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    Politics

    Bullying is out of order but we do now live in an era where it's easier than ever to claim it. I'd be interested to see what she is actually being accused of in fine detail
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    Luton Town v Rovers Sat 21st Nov. 3pm

    They do all this research beforehand they tell us enough, how many deals have fallen through because of it ? A few i'll bet. Yet when it comes to ex boro players...... In all honesty old pals acts aside Rovers have long had a policy under venkys of chucking risky contracts to older or injury prone players. I think TM in his stint think he can cover them so collects a few extras especially in midfield as we all know Holtby, Evans, Johnson are never going to play back to back games for any period of time even if we only had 1 per week. Given that it's odd we didn't get another centre half of some sort through the door but nothing new we've been here before. It's a risky policy to operate though and i feel is another thing that holds us back a bit. Getting decent players here these days has proved difficult though so it's something we have to live with if you want a bit of quality and experience in the squad. We still should've signed Bauer though he would have proved decent vfm by now for sure, no world beater but no worse than anything we've got.
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    Nobbers v Rovers, Tues 24 Nov 7.45pm

    An 80's thing surely ? I never saw a league game with either Burnley, Preston or Bolton for 15 years or more after i started going. We seemed to play Oldham every season often around Easter or Xmas time i think. Some fiesty games and it used to kick off so they seemed to be the local rival football wise.
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    Nobbers v Rovers, Tues 24 Nov 7.45pm

    Never been far from the top of my list behind the dingles but that's probably geographical. For a team who Blackpool are the big rival they are certainly obsessed with Rovers iv'e always found. On a pure football level i'd always have them behind Bumley and Bolton but truth is they've been irrelevant to Rovers for most of my time until recently. A rival for sure, just a few rungs down the ladder.
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    Nobbers v Rovers, Tues 24 Nov 7.45pm

    This is why Saturday is a bit of a must win because i expect the inevitable in this one they always seem to want it more than us. Maybe them not having their rabble in with their giant Rovers sized chips on their shoulders will work in our favour.
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    Luton Town v Rovers Sat 21st Nov. 3pm

    He's ex Boro, we sat back and maybe let other targets go whilst he made his mind up. Non of it is surprising we always come up with the goods when certain things apply. Good player but like a lot of Mowbrays signings we'll be hard pressed to get our moneys worth out of him.
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    Luton Town v Rovers Sat 21st Nov. 3pm

    It'll be the standard 5 - 7 points I expect.
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    Politics

    Shambles of a party and wouldn't be winning my vote back any time soon if there was an opportunity for it.
  9. Really the proof is in the pudding from now on. Excuses get made for the early years fair enough. Then we got stability when the roulette wheel fell on Bowyer. His good work got pulled to bits, team sold then eventually enter Owen Couple and relegation. No excuses for all that. A repeat of that or hanging on to a regime that keeps us firmly anchored in midtable is what needs to be avoided in the next few years. Then the judgement will become a bit clearer.
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    Olivia Meets her Match

    Er... we've had quite a few windows to find a better one for cover that's the whole point.
  11. David Dunn thinks about David Dunn nothing else he was a good player for us in the rare spells he was ever fit. He flounced off to Brum thinking he was the dogs whatsits because Souness was always on his case for being a piss artist. Flopped there and was very lucky and no doubt greatfull to end up back here. The 'Blackburn' lad tag has carried him a long way and iv'e no doubt he loves the club. He doesn't however speak for thousands of fans and never has. And no way does he have what it takes to be manager here ever, that would be another huge step backwards. Sorry Dunny, stay in your lane.
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    Luton Town v Rovers Sat 21st Nov. 3pm

    Another Hoilet in the offing with Nyambe the longer it goes and once he's departed he'll get the old wanted too much money treatment.
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    Olivia Meets her Match

    Calm down dear i was thinking more in why he's still at the club when other under achievers have been moved on. TM is very big on the squad spirit and all pals together remember.
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    Olivia Meets her Match

    Is Bells missus one of the clique ? Might explain a few things.
  15. Orrs best mate made an ass of himself a few times under the Venky era keeping his own feet under the table.
  16. Got to look at it like this they bought a club that had Phil Jones and Chris Samba on the books who combined were sold for around 30+ million. So taking that into account then run as it was it was sustainable for another season or two although obviously relying on Sams magic. After that who knows but Rovers in modern times have always needed an experienced big name manager a club like ours needs that profile if nothing else. So it's as fair to assume Williams and co would have come up with the necessary based on past evidence as it is to just assume we'd have dropped anyway. Longer term it needed a radical overhaul and change in tack which might have meant a big step back to regroup and go again more streamlined. They brought in billionaire owners to do the opposite of that though and what it didn't mean was a decade in the wilderness again with no sight of it ever ending. Also judging us by those other clubs is a bit of a false picture anyway. There'll be a few who we batted above for a long time under the trust who are now swimming with the big fish in the Prem and have done for a while. Works both ways.
  17. Doubt they will for the sake of a few games or bench appearances when he's getting regular football here. All depends how serious it gets though i suppose but if a deal has been done for season long loan they might have to cough up if they break it.
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    England

    Southgate is just another of these caught in a permanent experiment, evolution not revolution remember.
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    England

    Yes that's right nobody will come to manage England that has any decent pedigree at all. Maybe they should contact messers HSH.
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    England

    You're not his agent as well are you ? My god you need to google 'glass ceiling' and 'over achieved' . He needs to get gone soon as !
  21. Had w got humped that day most of the crowd would have been howling at the final whistle. I wonder how many of those were berating him and venkys by the Wigan game ?
  22. I don't think you're taking in the whole story here but fair enough it's your opinion and i do give them grudging respect for seemingly seeing it through money wise. However saying it cost them as much as it cost us and they suffered i have to take issue with. They weren't Rovers fans they probably hadn't heard of the club until Anderson thrust it in front of them. They didn't understand it all so couldn't possibly have the same feelings as fans i'm astonished anybody could think they suffered similar. They got involved for other motives and to them it was and still probably is just money. Yes it's cost them an absolute fortune but it's just spare money they would have thrown at something else. It might be on a VH group balance sheet but in all intents and purpose it's written off by them. With their assets and turnovers they can replace that if they wanted to but you cannot put this club back where it was. Nor can you write off all the angst and division it has created for hardcore fans. Never mind the clear economic impact on the town and Ewood area. So no, they didn't really suffer like the club and fans have.
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    Coronavirus

    Exactly, if they can bust up raves and dish out fines then why not hammer these selfish clueless morons ? 2020 Policing = selective policy to fit in with PC and too concerned with being photographed dropping to their knees.
  24. Willful negligence and arrogant we can do it better ourselves have played a big part. Alongside staying complicit with proven incompetence just because they liked them. Very hard to have total sympathy. If you really are great business people you don't smash something to pieces that is already working. If it ends up that way through a series of events partly beyond your control you very quickly get on top of it and revert back to what was working before. Or cut your losses of course. What you don't is bury your heads in the sand and leave it to chance just hoping - and praying - that it suddenly gets better. It took about 7 years, a 150 million, 2 relegations and 3 audits to finally return to something resembling a functioning British professional football club. Some of that was just down to getting lucky with finally landing on a bloke who fit what we were at the time. So the sympathy vote is on hold.
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    Luton Town v Rovers Sat 21st Nov. 3pm

    Dire atmosphere as well for a small ground.
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