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    Craig Conway - New contract

    He has been decent down the years but in my opinion way, way past his best and had he signed a new deal I would have seen it as wasted money. I do wonder though if Mowbray has offered him greatly reduced terms putting him in a no lose situation. If Conway signs he has an experienced player to fill the squad on the cheap and if he didn't sign Mowbrays reputation of Mr Good Guy is still intact. Either way we'll never know but good luck to Conway wherever he ends up.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Difficult for me not to be in Darwen as I live there.
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    Happy Tugay Day

    That's what really frustrates me about those who take some kind of moral high ground and want to forgive them for the wanton damage they have done. I will never forgive them.
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    Happy Tugay Day

    Without a doubt my favourite ever Rovers player. A genius. Thanks for the memories.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    You'll need your passport and visa to enter the Metropolis 😁. Watch out for the peregrine falcon. It's also on Monday.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    The downside to that is having to get the Indians to sign off transfers. I know for a fact they don't rush these things and have been a source of frustration to Rovers staff, both footballing and administrative. The danger is missing targets whilst they twiddle their thumbs and other clubs do deals.
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    2018/19 Season Reviews/Conclusions

    It's a strange one because for the first three quarters of the season (injuries aside) Nyambe was the undisputed first choice. He was unreservedly dropped and never really got back in the team. During this period he signed a new deal. One school of thought was that Mowbray wanted to shoehorn Bennett into the team. Another rumour was a fall out. Very strange.
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    2018/19 Season Reviews/Conclusions

    With Nyambe being away with Namibia he will miss much of pre season as he will be on an extended holiday. That probably means Bennett will play right back until Nyambe gets up to speed.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I didn't think he did dive Andy. I watched it several times in slo mo and he accidentally clipped his own heel. The Arsenal player was in real close proximity and my reading was that Pedersen genuinely thought he had been tripped. One thing I'm sure we could agree on though is that Pedersen was a genuine, honest bloke so it seemed out of character.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I'd also been told that Friedel had made some bad investments and was struggling. Randy Lerner had offered to help him set up some soccer schools in America as they are from the same state (although I've never checked).
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    Arte et Labore - Every proper fan would know

    Does it say 'sex digital insita'?
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    Attendances

    I remember the bus stopping for people from the Park to get on but not recently. Quite a few get off at the top of Watery Lane and further down at the Function Room. I know of at least two contributors to this site who are usually on the bus.
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    Stanley

    He is a dingle showing his true colours - envy green. He tried to buy into Burnley and was knocked back. He then bought Accrington. You can take the boy out of Burnley..................
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    Attendances

    Although the bus doesn't pick up anywhere on the way the driver usually drops off several people close to their homes on the way back. It's a really good service and the Heifer bus is usually full. I have to stress though that these buses are organised solely by a couple of supporters with no input from the club.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    The real galling thing in that match was that we were coasting at 2-0 and Birmingham had given up. The penalty gave them hope and in the end we were hanging on to a point.
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    Attendances

    I pay £3.50 fare from Darwen and I think the double decker bus is around £180 to hire. We are dropped off at Ewood WMC and picked up behind the old Albion pub. It does seem we given priority over traffic afterwards and quite often are back at the Craven Heifer pub before 5.20.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Mowbray has signalled his intent by publicly stating he is looking to sign a new keeper despite Leutwiler signing a new deal. Unless you are a Man City (Richard Wright) or Chelsea (Robert Green) it makes little financial sense to pay a decent wage to somebody who invariably only trains and travels with the team. For me Raya can be sold as I don't think he has improved in two years. The weaknesses he showed then are still there. Undoubtedly his great strength are his reflexes and he is up there with Friedal in that respect but he is average or weak in all other areas. I don't buy the theory of poor coaching neither. Lots of keepers do things naturally and I honestly don't see how any coaching can improve his decision making which is an area that really lets us down. It's a sell for me and I just get the impression that is the way Mowbray is thinking too
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    Goalkeeper Situation

    Steele was injured when Mowbray brought Raya in. Would he have dropped Steele? We'll never know.
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    Aniket Jadhav

    There has. This bloke was signed by Warnock at Bury where he played 37 games. I actually refereed him when he played for East Bengal in a pre season tournament at Leicester. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhaichung_Bhutia
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    Craig Conway - New contract

    How many games did he actually come on and we successfully closed a tight game out? I genuinely don't know but that was the excuse traded out last season when he got a new deal. From memory I can't recall that it happened too often.
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    Other Football League 2018/19

    The process when I was active was that the referee should ask the Match Commander and Safely Officer if there were any safety issues which would effect a potential penalty shoot out. This briefing takes place 75 minutes before the game. If they have a preference then the referee should inform the managers and captains at the exchange of team sheets an hour before kick off. If there are no issues then it's the toss of a coin and the winning captain chooses. In my experience the choice was usually in front of the home fans. I always suspected that it wasn't a decision made in the interests of safety but to give the home team an advantage. I've never seen such a public show when a delegation troop onto the pitch to tell the referee where penalties should be taken from. Poor from the referee for not sorting this out privately before the match.
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    Retained list 2018/2019 Season

    They absolutely would. In their promotion season Accringtons top paid player was on £1200 a week. They will be on better money now with the club having a greater income but nowhere near what the likes of Smallwood and Conway are on.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    There was a song to the tune of Johnny Goes Marching Home which had lots of na, na, na's but the lyrics were 'Mokoena's gonna break your legs' which I took to be a dark compliment to his ability to kick and hurt opponents.
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    Championship 2018-19

    They are an entitled bunch who sing about being Champions of Europe but they didn't actually win anything. And I take a dislike to any club who shamefully fleece visiting supporters.
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    Other Football League 2018/19

    He definitely did try (or actually did) to kick the Sunderland lad. I saw it in real time and couldn't believe it. The Pompey lump thrn wanted to fight several Sunderland players who came over to the scene. I read today though that the Sunderland player doesn't want to press charges.
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