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  1. Parsonblue

    West Brom at home

    Quite easily all things considered.
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    West Brom at home

    An enjoyable game and a draw a fair result. The changes that Mowbray made certainly improved us in attack - although both Davenport and Holtby should have scored. Felt we finished strongly against a very good side. Pleased that there was finally an end product from Rothwell who looked quite dangerous running at people - if he could only do it on a consistent basis. Considering the injuries we've had this season to key players I'm more than happy to have reached 60 points with still three games to play.
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    Season Restart

    The logistics are going to be interesting. Existing season ticket holders would have to be ready to move seats as social distancing will mean at least one or two seats left empty between each supporter and presumably every other row would have to be left empty. Rovers have a large number of senior supporters so will be interesting to see how many take it up. I suspect many, like myself, may buy a season ticket but not appear in the ground until much later.
  4. Parsonblue

    Cardiff away

    A very enjoyable game to watch and a superb second half performance. I thought Johnson and Travis were outstanding in the centre. Johnson got stronger and better as the game went on. Samuel and Graham looked some much better than Gallagher and Brereton. Samuel actually gets into goalscoring positions despite fluffing opportunities in previous games, tonight's goal was a classic poacher's goal as was Graham's. Armstrong's was a brilliant piece of quick thinking and he executed it perfectly. I thought we defended well in the second half and looked well in control. Sadly, Walton still looks like an accident waiting to happen - goodness knows what he was doing for their first goal. However, tonight was a thoroughly enjoyable win after the gloom and doom of last week.
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    Summer Transfer Window

    Totally agree with this. There will have to be departures to balance the books and only Lenihan, Travis, Armstrong and possibly Nyambe are going to attract bids. One can easily see Fisher or Hilton being used as the back-up 'keeper whilst the likes of Wharton - unless he is sold - Magloire, Carter, Thompson, Vale, Butterworth become part of the senior squad in terms of filling the bench on matchdays or graduating to the starting eleven.
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    Academy & U21s

    Good news and pleased that Lyons and Paton have also signed on for another season.
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    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    No, Rev, what I'm saying is that the cost of paying up two years of a contract for the manager and his staff is going to have to be taken into consideration. Personally, at the moment, I'm more than happy for him to stay for next season - which is likely to be another difficult one with the games between September and December likely to be behind closed doors and, who knows, the whole thing may end being behind closed doors. I suspect, like many clubs, the Rovers simply want to survive intact during the period of this pandemic.
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    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    Mowbray's contract lasts until 2022. With the club reluctant to refund season ticket holders, due to the financial situation, I doubt much thought will be given to paying off Mowbray and his staff anytime soon. The events at Wigan show just how precarious the situation is for many clubs - Rovers included - due to the virus. I've no doubt that Mowbray will, at the very least, be given next season to try to break into the top six. With finances so stretched I'm not sure how he - or indeed anyone who took his place - will be able to rebuild the squad in the way that it needs. Personally, I like Mowbray and think, on the whole, he has done a decent job since he arrived. Like all managers he has made mistakes. Some of the tactics can seem strange - still no idea was a false 9 is - unless it's another way of describing Gallagher or Brereton in terms of non-scoring forwards. Those two have been huge disappoints and costly mistakes. A bit like Bob Saxton before him, he's been loyal to players and, like Saxton, that may ultimately cost him. But, due to the financial situation I suspect he will see out his contract unless he decides otherwise.
  9. Looked like a nothing goalless draw until Walton's clanger. Why he is trying to catch a ball like that instead of punching it clear is beyond me. He's simply not good enough. For all our possession the front three looked toothless in terms of scoring. Rothwell, again, flatters to deceive whilst Gallagher looks a shadow of the player who was here a couple of years ago. Brereton was better but, again, never looked like scoring. Disappointing after last week but realistically we are a top ten team rather than top six at the moment.
  10. Don't get me wrong Rev, I enjoyed the game once the problems were sorted out. But it simply reminded me that there is nothing like 'being there' as opposed to watching on TV. Sadly, I fear we won't get back until some time in 2021, particularly older folk like myself. But, as you say, the streaming service is better than nothing.
  11. Once I came out and went back in it seemed to clear the picture and no problems after that - so I suppose I missed the first ten minutes or so. Pleased I gave it one last go to work as it was a very good team performance. Didn't seem to be a weak link anywhere - although Walton was dreadful for their goal. Evans outstanding in midfield and we seemed much fitter than Bristol. The prospect of watching possibly half of next season this way is pretty depressing as today proved beyond doubt, for me, that watching Rovers on TV is nowhere near as good as being there.
  12. Terrible service - managed to get on but not worth watch with it freezing every few seconds. Going to watch Arsenal on BT. At the end of the day the buck stops with the Rovers they took my season ticket money and it will be the club I'll be contacting for a refund on Monday!
  13. Parsonblue

    Season Restart

    Looking at those minutes it suggests that until January 2021, at least, games are going to continue to be played behind closed doors. Will be interesting to see how they price the i-follow ticket for a half-season and how many they are able to sell.
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    Jim Fryatt

    Very sad news. I remember Jim's debut at Gigg Lane and at that point he became something of a cult figure for me - with the sideburns, balding pate and drooping moustache. He scored the best diving header I think I've ever seen when he came on as sub against Norwich City. A friend who is an Oldham Athletic supporter speaks so highly of him and, although not a great success at Ewood, he was a pretty consistent goalscorer wherever he played in the lower divisions. RIP Jim.
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    Football League Suspended

    I think the last three months have proved beyond doubt that the words 'football' and 'integrity' should never be used in the same sentence - they are complete strangers to one another. The fact that Tottenham can contemplate such a loan, that Chelsea talk about spending fifty-odd million on a player and that Sunderland show such little respect for long suffering supporters shows the only priority with regard to football - money. After almost sixty years as a season ticket holder, my Dad getting me one as a kid and been renewing ever since - even the years I was away from Blackburn as a student - I'm actually giving serious thought as the whether I want to renew it. I suspect blind loyalty will probably tip my hand in the end but watching matches being streamed on ifollow, or whatever it is, really holds little appeal. I notice the new guy at the head of the Premier League is talking about a small number of supporters being allowed back in grounds, perhaps as early as September. Personally I wouldn't trust this government if they said it was safe to return to grounds - no doubt they, and the football authorities would be claiming that infamous 'ring of steel' around care homes was now in place around football stadiums. When money is the driving force, safety is always a dim and distant second in terms of priorities. I don't think I have ever been so disillusioned with the game that I've loved for so long.
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