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  1. m1st

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I'm not saying he won't be here next season; but he'd hardly post anything like, "Right then; that's me celebrating but this may well be the last you see of me at Ewood." Would he?
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    Stuart Ripley

    Doesn't he also sit as a legally-qualified member of FA & FL Panels?
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    Early FA Cups to be reclassified ...

    Ooh, I like that one. I'll add it to my repertoire!!😁
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    Early FA Cups to be reclassified ...

    Don't care; I'll still bore the fans of other clubs with the question, "Which is the only club to have won one or other of England's two major Cups in each of the last three Centuries?"🙂
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    And I've not seen the 3 words 'Bolton', 'Wanderers' & 'ace' side by side for a VERY long time!😂
  6. I have a number of pals who've moved away from Blackburn in recent years and my texts to them reporting on the games I've stayed to watch have often had the same theme, "Why doesn't TM give his half-time talk before he sends the lads out for the 1st half?" Surely in this day and age with modern technology, he's got a general idea of what style the opposition is going to play. So surely he ought to be able to send out a team for the start of a game knowing roughly who their danger-men - and their weak spots - are going to be. So if he can tweak a game at h-t, why can't he send out a team for the first half to do from the start what our teams so often do; viz. start from half-time?
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    Pre-Season 2019/20

    Be careful what you wish for, SG 194. Once, 10 or more years ago now, when visiting an - English - old College pal whose work had taken him to Glasgow, we went to a Scottish League game at Ibrox. I found it quite an intimidating atmosphere - not perhaps quite as scary as being a Rovers fan when we're leading at the old Den in Millwall in pre-segregation days - and was glad I wasn't wearing the opposition's colours that Saturday afternoon. At least we and Rangers fans both wear blue and white scarves and it'd be a Friendly match but it could be 'fun'. I'll be there if it takes place, of course, but the 70-odd year old me hopes we'd get a specific allocation of tickets.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Perhaps a more accessible presently-PL CB recruit might be Phil Jagielka who, if a report of Everton's 2-0 victory over the Dingles last night is to be believed, will be out of contract this summer and "is likely to be offered the opportunity to remain at the club he joined in 2007. However, a desire to play regularly means that he could look elsewhere, having made only four starts this term." We may only get 1 season out of him, but perhaps that would buy us the time to develop Lenihan & some of the even younger players. Just a thought.
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    2018/19 Season Reviews/Conclusions

    Yes, this seems a fair summary of the season to me. Like many others, I've been pleased that we've never really been close to the relegation zone and, at the end of a first season back at this level, it feels like we're close to being where we should be. Which makes this summer's transfer window all the more crucial. I agree with many of the comments about players who, shall we say, have realistically found that they may have come to the end of their useful time with Rovers, either because of age or ability. I remember reading an article about TM in The Times while on the train up to Newcastle. He came across in that as a good human being who cares about all the staff at Ewood. Which is great; but the big concern it left me was whether he has the ruthlessness to erm, 'move on' players who need to be replaced by others better suited to what we need to progress in this Division. Here's hoping!
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    Kits 19/20

    Hear hear, wm7. As one who hates - though knows all the commercial arguments for - 2 'change' shirts, I'd like to see the Premier League & the EPL both bring in a regulation which: 1] only permits an away team to have 1 alternative shirt design per season which they must only wear when their 'home' shirt in an away game clashes with the colour - not shade - of the home team's shirt in that game; 2] all shirts to have the player's number clearly shown on a white square on the back of the shirt so that the player can easily be identified. [As an alternative to 2 above: all seats in the Visitors' Section of the Leazes End, NE4, to be provided with powerful binoculars!] If I remember rightly from the halcyon days of the mid-1990s, 2] above was a UEFA requirement for European club competitions. I'm not sure if it still is.
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    Bolton at home.

    Cue the singing of "Small town near Wigan"; that'd tell them!
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    Bolton at home.

    As a non-driving season ticket-holder living in Heywood, my usual route to Ewood is by buses via Bolton Interchange. Thank goodness for the Todmorden Curve which will let me get a through train from Rochdale to for this game. Not saying I'm scarred by - scared by! - past experiences when we were playing there, you understand! I'm optimistic about this one; I think that pretty well any team we put out will be good for an already-relegated Wanderers.
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    Mowbray: Stay or go?

    Really? Surely someone in the club's backroom must keep an eye on this Message Board? Not saying that he'll act on our suggestions, mind!
  14. How long have you got?!! There's already a thread to Barrie Hole. Fwiw, while Kit Napier perhaps wasn't as outstanding, he played his part in Ken Furphy's attempt at the renaissance of the club - T.G.C.O.O. - This Great Club Of Ours - after we'd sunk into Division Three
  15. I've skimmed through this thread, so apologies if I'm repeating what others have said. When we signed Charlie Mulgrew, I asked a Geordie friend exiled in Glasgow what Mulgrew's position was. "Midfielder", I was told. Similarly with Darragh Lenihan; he had the potential to be a good midfielder for Rovers - and the Republic of Ireland - for years to come. But no; both are corcered into service for Rovers as central defenders. Each of them does such a satisfactory job for us that each gets selected for his country in those positions. BUT Can we please, please, please use this summer's transfer window to acquire central defenders of Championship standard? Otherwise, - and as fan in whose veins the blood runs blue and white, I fear that most of next season will pan out like the 2nd half of this season and we'll be a lot closer to the Championship relegation zone this time next year than we are at present.

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