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Roversider last won the day on December 11 2010

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  1. A lot of those clubs (Blackpool, Bolton etc.) have a feel good factor and I believe have rebuilt their connection with the fanbase. Rovers are emulating a lot of the Premiership where the fans are treated like cattle to be used and 'owned', not loved and cherished.
  2. This is a really tough one for me, after 35 years of season ticket purchases I relocated to Bradford for family reasons and found myself switching to Bradford City, not because I'd fallen out with my beloved Blue and Whites but purely to try and build up stronger relationships with my 'new' Bradford family who were all committed Bantams fans. The truth was that it was a bit like using methadone to get off heroin, it filled a Saturday afternoon but didn't give me the buzz I always (even on the worst days) got from attending Ewood. So, I found myself wandering back across the Pennines to Ewood, albeit on a sporadic basis. So will I get a season ticket this time around? Probably not, purely on two counts. Firstly in the depths of winter it's a real drag to get over the hills when the snow and ice hits so I will of necessity miss a few games. Secondly, my finances are now tighter since I retired and the prices for seniors are higher than I feel I want to pay. That's probably due to me finding other things to do and spend my money on over the last year. Rovers have ceased to be an addiction for me, I want to enjoy the experience and I've stopped getting the feeling I had when I was younger. If the close season signings create excitement maybe I'll change that view but Rovers management couldn't be arsed to release the season ticket details until weeks after most other clubs. So no season ticket and occasional games on a match by match basis. I'm no longer a Rovers addict, I'm a paying customer wanting a good day out. I don't think Waggott has twigged that the world has changed, the pandemic has changed the relationship a lot of supporters have had with their clubs and tickets are now an option, not a necessity.
  3. True, but at the moment I'd have Jim Smith back and he's dead. He was a proper manager though, I remember him geeing up the Rovers fans on the pitch at Turf Moor, loved him, Mr. Angry.
  4. Ok, let's face it, none of us here know what is going on in Tony Mowbray's mind about the situation or what is going on in India. We do know what we think though. The truth is that Mowbray arrived and allowed the furore of the ownership to calm down, to put some happiness back into our lives with the escape from League 1 at the first attempt and seeming to show a way forward. Whatever happens we should at least thank him for his earlier contributions. Now we are faced with a stagnating team and an unwillingness to modify a possession-based system, that seems to be due to the fixation on how the top clubs dominate teams. The reality is if we were playing any of the top Premiership sides we would have low percentages of possession and get hammered. The possession numbers work when you have players capable of doing that, both in terms of fitness and quality, it also needs reliable playing surfaces. If you don't have those only a delusional character would believe that was the way to go. So we face a close season where the squad will be massively changing. Personally I'm not sorry that a number of players are at the end of their tenure, we all could list out the disappointments. We do have a flourishing Academy team and full credit to them for an outstanding season so some hope there. However the management are acting like zombies, shuffling forward, repeating the same words , getting the same flat, error strewn performances on the pitch. Any team can have huge possession if they don't enter the opposition's final third. I don't know how we will change the leadership but I hope we do. A lot of Rovers fans hated Sam Allardyce but he knew how to get results. Mark Hughes also knew that you needed characters with fight in the team. Tony Mowbray is a nice man, nice people rarely win. There is a steel and drive that is needed in the whole structure. CHANGE IS NEEDED!!!!!
  5. Still want a Rovers win and hopefully an entertaining game. Always good when two of the three relegated clubs come from Yorkshire, shame we can't swap Wycombe and Birmingham. COYB
  6. The planned European Super League is an inevitable extrapolation of the push to turn football into a Franchise business, that is a standard design in American sports with numbers of clubs kept artificially low and the emphasis on generating income through TV. However this is distorted in the proposal unless they can drag in at least three more 'permanent' members, I think they hope that will be PSG plus a couple of German clubs. The thing is that they clearly believe that they can ride out and deflect any retaliation through the courts and they have the added advantage that there are no embarrassing fans in the grounds. However, it's nice to see that Spirit of Shankly are getting their banners removed from Anfield. As an impact on Rovers? The disproportionate earning power of the top clubs in the Premiership already bias the playing field. Personally I'd like to see the back of all of them and let the kids who might have followed them play FIFA. Clearly the owners give little attention to their UK supporters and look at TV revenues from the Far East. What retaliation could be done? Ban their players from representing their countries (hard on England but at least an excuse for failure at the next World Cup/Euros). Throw them out of the Football Pyramid, promote the top 6 Championship sides to the Premier and do a similar thing for each of the lower leagues. Ban them from any Cup competitions. Get the UK government to refuse work permits for non-UK players (what would be the business reason to support those applications anyway?). If that means that football takes a financial bath so what? If that means owners have to sell off their clubs to others, if that means we will be watching a Rovers team of kids on much lower wages I don't care. I only care if it drives Rovers out of existence. Just think though - what incentive is there for the Venky's to keep financing the Rovers if there is not a potential financial benefit.
  7. Not great, littered with mistakes, a win though and thanks to Kaminski. Pen at the end? I think we would have thought so if it had been the other way round. Mind you they dodged a possible red card as well. Can we terminate this season now. I put the win down to horse shit.
  8. Rothwell shining, made a difference replacing Holtby.
  9. Love Elliott going forward, loved his goal, loved his t-shirt sentiment YNWA 96 - hate how he does his defensive duties. Leaving Nyambe exposed.
  10. The one thing I'd say is that Gallagher actually looks like he can head the ball, almost unique for a Rovers winger.
  11. Rooney and Derby have completely negated Rovers so far and there seems to be a complete lack of creative thought. Mowbray should be ashamed.
  12. If you look at this team, good losers? Bloody near perfect!
  13. Pitch looks in good order given where it was before, can't say the same about the defence, I wonder if they are under pressure from Everton in regards to the loan agreement requirements - if there are any.
  14. Whilst I must be a little crazy I've just lashed a tenner out to watch the game. A bit of desperation and no significant hope that there will be some entertainment and a favourable result. Whoever sits in the dugout I will always be cheering the team on. Besides, who knows what the formation will be, heavens I might even see us score from a corner, although it is more likely that the sadly passed Duke of Edinburgh would be wearing Blue and White tonight. I'm sure Tony can find him a slot in the squad, after all he might pass a medical ahead of Ayala. Jeez, now I see the line-up with the Calamity Kid coming in for Lenihan ...........
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