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  1. I'm teaching an evening class on Zoom this Wed, and when I agreed to do it some months ago ( when we were playing well) I remember how annoyed I was when I checked the fixtures and realised I'd miss this game. Strangely I'm not that bothered now....
  2. Even allowing for the awful weather/pitch conditions - last night was dreadful - clueless and lacking any sign of a game plan. He's had his time - we need a change desperately.
  3. I've paid my £10 for my son and I to watch (again) .... not expecting anything more than another random shuffle of the squad with no apparent tactical reasoning. In the 2nd half of the Preston game we both said we had absolutely no idea what system we were playing and who was supposed to be doing what, but then I don't think the players did either. On a positive note, hopefully their pitch will be Ok and allow some passing football - the appalling state of Ewood has been a big factor in our season downturn after the good start - early season games at home, and in some away games, we were
  4. Given the state of the pitch on Saturday and the appalling weather forecast, I think I'll delay paying my £10 to iFollow until this evening ......
  5. It is no doubt going to have a lasting effect on football viewing and attendance. For me, having moved south in the early 1980s I still used to attend a few home games every year whilst visiting family, but as they have died/moved away from Blackburn it is now a long time since I visited Ewood and I don't expect that to change anytime soon. My watching Rover's "live" has been restricted to a few away games each season. This year - I've paid my £10 to iFollow and managed to watch every Rovers game (bar one) live, home and away, which I've really enjoyed despite some of the results r
  6. Yes - a red title page with music playing (no Ewood images as yet)
  7. Pears was always going to be in goal - seems standard for most teams now to play reserve keepers in the Cups (at least until the later rounds).
  8. Not a great defence, but should be enough for this game ..... really like the idea of seeing Dack, Ben and Dolan up front.
  9. My favourite piece of memorabilia is my copy of the "Sports Telegraph" dated 21st April 1928 that my grandfather bought after he went to the FA Cup final...it now hangs on the wall of my office at home. The worst is probably the large cardboard box of match programmes, mainly from the 1970s, that I have kept in my loft for nearly 50 years and never look at but l still can't throw away, despite my wife's pleading.
  10. My first football hero ..... great player. Had the same sort of impact in his City team as De Bruyne does now .... amazing drive in midfield
  11. Having a son who now lives in the midlands and has married into a Birmingham supporting family, St Andrews has become a regular visit for me. The FA cup game last season there was one of the worst Rover's displays I've ever witnessed, so today has to be an improvement on that ..... ??
  12. As I posted on the Dack thread - I suspect he will be on the bench today mainly as a symbolic thing (a year since the injury) and morale booster, expect he might just get 5/10 mins on at the end. More important that Big Ben starts - he has been a big miss in the last few games.
  13. I suspect we may see Dack on the bench on Saturday .... more as a symbolic return (12 months since the injury) rather than a serious option. But may just get a morale boosting 5-10 mins at the end if things are going our way.
  14. They won't appeal it - appeals rarely succeed unless there is absolute and clear evidence (like mistaken identity or something). In this scenario the best outcome they might get would be a reduction to a yellow, but that would still mean he would have been sent off and suspended for one game.
  15. Agree completely - Holtby makes a huge difference, and my son and I discussed the same about him playing a similar role to the great Tugay whilst watching last night. Brereton - thinking back to watching him in the cup game at Birmingham before lockdown and he was terrible - looked like he had completely (mentally and/or physically) "lost it" in that game and it was very sad to see, taking him off was a mercy act. But what a transformation now - confidence, pace, power and the potential to become a major player ( a few more goals to come this season hopefully), and getting better in every g
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