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  1. AspRover

    Friend in Need

    Delighted to hear you're coming out the other side of this. We had our brush with it here, it's rough. Hope the recovery is speedy from here on in!
  2. weird one this but the 1995 charity shield game vs. Everton. Meant the square root of naff all, but here's the thing - I'm a (relatively) young lad, compared to many on here at least; I had been kind of aware of the title winning side from the point of view of 'we're the best' but it didn't really mean that much to me. I'd have been six or seven and you take it for granted at that age that whatever you happen to like is the best. I knew my dad was excited, I had a shirt, I idolised Shearer but I had no real context; I didn't understand football. We were living in London at the time, and that game at Wembley was the first time I went to see Rovers in person. And it was terrible. I mean we lost, sure, but my abiding memory of the game is one of crushing boredom. It genuinely set my entire interest in football back years. I didn't really get back to supporting football in any meaningful way until the Souness promotion season, and even then it wasn't particularly enthusiastic. It took the league cup win to really drag me back in, and even then I'd say the Hughes era is 'my' Rovers team. So yeah, a pointless game that very nearly completely killed my interest in football before it had begun.
  3. AspRover

    Sunderland Netflix documentary

    I kind of suspect that in reality football players are pretty boring. I don't think they actually do much other than football and I don't think many are great philosophers. They probably filmed a load of stuff with the players (there's no way that at the beginning of the season they knew Maja would score a bunch of goals and then get embroiled in a protracted contract saga) and then in the end picked out a couple of 'stories' - ie. young lad making his breakthrough in O'Nien (the equivalent of how they portrayed Honeyman in the first series), and all the Maja stuff. On the whole I enjoyed it, I think it came across as pretty fair - the owner(s) were pretty flawed in their own ways but at least they actually seemed to care a bit and understand the situation and want to get the Fans on side and involved outside of purely money and football, the fans featured were proper fans - the sort you'd happily spend an evening in the pub with talking football.
  4. AspRover

    Fútbol, Le Foot, Voetbal, ποδόσφαιρο

    presumably the scarf is from a supports club - the D will be a country or city I'd guess? The shirt is one of the '94-'96 McEwans ones, or a knock off of the same.
  5. AspRover

    STAYINtertoto Cup

    if we lose to Finn Harps we should just write off this season
  6. AspRover

    Top Keepers!

    I mean, it's Brad and Timmy and then there's a bit of a gap.
  7. AspRover

    Underrated Rovers 11

    What I wouldn't give for a Zurab now, quietly classy, competent when called upon, versatile and never made a fuss about being behind the likes of Nelsen in the pecking order. Proper squad player in the best possible way. God I miss the days when we could afford to have really safe back up players just sat on the bench, the kind where if we got an injury to one of our key players we would just think 'that sucks, but at least we've got this guy so it's not the end of the world'. Its one of the big indications of how far we've fallen that gets a bit overlooked imo.
  8. AspRover

    Rovers best ever Premier League 11

    It's kinda funny, do you go for objectively best 11 or personal favourite 11? Head knows Hendry goes in, but heart just wants Nelsen and Samba back together again...
  9. AspRover

    Peter Whittingham

    We certainly didn't see him at his best, but to be honest I think that was partially down to the fact that by the beginning of the season he wasn't going to dislodge Dack as the creative force or Smallwood in the defensive role so he didn't really fit into the system. The rest of our transfer activity that summer pretty much rendered him obsolete before we kicked a ball. A disappointment but I wouldn't put him in the same category as Murphy, a player who we were relying on and was just terrible. In the grand scheme of things I have no ill will towards Whittingham from his time here, quite a bit of admiration for his Cardiff career and hope he makes a good and speedy recovery. Edit - ten minutes after I posted the above we get confirmation of his passing. Tragic by any measure, no age to go at all.
  10. AspRover

    Stoke City home

    Cheers - here's hoping we've got them rattled. I'm stuck down on the south coast with no way of watching so am a bit reliant on the mesageboard for analysis!
  11. AspRover

    Stoke City home

    Are Gallagher and Armstrong at least making the defenders work a bit? I want to see Buckley given a bit of time to work with a tiring defence in front of him.
  12. Other games going pretty well for us at half time, Cardiff, Bristol and Preston all losing. Forest drawing isn't too bad either, only Swansea making ground. Makes our point look all the better, could be valuable at the end of the season.
  13. got to defend that... draw I guess Come on Benno, score a worldie, prove me wrong!
  14. in the 5:2 game I went to do the weekly shop with us two up and left the supermarket to find we'd conceded five. I really need to go and do the shopping. Whats the play here lads?
  15. AspRover

    Academy & U21s

    Yeah maybe, a couple of articles from last September covering him signing his first pro contract though, seems odd that they'd give him a one year contract in September and loan him out in January with the prospect of him leaving at the end of it. Unless all that Man City wanted from the contract was the press coverage! https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/9891154/arsenal-ian-wright-dmargio-wright-phillips-shaun-man-city/ https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/man-city-transfers-wright-phillips-17672439 Edit: dates.

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