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  1. Tuesday night it's North End v Rovers. Surely it's about time we gave them a bloody nose!
  2. Still on a high following last night's performance and result, thought we'd better get the next match day thread up and running. The Tykes are at Ewood on Saturday and have had a topsy turvy start to the season similar to ourselves. They currently sit only 2 points behind us having won three and lost 2 of their last 5 games, the latest being a home defeat by Brentford last night. They would have been tipped by most though to be relegated at the start of the season but appear to be bucking the trend and I expect a tough encounter. I read an article yesterday that linked Mario Balotelli with Barnsley. He's currently a free agent but whether there's any truth in the story or not, who knows. Perhaps if Big Sam were manager there, the story could have legs. We need the 3 points in the first of a couple of home games, Millwall to follow midweek, to build on the 4 points gained in the past 2 away fixtures. Were we to finish up with 10 points from that series of 4 games, then perhaps we could start to believe. COYB!
  3. rigger

    Tier 2 ?

    If Blackburn gets put into Tier 2, do you think Rovers will be able to organize having 2000 on against Barnsley ?
  4. First game after the international break we face The Hatters at an empty Kenilworth Road. It's the first of a series of 4 away games in the next 6. North End away is on the Tuesday after, with Barnsley and Millwall at home to follow and Brentford and Bristol City away after that. A tough series of games where the aim should surely be a minimum haul of 12 points, starting with 3 here, if we are to have serious aspirations of promotion.
  5. Proudtobeblue&white

    Blackburn Ladies

    I have searched the site, and cannot find a thread and surely they deserve one? (Sorry if I have missed it.) Having won the triple last year, and cruelly overlooked to go into the PL, I note they are now storming the league. Six wins out of six, for 30, against 1! Do any members go, where do they play, and do the horrors from Pune support them? I just think it would be good if there was some publicity whilst there is a lull in the first team fixtures? Any information as to why they were rejected from the PL, despite an appeal, and the obvious that as soon as Man Ure raise a team, they are fast tracked?
  6. Husky

    England

    The much loved International Break is upon us . . . So what better time than to start a new England thread . . .especially since it also signifies the start of some kind of new International Carabao Cup . . or something. . . See what the heck that is here and only waste 1min 38secs of your life in the process. It's also got it's very own anthem to rival any God of War Playstation game. I see Southgate was bemoaning the lack of English players in the Premiership the other day. Things look pretty grim for the supposed 'new golden generation'. I suspect most of the kids that played in and won the under-age International tournaments recently will simply fall by the wayside. Case in point, the article states that Ruben Loftus-Cheek has only played 22 competitive minutes for Chelsea since the world cup (and since the article was written - he only played 11 minutes more as a sub vs Bournemouth at home). If you're only getting 11 minutes when you're playing at home against one of the 'weak' teams in the Premiership. . . it doesn't bode well for the future. Southgate says he'll have to look to The Championship for England players. So as long as the expected Northern Winter kicks in and the BBQ has to go away until June - what chances Bradley Dack making the squad in the not too distant future? I see sicknote has already pulled out of the squad. Probably the usual lies by the usual foreign England hating managers. A bad back is a great one to use if you want to skive off work btw as even doctors can't prove or disprove it. So the revised England squad for the Water buffalo league with a bizarre nondescript friendly thrown into the mix is: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Alex McCarthy (Southampton) Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester City) Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City) Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) Are you getting excited yet? Or will you simply be spending all your time trolling Twitter and Instagram looking for pictures of Sterling riding a show pony?
  7. Well it's Thursday and we've a 'home' match the day after tomorrow and thought someone had better start a thread. If ever there was a must win game, then surely this is it. Amongst the current state of depression regarding Rovers, I'm struggling to come up with a line up. Some of my distinct memories of games v QPR are Shearer's thunderbolt goal that bounced in after almost breaking the crossbar, Sutties winner at Loftus Road and wondering who that lanky, 6'7" bloke was, with chicken like legs, as he came on as sub at Loftus Road. It was Peter Crouch. Does that annoying QPR supporter in full kit w****r style, still annoy away supporters? As always, COYB and surely we can do enough to turn this lot over.
  8. only2garners

    FA Cup 2020/21

    It's obviously a bit early for Rovers but I thought it worth mentioning Chorley's "plum" tie in Round 1 away at Wigan. They must stand a chance there and maybe even TV coverage. Although I suspect that FC United v Doncaster is probably a banker there.
  9. Now then, next match brings bonny Boro to Ewood, managed by the Neil Warnock who predictably has instantly turned the club around from last season's relegation candidates to one now sitting in the top 6. "Colin" is not everyone's cup of tea but he's one of my favourite managers, a tough nut who takes no nonsense and produces pragmatic, tough teams that are hard to beat and get results. His record of promotions is second to very few, if any. I stand to be corrected but I think Colin was actually pencilled in for the Rovers job when the club changed its mind at the mind at the 11th hour and, unbelievably, gave the job to Owen Coyle. He was also out of work for a brief period last year before Boro grabbed him to sort out their own mess. So that's 2 chances to we've had to appoint him, and I've no doubt we'd be back in the Premier League now had we done so the first time. Anyway, in the dugout it's Tony v Colin on Tuesday night and the contrast between the approaches of the 2 managers could not be more different - one an indecisive but apparent nice guy and the other who fashions a team in his own hard image. What the Rovers team will be is anyone's guess and I doubt Tony will decide until an hour before kick off. But I doubt it will make much difference. On current form I can't see anything other than another defeat. Rovers 0 Boro 1
  10. philipl

    Swansea City away

    Swansea away not a happy hunting ground. Remember them terminally destroying our back to back promotion hopes in 1981in a sardine packed Vetch. Boy we gave Leighton James some stick and he replied with a fine goal- he was a really classy player. To Saturday and I have hope but realistically we are going to get beaten and perhaps badly. By all accounts Swansea have really clicked in their most recent games. We will also find out how bad our covid crisis so am expecting a very odd line-up and to be forced to discover if Aynsley Pears is actually any good. At least there are the under 18s and under 23s tomorrow against the toughest opposition in their respective age groups to distract us from getting totally paranoid before Saturday. Or maybe make it even worse...
  11. This season, it has been possible to follow the Rovers from the comfort of your front room with a beer for a measly tenner on iFollow. Plus the quality of our play so far - we are an attacking team - and the hatful of goals we'r currently scoring and chances we are creating. This adds up to a boon for the club. Fans who normally wouldn't attend Ewood maybe because of distance, other commitments or who have simply got out of the habit have seen possbily some of the best football in the last ten years. The club couldn't have timed the situation better if it had tried. Hopefully, Waggott is lining up some interesting deal to get us out of our armchairs and into the ground. Because that day will surely come. And I hope it is before the end of this season. Because, if we keep up our present levels of intensity and key players remain injury-free, (Ayala and Kaminski are recent incumbents on the treatment table as I write) we must have a decent chance of the playoffs. All we have to do is keep this up for the next 39 games. 😂 Our ground will open up to all fans sooner or later. We could be building up a decent TV following. if we played in front of a paying crowd, what would the attendance be? Has our play warrented a big attendance or has the famous Rovers fan scepticism - in evidence throughout my fifty-plus years, it has to be said - started to give way to genuine enthusiasm and translated into higher attendances? Plaudits from the armchair are one thing, creeping praise on the messageboard is emerging, but the real proof times are a-changing would be in terms of attendances. Rovers vs Reading Tuesday 27 October 2020 Reading are top of the league with some fans saying they are not playing that well. Not a club to get you out of your warm seat on a wet and windy Tuesday evening in Blackburn with doubts after two mediocre home performances still in the air. I'd predict 11,000 hopeful virtual souls scattered around the ground largely expecting a dour draw against a resilient Reading team with Lucas Joao leading line like he did for the occasional brilliant ten minutes in games for us. 250 Reading fans adding nothing at all to the atmosphere. Come On You Blues - We're virtually there. 😁
  12. Hoochie Bloochie Mama

    Coventry v ROVERS

    The David Speedie derby. Play like we did Wednesday, cut out the sloppy defending, and we can be confident of a win. Coventry 1 Rovers 3
  13. Crucial game coming up on Wednesday night at Vicarage Road against the newly relegated Hornets. After 5 games, 7 points and it'is absolutely mid table esq and one point from 2 latest home games has been disappointing to say the least. How often after 2 decent performances and results, are we swiftly brought crashing down to earth by two equally poor displays. All the new signings should all be available for Mowbray to freshen up his squad. Early days granted but for me it's a must win game on Wednesday. I couldn't begin to guess on the team selection but I'll start us off with Kaminski in goal......
  14. I broke my duck of starting match threads which produce a win with our 3-2 victory at Cardiff in the twilight zone in May so I hope I am not resurrecting previous perennial bad luck by starting this thread... Being a contrarian.. Forest changing Managers at least means TM won't have spent two weeks obsessing about what Forest are going to do and disappearing up his own tailpipe producing a team and tactics that totally bemuse the out of position Rovers players. Unless he is Mystic Mog, he won't know what Hughton is going to conjure up from that huge Forest squad which will most likely include at least two new signings making debuts. His only option is to concentrate on what Rovers are going to do and hopefully formation and tactics are a given. We will have 4-3-3 with players in their natural positions again please Tony. However, choice of Personnel could be a bit more tricky. Hopefully we will only have Travis, Dack and Butterworth unavailable which means Stergiakis, Rankin-Costello, Lenihan, Ayala, Evans and Gallagher should all be available and that is without reckoning on one or more AN Others signed before the transfer window cut-off to be available for selection. Established players are not going to be in the matchday 18, quite apart from getting a starting slot. It would be really cruel to see Buckley and Chapman not making the bench but that would seem likely for at least one of them. Big decisions will need to be made selecting between Nyambe and JRC, Ayala, Williams and Lenihan, whether to bring Evans in especially if he has two more good games for Northern Ireland, and one from Gallagher and Dolan. I suspect if an AN Other signing is a left back with a sweet cross in him, Gallagher will get that nod in the expectation he will nod in a cross or two coming in late at the far post... Equally I expect Gallagher will be ineffectual and replaced by Dolan before the 70th minute. I just hope Mowbray doesn't overthink permutations and starts saving players for the journeys to Watford and Coventry which happen within seven days of the Forest game. We know Forest will come to Ewood all fired up wanting to start their season five games late under their new boss. We know they have some very good players. We know Kaminski is going to have to be outstanding to keep his run of clean sheets going. We know Rovers are going to have to be at their best in taking their chances to win this one. Deep down we also know if 20/21 is going to be a very special season for Rovers, this is the sort of game we have got to be winning.
  15. Cardiff (H) - Saturday 3rd October 2020 Cardiff City at home. A bang average start for the Bluebirds, with losses to Sheffield Wednesday and Reading sandwiching a win over struggling Nottingham Forest. Greg Cunningham is expected to play left-back for them which should certainly be interesting. Kieffer Moore will provide an aerial threat through the middle, with Junior Hoilett off the left always being dangerous. For Rovers, Joe Rankin-Costello won't play after picking up a hamstring injury. Bradley Dack, Daniel Ayala, Sam Gallagher and Corry Evans all expected to not travel to Ewood. Score Prediction & Scorers: Line-Up Prediction: Line-Up Wishlist:
  16. roversfan99

    Derby V Rovers

    Derby away next week might seem a tough game when the fixtures come out but theres no reason why we shouldnt go there targeting a win. 2 losses for them so far at home to Reading and at Luton, and seemingly problems at both sides of the pitch. They signed Kamil Jozwiak who we have been linked with and who set up a goal before going off with a knock, as did Jack Marriott who went off after scoring his first goal in a while. Would like to see a new LB in this week but based on Mowbrays comments it seems we are having a re think in terms of transfers so assuming we dont add, I would go: Kaminski Nyambe Lenihan Ayala Williams Rothwell Johnson Holtby Dolan Armstrong Brereton Subs: Eastham, Rankin Costello, Wharton, Davenport, Buckley, Chapman, Gallagher 2 changes, both at full back where Nyambe comes back in. Also Bell is a weakness and Williams is a better defender, and that in turn allows Ayala to come in. Hopefully we can pick up where we left off.
  17. The return of Gareth Ainsworth. Rovers have been refused to become a pilot scheme for this game, so no fans will be attending. ST holders will be able to watch via iFollow as part of their ticket, I assume everybody else can if they pay for a £10 match pass. If you do intend on buying a match pass buy it in advance and test it out or risk iFollow chaos close to the game. Wycombe are going to want a fight. Sadly, I suspect after not playing in 2020, Ayala won't be ready for a fight. Travis, our head fighter, is injured for the foreseeable. With that in mind, I would go.. Kaminski Nyambe Lenihan Williams Bell Davenport Holtby Evans Brereton Gallagher Armstrong
  18. Newcastle fairly comprehensively undid West Ham and looked far more potent in a long time so a bit of a thrashing might be on the cards tomorrow night. We have been drawn against them rather often in the past 30 years so getting progress past them is rather over due. Just hope Ben is not asked to take a penalty... I would stick with Saturday's line up but fancy we will see Tony's tombola.
  19. roversfan99

    Bournemouth away

    Bournemouth won 5-3 in a friendly v today. Not the ideal opening fixture in terms of difficulty. With Mowbray pulling his finger out and getting some defenders in prior seemingly an impossibility, would personally go with this: Kaminski Nyambe Lenihan Wharton Williams Travis Evans Holtby Brereton Armstrong Rankin Costello Subs: Eastham, Gallagher, Chapman, Rothwell, Buckley, Davenport, Johnson Obviously Dolan very unlucky to miss out on a weak looking bench and am happy for him to be sub over either Chapman or Rothwell really. Dont want to see Bell hence the choice on the left hand side of defence. Rankin Costello is back up to step back into defence should we get an injury. Cant say that I have any confidence on opening day, even with Bournemouth in some sort of limbo and with a rookie manager. Only goal threat comes from Armstrong and defence is hardly a strudy one. Would love to be proven wrong and see us get a good result.
  20. Doncaster Rovers (H) - Carabao Cup Round One - Saturday 29th August 2020 - 15:00 Kick-Off @ Ewood Park Streaming: Game will be available to view but no news whatsoever on who will be able to access and how given that Rovers haven't released any club communications for months. SkySportsNews will be showing the goals at they go in I would imagine, which may be a good option for those with the service. Edit: available via iFollow Injuries: Ryan Nyambe (Confirmed), Sam Gallagher (Doubt), Dack (Confirmed). I guess one of the main questions involves a certain Tyryhs Dolan, who's played admirably across two substitute appearances in the friendlies up at Fleetwood Town and Blackpool. A goal and an assist inside 50-something minutes of football for a young 18-year-old who's never made an official senior debut is fairly impressive, albeit against some questionable defences. Able to play out on the left-wing or the right, I think given Brereton's two goals it'll be a question of whether Harry Chapman starts on the left or if Tyryhs Dolan does. Joe Rothwell came through the week uninjured after coming off against Fleetwood Town, so will be available for selection. Effectively another glorified friendly, with the competition losing meaning season upon season, and Rovers setting up to play on their third game of pre-season. With Ryan Nyambe unable to play, Joe Rankin-Costello is expected to be given a start at right-back, although there's always a possibility with Mowbray that Elliott Bennett takes the spot. You'd expect Lenihan and Wharton to be given the nod to start together as the defensive pairing, and despite a below average performance last night, I don't think anyone would expect anybody other than Amari'i Bell to start at left-back. Both Corry Evans and Bradley Johnson had better pre-seasons than they did end to BCD seasons. In-fact I've seen many posters and social media comments along the lines of, Travis was the worst of the three over those two games. It may be that somebody like Jacob Davenport ends up starting, but that all comes down to how important Tony Mowbray sees this game as being in the long run. Questions from me to you: Your starting XI for the game? Does Dolan start in your XI or is he better off the bench? Who's the better keeper, Fisher or Eastham? Score prediction for the game? *why on earth I thought this was away I'll never know. Amended!
  21. Oldgregg86

    Leicester away

    https://www.lcfc.com/news/1788953/https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lcfc.com%2F free link to watch the match
  22. philipl

    England

    Hilarious it has fallen to me to start this thread. Limped to a 1-0 win with a 91st minute penalty and Iceland even got a later penalty but hit Greenland with it. Chaddy's Union Jack will be along in a minute.
  23. Blackpool - (A) - Bloomfield Road - Tuesday 25th August 2020 - Streaming Options Available through Blackpool website https://www.blackpoolfc.co.uk/news/2020/august/new-live-streaming-service-for-everton-and-blackburn-games/ For streaming info. £5.99 match pass seemingly but all will be confirmed before kick-off. Looks less likely that Rovers will be permitted to stream this for free on YouTube as we did at Fleetwood. Mowbray expects players to get a bit more game time in this one, so maybe we won't see two entirely different XI's for each half. Joe Rothwell is said to only have a knock and not an injury, so that's good news. Match kicks off at 19:00GMT.
  24. Fleetwood Town (A) - Highbury Stadium - Saturday 22nd August 2020 - Pre-Season Friendly Streaming Information Unavailable, Rovers to inform fans nearer the time, Everton game confirmed to be streaming on their platform. Interesting pre-season ahead of us now, with Fleetwood Town away in a weeks time. When the "Pre-Season" thread was first devised I said I thought a game against Joey Barton would be perfect for us, all this talk of Premier League opposition and testing ourselves against these big teams, but the reality is that we struggle against teams that sit back, defend in an organised block and get stuck in. One of our biggest blessings going into next season is that we don't have to travel to the DW again! Fleetwood missed out on promotion after losing their semi-final tie with promoted Wycombe Wanderers. They've lost their star right-back in Lewie Coyle to recently relegated Hull City, but they have just picked up Morgan Boyes on a season-long-loan from Liverpool's Under 23's. Fleetwood Town won 4-2 against Carlisle United in their first pre-season friendly of the 2020/21 season, and whilst Carlisle are a league below, a 6-goal game shows that they won't just sit back and defend, they'll have a go at us. They've got Glenn Whelan, Paddy Madden, Ched Evans, Josh Morris (former Rover) and Callum Camps just to name a few in their side. Onto Rovers and it isn't looking great. Probability says we're playing this fixture in last years kit, as no announcements have been made, with the clubs retail officer recently telling a forum member that they don't even know when the release date is. Home, away and goalkeeper shirts will be made by Umbro and sponsored by 10bet again, and it's gotten to a point now where they may aswell just leave last years designs on all bloody season! Andy Fisher is expected to start in goal ahead of Joe Hilton. Fisher has been at the club longer, and whilst of similar ages and abilities, Fisher also has a little more mens game experience under his belt, having spent the last three seasons out on loan at League One and Two sides in Northampton & MK Dons. Amari'i Bell and Derrick Williams are both expected to be back in full fitness, whether you take that as positive or negative news is your choice, and the loss of Danny Graham and Dominic Samuel means that the toss up of "who'll start up front" becomes a three horse race, but the expectation is that Brereton, Gallagher and Armstrong will probably all feature. Last years pre-season games featured one team in one half, and another team in the other, style tactics from Mowbray and his coaching staff. 9 half time subs away at Blackpool last summer was quite a sight to see on the touchlines! So it wouldn't be a shock to see a slightly odd line-up at kick off that gets moulded as time goes on. We won't see Bradley Dack, who isn't far off now but still not ready for games. Rovers are quite openly trying to get shift of Charlie Mulgrew as they were last summer, as reports in the LT suggest, so it wouldn't be a shock if Mulgrew doesn't feature, or maybe even travel. Joe Rankin-Costello, John Buckley, Dan Butterworth (now back fit), Joe Grayson (now back fit), Scott Wharton and Stefan Mols will probably all be hopeful of being able to come along on the coach and getting some minutes. I think some interesting questions WILL be answered though, outside of the ones we know won't be answered (kits and goalkeeper): What formation will Mowbray go with? Will we see something new? Will Armstrong go down the middle or out wide? How can Andy Fisher cope with decent opposition? What's his kicking game like?
  25. philipl

    Luton Town away

    Broke my voodoo by Rovers winning at Cardiff. We lost at home to.Luton in a Mowbray horror show when selection tactics subs and motivation were all wrong to.set up this absolute must win game ... For Luton. I fancy us to win this and get close to the 5 Reading scored at Kenilworth Road. Luton are a very limited side and even with injuries we probably have two complete elevens who could beat them. I would like to see yesterday's starting team with Buckley in place of Johnson. I fancy Luton tactics will be to keep it tight and profit from the inevitable Rovers mistakes. Total dig in if Luton get ahead. If we score first we will get lots of chances to add to the lead.
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