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  1. Parsonblue

    Pre-season 2019/20

    Have to say that we spent a very enjoyable time in the Louden before the game. Everyone was very friendly and the staff were excellent. Great place to go for a pre-match drink.
  2. Parsonblue

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Thanks for a very sensible assessment of the position we are in. I totally agree with everything you say. I'm sure a few years ago both Bolton and Bury fans were saying someone will buy us - and they did and look where they are now. Slow and steady progress may not be exciting but I'm more than happy to keep on that path rather than gamble the future of the club away. As you say, massive mistakes were made early on but we can't alter that - the past is the past - we can only look to the future and, sadly, our income streams mean we are always going to be up against it with regard to FFP.
  3. Parsonblue

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    We were told at the last consultation meeting by both Steve Waggott and Mike Cheston that it would be tight with regard to FFP by next summer.
  4. Parsonblue

    Kits 19/20

    In the seventies and eighties they used a different badge on the shirts - a rose head in full bloom with the initials BRFC underneath. However, at the same time today's badge was used on programmes.
  5. Parsonblue

    Rangers fan here

    Thoroughly enjoyed my first trip to Ibrox and walking around the stadium you really get the sense of just what a huge club it is. Spent time in a Rangers pub decorated with photos of former heroes - Souness, Dawson, Munro, Tugay, Ferguson, Amoruso amongst them - and the folk couldn't be friendlier. For a pre-season game it was a competitive, enjoyable affair and served it's purpose in giving players time on the pitch - which is what pre-season is about after all. Travis and Buckley looked a good partnership in the second half and Hart continued to look decent at left-back. I thought we looked good during the first twenty minutes and the last twenty minutes with Rangers dominating the middle part of the game. We looked better with the high pressing game we played in the second half when younger legs caused them problems, It was during this latter period that our passing finally started to cause them problems.
  6. Parsonblue

    Away Kit - Poll

    I must admit although I don't buy these shirts I do like this away kit. It's different, seems a touch more modern than what we usually have and when you are changing shirts every year you might as well have something that is distinctive. When I first started watching the Rovers the away kit, like the home kit never changed. Never a hint of red on the home shirts and the away kit was a plain red shirt. Commercialism in sport means shirts have to change on a yearly basis and tradition really counts for very little when there is money to be made! That is not unique to Rovers it's the same at every club. As with everything, some will love it some will hate it. The success or failure of this away kit will be dictated by sales and I suspect it will sell well simply because it's the 'latest' kit. Personally, I would congratulate whoever came up with the design for actually coming up with something different.
  7. Parsonblue

    Academy & U21s

    Luke Brennan
  8. Parsonblue

    Academy & U21s

    A decent performance tonight by an Under-23 team that was largely made up of the Under-18's. Jordan Eastham saved a penalty in the first half and looked fairly assured in goal. The defence was very well organised by Louie Annesley, who looked solid at the back. Daniel Pike was his usual steady self at left-back and continues to look a very good prospect. Stef Mols scored a spectacular overhead kick to give us the lead and Jack Vale came on at the interval and quickly made it two. There were a number of decent performances from the likes of Zimba, Boyomo and Brennan but Mols was really outstanding. Brad Lyons ought to have scored early on with a well worked move.
  9. Parsonblue

    Pre-season 2019/20

    Enjoyable enough night at Mansfield and the youngsters looked impressive over 90 minutes. Butterworth and Buckley looked very comfortable at this level and coped with some physical challenges. Andy Fisher made some excellent saves in the second half. A night when Mowbray gave the young players game time, and left the likes of Mulgrew and Dack on the bench, and in fairness they did exceptionally well against decent opposition. I suspect Sunday will be the time when we see an eleven that will give us an idea as to the players who will be starting the League season.
  10. Parsonblue

    Kits 19/20

    If you intend attending every away game then the away travel season ticket works out cheaper than buying coach tickets on a match by match basis. I think this season it works out at something like an average of £18 per trip with the away travel season ticket.
  11. Parsonblue

    Kits 19/20

    When they introduced the 1875 membership scheme it became part of the away travel package. The away travel season ticket tends to be flexible in terms of price from one year to the next - due to the distances travelled and fuel costs. You also have to remember that if you travel by car or rail and decide not to go to games you incur no costs. With the away travel season ticket you pay up front for the season and if you don't go to the game you lose that money unless your seat on the coach can be sold to another supporter. The real benefit with away travel, particularly in the past, is that you are guaranteed match tickets. This proved usual during our brief excursion in League One at a couple of grounds but these days has no real benefit unless we reach a Cup Final. I must admit that I got full benefit from the 1875 membership over the past couple of seasons with things that I was able to get from the Club shop with little or no cost due to points on the membership scheme.
  12. Parsonblue

    Kits 19/20

    The cost of the away travel season ticket includes the fee for 1875 membership - thus if you are an away travel season ticket holder you automatically become an 1875 member.
  13. Parsonblue

    Pre-season 2019/20

    Typical early pre-season stuff. Best player on the pitch by a country mile was Charlie Adam - wonderful range of passing and superb vision.
  14. I thought it was a very positive meeting. It confirmed my view that Steve Waggott is the right man in terms of taking us forward off the field and seems to have to right ideas for taking us forward in terms of finance. Whether we agree with it or not, it is a business and the bottom line is it needs to increase the daily income - Waggott certainly has plans for it becoming a seven-day-a-week operation. It's clear that FFP is something that we are having to deal with on a day to day basis and is impacting on financial planning. As Miller11 said above, it's clear that the owners are here for the long term and are happy to keep ploughing money in on a monthly basis - something which Mowbray, Waggott and Cheston all agreed on. It was good to see that the feeling of the meeting wanted the owners to return to Ewood and there was an acceptance that they had been poorly advised in the past and that it would be a step forward if they could publicly acknowledge that poor advice had led them to making poor decisions. From the names of the financial companies now monitoring the club it's clear that they are paying for very expensive financial audits of the club on a regular basis. I think the real positive is that there seems to be a very good relationship between Mowbray, Waggott, Cheston and the owners. Both Mowbray and Waggott both acknowledged the important role that Suhail has played and both went out of their way to praise his work on behalf of the club with the owners. Again, both Mowbray and Waggott underlined just how closely the owners follow results and progress and want to take the club forward in the future. Whilst I accept not every supporter will agree but I suspect the majority who came away from the meeting last night felt rather more positive than on some previous occasions.
  15. Parsonblue

    Academy & U21s

    Very disappointing performance tonight against an exceptionally good Everton side. Too many players simply had an off night and didn't really turn up until the last 20 minutes. Doyle made an uncharacteristic mistake early on to gift them a penalty and we never really got back in the game after that. In fairness, Everton were excellent - which they have been all season to lift the title. Davenport was probably our best player over 90 minutes in terms of keeping possession. Nuttall was very disappointing up front and Chapman was very hot and cold - scored a good goal, had a decent effort saved but was otherwise largely anonymous. Buckley couldn't make an impact in midfield, Tyler and Charly Doyle had indifferent games by their standards and Danny Butterworth couldn't really make things happen. We livened up a bit when Stefan Mols came on and we went to a 4-4-2 formation. However, Everton were worthy winners and look good to win this trophy.

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