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  1. I thought this match deserving of it's own thread. Ordinarily I wouldn't agree but as it's a final and against the Troglodytes then winning becomes all that matters. On paper we should win. We have the quality and experience and stuffing them at anything matters. As of this morning there were less than 600 tickets sold.
  2. The conclusion of our 2018/19 season sees us face Swansea, recently relegated from the Premier League and previously labelled as Swansalona at their prime, which I used to always enjoy. We get cheap tickets, which some people think is a good idea - and others think is an insult to season ticket holders. They really can't please anyone. Rovers have won 4 of their last 5 - Swansea have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 1, form which saw a late playoff charge from Swansea, but it wasn't quite enough, making this a total nothing game - apart from the battle of the Lancashire Championship Clubs, with the right result we can overtake PNE and finish top. Rovers are favourites to beat Swansea and the bookies aren't often wrong. No new injury updates for Rovers. We might see some of the kids, this may be the last time we see some of our players. Not sure on the Swansea team news, to be honest i'm not really sure on any of their players, but after a quick google they've got former Rover Matt Grimes, Nathan Dyer who feels like has played football forever and Ollie McBurnie who's very bloody good. My Rovers team below: Canadian Nyambe Lenihan Magloire Bell Buckley Travis Chapman Dack Rothwell Breo Davenport and Butterworth to come off the bench. Then pick any other player who will be leaving at the end of the season to come on late. Smallwood? Bennett? Mulgrew? Rodwell? Tony decides.
  3. Norwich City are promoted to the Premier League after beating Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Carrow Road. Norwich exploded into the match scoring two early goals to take control of the game. Rovers got back into the match after Lewis Travis scored his first professional goal for the club. The loss ends Rovers winning run, and confirms Norwich promotion. Norwich City: Krul, Godfrey, Zimmermann (c), Vrancic (, Lewis, Buendia, Stiepermann (Tettey, 90), Pukki (Rhodes, 90), McLean, Hernandez (Leitner, 90), Aarons. Unused substitutes: McGovern, Klose, Hanley, Cantwell. Goals: Stiepermann, 13, Vrancic, 20 Booked: Zimmermann, 64 Rovers: Leutwiler, Bennett (c), Lenihan, Williams, Bell, Rodwell (Conway, 58), Travis, Armstrong, Dack (Chapman, 71), Rothwell, Graham (Brereton, 46). Unused substitutes: Raya, Nyambe, Mulgrew, Evans. Goal: Travis, 23 Booked: Lenihan, 18, Dack, 53, Armstrong, 81. Referee: Andrew Madley Attendance: 26,848. TWITCH πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas PATREON πŸ‘‰https://www.patreon.com/roverseas Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw #BLACKBURN #ROVERS #BLACKBURNROVERS
  4. Checked the match thread and nobody has volunteered for this one so here goes. I had vowed never to do a Match preview again after chalking up a 100% record of defeats in games I wrote in anticipation of last season so probably as well I saved my literary endeavours for one that doesn't matter. Not even prize money for places are at stake unless someone can correct me. 1965/6 was the first season I followed Rovers in depth and we had a decent Cup run as well as an abysmal relegation. In the 5th round we drew then 2nd Division Norwich away and got a 2-2 draw before winning the replay at Ewood 3-2 after a fright of being pulled back from an early lead to trailing 1-2 until quite late. Roll forward 15 years and I worked with a pleasant guy at Shell who was a passionate Norwich supporter who told me he had been at the Carrow Road game and had see his first incident of football hooliganism when Rovers supporters pelted a guy dressed as a canary with anything they could get their hands on. So much for football mascots... Back to Saturday night and the late late kick off and a chance for somebody to put themselves in the shop window... perhaps... Leeds are not playing Villa until Sunday and If Sheffield United fail to beat Ipswich at 3pm then Norwich will be playing for both promotion and the title. Party pooping time! Something we did a few times when in the Prem but not recently. Of course Norwich will be on a roll in a packed Carrow Road which can get quite noisy as a smallish stadium extended upwards over the years. So not perfect for blooding youngsters but I hope we will see a repeat of u-23s on the bench while saving the nappy job for Swansea. I see no benefit from not restoring Raya and very much hope travis has recovered to give us an otherwise unchanged outfield line-up from the stroll against Bolton. We have shown we can give all of the teams at the top a headache (even Sheff U away until the sending off) and Norwich had their work cut out at Ewood until the clock struck 80 and the most vulnerable defence to late goals met the most potent late scorers. Norwich have now drawn 4 consecutively and not been commanding in any of their games recently. Of course if we see Mulgrove, Evans and Smallwood together- we will let in at least 4, again. Not a game for Charlie unless we win a late corner. I would particularly like to see Rodwell in midfield under the pressure Norwich will exert. We have seen enough from Rovers to know we can get in amongst the Canaries. I don't expect we will get to or past the 60 point mark with a game to spare but I do expect we will make a decent game of it which is the very least the tv audience and the travelling 600 deserve.
  5. Blackburn Rovers head to Carrow Road looking to upset the party as Norwich City look to seal the deal and get promoted to the Premier League. Rovers come into the match on the back of a sweet 4 game winning run, where as Norwich City come into this on the back of 4 draws. In this video I catch up with Norwich City supporter Harvey Monck and he gives his verdict on Norwich and the players that have stood out for him. We also take a look at the form book and get a prediction from the Cat. TWITCH πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas PATREON πŸ‘‰https://www.patreon.com/roverseas Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw #BLACKBURN #ROVERS #BLACKBURNROVERS
  6. Blackburn Rovers made it 4 wins on the spin as they beat local rivals Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at Ewood Park. The story of the day was Ben Brereton scoring his first goal for the club in the 1st half. Rovers had other chances to add to their tally but had to wait to the 2nd half before we made the game safe. The 2nd goal fell to Adam Armstrong who tapped home a scrappy effort which made the points safe. Rovers will head to Carrow next Saturday as they look to be party poopers in Norwich City's promotion push. Rovers did introduce some youngsters in the 2nd half, as they looked to gain some valuable experience for next season. Rovers: Leutwiler, Nyambe, Lenihan (c), D. Williams, Bell, Rodwell (J. Buckley, 65, Travis (Bennett, 46), Armstrong, Dack (Butterworth, 76), Rothwell, Brereton. Unused substitutes: Raya, Graham, Mulgrew, Conway. Goals: Brereton, 30, Armstrong, 50. Bolton Wanderers: Alnwick, Taylor (c), Beevers (Wilson, 11), Donaldson, Ameobi, Noone, Hobbs, Connolly, J. Williams (Murphy, 39), Brockbank (Muscatt, 75), Connell. Unused substitutes: B. Williams, Oztumer, W. Buckley, Magennis. Referee: Andy Woolmer. Attendance: 14,495 (1,163 away) TWITCH πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas PATREON πŸ‘‰https://www.patreon.com/roverseas Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw #BLACKBURN #ROVERS #BLACKBURNROVERS
  7. Blackburn Rovers take on already relegated Bolton Wanderers in their penultimate home match of the season. Rovers have the comfort in knowing that they cannot go up or cannot go down and will look to make it 4 wins on the spin at Ewood Park. Bolton come into the match after their latest loss to Aston Villa which say them drop to the 3rd tier of english football. Rovers on the other hand come into the match on the back of a 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers. In this video I preview the match, take a look at the form books and see what Cass the Cat has to say about the match. JOIN ME LIVE ON TWITCH FOR THIS MATCH TWITCH πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas PATREON (will you be #1) πŸ‘‰https://www.patreon.com/roverseas Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw #BLACKBURN #ROVERS #BLACKBURNROVERS
  8. Blackburn Rovers made it 3 wins on the spin after an impressive performance against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. Rovers got their goals firstly from Danny Graham who converted a penalty after a Rovers man was brought down. Rovers made it two quickly into the 2nd half after Bradley Dack converted a Adam Armstrong cross into the back of the net. Blackburn had a few decent opportunities to add to their tally however they could not be converted. QPR made it a little nervy deep into the final stages as Matt Smith pulled on back for the hosts. Queens Park Rangers: Lumley, Furlong, Freeman, Cousins (Wells, 51), Scowen, Manning, Hemed (Smith, 64), Osayi-Samuel, Luongo, Wszolek (Eze, 73), Lynch. Unused substitutes: Ingram, Cameron, Walker, Tilt. Goal: Smith, 90. Booked: Luongo, 59, Osayi-Samuel, 82, Wells, 90. Rovers: Leutwiler, Bennett (c), Lenihan, Williams, Bell, Evans (Rodwell, 64), Travis, Rothwell, Dack, Armstrong (Brereton, 85), Graham (Nuttall, 68). Unused substitutes: Raya, Nyambe, Smallwood, Mulgrew. Goals: Graham pen, 22, Dack, 47. Booked: Dack, 31, Rodwell, 83, Leutwiler, 90. Attendance: 13,632 (964 away). TWITCH πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas PATREON (will you be #1) πŸ‘‰https://www.patreon.com/roverseas Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw #BLACKBURN #ROVERS #BLACKBURNROVERS
  9. arbitro

    Bolton at home.

    Easter Monday sees us lock horns with an old foe from t'other side of Bull Hill. I have to be perfectly honest and admit I don't really care too much for them. Almost certainly this goes back to the 70's when a visit to Burnden Park could be intimidating. I was actually chased back to Trinity Street station by some Bolton fans because we had the temerity to beat them in a crucial Division Three game. For anybody of a certain age Derek Fazackerley scored a late winner. I used to meet him frequently on the football circuit and I always reminded him that he was almost responsible for an early demise for me. Another reason I disliked them was because quite often they used to beat us. Players like Paul Jones, Sam Allardyce, Neil Whatmore, Warwick Rimmer, Peter Nicholson, Barry Siddall, Frank Worthington as the names just roll off my tongue and I was envious. Over the years they have a marginally better record with 70 wins to our 63 with 38 drawn. Hopefully we will seal their relegation on Monday and be able to laugh at them from our lofty, smug mid table security. They have really had a season to forget with late payments to playing and non playing staff, a pre season players strike and more recently players refusing to train with some games only being confirmed at the eleventh hour. At this point I ought to give them some grudging praise that they have taken it to within a few games of the seasons end before relegation is confirmed. There is some real concern about their new owner, Bassini who has bought the club from the snake oil salesman that was Anderson. I can't help thinking that it will be out of the frying pan for them. Their nickname is The Trotters which is quite apt really when you consider some of the Del Boy like characters they have had running them. Sadly Jason Lowe is out for the season but aside from him they still have some experienced players to call upon so whilst I'm not expecting a cakewalk I will be disappointed if we don't win by two clear goals. Hopefully our boss is as true as his word and we see some of the excellent young players who have impressed this season in the under 23's. It would be a good time to blood them. For older supporters John Byrom will probably be the most famous ' played for both teams' player. But from memory these weren't too bad: El Hadj Diouf Alan Ainscow Gordon Taylor The infamous (in Darwen anyway) Mark Patterson Scott Sellars Matt Jansen And Big Sam managed us both. Enjoy the game and the Trotters wallowing in their own misery.
  10. It will be a Friday, but will it be any good? Rovers sit safe and sound in 15th place, QPR two places below on 48. Whilst mathematically Rangers can still be caught, relegation is unlikely, so a fairly meaningless match in the general scheme of things, but will tinker Tony blood some youngsters? Founded in 1886, Rangers meandered around various grounds in and around White City, they finally settled at Loftus Road. They have had pockets of success, winning the then League Cup in 1967, and finished runners up in the First Division in 1975-6. Head to head we have won 21, drawn 12 and lost 14 against the Hoops. Players common to both clubs in recent times include the beast that was Chris Samba, Junior Hoilett went the other way, current player Ben Gladwin and the Bradley whose name shall never again be associated with our club. Rangers were quite a force in the early/mid 70's, when Gerry Francis was a key player, and later, manager. Owners....don't get me started on owners.....QPR have had their own fair few "issues" with ownership. Chris Wright bought the club in 1996, ploughing Β£20 million inside the next 5 years. Then F1 glitterati, Bernie the Germanic loving then owner and Flavio Briatore, had a "do", committing another Β£20 million to cover debt etc. 2007 saw the family of billionaire Lakshmi Mittal purchase a 20% stake in the club. Son-in-law Amit Bhaia made it onto the board. Mittal was reportedly the eighth richest man in the world at the time, and Rangers fans could have been right to think all these wealthy chaps might provide a veritable treasure chest to assist the club to prosper. Unfortunately that didn't transpire, and various debts emerged, and little or no cash invested. Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes (Air Asia) was next to have a punt in 2011, with an investment rumoured to be around Β£35 million. A loan using the stadium as collateral, paid off other debt, and refinanced new debt. The club continues to be mired in various controversies from the previous owners dealings. Bhatia became chairman of the club in August last year. We beat them at Ewood last November, with a 1-0 win. A double would be nice. QPR average 13,800 or so home crowds this season, so plenty of room to stretch out. Have a lovely Easter away day roaming Rovers, basking in the 25 degree heat...... Here's to 3-points!
  11. Blackburn Rovers head to Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers looking to make it 3 wins in a row. QPR come into the match fresh off the back of a nice victory over Swansea City, whereas Rovers come into the match off the back of the away win against Nottingham Forest. In this video I preview the match, look at the form books and get a prediction from the Cat. Also we hear from Jonny Naidoo who is a Queens Park Rangers supporter about their season and the match this Friday. If you want to check me out LIVE on TWITCH on Easter Monday as Rovers take o n Bolton Wanderers here is a link to my channel: Twitch πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas Meanwhile some other social media links: Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: Twitch πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  12. Back to back wins for Blackburn Rovers after they managed to scrape a 1-2 win against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Rovers took the lead thanks to form man Joe Rothwell in the first half after a lovely floating shot hit the back of the net. Rovers doubled their lead in the 2nd half thanks to Danny Graham who bagged his 150th professional goal. Yates gave Forest hope to make it 1-2, however despite all their pressure they could not find an equalizer. Rovers will move onto take on QPR on Good Friday. Meanwhile you can catch me LIVE via TWITCH on Easter Monday for a LIVE REACTION show as Rovers take on Bolton. Twitch πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas Stop by and give me a follow. Nottingham Forest: Pantilimon, Colback (c), Grabban (Carvalho, 74), Wague, Cash, Robinson, Yates (Osborn, 77), Lolley, Byram, Pele, Appiah (Murphy, 65). Unused substitutes: Steele, Yacob, Benalouane, Ansarifard. Goal: Yates, 53 Booked: Yates, 56, Byram, 74 Rovers: Raya, Bennett (c), Lenihan, Williams, Bell, Travis, Evans (Rodwell, 69), Armstrong, Dack (Brereton, 85), Rothwell, Graham (Nuttall, 63). Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Nyambe, Smallwood, Mulgrew. Goal: Rothwell, 29, Graham, 49 Booked: Bennett, 68, Williams, 81 Referee: Darren Bond. Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: Twitch πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  13. Can't seem to find anything so here it is. Will Mowbray stick with the same team as Tuesday. Will my lads get out of Hooters. Questions Questions. 1 0 win for the ROVERS
  14. Blackburn Rovers hit the road once again to take on playoff chasing Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Rovers come into the match off the back of a confidence boosting win over Derby County earlier in the week. Forest on the other hand come into the match on the back of a loss to Sheffield Wednesday. Despite that Forest still have slight ambitions to gate crash the playoffs, as for Rovers they seem to have done enough to keep themselves in the division for another season. In this video I preview the match, take a look at the form books and speak with Forest fan Jack Inger who gives me a review of their season. While your here check out his channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYdSfYBIoyJAQzcv0lusirg Twitch πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: Twitch πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  15. Blackburn Rovers got back to winning ways with a amazing performance against high flyers Derby County, coming with a comfortable 2-0 win at Ewood Park. Rovers hit the ground running and could have scored 5 or 6 in this match had it not been for Derby's strong defense. The deadlock was broken however via Joe Rothwell who's first goal for the club was a cheeky chip over the Derby keeper. Rovers added a 2nd right at the death via Bradley Dack who tapped in the final ball after a great build up by Rovers. If Rovers can deliver this kind of performance week in week out we could have a great season on our hands. However a bit too late for that. As for Derby they will need to dig deep to get their playoff push back on track. Rovers: Raya, E. Bennett (c), Lenihan, Williams, Bell, Travis, Reed (Evans, 90), Rothwell (Armstrong, 81), Dack, Conway, Graham (Nuttall, 90). Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Nyambe, Rodwell, Brereton. Goal: Rothwell, 76 Booked: E. Bennett, 52, Travis 85 Derby County: Roos, Bryson (Holmes, 65), Tomori, Keogh (c), Wilson, Mount (Nugent, 73), Waghorn (M. Bennett, 52), Lawrence, Johnson, Cole, Bogle. Unused substitutes: Carson, Wisdom, Jozefzoon, Huddlestone. Referee: Jeremy Simpson. Attendance: 12,590 (901 away) Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: Twitch πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  16. Blackburn Rovers return to Ewood Park to take on high flying Derby County, with the hope of breaking their winless run. Rovers come into the match on the back of a 0-1 loss to Stoke City. Derby on the other hand come into the match off the back of a thrilling 3-3 draw against Brentford. In this video I preview the match, look at the form books and get a prediction from the Cat. Also joining me this week is Chris Parson's from the Steve Bloomers Washing podcast, we talk all things Derby County. https://stevebloomerswashing.com/ @SteveBloomerPod https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/steve-bloomers-washing/id1265416808?mt=2 Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: Twitch πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  17. Where do we go from here, is it down to the lake I fear.... Frank Lampard FC are in town so we're all off Ewood, that's where, the home of Tony's exciting free-scoring Rovers team. It's going to be a cracker! Lord knows what the team will be but hopefully at least 1 youngster will play just to add some intrigue. FLDCFC are actually fairly shite away from home (1 win in 8 ) so in time-honoured tradition we'll roll out the red carpet and give them a timely play-off boost. Rovers 1 v 2 Derby County Att; 3100 (3000 away) Speeedddiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
  18. Blackburn Rovers return to Ewood Park but could not break the air tight Stoke defense and ultimately losing 0-1. Etebo the only scorer on the day with a crisp strike that broke the Rovers defense. It could have been much worse for Rovers as Stoke were given a penalty which was saved by David Raya between the sticks. Raya also came to Rovers rescue in the 2nd half and delivered a wonder save to deny ex Burnley man Sam Volkes a goal. Rovers created little and look lost at sea the moment. The season can not end quick enough for Rovers who will need to work extra hard in the summer to turn this team into something that can compete in this league. Later on the channel, I will take a detailed look at the match, hear what the gaffa had to say, take a look at Rovers fans input on social media and more. Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: Twitch πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  19. Blackburn Rovers return to Ewood Park to take on Stoke City this weekend. Both teams seemed to be destined for Championship football next season, but who can finish their season off stronger? Stoke come into this match fresh of the back of 4 scoreless draws. Whereas Rovers come into the match off the back of a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa. In this video I speak with David Cowlishaw from the Wizards of Drivel podcast who gives me a quick recap of the Stoke City season, their chances this weekend and more. We also get a prediction from the cat and take a look at the Championship form table. Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: Twitch πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw #ROVERSVSSTOKE #BLACKBURN #ROVERS
  20. Well then, our season seems to have petered out somewhat, we’re all a bit fed up for many reasons, but it’s Easter soon and we get extra days off work…. (Well, most of us do!) In our last match, at in-form Aston Villa, as many of us expected, we lost. Though admittedly, not as heavily as I personally would have thought! A Bit About Stoke-On-Trent At a music festival last year, my mate and I got talking to a lad from Stoke at the bar. He asked us what we knew of Stoke, I said β€˜Alton Towers’ and my mate said β€˜Rory Delap’. My mate had the better answer, it turned out, as Rory Delap was this lad’s childhood hero. It is known as β€˜The Potteries’ as it is the historical home of the pottery industry in the UK. Locals are known as β€˜Potters’ (indeed, this is the nickname of Stoke City FC) as well as β€˜Stokies’. The Oatcake is a popular local food item, made from oatmeal, flour and yeast apparently! These can be eaten as is, or with a filling, i.e. savoury items, i.e. breakfast stuff typically, but also sweet items, such as golden syrup, jam, banana etc. The Oatcake is also the name of a Stoke City FC fanzine and also an internet message board for fans of the club. As I alluded to above, Alton Towers is a major national theme/water park, located in the village of Alton, just outside of Stoke-On-Trent. A Brief History of Our Opponents Founded as Stoke Ramblers in 1863, the club changed its name to Stoke in 1878, then finally to Stoke City FC in 1925, when Stoke-On-Trent was granted City Status. Their most celebrated player was Stanley Matthews and he served the club between 1932 and 1947, then again between 1961 and 1965, scoring 62 goals from the wing in the process. A special mention must also go to recently deceased former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks as well. He served the club for 6 years between 1967 and 1973. Like ourselves, they were founder members of the Football League and are the second oldest football club in the world, after Notts County. Their city rivals are Port Vale and between them, they contest the Potteries Derby. They currently play at the Bet365 Stadium (formerly The Britannia Stadium), having played there since 1997 when it was opened. Prior to that, they played their home matches at The Victoria Ground and had done since 1878. They haven’t really been all that successful in terms of winning trophies, if truth be told! They won the League Cup in 1972 and won the Second Division (Now The Championship) twice, in the 1932-33 and 1962-63 seasons. John Ritchie is the club’s all-time leading scorer with 176 goals in all competitions and he played for the club between 1962 and 1966 initially, then returned to the club between 1969 and 1975. Giannelli Imbula is the club’s record signing at Β£18.3 Million in 2016. Imbula is currently on loan at Rayo Vallecano in Spain, playing alongside Franco Di Santo, formerly of this parish. The lucky swine…… The club are owned by local businessman and owner of Bet365, (hence the stadium sponsorship) Peter Coates. Some Famous Stoke City Fans Neil Morrissey (Actor whose credits include Men Behaving Badly) Nick Hancock (TV Host from They Think It’s All over) Dominic Cork (Former Lancashire Cricketer) Adrian Lewis (Darts Player) Jeremy Bates (Former Tennis Player) Frank Gough (Former TV Presenter) Selection of Played For/Managed Both Paul Lambert (Managed Both) Mark Hughes (Managed Both) Peter Thorne (Played For Both) Shay Given (Played For Both) Jonathan Walters (Played For Both) James Beattie (Played For Both) Roger Jones (Played For Both) Ben Marshall (Played For Both) Mame Biram Diouf (Played For Both) Steven N’Zonzi (Played For Both) When The Two Sides Last Met…. Last time out against the lads in red and white from the Potteries, we almost did a classic Rovers in being 3-0 up and in dreamland, then ultimately drawing 3-3. This was down in no small part to Saido Berahino not being able to put a free shot from 12 yards out in the back of the net, with the scores at 3-2 to us in the 90th minute. So luckily, as it was, we actually won 3-2. We don’t like doing things the easy way, with clean sheets, incredible defending and such. That’s all boring! The last time we played them at Ewood, we won 4-1 in the FA Cup, back in 2015. Josh King had a blinder for us and scored a hat trick, mostly after Geoff Cameron was sent off for the visitors. Still, you can only beat what’s in front of you and as Stoke were then an established Premier League side, this was considered quite the upset. Overall Head to Head Record Rovers 43 Wins Stoke 35 Wins 15 Draws Although we don't tend to defend very well, I can honestly foresee a 0-0 here. Just as long as we aren't beaten again! I'm sure we could all do without that! If anything, we just need to arrest this slide and boost the morale around the place.....
  21. Blackburn Rovers returned to Sky Bet Championship football with a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park. Goals from Tammy Abraham and Tyrone Mings gave Villa a two goal lead. Rovers had to turn to Amari Bell to provide any hope as Blackburn pushed for an equalizer. The win continues a torrid spell for Rovers as their season draws to a close. Where as Villa will hope this win edges them closer to securing a playoff spot. In this video we hear from Dan Collins (@DCSparkyDC) get his verdict on the match. The gaffa also gives his opinion, plus match stats, feedback and more. Next up for Rovers will be a home match against Stoke City, whereas Aston Villa take on Steve Bruce's Sheffield Wednesday. Aston Villa: Steer, Taylor, Whelan, McGinn, Grealish (c) (Hourihane, 87), Abraham, Green (Adomah, 65), El Ghazi, Elmohamady, Hause, Mings. Unused substitutes: Sarkic, Tuanzebe, Jedinak, Davis, Kodjia. Goals: Abraham, 8, Mings, 61 Booked: McGinn, 77 Rovers: Raya, Nyambe, Lenihan, Mulgrew (c), Bell, Travis, Bennett (Reed, 60), Conway, Dack (Rothwell, 66), Armstrong, Graham (Brereton, 66). Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Williams, Rodwell, Smallwood. Goal: Bell, 74 Booked: Bennett, 25 Attendance: Referee: Robert Jones. Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: Twitch πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  22. Apologies for my tardiness in bringing you the review. I have been waiting for my dopey Villa mate to reply to an email I sent him on the 13th of this month! This is the email I sent, and as luck would have it, I have just received a reply: Thanks Rick and son Scott. "I have said I will do the website preview of our game at your place week on Saturday, sort of an update to the game at ours......if you and Scott could pitch in again and answer these very in depth questions! Spookily, we meet again, this time at your place following an international break. What a difference a few months make....15th September it was, in front of the Sky cameras, where your man Hourihane scored a fantastic late free kick to equalise 1-1, Dack’s goal for us. I think we just shaded it that day! We were 12th and 13th respectively, with nine points each. A crowd of 15,982 attended, and you brought 3,998. Our fortunes have taken different paths since, you ditched Bruce, we have persevered with Mowbray, you currently sit in the last play off place, on a good run of form. Since a great January, and a manager, kiss of death, of the month award, save for the recent Wigan game, have found life tough, and sit 17th, 10-points behind you. Q. You weren’t enamoured with Bruce when we last spoke, what is the general view of Dean Smith? A. Dean Smith is playing some exciting stuff particularly since he sorted our defence with the loan of Mings and Hause. General feel is he is doing a good job and is capable of winning promotion but will be a bit of a risk if we do make the EPL Q. Is the play offs now your best hope of promotion, looking at the gap between the top three and yourselves? If so, it’s still a lottery....hopeful your momentum will carry you through? A. Agree playoffs are our best hope. We can beat anyone on our day so just depends on which Villa turn up Q. You mentioned half a dozen names to look out for, who have been your players of the season, so far? A Early season is was Abraham who couldn’t stop scoring but the return of Jack Gealish after 3 month injury has been a revelation. We’re a different side when he plays. Mings has also been fantastic since we loaned him in January Q. Unlike us, I think you have brought in a couple in the transfer window, are they making a difference? Mings and Hause have been excellent and regular starters since Jan. Q. I’m not going to ask you to give me a tip for the Grand National, based on your tips for top six and bottom three, but would you agree it looks like one from Leeds (hope not), Norwich and Sheff Utd to go up. With the W*nkys, and Ipswich looking doomed, you might be right about Reading? A I think Leeds will be playoffs but if its not us I think WBA will make it. Q. We have had very good away followings generally, but with our season petering out, a Β£30 price tag for adults, it remains to be seen whether we sell our initial 1,500 allocation. What sort of attendances have you been getting, and has your recent run sparked re-enthusiasm? A Typical attendances have been 35000ish at home. No surprise really as Villa can always fill the stadium when the team is winning. Even a Bruce side was getting 27000 and they were terrible to watch Q. I think it’s fair to say, with your recent form, and our total inability to defend, many on here fear a bit of a thumping. Your prediction? I went 2-1 home win at Ewood. If we lose by less than two, I would be happy! Though I did get the crowd spot on, predicting 16,000! A. I think Villa win by 3-1 or 3-0 Q. How are your owners doing? Has the new CEO made a difference? Owners have backed the club putting about Β£50m in so far in shares. They are professional sports owners with plenty of cash but the financial muscle wont really count unless we get promoted. So far, the team they have employed look good and unlike our previous chairmen, letting the team do the talking Thanks for updating us, and good luck for the rest of the season!" So there it is, to be read in conjunction with the home preview. Been to Villa a few times, never been a problem. Hope all that go don't witness a 'mare. We might even cause an upset........Dack, 92nd minute, and Smith buys him on the spot for 15 million with a shake of TM's hand? Keep believing that the Loons will eventually leave! I do!
  23. Blackburn Rovers slipped to another away defeat at the hands of a revamped Sheffield Wednesday. The final score being a mouthwatering 4-2 win for the Owls. Plenty of action within the match which could have seen many more goals, Sheff Wed hit the post in the first half before taking the lead though Steve Fletcher. Rovers on the other hand relied on goals from Craig Conway and Elliott Bennett however it was not enough to get anything out of this entertaining defeat. A bit of break in the Championship comes at a good time for all, especially Rovers as we hope to see some defensive players return from injury in two weeks time. Another positive was the Rovers debut of youngster John Buckley, many more appearances in a Rovers shirt please Gaffa! Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Iorfa, Hector, Lees, Palmer, Reach, Hutchinson (Pelupessy, 9), Bannan, Aarons, Winnall (Matias, 55), Fletcher (Nuhiu, 58) Subs: Dawson, Fox, Thorniley, Boyd Rovers: Raya, Nyambe, Magloire, Williams, Bennett, Reed (Conway, 55), Evans (Buckley, 68), Travis, Rothwell, Dack, Graham (Armstrong, 68) Subs: Leutwiler, Smallwood, Brereton, Nuttall Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: Twitch πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  24. Blackburn Rovers head back out on the road to take on in form Sheffield Wednesday. Rovers come into this match fresh off the back of a comfortable home win against Wigan Athletic. Steve Bruce's Sheffield Wednesday come into this match in fine form, most recently beating Bolton Wanderers at the Macron Stadium. In this video I preview the match, take a look at what the fans have to say and we get a prediction from the Cat. Webpage πŸ‘‰ http://blackburnroverseas.com Twitter πŸ‘‰ http://twitter.com/roverseas Facebook πŸ‘‰ http://facebook.com/blackburnroverseas Subscribe πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/blackburnroverseas Other Work πŸ‘‰ http://youtube.com/box500productions Also be sure to drop by Twitch as and when, I often broadcast Blackburn Rovers related gameplay as well as some Football Manager: Twitch πŸ‘‰ http://twitch.tv/roverseas Cass the Cat Championship Edition πŸ‘‰ http://goo.gl/n6Ubkw
  25. I can’t stand Wednesday. Deludedly β€œmassive” having done nothing for years, and lots of my friends are fans. I want my friends to be sad. Visitors should go down Kelham Island/Neepsend and get the tram up. The area is widely regarded as one of the best for β€œproper” alehouses in the country. The Fat Cat is my favourite. A bit closer to the ground (ten minute walk away) is The New Barrack Tavern. Love it here: good food - loads of beers and football focused. Full of friendly Wednesdayites pre-match so don’t be a dick. The Dinnerlady has shored their team up recently, but every unbeaten run must come to an end... With the confidence from last night I really think we can beat them. They really aren’t that good. Same team as Wigan? Commence arguing.
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