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  1. Came accross this, perhaps Venkys should look carefully at Sir Bobbys comments, so true and in Rovers case, so apt! Be good to hear your thoughts fellas? Posted this elsewhere but thought it worthy of its own thread!
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    The sad passing of "Kelbo".

    This is Kelvins son Ben, struggling to sleep, so i thought i'd read through this to reassure me how proud i am to have had a father like mine. The support from my friends and family can only be backed up by this, but i thank every single one of you for your posts, they mean the world to me, and when the time is right, my mum too. I want to share with you something that reminds me of my dad... it's a song, but will remind me of him forever.
  3. Longsiders, you may be close to the truth 'Burnley Balaji' and 'Clarety Singh' lol
  4. From my info, Mercerman is correct, Karen Silk will be running the show, she is very competant and a hard nut, wont take any @#/?, even from Venkys!
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    Rovers Out On Loan

    [caption id=attachment_1867" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Picture courtesy of cn174][/caption]With the season drawing towards an end, it is interesting to once again take a look at Rovers players out on loan to see if they will have any future at Ewood Park or if they should be moved on in the upcoming summer transfer window. Jason Brown (Cardiff City) appears to be third choice at the moment, with Stephen Bywater being the preferred number one and Heaton as his back-up. As I understand it, he could be back at his old club Gillingham next season. El Hadji Diouf (Glasgow Rangers) is playing on a regular basis, but has been on the bench for the last couple of games. I can’t see him staying at Ewood next season without a change of manager. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) has been playing on a regular basis in the side and has scored once in 8 appearances. Amine Linganzi (PNE) was injured after just one game and has not featured since. Frank Fielding (Derby County) is interesting in that he helped Derby to 6th place during his first loan spell and after returning to Rovers they dropped to 16th position. On the bench on Saturday, he is one for the future and a decent keeper. We should keep him if we can, but he is good enough for a first team spot at least at Championship level. Gavin Gunning (Motherwell) has made 12 appearances since joining on loan in January and has had decent ratings in the SPL and it looks as though he could be one for the future. Zak Aley (Morecambe) has made one start and two substitute appearances. He has not made any headlines, but he could be a late developer. I have seen this lad firsthand and he has a little bit about him which could take him through to first team in a couple of years. Jason Lowe (Oldham) has made five starts to date scoring two goals, the last one on Saturday, and appears to be making a good impression on manager Paul Dickov. After 10 goals for Motherwell on loan, Nick Blackman followed manager Craig Brown to Aberdeen. Things have not worked out for him at the Dons and he was only on the bench on Saturday, having scored just once in 10 games. Interestingly Myles Anderson didn’t even make the bench for Aberdeen last Saturday!!
  6. Man United Reserves (0) 1 – 2 (2) Rovers Reserves Petrucci 64 (pen) Rochina 21, 31 [caption id=attachment_2209" align="alignright" width="350" caption="Reserves with Trophy][/caption]A young Rovers Reserves side, bolstered by the return of loanees Josh Morris, Jason Lowe and Zak Aley along with the experienced Nikola Kalinic, lifted the Reserve League North title with a hard-earned 2-1 win at Old Trafford last night in the Barclays Premier Reserve League Northern Section play-off final against Manchester United Reserves. There can be little doubt that the star of the show up to his departure through injury was Ruben Rochina, who scored a brace of goals, one a 25-yard screamer into the top corner. Rochina's ability on the ball, movement and vision caused United real problems and in the end it took an over-the-top challenge by Reece Brown to bring an end to his involvement in the game. Rochina had to be replaced by Micah Evans after sustaining a shoulder injury in the challenge, for which Brown was deservedly booked. Young right full-back Henley was having a decent game against the experienced Obertan and first-team regular Darren Fletcher was not given the freedom of the park in midfield, where Potts stood out as being a useful player. Having replaced the injured Rochina, Micah Evans showed a great turn of pace bursting through the United defence before shooting narrowly over the bar. Evans then closed down the United keeper and the ball fell to Formica, who, with virtually an open goal, bent the ball wide of the far post. Formica did look lively, though a little lightweight at times, and one great turn saw him race through and chip the United keeper. Unfortunately the ball just went over the bar. United got back into the game when Rovers midfielder Parry slid in needlessly to give United a penalty. United's Petrucci made no mistake from the spot. Petrucci looks a most accomplished player and has great passing ability and vision. Zak Aley, on his return from a spell at Accy Stanley, didn't do much for me. As for the other loanees returning to the fold, Josh Morris came into the game in the second half playing well at left-back, while Jason Lowe did well too against a decent Man U outfit. At the back, Grant Hanley had a good game as did the whole of the back four, with Bunn solid in goal and making three or four excellent stops. Rovers won the game by playing as a real team, with all the players working for each other. Indeed, when United had the ball, Rovers quickly got so many bodies behind the ball it made life extremely difficult for them to break down Rovers' defence. In my opinion, Gary Bowyer set the lads up well and they really responded to him, so well done, lads. It's always good to win at the Theatre of Screams!! Rovers Reserves now travel to Stamford Bridge on Monday for the final against Reserve League South winners Chelsea to determine who will be crowned this season's Reserve League champions. Rovers line-up Bunn, Henley, Morris, Lowe, Hanley ©, Parry, Formica, Potts, Kalinic (Hitchcock 65), Rochina (Evans 53), Aley (Ramm 79) Subs not used: Kean (gk), Pearson Manager: Gary Bowyer
  7. [caption id=attachment_825" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Picture Courtesy of CN174][/caption]Saturday sets up an intriguing and most important encounter with Birmingham City. Since 2002 the clubs have met thirteen times with honours shared, five wins each and three draws. Prior to that, I recall a cup match at Ewood against a third division Birmingham City who were managed by the enigmatic Barry Fry. Indeed, it is not so long ago they had a priest exorcise St Andrews as it was felt it was doomed, and from that point Birmingham have elevated themselves back to the top tier of English football. Over the years right up to the present time there have been a significant number of links with Rovers. Howard Kendall was a player there, making over 100 appearances, and PFA chairman Gordon Taylor joined Rovers from them to form a right/left-wing partnership with the wonderful David Wagstaffe. Both Martin Taylor and Damien Johnson left Rovers for Birmingham and each enjoyed a long and successful spell at St Andrews. Recently, though, the links become quite alarming: Robbie Savage joined Rovers from City and former Rovers Barry Ferguson and David Bentley will be expected to feature on Saturday along with Matty Derbyshire, not to mention the towering Nikola Zigic, who was allegedly a transfer target of Rovers prior to joining Birmingham. Finally, Seb Larsson has been recently linked to Rovers, which is quite an extraordinary amount of players linked between our two clubs. Saturday, as many posters on this messageboard have said, is a must-win game for Rovers in our quest for Premiership safety. Both sides enter the games on 34 points after encouraging performances — our draw at Arsenal was a great and well-earned result whilst City did well to defeat a Bolton side who are currently eighth in the table. Birmingham, despite their position, do have a number of good, high-profile players. Obefemi Martins can be dangerous on his day as can Jerome, and who can discount the veteran striker Kevin Phillips, who bagged the opening goal against Bolton last week. In midfield they have the former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb, Barry Ferguson and David Bentley, along with Rovers target Seb Larsson. Matty Derbyshire may also be on the bench and it would be fate were he to score at Ewood if he were to play a part in the match. At the back, Ben Foster is a decent keeper, Stephen Carr is a strong and influential skipper who takes no prisoners at right back and Liam Ridgewell is a seasoned professional, too. On paper, no easy task for Rovers, but paper counts for nothing — it's how we perform on the day. With the quality and experience in midfield City have, I would expect Steve Kean to start with both the line-up and system we played at the Emirates — we looked compact and sharp on the break. Perhaps, in my opinion, I would make a change up top. Birmingham aren't the quickest at the back and I would think Kalinic may be preferred to Roque. We must watch for Larsson's deliveries, though, as Zigic at 6' 8" will be a handful in the air along with the overlaps of Stephen Carr, who can by sheer drive and determination cause problems. If Rovers set themselves up with both the system and mindset we showed at the Emirates, we can get three points from this game. Let's hope it's the same Rovers who turn up as other fixtures next week would give us the opportunity of having a nice 5-point gap from the relegation area.
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    Appleton Sacked

    I wouldnt normally either but I think the strength of feeling within football about Venkys at the moment may just force the issue!
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    Appleton Sacked

    I am reliably informed that the LMA along with other senior figures in Football, are now insisting the Football Association take action with regard to the ownership and running of BRFC - it is suggested that their actions are tantamount to bringing the game into disrepute!! We shall see what happens!!
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    Rovers Academy Hopefuls

    As the end of the season is with us, I felt it appropriate to have a look at some of the younger players who could make an impact and push on in the new season. We have seen the Reserves perform well and take the Barclays Premier Reserve League North title before being beaten in the national final by Chelsea on penalties, which suggests we have some handy players waiting in the wings for opportunities to push on to first-team football. With much help from Parsonblue, here are my tips for players to look out for next season. Of course, I could be wrong and no doubt come this time next year, some will have fallen by the wayside. But some will have pushed on and yet other new players will have emerged. A season ago I really rated right full-back Jackson Ramm, but he hasn't pushed on as much as I thought he would. Indeed, in the final against Chelsea, Welsh under-19 full-back Adam Henley was preferred to Ramm despite his favoured position being left full-back. Henley is quick, gets forward well, can tackle and looks like he is one to really look out for next season. The performance of Micah Evans against Manchester City Reserves at Hyde a couple of months back was outstanding. He showed pace and power and was clearly motivated against his former club. However, like so many in the Academy and Reserves, consistency has been a problem. He seems to be being groomed for a wide position and next season is a big one for him as he has to establish himself as a regular with the Reserves. He certainly hasn't caught the eye like Olsson did when he was with the Reserves, but, then again, both Jemal Johnson and Sergio Peter looked outstanding at that level and look what happened to them. Others who have caught the eye this season include forward Osayamen Osawe, who first came to the fore as a 16-year-old, making the youth team and coming off the bench to score in his first game, centre-back Matthew Pearson and Irish midfielder John O'Sullivan. It does indeed appear as though there is quite a bit of optimism and talent within our academy at the moment and credit must go to Academy manager Phil Cannon and his team, who are obviously allowing these players not only to develop, but progress through to the reserve team and hopefully they will follow the likes of Jones, Hanley, Lowe, Gunning and Morris, who all look to have decent futures in the game. * Join in the discussion on the forum here.
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    Probiz - potential new owners?

    The strange thing about this is this, no one seems to know the guy in Blackburn, despite him saying he was born there!!
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    Gary Bowyer

    I am very reliably informed thet after 3 games Singh and Berg hated each other, further informed that a former Rovers player spoke to Berg, two days before he took the job and Berg said no way would he take it!!
  13. When Danny Shittu gets man of the match, its time to pack in football- disgraceful!
  14. Well, for what its worth, CKR, Jones, Martin Olsson and a fully fit Best and King, will do wonders for the squad, Best wont be match fit fully until another 4 or 5 games, will make one hell of a difference to a threadbare squad, plus we have the lad on loan from Hull and Campbell !!
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    Danny Murphy

    Yes you were, I thought he would have been fine, experienced and knowledgable, so did QPR, they wanted him too!!
  16. Parsons, Each time I read your match reports, it mirrors exactly what I have seen, keep them coming, you obviously know your football, some on here dont and thats not being nasty, you have the ability to understand what occured in a game and put it on this messageboard clearly and Coherently. Thanks for the report!
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    Transfer Deadline Day

    In my opinion, loans are the way to get out of this league, providing you get the right players, Jones may be great at Championship level but there is a reason Martinez isnt playing him at Wigan. Blackpool got to the Prem with a number of loan players, Watford have been mentioned, when and if you get promoted, you can build a Prem squad not a squad full of Championship players, someone close to the club mentioned that the transfer deadline deals were done late intentionally as it was believed by some that DJ Campbell and Thomas may not be the answer in the Premier League, plus of course, we already had Best, Rhodes, Gomez and Richards as strikers!! Thomas works very much off his pace, he will be 31 next and his pace will start to wane, in the premier League, he would need that pace even more!!
  18. Sincere condolances, may you rest in peace Marcus, I cant say anymore!
  19. Boyd, 1 minute into his debut having signed from Peterboro on loan!!
  20. Exactly, that is how you learn the game and as you say, its no coincidence that Dann and Hanley are playing well at the moment, they have played together and formed a partnership, good partenerships at Centre Back, Central Midfield and Strikers are so important, we have the partnership at the back but not in midfield and we really need a midfielder to help Lowe through, he's no muppet, just needs help!!
  21. Slightly off topic, Myles Anderson again not making the bench at Exeter!!!
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    Transfer Deadline Day

    Thats the one, my old age, we could do with someone like that now, great player!!
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    Transfer Deadline Day

    Even Marodonna couldnt dribble with two feet, in fact the only player I ever saw do that with the outside of the foot was a winger called Willie Henderson at WBA and if you could shoot and pass with either foot, dribble with both feet, then I congratulate you, you must have been a pro unless you were slower than a 70 year old!!

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