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    Aniket Jadhav

    Glen posted a commendable record of events. But Glen like many of us at that time became far more expert in the laws, consequences and suppression tactics relating to publishing or not than any of us had any wish or need to before or since... Hence no documentation of the type blueboy is looking for. He should have been around in 2011 then he wouldn't be so flippant. Think of it as an iceberg. What you can see on the surface automatically means there is something far bigger and nastier underneath the water line. Anyway, it is a shame all of this is on this lad's thread whom I understand is genuinely a youth footballer and is genuinely being assisted philanthropically by the Raos. in no way has he any guilt by association with events of more than five years ago when in all honestly there was a shift from the evil to the merely clowning incompetence. Ian Herbert called it right in the season review pod cast I believe in identifying a further shift to something pretty good when Coyle got sacked.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    After a Madonna like performance on the big stage and albeit a bigger stage to come to redeem himself on, it looks like Bauer played himself out of contention with the Rovers fans at least. Apart from the Sheff U trio (including a player we should never have let go), were there any central defenders in the Championship worth considering?
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Conversely selling Raya (which I oppose) and buying an older proven better keeper sends the message of promotion or bust.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    London is totally different. Brentford is in what has in the last decade or so been transformed into one of the wealthier parts of London with a rapidly growing population. New stadium is part of a vast new development and has the benefit of being close to the University of West London (about 20,000 students) and developments of over 10,000 new housing units. It is also part of a commercial building so Brentford will make money from that whereas they can hardly raise a bean at Griffin Park. But the huge advantage of the new ground is travel time getting there will be reduced by at least 30 minutes compared with Griffin Park for the vast majority of fans. Plus the nearest station is now also on the underground and overground. It helps being the nearest league football ground for about 1 million people. In the last decade or so, Arsenal, Spurs and West Ham have collectively increased capacity by 70,000 and by and large are selling the extra seats. I might be proved wrong but I doubt they will have problems selling the 17,000 seats. Griffin Park has a capacity of 12,763 and they averaged 10,257 last season.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I am saying Brentford should not be dismissed as non-entities and I am strongly opposed to selling Raya. I believe the Coyle appointment was an epiphany when it came to doing things behind the club's backs but we are sadly vulnerable to a wrong 'un from outside the club smarming their way into the Rao compound. It hasn't happened since but who knows if we are seeing a permanent change for the better.
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    Aniket Jadhav

    If you want BRFCS closing down...
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    Aniket Jadhav

    I am only aware of one death threat and that wasn't made to a fan. I suspect the person who told me had also received a similar threat and he wasn't a fan either. the seven people whom I know received credible threats which were communicated to appropriate authorities is in fact nine thinking back now of whom only four are fans pure and simple. I can think of an additional five fans I heard of or suspected had been threatened but am unaware of whether they took matters to the police. Fans I am thinking of received other types of very violent and credible threats but not death threats to my knowledge. I never made it my business to know about everything that was going on beyond knowing that terrible stuff was being directed at fans on the ground in Blackburn which you and your friends were clearly subjected to.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Don't dismiss Brentford. Owners have money and the dinky new stadium at Kew Bridge will more than double their gate receipts and commercial income. Selling Raya is an absolute NO from me. He needs better coaching and above all, better defenders in front of him.
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    FA CUP

    Don't like either set of Mancs but Manure were never this good.
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    Aniket Jadhav

    Horrible horrible things were going on 2009-2013. I was not aware of this particular set of incidents MCMC1875 is alluding to but let's say it fits a pattern in scale and direction of events I am aware of and am also enormously thankful that I was never alone in having knowledge about. Fans and others who were on their own in getting to know about what appeared to be going on or could be singled out became subject to terrible situations. I can think of at least seven people quite apart from whoever MCMC1875 is aware of- perhaps the same people or others. As I have said, I had not previously heard about what I suspect MCMC1875 is alluding to but in other cases; yes there was Police action and there were consequences. One thing I should stress, abysmal decision making and judgement can be levied at the door of Rovers' ownership but I heard absolutely nothing linking them personally to making death threats or equivalent criminality which is a completely different level of issue. blueboy and bluebruce, I am not getting involved in correspondence on this but please give MCMC more respect than you are doing.
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    Blackburn Ladies

    Winning 3-0 and into the last minute
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    Attendances

    For the record our last two average attendances have been: 2018/19 - 14,552 which is 17th sandwiched between Bolton and Preston. Bolton is divided by 22 and would almost certainly been behind us had they played Brentford. 2017/18 - 12,173 obviously significantly boosted by the Oxford game In the Championship last season 12 clubs averaged gates over 20,000. If you go back to comments at the season start I believe Steve Waggott said the budget was for an average gate of 14,500 which we hit with more home supporters and less away supporters than forecast.
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    Attendances

    Not true. I wandered round the home coach park during our Premier League winning season and there was even a Stroud Valleys Rovers supporters coach up from Gloucestershire. Buses from North Wales, Cumbria and various parts of Yorkshire as well as closer to home. Counted 29 full sized coaches... It is only 8 years since our average home attendance was 25,000 (exactly).
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    Aniket Jadhav

    Astonishing no Indian national has yet been registered in the English Football League. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_foreign_EFL_Championship_players
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    Attendances

    Nothing new- Charlton were doing this in the 1980s when I lived in Chislehurst which was border between Palace and Charlton support. Charlton always emphasised being a Kentish team traditionally being slightly further away from central London than Millwall and West Ham. Other than Gillingham which is very much the club of the Medway towns they have traditionally drawn support from Kent and East Sussex.
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    Retained list 2018/2019 Season

    Post of the season for me.
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    Kits 19/20

    Steer clear of grey. Ferguson was right changing shirts at half time.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I expect to see Rovers come back fitter after this summer and to see the frailties at the back addressed. We have a lot of very good youngsters. If we sign players better position for position than we have already then no reason why we cannot get into the mix. Sheffield United and Norwich have given hope to every club in the Championship...
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    And I also think Mowbray can do it for us. As well as being very decent, Mowbray strikes me as someone who watches and learns. Yes too conservative in his selections for my taste and has been guilty last season of losing games from the Manager's area but has enough about him to have won promotion to the Premier League before.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Cannot delete so will add another thought/ Yes I am suggesting we should be in the promotion mix next season. We showed enough signs of being good enough last season.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Suggested that earlier in the season. No way is Bauer the commanding leader/beast we need.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    On reflection, Whiteman struck me as a very Mowbray type of player in doing his job, holding his position and as far as I could tell not making any errors in a high pressure frenetic game. What I did like was the speed with which he kept the ball moving - all one touch or rapid two touch and the accuracy of his passing, much of which was half a pitch width or more. A step up on Evans and Smallwood but a big enough step?
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    Other Football League 2018/19

    Dowling did his stuff as needed. Hugely impressed by the Doncaster manager. His team are fit disciplined brilliantly organised and tactics spot on. He deserves a chance to work with better players.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Whitman neat holding position well, good accurate passing and one phenomenal tackle upfield which should have made a goal. Nerveless penalty too. But in a game like that too quiet to be potential championship promotion material. Bauer out muscled and out jumped for Doncaster second and utterly AWOL for the third. No thanks.
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