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  1. ‘Tic & Tykes Take Turns To Top Tony The weekend just gone should have seen Glastonbury in full flow and in the absence of the real thing, the BBC rolled out some footage of classic performances from years gone by to fill the void in their schedules. I wish I’d spent at least two 90-minute sessions this week watching some old VHS tapes of vintage Rovers instead of hugging a laptop and cursing sporadically at a couple of modern day instalments of the soap opera that is Blackburn Rovers F.C. If there’s one thing you can count upon in this stilted, strange, subdued season, Rovers inability to capitalise on a hard-earned and promising league position is almost certainly it. After an insipid start to the campaign, Rovers finally seemed to coalesce into a team that might threaten the play-offs on the back of a defeat to Leeds back in November. They followed up this narrow defeat with a run of five wins and a draw to set up a couple of home Christmas fixtures that seemed primed to launch a promotion challenge of substance. Almost inevitably, the two limp home draws that followed were surpassed by two lame away defeats to celebrate the dawn of 2020. Before you had chance even to start a New Year’s resolution, prospects of glory slipped away faster than a midnight bottle of bubbly. Rovers then tantalised their fans once more, with a run of one defeat in ten to re-kindle hope, before a calamitous performance at Derby seemed to signal finality to aspirations. The three-month COVID interlude however, allowed injured players to recuperate, gave the manager opportunities to work with his squad and a chance to prepare for a mini-season of nine games that might just lead to two or three more. The Bristol City win encouraged optimism and once more, on the cusp of possibility, with a chance to make a bold statement of intent, Rovers chose to retreat into their shell and their warm, safe place of mediocrity. It’s hard to pin down what must have taken place in training last week that caused professional footballers to turn in a couple of abject performances on Saturday and Tuesday. One thing is for certain; the team cannot blame a hostile atmosphere, a referee influenced by noisy home supporters, or a long, uncomfortable journey for their travails. This was self-imposed torpor. Wigan were nothing special but they have secured some very impressive results this season based on some basic tenets of discipline, organisation and work rate. The pantomime villain that is Paul Cook has certainly found a way to frustrate Rovers in recent seasons and Rovers run of winless visits to Wigan stretches now to thirteen years. Such is the joy of football statistics, that defeat at Wigan made it just one win in six for Rovers. This is not the form of a side gearing themselves up for a play-off push. Compare and contrast with the resurgent Derby County, aided of course by the impact of Wayne Rooney, who have chalked up five straight wins to overtake Rovers. They might just be the team that sneaks into the play-offs under the radar. A chance for redemption on Tuesday tea-time, a trip to South Yorkshire and a meeting with bottom of the table Barnsley was spurned, in the words of Rowan Atkinson “like a rabid dog...” The litany of woes was familiar. A line-up missing vital components for various reasons, players out of position, lack of energy in the opening quarter of an hour, poor finishing, ill-discipline generating another poor result against a team apparently deep in the relegation mire. The hapless Ben Brereton summing up the evening in a brief cameo performance, capped off with what initially looked a harsh red but, with the benefit of replays, it justified the referee’s interpretation of violent conduct. Tony Mowbray’s somewhat formulaic response to going a goal down contrasted deeply unfavourably with the tactical switches made by each of his opposite numbers, first on Saturday and again on Tuesday. Rovers suddenly look wooden, lumpen, ponderous and deeply predictable. The inexorable conclusion to draw from the re-start is that Bristol City really aren’t any good and that victory clearly flattered Rovers. An optimistic mathematician might try make the case that Rovers still have a chance of reaching the play-offs; but an optician would urge an eye-test in order to ensure that the evidence can be properly considered. Perhaps we should all take a drive to Barnard Castle ? Rovers have a run of very tasty fixtures coming up now, Leeds, Cardiff, WBA and Millwall the next four. Essentially, six straight wins would deliver a points total good enough for the play-offs only once in the last three seasons. Rovers have managed four wins in a row on one previous occasion earlier this season, initiated intriguingly by a win over Barnsley. To expect six in a row following this defeat by Barnsley is plainly fanciful. Just pride and contracts to play for now. Marcelo Bielsa will doubtless be quaking in his boots.
  2. Two full years back in the Championship got me thinking about our squad and the realistic shape it is it. Hypothetical - we sold every player at the end of this season, which league should they be playing in next season (including Walton and Adarabioyo) - based solely on next years ability (not potential). Is our squad mainly Championship, Premier League or League 1 quality? Here is my take... 27 in the squad - outlook for 2020/21 Premier League = 3 Lenihan, Travis, Adarabioyo* Top Championship = 4 Dack, Armstrong, Nyambe, Holtby Mid Championship = 2 Downing, Evans Low Championship = 3 Gallagher, Rothwell, Walton* Low Championship / League 1 = 6 Brereton, Rankin-Costello, Graham, Johnson, Bell, Williams League 1 = 9 Leutwiler, Samuel, Smallwood, Davenport, Bennett, Butterworth, Buckley, Chapman, Mulgrew Results: I would say that 2/3 (18 of 27) of our current squad is low Championship (at best), but mainly bang average L1 players. Of the other 9, one is a loan who will be gone, one is 36 years old, and one is injured - plus who is to say if Mowbs will resist selling off star academy products like a Nyambe or Travis (like he did Raya). Lots of our poor standard players are out of contract - which is a bonus... but do we trust the manager to replace with better? Now not every player in your squad will be high quality, I get that. But we really are lacking in depth of top Championship quality. I fear for our recruitment in such a quick/unique "summer" window will lead to a nose dive down the table next year. Do I give Mowbray praise for getting the most out of such a bang average squad this season? Or criticise him for it for it being so poor in depth. Thoughts?
  3. iFollow Fiasco Leads to Blackout Rovers Way back in the early 90’s, my then girlfriend (the current Mrs Old Blackburnian as it goes) would occasionally arrange to have her hair done in Rochdale on a Saturday morning. Nothing too odd with that I can hear you say, but we lived in the West Midlands at the time and each fortnight, I commuted northbound on a Saturday morning to watch the unfolding revolution taking place at Ewood. The future Mrs OB however would at that point, trust only her former hairdresser from her Mancunian days and so for a few months, until a suitable West Midlands alternative was eventually sourced, this was the arrangement. I would drive us up to Rochdale, hair would be sorted, then off to Ewood. The future Mrs OB would then drop me off and spend the afternoon single-handedly boosting the local retail economy for a couple of hours. Except one Saturday, the appointment had to be delayed as we were running late due to M6 traffic issues. It seemed to take forever to reach Rochdale. With every snip, spray and “going anywhere nice for your holidays?”, the tension rose and words were exchanged as I kept pointing to my watch and visibly winced with each passing minute. We left Norden at about 2:40pm. It was a tense journey over Owd Betts to Blackburn let us say and certainly was conducted in the days before Gatso cameras became de rigueur. I leapt out, Starsky & Hutch style (ask your parents/grandparents), somewhere on Bolton Road at about 3:10pm, eventually making it to my seat at roughly fifteen minutes after kick-off, having apologised to everyone on the row for the inconvenience, as I inched my way into the warm bosom of the Walkersteel. Until Saturday afternoon just, that was the only previous occasion upon which I had missed the opening fifteen minutes of a Rovers game I planned to watch and that even includes once driving from Loughborough to St Andrew’s (Birmingham, not the home of golf) in a venerable, old Mini 1000 with a dodgy radiator that much like a thirsty child, needed topping up every thirty miles. It later transpired that the “iFollow Fiasco” experienced last Saturday was fairly widespread and the EFL’s technology was seemingly overwhelmed with fans trying to access the system in a surge, as the time ticked ever closer to 3pm. In their defence, who could possibly have predicted that? Many thousands across the country were met with a black screen or a bouncing football alongside a “please wait whilst we try to connect you” message and levels of frustration last experienced whilst listening to Robbie Savage on FiveLive. My own connection fired up in time to show me the opening goal from Bristol City and at that point, it was fair to say that I was questioning my Saturday afternoon leisure choices. Christian Walton made a bit of a hash of a header aimed pretty close to him and in trying to push the ball around the post, he succeeded only in flapping it into the side netting. I am so old that I can remember goalkeepers actually catching attempts at goal, in the case of Pat Jennings, often with a single hand. The use of lightweight balls that move in the air has resulted in a safety-first approach to goalkeeping coaching. A keeper that actually catches anything these days is a rarity. Although in a COVID-laced environment, perhaps having the ability NOT to catch aerial threats is a desirable capability. Not too much time to launch into “full pessimism” mode though before the returning Corry Evans curled a cross into the area for Gallagher to attack. It evaded everyone, attacker, defender and goalkeeper alike and Rovers were level. After that awful injury suffered against Preston, seeing the joy on Evans’ face was worth the wait. Rovers certainly seemed to get the bit between their teeth and early in the second half, the hirsute Ben Brereton latched onto a short pass back, nipping in to pinch the ball before the keeper could collect, an open-goal at his mercy, you could sense the relief...just side-foot it in and...if ever there was an advert for “sensible boots, with sensible studs” then this was it. Brereton cruelly robbed of the salvation a goal would bring. It looked like one “of those afternoons” as Rankin-Costello was robbed of a goal when the referee awarded a free kick to the increasingly hapless Bentley as a result of being fouled by his own defender. Adarabioyo soon curled in a lovely shot from the edge of the area in a “Chris Samba at Spurs” tribute and then Armstrong, on as a substitute, finished delightfully to wrap up the points. Whether this was a case of Rovers being particularly good or Bristol City being especially inept was hard to judge. Results on the day generally went Rovers way and so for a little while longer, the play-off dream remains alive. Wigan up next and with it, renewal of a strange rivalry that has taken on a life of its own since our respective promotions. Wigan enjoyed a tidy win at Huddersfield at the weekend and doubtless will be high in confidence themselves. This is yet another of those “stand up and be counted” moments for Rovers who haven’t beaten Wigan away in ten attempts, since 2007, long overdue.
  4. I thought this might make an interesting discussion, not sure if it should be merged with any current thread though. Obviously the Premier League fixtures between now and the last day of the season are only available on TV and as a result they have been staggered so that there are never 2 games on at the same time. Gary Neville pointed out that it is like that in Spain anyway and asked whether it would be worth adopting a similar schedule full time once the pandemic is over. He did suggest to have a 3 o clock black out still to protect the lower league clubs (in which he has a vested interest in one) and they even talked about the fanciful idea of fans turning up early and staying around late in club bars to watch the live football. The idea of constant football might seem brilliant but I personally would be staunchly against the idea personally. The idea of constant football isnt as good as it seems. I also think it would destroy an element of tradition regarding our culture in this country surrounding the 3 o clock games, the pub prior, the scores all coming in, Match of the Day afterwards etc and it would unavoidably have an impact moving down the leagues financially on attendances. It would also devalue the importance and interest in the football if it was literally on all the time, even more than before. 4 or 5 games a week moved for TV is possibly already a little too far but to be fair I havent complained to date but you still have at least some of the Premier League games on at 3 o clock. The prospect of promotion would become slightly less enviable if I knew that literally every game was on at different times.
  5. It’s Back, Back, Back...But Are WE Ready ? Where were we then before we were so rudely interrupted? Football is “back” and on Saturday afternoon, Rovers will take on Bristol City...but is it truly back? Should it be back at all, even in this stilted format? Are WE even ready for it? A lot has happened in the intervening three months and very little of it good. We have seen some Premier League clubs suddenly develop deep-seated values and integrity predicated solely it would appear on league position. The fine upstanding board at West Ham United for instance, was very keen to declare the season null & void way back in March, as the pandemic was clearly the number one priority confronting society and football merely a sideshow. This admirable stance in no way influenced by their perilous position in the league table I feel sure. The government, which has demonstrated levels of competence and assurance last seen in such abundance, when a certain Mr S Singh was purveying his peculiar brand of wisdom in these parts a few years ago, saw fit early on in the public health crisis to focus upon *checks notes* Premier League footballers. Apparently, according to the MP for Newmarket, “the first thing that Premier League footballers can do is make a contribution, take a pay cut and play their part...” The extraordinary efforts of the new leader of the opposition, the admirable Marcus Rashford; stepping up to the plate to feed hungry kids and Jordan Henderson initiating the “Players Together” initiative have thrown into dark shade the feeble leadership of the health minister and his colleagues. Mr Hancock let us not forget, once a trainee jockey and recipient of substantial campaign donations from the racing industry seemed for some reason to prefer to concentrate on announcing the return of...that’s right, horse racing – this for instance in a Tweet on 30th May. “Thanks to the nation’s resolve, horseracing is back from Monday Wonderful news for our wonderful sport.” The country has suffered tens of thousands of excess deaths, each one causing misery and distress, but it would appear that the return of sport symbolises the genesis of some kind of vague normality and allows unfinished business to complete, thereby protecting the sporting integrity of the competitions. As a happy coincidence, it also means that the TV contract revenues are protected and this is paramount for the salvation of many top-flight clubs. For those clubs lower down the food chain, gate revenues make up a much higher percentage of income and so behind closed doors football, broadcast far and wide on TV & the internet, is far from the panacea for their business models. It is merely a sticking plaster on the gaping wound of impending financial oblivion. As for the protection of the hallowed sporting integrity, it is an inarguable fact that the conditions prevailing in the final series of games; behind closed doors, bereft of human spectators, cardboard cut outs, piped crowd noises, five substitutes allowed, shoe-horned into a frantic month-long footballing binge; are completely different to the experience of the previous thirty-odd games. It’s akin to finishing the last couple of miles of the London marathon...three months later...on roller skates, via Zoom. But here we are, a summer with no Wimbledon, no Open golf, (as yet) no cricket, no Euros, so the football fix will remain a domestic affair. I must confess to struggling to build up enthusiasm for this ersatz sporting buffet, but inevitably, I will tune into at least some of the televised Premier League games out of curiosity, and I will do battle with the iFollow platform to check in on my beloved Rovers, but let’s be clear, it isn’t the same. Let no TV executive have any brainwaves off the back of this. After all, what is football fandom? The visceral thrill of being amongst your fellow fans, the collective moan after a misplaced pass or shot, the euphoria of a goal, but most of all the sense of community. The warm feelings of familiarity accompanying sightings of the shirts, scarves and hats as you approach the ground. The pre-match huddle in the pub. The camaraderie of your fellow devotees around and about your seat. For years now, that has been the most influential element of attending football matches for me; less the on-field spectacle, rather everything else surrounding the match-going experience. The friendships I have made through football have sustained, where many others have withered and my relationship with football has matured to a point where the result takes its proper place in the scheme of things. Many watching their teams, by whatever means and even some of those playing and managing over the next month will have been directly or indirectly affected by COVID. They will know more than ever the true place of football in the grand scheme of things, the most important of all the unimportant things.
  6. Exiled in Toronto

    Leicester Play Off Final

    Am I the only one who watched it today on Rovers YouTube channel, #Roversrewind? Never seen it since being there on the day and not having the stress of watching live made me revisit a few opinions I have held since. Definitely a penalty, Speedie beat Walsh with a turn and the arm came across him. Cowans was a lot more Tugay-esque than I remember. Atkins was like having two players; he was 23 then and a lot better than Travis at similar age IMO, he got past our forwards more in that game than LT has in his career. I don’t know why we convinced ourselves they were all over us: Mimms made one very pedestrian save all afternoon while Muggleton kept them in it with 4 crucial ones in the second half. The two goal line clearances were routine, either would’ve been a very scruffy goal had it gone in. I loved listening to Lennie Lawrence as the co-commentator, really good at explaining why things were happening. A bit surprising to hear Don McKay basically call Sellars a big-game choker in the preamble, not that he starred in the game to be fair to Don. Price was very ineffective on the other wing. There would’ve been four sendings off by today’s standards, and I for one prefer backpasses to the keeper to the endless sideways passing we have to endure today. It’s a cracking watch, don’t miss it.
  7. IrelandsRover

    Vote for Rovers today!

    Twitter users can vote for Rovers on the link above. We are currently behind 70% v 30% with just 7 hours to go. we beat off competition from Liverpool in the last round 🔵⚪️
  8. Self explanatory really, not a particularly joyful subject but it’s a matter of fact that real talent want to play at the top. Out of the current lot who do you think will be the next to get a big money move? For me it’s Travis, think he has the talent and the mentality to match, can see him ending up at Everton or similar. Arguments could be made for Dack but I think his injury may have cost him the chance in January, Lenihan has the tools to succeed and Nyambe is a beast in terms of physical attributes. Hope Rovers are protected here as they could all attract big fees in the right circumstances
  9. Continuing a theme of stuff to talk about during these boring and difficult times I started thinking about jay mcevelelys performance away at man united where he played unbelievably well against a good united side and I came away from OT thinking we had a real player in our hands yet he never really produced after that. more of a thread for the older lads who can tell us young ones tales of players we won’t of seen or heard of along these lines. The parsons of the world have any stories of under 21 players who should and didn’t make it for various reasons etc any lee makel fans etc
  10. Riverside under the drip

    Rovers Twitter Legends

    Has anyone else been following the voting tournament thing on Rovers' twitter? Parkes v Shearer as our final 2. If you were to ask me, I'd have gone for Tugay every time and the only discussion would be if Dunn or Parkes lost to him in the final! I suppose it depends on the weighting you put on actual effect of quality compared to fan favourite status, down-to-earth decency or Burnley annoying ability. How about you all?
  11. Yesterday marked 21 years since we were first relegated from the Premier League. What exactly went wrong that season? Hodgson's a steady manager who's had a respectable career elsewhere, never flopping quite as catastrophically as he did with Rovers in 98/99. We still had of players that got us to 7th the previous season. The likes of Flowers, Kenna, Sherwood, Flitcroft, McKinlay, Sutton, Gallacher etc. Not to mention the players Kidd brought in later on: McAteer, Gillespie and Carsley, who were all solid PL players. We had some young stars in Dunn, Duff, Johnson, and Jansen, who had a lot of untapped potential. There's no way on paper that squad should have been relegated. Sure, we signed our fair share of dollopers. Neither Darren Peacock or Christian Dailly were fit to lace Hendry's boots. Kevin Davies was an expensive flop who needed better man-management. Sebastian Perez looked an astute signing but failed to settle up norf. I never forget when he got sent-off against Chelsea for putting his face in the way of Le Saux's fist. 🙄 Stephane Henchoz tried to keep us up single-handedly but his efforts weren't enough. I think if we had signed a decent centre-back and a left-back, we would've avoided the drop that year. Marlon Broomes and Callum Davidson were far from PL quality. However, in a way, relegation was a blessing in disguise. The club needed to learn it wasn't too good to go down, and that we couldn't keep throwing good money after bad. Without relegation, we probably wouldn't have had that renaissance under Souness and won the League Cup. It's a damn shame Uncle Jack never lived long enough to see us get back to the Premier League and lift silverware.
  12. With humble apologies to Douglas Adams & John Lloyd... The Meaning of (Rovers) Liff Audley Range (n.) The potential price increases for next year’s season tickets that is currently being considered by Steve Waggott. “A club spokesman indicated that the Audley Range would likely be in the order of 10-15%...” Beardwood (n.) The proposed name of the range of masculine grooming products that will be launched in June by Danny Graham & Bradley Dack, in an effort to augment their off-field earnings. Belthorn (adj.) Descriptive of the sudden sinking feeling experienced when eating a convivial family lunch at home at 12:15pm on a Saturday, only suddenly to remember that the match kicks off at 12:30pm and isn’t on TV. Brockhall (n.) A cautious, but innately realistic assessment as to the chances of winning the divisional league title; typically expressed most often in January, following a run of three defeats over the festive period. Brownhill (n. colloquial) Rhyming-slang, meaning downhill, “our promotion prospects are rapidly going Brownhill...” Cherry Tree (n. slang) The work done by players (which they don’t like to talk about) to support various community projects e.g. visiting hospitals, raising funds for a fan’s medical treatment that invariably ends up forming a two-page photo splash in the Lancashire Telegraph on a slow news day. Copster Green (n.) A newly enrolled, especially youthfully-looking, policeman on duty at Ewood on a matchday for the first time and at this precise point, still blissfully unaware of the reputation of the visiting Millwall fans. Corporation Park (n.) @Elvis Biro Valiant battle to protect a precarious one goal lead for 74 minutes, always ending in abject failure. Darwen (n.) The amount of additional time deemed appropriate by the home fans when the Rovers are a goal down at 90 minutes. “There must be at least 5 minutes of Darwen...their bloke was on the deck for ages...” (q.v. Lower Darwen) Ewood (n.) The ability of fans successfully to predict the outcome of a penalty that is about to be taken, especially after the taking of said penalty. Feniscowles (n.) An extravagant cross-field pass or long distance shot hit with a precision rarely seen outside the Premier League. Until the advent of Stewart Downing, the last known sighting of a Feniscowles at Ewood was Tugay’s last home game. Great Harwood (n.) At any given point, the club’s most expensive, but generally agreed, utterly useless player. Grimshaw (adj.) Descriptive of an incompetent and singularly unappealing club director, clearly out of his depth but manifestly enjoying the limelight that being the incumbent in the role naturally delivers. Guide (n.) That feeling of panic experienced as a fan, when due to a careless Googling error two hours earlier, the satnav has sent you to entirely the wrong location and there’s barely 20 minutes to kick off with no sign of floodlight pylons. Thanks to research undertaken by Keele University, it has been confirmed that over 90% of football fans driving through Newcastle under Lyme at any given point in time, are stricken with this condition. Hollin Bank (v.) @Riversider28 A term often used by Steve Waggott when he tries to rationalise to the Venkys his inability to reach financial targets, such as season ticket sales,throughout the year. Intack (n.vb) @Elvis Biro A meandering, midfield attempt at at shilly-shallying, tiki-taka football, which ultimately results in no shot on goal, as the players patently don't possess the requisite skill. Knuzden (v.) @DanLad The signal given to the bench by any ageing player, indicating that his knees will no longer adequately convey him around the pitch and that a substitution should be made. Sometimes accompanied by a nonchalant stroll to the far touchline when a goal up. Lammack (n.) The pleasing thud made by a ball hoofed onto the roof of the Riverside Stand as a desperate defender makes a last-ditch clearance. Often succeeded by a cheer from the same stand when the ball eventually finds its way back to the pitch via the head of an over-enthusiastic, middle-aged fan who always fancied themselves as a centre-forward. Langho (n.) The sarcastic cry from the home crowd when an opposition full back warms up for an unfeasibly ambitious long throw. Little Harwood (n.) A player who, whilst not costing a great deal, is generally acknowledged nonetheless, as being a bit too crap for the first team. Livesey (v.)  @Stuart To undertake a long walk up or down hill in either miserable or hopeful mood largely influenced by whether undertaken pre or post match. "Just going out for a Livesey love...I might be a couple of hours” Lower Darwen (n.) The amount of additional time deemed appropriate by the home fans when the Rovers are a goal up at 90 minutes (q.v. Darwen). Mellor Brook (n.) The inane post-match drivel babbled by a losing manager in the post-match press conference trying desperately to justify a comprehensive, heavy defeat. Pleasington (adj.) Descriptive of the warm and sincere reception given to a home-grown player when it is announced that today, they are making their one-hundredth league appearance. Pleckgate (n.) The device used to hold back cars in car park A for at least 15 minutes longer than even the most zealous health & safety official would deem necessary. It is thought that a pair of stout Pleckgates decisively held up the German advance into Leningrad during World War 2, ultimately leading to the failure of Operation Barbarossa. Ramsgreave (vb.) The term originated from the oddly pitched sound of wailing, first heard in the Darwen End in 1992 when Rovers completed a comeback 4-2 win in the play-off semi-final first leg. The term is now generally used whenever a visiting side gives away a two-goal lead at Ewood. “Just listened to them all Ramsgreaving on 606...” Revidge (n.) The testosterone-fuelled jostling and over-excited acceleration often demonstrated by 21 year-old drivers of VW Golfs confronted by the Pleckgates (q.v.) of car park A, as drivers are desperate to exit into a traffic jam just as soon as possible. Rishton (n.) A tactical substitution made far too early in the game, that backfires spectacularly when another player is immediately injured, leaving the team a man short for 20 minutes and ultimately costing the game. Roe Lee (n.) The excess weight carried by players, who clearly have holidayed far too exuberantly, when arriving at Brockhall for pre-season training. Shadsworth (n.) The undisclosed amount at any given point in the season, for which the club is willing to sell the best player in order to keep the bank manager happy. By FA Statute, the Shadsworth cannot ever be more than half of the fee spent on the Great Harwood (q.v.). Tockholes (n.) The gap between income and expenditure in the profit & loss account that can only be filled by raising match day tickets to £500 a pop & selling 30,000 of them every fortnight...or selling Bradley Dack for £180m. Whalley (n. vb.) @Mattyblue Favoured training technique of Owen Coyle when the table tennis table is out of action. Whinny Heights (adj.) Descriptive of being top of the table on Match Of The Day after a single game, largely due to hammering a newly promoted side at home in August and under no circumstances should be predictive of likely out turn at the season’s end. Whitebirk (n.) Originally, the player in any visiting Leeds Utd team that is the focus of home fans taunts at throw ins and corners. Recently, use has spread to include any Leeds United fan on social media who remarks on the unprecedented levels of away support enjoyed by the famous, old Yorkshire club. Wilpshire (vb.) Process to describe the search for a suitable family home by any new signing once staying at the Dunkenhalgh loses its appeal. It was reported widely at the time that Ray Wilkins was once believed to be Wilpshiring in East Lancashire one summer, but the rumour remained unsubstantiated. Witton Park (vb.) The act of abandoning a car on Nuttall Street at 2:56pm on a matchday, fully cognisant of the impending parking violation but deemed an acceptable cost/benefit trade-off given the circumstances.
  13. Bohinen 22

    Underrated Rovers 11

    Same theme: pick your fave team of underrated players. We've had loads over the years. Sandomierski Nyambe Khizanishvilli Short Warnock Gillespie Flitcroft Bohinen Mahon Dickov Jansen (underrated how good he was) Subs Filan Kenna Ooijer Johnson Batty Bent Stead
  14. Just bought this shirt on eBay for a reasonable price and it caught my eye as I have never seen one for sale with an embroidered badge just like the players had. Is this a lucky find or were a certain amount of embroidered badged shirts sold as well as the replicas?
  15. Here is mine! Lets see yours! Flowers Tosin, Hendry, Le Saux Bentley, Dunn, Batty Duff Dack Shearer Jansen Subs Given Hughes Jones Cole Wilcox Ripley Bellamy
  16. Dear all, Many thanks to those of you who contributed to my earlier survey on this topic. As a result of this, I have moved to a second survey that has three follow-up questions, so it should not take you very long at all to complete (5 minutes): https://doit.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_899Zz8SgZA8MFmJ As always, I appreciate your time and thoughts.
  17. Hi all, I know long time no speak I'm after a very rare item I know someone"s been selling the kids item on ebay however I'm after the Large Adult size of the jumper it's the one when we won the Prem Lge find enclosed picture in the attachment I'm willing to pay a fair price for the jumper I would be extremely grateful if anyone is willing to part with the jumper as I believe it's quite rare Thanks for all help! Savio s-l300.webp
  18. IrelandsRover

    What is this keepers shirt?

    Spotted this on eBay. Doesn’t appear to be a knock off. Exact same style as the actual jersey of the time except the badge is centered and ASICS logo is at the back. Does anyone know if this is legit? Perhaps a training jersey? I have no intention of paying the £100 for it, just curious
  19. JHRover

    Away shirts

    Ok, pet hate time. I hate it when we wear an away shirt rather than our proper blue and white halves. There is no need for us to wear a changed strip at places like Middlesbrough, Charlton or Bristol City. This season we now have 3 kits, our '3rd strip' for some reason being blue with white trim and shorts and our '2nd strip' being a horrible grey. The only away game we have worn our proper kit is at Hull. We've worn the blue shirt 10 times in 20 away games, and only worn the grey shirt 9 times. Whole thing absolutely pointless. Made more silly by the fact that the blue shirt was only revealed at the 11th hour and very little stock was available for purchase. Whoever is running this needs replacing. How hard can it be. One away shirt, worn when playing away at sides with blue or white home strips. Rest of the time we use blue and white halves, like we always used to up until about 5 year ago.
  20. ... someone is selling off a ton of match worn Rovers shirts on eBay at the moment featuring Sherwood, Flitcroft, Tugay, Hendry, Samba, Neill, Duff, Salgado, Dahlin, Olssen, Mame Diouf, Diouf, Davidson, Benni McCarthy, Bentley, Savage, Makel, Robinson and more
  21. roversfan99

    Best Championship 11

    Raya Nyambe Lenihan Hanley Marcus Olsson Marshall Travis Cairney Conway Gestede Rhodes Dack and Graham both just miss out to Gestede. Raya very lucky to get in, no credible contenders here, Travis lucky to get in after such a short timespan purely down again to lack of credible alternatives. Marcus Olsson, Nyambe and maybe Marshall also fairly lucky and Duffy or Lenihan is a tough one. No point making silly imbalanced teams with Dack in central midfield etc.
  22. Boz

    Frank Boswell

    Hi Josh J*B might there be room in here for your Granddad? A keen and regular supporter of Rovers over the years, standing on the Riverside, passing the baton to me and then onto you & Mat. His favourite player was Dougie, a wizzard on the ball he'd say. Sadly passed away last Thursday and will be much missed by his loved family.
  23. So I only heard about his recently. Apparently Carling jumped on the fact that the Rovers players were drinking Carling (sponsors of the premier league) in the dressing room at Anfield after winning the league. Does anyone remember this? I can’t imagine McEwans Lager were too happy. By the way, love that keeper jersey, never seen one for sale.
  24. Bohinen 22

    Top Captains

    Who's your favourite Rovers captain? Personally mine is Garry Flitcroft. A leader, a fine and underrated footballer and got stuck in too. Also came back from a nightmare debut, sent off after 3 mins against Everton.

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