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  1. 1864roverite

    20/21 kit

    Thoughts anyone? Now almost July with an end to the season in sight and likelihood of championship football for another season (at least). Granted we do have a distant chance of a play off spot but it is a long shot. I would have thought there would be rumblings about next seasons shirts as well as season tickets costs as well as perhaps what the start of next season may look like or even start for that matter. Any snippets out there ?
  2. In this three-part episode, we look back at the careers of Tim Sherwood & Tugay through the lens of the lovely people at thesefootballtimes.co (thanks to TFT plus Jamie Bell & Matt Gault) & in part two, we meet our special guest Matt Hall & play "What's My Line". Narration from Bill Arthur & Michael Taylor, interview conducted by Ian Herbert. View full record
  3. This sounds like it will be fascinating https://www.balls.ie/football/aiden-mcgeady-critical-chris-coleman-sunderland-netflix-documentary-402136 What were they thinking letting the cameras in? I watched the city one on Amazon, was pretty good, but it was clear that the access to the good stuff was restricted. Personally I don't see any benefits to a team letting cameras in. Amazon offered Ireland rugby big money (8 figures apparently) to allow them in for a season, which they declined. If we were offered 10 million to let the cameras in next season, what would ye reckon?
  4. We review the season just (eventually) completed with the aid of real journalists in the form of the Lancashire Telegraph's Rich Sharpe & Lancashire Live's Jaquob Crooke aided & abetted by the BRFCS pod squad; Hollie Thurstan, Linz Lewis, Michael Taylor, Mike Delap & Stuart Grimshaw - questions posed by Ian Herbert as usual. Warning - Parental Advisory - contains the words Shithouse & Shithousery...but all in context.😀 View full record
  5. TheRovers1994

    20/21 kit

    So as usual rivers are unorganised and late on dates, the club chooses its kits two years in advance so they should have been ready for July let alone now, so we have our first friendly in 6 days time and it looks like we will be in last seasons kit, 10 bet have now pulled the plug on sponsoring us so we are now without a sponsor which I dont blame anybody for cause aoosrentky a lot of sponsors are struggling to pay their fees no thanks to covid. But back to the subject why is it every bloody season we cant get our kit out at a good time ? Surely releasing it asap would provide much needed revenue? Not even staff know the release date it's pathetic and unproffesional, Last year says it all for me the club stupidly picked a grey and green shirt to start with then was gonna leave it at that until the fans had to Express on social media that it clashes with every team in white so they rushed to umbro and said we need a 3rd asap so we ended up with a limited edition shirt, so that summed up how organised this club is that not one of them after all that time of knowing the away colours realised that we needed a 3rd as grey clashes with white, cause there was definitely no plans of a 3rd until fans raised concerns cause both umbro and rovers confirmed on twitter there wasn't gonna be one. One year left on our umbro contract and I hope we do away with them and other mainstream overrated manufacturers and go with someone like hummel or macron who design better kits anyway rather than throw us a catalogue and say pick one mentality
  6. BRFCS chats with a former referee, Rovers fan and contributor to the BRFCS forum, Tony Leake. Ian Herbert poses the questions. Listen closely for the Souness, Allardyce, Mimms and Ronnie Moore stories. A real insight into the life of a man in black. View full record
  7. Bigdoggsteel

    Damien Duff interview

    Great interview with the Duffer and for once with an ex-Rover, they actually speak about the club a lot! This is the youtube version, but it is on podcast also. Great lad the Duffer. His interview reminded me of wingers who actually took players on.
  8. Michael Taylor catches up with David Dunn to find out how he is coping with lockdown & learns about a whole lot more including how Dunny was left hanging by Daniel Bedingfield and providing a captive audience for Jason Manford whilst on a plane. Thanks to @OBIProperty for allowing us to share, to Michael for conducting the interview & Dunny for the inside track. View full record
  9. Steven & Jay from NYC Rovers chat with Kevin Gallacher about his footballing heritage, moving to England, broken legs, title-winning, Brian Kidd, Sir Bobby Robson, Radio Lancs, Golden Retriever training and so much more... Thanks to Steven & Jay once again for sharing their interview with us and of course to Gally for being interviewed. View full record
  10. In Part 1 the panel discusses the effect of lockdown from the fans' perspective - specifically Bill, Hollie, Kamy, Linz & Lucy. In Part 2 Ian Herbert chats with Rovers' Premier League title-winner Mark Atkins. Mark discusses his origins, getting out of the bath to sign for Allan Clarke, signing for Rovers, converting to midfield, coping with David Batty and playing for Graham Taylor and much, much more. View full record
  11. Andy Bayes from BBC Radio Lancashire drops by to talk lockdown sport, Rovers Hall of Fame dinner, Kenny Dalglish, Tony Parkes & Lenny Johnrose. In Part 2, Steven & Jay from NYC Rovers chat with Rovers legend David Dunn about his career and THAT goal against Burnley & the disappointing way his career at Rovers ended. View full record
  12. In the absence of any actual football, BRFCS has shamelessly copied BBC Fighting Talk and produced a special Rovers version - hope you enjoy ! Many thanks to Josh Boswell, Stuart Grimshaw, Kamy, Michael Taylor and er...Colin Murray for inspiration and contribution. Ian Herbert tries to hold it together and is responsible for the shoddy production values. View full record
  13. In a special episode, Tommy Spurr chats with Ian Herbert and discusses his career, managerial styles, injury, retirement and much, much more. Learn about Gary Megson's unique motivational style, whether Jordan Rhodes is REALLY that nice and what went on during the 2013/14 season. Thanks so much to Tommy for his time and honesty. View full record
  14. In this episode, Ian Herbert chats with John Murray from the Rovers Trust to learn more about the Trust's recent marketing prospectus and the memorandum of understanding with the club that is in the pipeline. If you want to know what the Trust is up to now, how it's role has evolved & what's in the marketing prospectus - this is the podcast for you! https://www.roverstrust.com/2019/12/18/brfc-draft-marketing-prospectus/ View full record
  15. BRFCS catches up with Scott Sumner of 4000 Holes fame as he tells Ian Herbert all about the upcoming 100th issue of a much-loved fanzine. We also welcome a new 1st time contributor in John Wareing who shares some of his earliest Rovers memories. View full record
  16. In this episode we chat with Lancashire Telegraph reporter Rich Sharpe about the January window, FFP and what the summer might hold for Rovers. We also have another reminiscence from our man in Canada Bill Arthur who recalls 1994/5, can't think why ! Produced & presented by Ian Herbert. View full record
  17. In a packed episode we hear from Bryan in Iraq, Bill in Canada plus Scott, new contributor Mark and the trusty Marple Leaf himself, Michael with a varied menu of items for your pleasure. Thanks to everyone who has contributed large or small to the podcast in 2019, let's make 2020 bigger & better than ever. HNY ! View full record
  18. *BUMPED* Please see end of thread for latest update... I’ve had some interest expressed in having a regular recurring item in podcasts of fans talking about their first Rovers memory....when, where, who, what happened, how did you feel etc. (I’d also consider Fave Rovers memory...especially if it avoided the obvious 1995...! ) I’ve got one in the can already and I’d love to have some more...anybody fancy contributing ? Help writing &/or recording it is available as required.... Anyone ? 🤔
  19. A special tribute to former Rovers manager Jim Smith who sadly passed away earlier this week. Written by Jim Wilkinson, narrated by Ian Herbert. Special additional Tony Mowbray interview by Michael Taylor & Louis G. Thanks again to The Symmetry Band for all the music used. View full record
  20. BRFCS catches up once more with F365 columnist, writer & author John Nicholson who has a new book out "Can We Have Our Football Back ?" which lays low the myths about football behind the paywalls and the corrosive effect of money on the game...but most importantly, what we the fans can do about it. We also have a delightful sketch from Mr & Mrs Arthur all the way from Canada and the BRFCS Repertory Company appear once again with their bespoke advertisements. Once more, Ian Herbert conducts the orchestra. View full record
  21. In this episode, writer John Duerden shares details of his latest project, a book about the 1995 title-winning team & asks podcast host Ian Herbert about his recollections of that momentous time in the club's history. The book will be out later this year and we will follow up with John nearer the time to share publication details. View full record
  22. After several weeks of planning and preparation, BRFCS meets a Rovers legend in the form of the one & only Mr Matt Jansen together with the man who helped him to write his new book - journalist & writer, Jon Colman in a special podcast episode in which we also launch a new sponsorship deal. Listen carefully for details of our exclusive discount deals for BRFCS podcast listeners at theterracestore.com but most of all listen to Matt's story; from the perspective of the writer & the man himself. Interviews conducted by Ian Herbert. View full record
  23. The pod squad reconvenes for a new season and predicts sackings, goalscorers, POTY & final finishing position. We hear from "Grumpy Riversider", "Alex - the social media influencer" plus "Tony Mowbray". Music from The Symmetry. Panelists on the line are Jen Bellamy, Millie Costley, Mike Delap, Kamy, Scott Sumner, Michael Taylor; hosted by Ian Herbert. Pre-records from Bill, Hollie, Josh, Linz, Louis, Stuart & Tom all add to the occasion. View full record
  24. Thanks to "The Symmetry" for their new podcast theme for season 2019/20...here's a taster... & thanks also to NYC Rovers for once again providing our very own customised jingle... We are so lucky to have such creatives walking amongst us...thanks again !
  25. In this three-parter - BRFCS catches up with Friend of the Pod Ryan Grant & finds out about his new EFL role; in part two, we hear all about Charlie Adam & the UV index at Barrow from Linz Lewis and in part three, Ian Herbert chats with author Rob Sawyer about Rob's latest book about the life & times of Rovers & Everton legend, Roy Vernon. Many thanks to Fred Cumpstey for his valued assistance with the Roy Vernon piece - see below. The Roy Vernon kickstarter can be found here:- https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/599106053/blue-dragon/posts Fred Cumpstey's reflections on Roy Vernon are reproduced with his kind permission here :- ROY OF THE ROVERS In my opinion I believe that in Roy Vernon and Bryan Douglas, Blackburn Rovers spawned the two most naturally gifted and influential players in the Club's history. In any era of football their stock would be of the highest level. It is remarkable that two home grown footballers should have made such an indelible impact on the game both locally and nationally and left a legacy at Ewood which I would hazard a guess will not be surpassed. To put my admiration for Roy into context and perspective, he is, in my opinion, second only to Douglas as the greatest player I have seen in a blue and white shirt. Both players ended their careers as inside forwards/ schemers/ playmakers having initially found success as right wingers; but perhaps that is where the comparison ends. Roy had the slightest of frames (a passing breeze could have blown him over) and didn't resemble anyone's idea of a footballer, but with his slick black hair and his oiled thighs (he reckoned he did it to attract the girls) it helped to prove what a master craftsman he was. I believe that Roy's latent talent owed much to two men, Eddie Quigley and the great Johnny Carey. From the former he developed the talent of being perhaps the cleanest striker of a football I've ever seen. Roy could spray passes, any distance, all over the pitch and as they say in Blackburn "land them on a tanner". Like Quigley he possessed a thunderbolt of a shot and was a prolific goalscorer. To Johnny Carey must go the initial plaudits, for it was he who "found" Roy and nurtured him into the player he became. Early in his tenure at Ewood, Mr Carey prophesied that Roy would develop into a great footballer. Roy was an original "Carey Chick" who blossomed and developed in the Youth team and the prophesy was fulfilled when on 5 September 1955 in a home match against Liverpool, Roy Vernon made his Rovers debut in a 3 - 3 draw. He was 18 years old. He made 12 appearances that season scoring just a single goal, in a 2 - 1 win at Leeds in March 1956. It was during that season that Mr Carey played his ace card by switching Bryan Douglas to the right wing and Roy was moved from the wing to inside left. The following season, 1956/57 Roy completed 31 games and scored 11 goals. Rovers finished 4th in Division 2 and everything was set up for a concerted promotion push the following season. Promotion was duly achieved in 1957/58, with Roy playing in 37 games and netting 15 goals (Douglas did the same from 40). Roy's influence that season and his ability to completely change a game, was ably demonstrated in a nerve-wracking finale at The Valley (which both sides needed to win to be promoted). With half time approaching and Rovers leading 2 - 1, Vernon picked up a ball some 30 yards from goal, and with a minimum of backlift thundered a left foot screamer to extend a decisive lead. In the Cup that season Rovers advanced to the semi final. In 1958/59 with Rovers back in the top flight, Roy played 36 times and hit 16 goals in the league. Little did we know that this was to be his last full season in a Rovers shirt, as in October 1958 the unthinkable happened when Mr Carey, Roy's mentor and, it would seem, confidante, moved to Everton. The writing was on the wall and every Rovers supporter knew it. Carey's admiration for his fledgling genius intensified to such an extent that the following season, in February 1960, the genie was out of the bottle and Roy joined Everton for (a laughable) £27,000 plus Eddie Thomas who moved to Ewood in the deal. I firmly believe that the sale of Roy Vernon was the precursor to Rovers becoming known as a selling Club - others would follow on a conveyor belt of talent lost to the Club. I was saddened beyond belief. Two games possibly summed up Roy Vernon, both in the 3rd Round FA Cup ties against Sunderland. In the original game at Roker Park, a bad tempered affair where challenges were flying in; Roy had been the most creative man on the pitch displaying the full range of his subtle and precocious skills. With Rovers a goal to the good and 15 minutes to play, and the red mist hovering menacingly over the Welshman, he was sent off after retaliating to a bad challenge from a Sunderland player and which ended up in a brawl. Needless to say, both players received their marching orders. It was all in stark contrast to Vernon's prompting and probing as time and again he engineered wave after wave of Rovers attacks. With his departure, they lost their lead, their poise and the initiative and were thankful for the replay. In those days, having been sent off a player had to await his fate at an FA Hearing, the date having not yet been fixed, Vernon was given the all clear to play in the replay four days later. It was an opportunity the Welshman did not miss to eclipse his display at Roker Park and through a display of cultured football he calmly saw Rovers through to the next Round. Vernon exhibited such quality and panache, the hallmarks of the class player he had now become. Not only did he provide an exhibition of football purity, but he scored two of the Rovers four goals on the night. Little did we know they were to be his last goals for Rovers. No sooner had the dust settled on this match that it became known that Johnny Carey had desperately been trying to secure Vernon's services, all to no avail it would appear. The beginning of the end of Roy's Rovers' career was in plain sight and it was in a 1 - 0 home defeat to Wolves that he played his final League game for Rovers and his very last game a week later as Rovers drew with Blackpool in the FA Cup 4th Round, also at Ewood. Carey's desire and persistence in pursuing his protege had finally paid off, the roller coaster ride of emotions were spent, it was the end of a very special era. Roy Vernon was one of a rare breed of footballer, who flirted with triumph and potential disaster. He was a special player - his craftsman like skills were rare and almost without comparison (excepting only Bryan Douglas). He possessed that great quality of the exceptional player, he had an acute football brain, he could see a pass an opportunity maybe two or three moves before it opened up. Despite his frame he was strong both physically and mentally. He had supreme confidence in his own ability but perhaps was frustrated by those around him who didn't possess one ounce of his ability. His passing short or long was often subtle but always sublime. He was a goalscorer, a maker of goals and his work rate both on and off the ball was outstanding. Set against all of that he has been described as mercurial, a storm petrel, temperamentaland petulant. Yes, perhaps he was all of those things but possibly, that was what shaped him to the player he became. This is why Roy trusted Johnny Carey; he believed that above all others Carey truly understood him, warts and all and was able to put that an empathetic and reassuring arm around him. When he left Rovers he was barely 23. He had, along with Douglas, Dobing et al, transcended the old guard of the likes of Quigley, Briggs and Langton and been a pivotal member of a new and exciting team and era. He provides a lasting legacy and I'm glad I was lucky enough to see it. Roy's Rovers Record 131 League games 49 goals 13 FA Cup games 3 goals View full record

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