over backwards for supporters at this point in time. It should have been possible - I thought it was to be honest - to have allowed supporters to miss a season and keep their seat for the 21-22 season. Many supporters of my age may not fancy going to matches during the winter months if the virus is running wild - I know I won't go, despite buying a season ticket. However, why should anyone, particularly those in the vulnerable category be expected to pay for a season ticket they may never use, simply to protect their seat for the following season? I'm hoping we've all got that wrong and it isn't the case but if true that's beyond disgraceful. At the moment we are doing what the club said it didn't want to do - selling a product that nobody knows if, when and how it will be available. At the very least iFollow should be made available to every supporter to purchase - either through their season ticket or on a match to match basis - no matter how many vacant places their may be in the ground. Sad, sad times indeed.
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    Newcastle United away in the League Cup

    I'm not sure how you come to these conclusions without watching it. Needless to say you are on the wrong track with a number of these points.
  8. Parsonblue

    Season Tickets 2020-21

    Looking at the code of conduct Rev, I think you have to wear a mask at all times until you get to your seat. I assume you can watch the game without wearing the mask as you will be socially distanced from other fans.
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    Newcastle United away in the League Cup

    I think its been noticeable that Brereton's three good games thus far have been against Fleetwood, Blackpool and Doncaster - perhaps that is the level he is comfortable with. I hope he can prove me wrong but I just don't see a player in the lad. He looks awkward on the ball and struggles to make an impression on defenders. Two goals is a shocking return no matter how we dress it up but I agree the lad looks very short of confidence. He reminds me of Kevin Davies when he came here for big money and couldn't cope with it only to blossom elsewhere.
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    Newcastle United away in the League Cup

    I must admit that I liked the look of Holtby and Travis together. Travis was always a workhorse in the Under-23's particularly when he moved into midfield. He has a bit of Mark Atkins about him in terms of getting up and down the pitch but has that bit of Savage when it comes to winning the ball. Not sure who we have who can play a similar role to Travis. JRC isn't that type of player. I suppose Evans or Bennett would be the likely choices or it could be a chance to see what Davenport could do.
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    Newcastle United away in the League Cup

    I've enjoyed the way we've played in the last two games. If Mowbray can keep them playing in that way we should win more than we lose. However, we are desperate for a goalscorer as we can't keep relying on Armstrong. Brereton just doesn't look he'll ever score - a bit of a poor man's Andy Needham! Dolan looked sharp again and although Holtby missed a decent chance, I thought he was excellent in midfield. Travis had a bit more about him tonight and I thought Williams was again decent at the back. Whilst we have lost two games the signs are very encouraging in terms of the style of football we are playing and personally, whilst I might have problems with off the field issues, I'm quite encouraged with Mowbray's approach thus far.
  12. Parsonblue

    Season Tickets 2020-21

    After much thought - and I mean much thought - I finally succumbed and bought my JW Upper season ticket today. I suppose after almost sixty years the habit was just to great to break - but I've got to be honest I never thought I would come so close to not renewing and still not happy about so many aspects of the way things are at the moment.
  13. Parsonblue

    Summer Transfer Window

    Well said J*B.
  14. Parsonblue

    Summer Transfer Window

    Not in towns like Blackburn. Local lockdown towns excluded. I suspect we will be one of the last to allow fans back into the ground.
  15. Parsonblue

    Bournemouth away

    Lots of encouraging points to take away from the game - Dolan and Rothwell when they came on, Johnson in midfield, Williams looked solid at the back and the 'keeper looked fine. However, you can't win games by conceding three goals. I wouldn't blame Dolan as he was in the Bournemouth half trying to create something - more than enough time and distance for midfield and defenders to cover the break. One of our problems stems from the midfield giving opponents far too much time and space around our own area. Whilst disappointed with the result, I thought the performance was encouraging, in particular I liked the way the manager set the team up and approached the game - very much on the front foot and looking to take the game to the opposition.
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