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  1. Hi If anyone is looking for an extra gift for a small boy or girl my partner is selling this blue Rovers parka on eBay. It is aged 9-10 and in nigh-on perfect condition. Its on eBay for £7.99 plus postage but offers would be accepted. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Blackburn-Rovers-Junior-Parka-Jacket-Age-9-10/114554414648?hash=item1aabf9a638:g:qaUAAOSwCQ1fvpDo
  2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55152637 And so it begins... something for the European Scouting network to get its teeth into! Best of luck to them I say! Could be good for homegrown youngsters mind you.
  3. Good news! BRFCS has partnered with TheTerraceStore.com until the end of the season. As partners, all BRFCS members and podcast listeners will get access to an exclusive discount on their site - which sells retro football memorabilia. We've previously rejected sponsorship from numerous suppliers (vaping companies, gambling companies) but have chosen to partner with theterracestore.com because we truly love their products and hope you do too. If you are a customer, please make sure you enter our discount code - “BRFCS”. Not too much will change for you - you'll notice our logo now includes a direct link to their website and our homepage now features their products. As well as this, high traffic threads (match threads, transfer threads) will be brought to you through sponsorship from TheTerraceStore and you'll see advertising from them on this threads. Our podcasts will also include advertising from them too. As part of the deal, we will have exclusive discounts, offers and giveaways which we will keep you aware of via the podcast and the advertising in threads. As BRFCS is not for profit and all volunteers work for free to keep the site up, the funds raised will be spent on either advertising or upkeep costs. Thanks. ?
  4. BRFC is 145 years old on 5 November. That anniversary is worth marking with a pyro or 2.
  5. Very sad to see another one of the World Cup winners gone. Another one with dementia also. Although I saw him play many times I was amazed to see how small he was on the film at the end of the Final. I always had him down as more stocky player than that. Of course he wouldn't have lasted whilst half time in todays football, but that was how it was then. The physical side was part and parcel of the game. Putting that to one side, like Norman Hunter, he was a better footballer than people gave him credit for. I remember when he was just starting out at Utd Bryan Douglas turning him inside out and upside down in a 3-0 Rovers win. Nobby spent all afternoon chasing Dougie without getting near enough to foul him. He was the player I mentioned a while ago in the beer glass incident a couple of years later at Old Trafford. During a break in play whilst a Rovers corner was being taken somebody threw one of the old dimpled beer glasses down from behind me. By pure luck it landed smack on the cross bar and shattered into a thousand pieces all over the goalmouth. Nobby was for going in to the crowd to find out who had thrown it. He had one leg over the boundary wall when a couple of wiser players dragged him back onto the pitch ! If you've seen that bit of film were he totally wipes out a player in a white shirt that was at Preston in the FA Cup. That was a shocker.
  6. Thought it worth posting. Didn't know which thread to post it...if you find a better one let me know and I'll delete this one.
  7. Attempt at Reorganisation of Premier League by Manure and Liverpool! Just heard a snippet on Sky News. They want EPL to be reduced to 18 clubs-----2 relegated, playoff for 3rd place involving 16th Premier League team. League Cup to be abolished. More voting power to go to "Top Six" Need 14 club's support to get it through.
  8. All on eBay, search seller ‘patshi74’
  9. https://twitter.com/SwissRamble/status/1003542814293143552 Thought I'd share that the ever excellent Swiss Ramble posted a Twitter thread covering Rovers' latest accounts. He does an excellent job of distilling club accounts into easy to digest charts and figures. Enjoy the always rather grim reading! (If there being a slight glimmer of hope now!)
  10. With the season about to restart does anyone know what the squad fitness status is like? Keen to know if Dack and Holtby will be available? Also news about the frequency of fixtures.
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    Suddenly I am recognised again. Whoever reinstated my account thank you. I suspect it was Glenn. I still don't know why it disappeared but never mind it's back again.?
  12. Anyone heard with this chap? He was the only person who died in the infamous and quietly forgotten bridge collapse at an away game. Anyway, it turns out he was my great-grandad. So I guess I’m reaching out a bit. Chances are there is nobody alive now who knew of him but any information about him would be gratefully received. http://www.cottontown.org/Culture and Leisure/Sport/Pages/Blackburn-Rovers.aspx The Forgotten Football Disaster - Bury v Blackburn Rovers 1952 When the subject of football disasters is brought up, many people immediately start talking about Hillsborough, Hysel, Ibrox, maybe even Bradford but there is one disaster which is never mentioned, probably because it didn’t occur at a football ground but the people who were there will never forget it. I am talking about the railway bridge collapse at Bury in January 1952. © BwD - terms and conditions It was the 19th January 1952 and thousands of Blackburn Rovers fans had just enjoyed a 2-0 over Bury at Gigg Lane and were due to head back home on the train and were waiting for four special trains to arrive at Knowsley Street station. One train had already filled up and left the station and more than 200 supporters were waiting on a wooden bridge ‘packed like sardines’ for the second train to arrive when they heard a creaking, then a crack. Suddenly the bridge collapsed and the supporters fell 20 feet on to the track along with debris from the fallen bridge. Some people who had escaped the bridge collapse actually fell through the gap left by the bridge as the crush of people was so great. The leading porter, David Foulkes, saw what had happened and immediately sent out an ‘obstruction danger’ signal in all directions. His swift action saved many lives as one train stopped just 200 yards from the injured. Men, women and children were scattered along the track along which a train could pass at any moment. There was no lack of volunteers to go to the assistance of the injured. Some Rovers fans, including a young Jack Walker, scrambled down on to the tracks to help pull the injured people free. Jack recalled the event in an interview in 1992. “I was on the bridge with my brother Fred, but we didn’t go down. We were at the other end. There were thousands of people trying to get on the bridge, then suddenly it started vibrating, rumbling and shaking and then the middle just dropped out. It was frightening. We went down on to the railway line and Fred and me helped get helped get people off the tracks – including the mascot.” © BwD - terms and conditions Other supporters also described their experiences, Mr James Smith, a lathe operator at the R.O.F. talked of ‘a sudden crack and the whole floor went down beneath our feet’, one of the youngest victims, 14 year old Blackburn Grammar schoolboy George Haworth, described how his friends only escaped the crash because he had lost his return ticket home. Jack Squires, aged 23, fell along with his father Raymond and afterwards grinned ruefully after telling reporters how he had only just recovered from hurting his back in a fall through a garage room a few weeks before. Another man, Harry Steele, a shop foreman for Foster, Yates & Thom, was also a witness of the disaster at Bolton in 1946. Mr George Kay from Furness Street remarked laconically ‘The Rovers picked up points at Bury and we dropped on some’. The Fire Brigade arrived just six minutes after the incident and the Police arrived 5 minutes after that. Waiting rooms became casualty clearing stations and 30 ambulances and a number of buses arrived from Bury to act as a makeshift shuttle service conveying the injured to hospital. The last casualty was removed from the scene at 6.15pm. As the victims were brought into the hospital, faces blackened with dust and soot, local clergymen, hearing of the disaster, were there to help comfort the injured and offered cigarettes and tea. Operating theatres worked through the night and some of the injured were sent to the Royal Infirmary and Queen’s Park Hospitals in Blackburn. © BwD - terms and conditions Relatives waited outside Blackburn station on Saturday night and about 9.30pm two Rochdale double-decker buses arrived containing about 30 of the injured. They were transferred to Blackburn Corporation buses, manned by personnel who had finished their normal duties and volunteered to help with the emergency. Some of the others were taken straight home by ambulance. On the Sunday afternoon the Town Clerk, Mr C.S. Robinson, at the request of the Borough Police, authorised the provision of a special bus to convey relatives to Bury Hospital to visit their loved ones. © BwD - terms and conditions One person, William M Hargreaves, died in the tragedy and 175 people were injured, 56 of which had to be detained in hospital. They were visited by the Mayor Alderman William Hare and the Town Clerk, Mr C. S. Robinson. Officials and players from the Rovers, including Captain Bill Eckersley also visited the injured. Blackburn Rovers also arranged collections to be taken at the following home game against Luton Town in order that the injured might be provided with ‘additional comforts’. © BwD - terms and conditions William M Hargreaves, a widower and a retired weaver, aged 66, died in the tragedy and 175 people were injured. William was with three other friends at the time, he received injuries to his chest and back. He was described as a keen Rovers supporter, a season-ticket holder and always travelled to away matches. He lived with his son-in-law and his wife in Havelock Street. His wife passed away four years previously when he was living in Princess Street. Witnesses reported seeing Mr Hargreaves lying under another injured man with a heavy wooden beam pinning them both to the rails. He was rushed to hospital and he described the accident as “a nasty mess” but could not give a full account of what happened to him. He passed away at Bury General Hospital on the Monday night. Mr Hargreaves officially died from lobar pneumonia following chronic bronchitis and shock after rib fractures.Among the floral tributes was a wreath from the Directors, Officials and Players of Blackburn Rovers, in the blue and white colours of the team he supported with such enthusiasm for many years. Other wreaths were from the Green Park Veteran Bowler’s Association of which Mr Hargreaves was a member. Only members of the family attended the funeral service and the internment was at Pleasington Cemetery. There was an immediate outcry for an investigation into the tragedy and Bury Town Council held a special meeting on the Monday to discuss the matter and formulated a request to the Ministry of Transport for a public inquiry. On the Tuesday senior officials from British Railways conducted an on-the-spot inquiry and it was announced that Brigadier C. A Langley would conduct the public inquiry which took place on the Tuesday 30th January at the Divisional Offices of the Midland Region of British Railways at Hunt’s Bank in Manchester. © BwD - terms and conditions At the inquiry, it was discovered that the bridge on which the tragedy occurred was about 70 years old with a span of 60 feet 9 inches long, 7 feet 4 inches wide and although it was described as ‘an unusual construction’ it had passed inspections in 1944, 1946 & 1948. The Brigadier congratulated all concerned who helped with the injured on site and the Bury Hospital staff on the way they dealt with the emergency. A consultant engineer, Mr Arthur Cresswell, blamed the collapse on the lack of proper maintenance saying that “I would be surprised if the bottom boom of the bridge has been inspected in the last 25 years. Mr A Tims, a Blackburn contract engineer, said that the bridge was inspected in 1944 by a joiner, a man who had since died but from his report there was no immediate indication that the bridge was in a dangerous condition. He had taken the boards of the inside of the bridge but not off the outside. He did not take off the outside boarding because it was wartime and there were staff difficulties. The inspection in 1946 was carried out by a Mr Halewood during a time when the bridge was being repaired. It was having a new roof put on to the bridge, and the outside and inside boards were taken up, along with the floorboards. Mr Halewood looked at the straps at the bottom of the bridge by climbing up a ladder with a hammer and said that they were all right. It was also inspected in 1948 by another man, also since deceased, and his report requested that the outside boarding be replaced as well as outside down spouts and facing boards. None of these recommendations were believed to have been carried out. It was revealed that the man who carried out the inspection in 1948 was in fact a bricklayer, but it was agreed that he should have noticed any corrosion on the bridge. © BwD - terms and conditions Mr F Turton, bridge and steel work engineering assistant, said he had examined the bridge work since the accident and had made calculations as to its strength. It would have capable of holding a full load if it had been in good condition. He reckoned that the corrosion of the straps had taken approximately 10-15 years to develop. It was believed that the straps would have been covered with soot and unless they were thoroughly cleaned it may have been difficult to see just how corroded they were. Brigadier Langley told Mr Turton that he wanted further tests on the straps to ascertain their condition. After the 9 hour hearing, the inquest jury reached their verdict of ‘misadventure’ and in their opinion there had been no adequate inspection of the bridge for a number of years. It was found that the failure of the wrought iron straps at the bottom of the bridge had caused the collapse. All similar bridges were inspected and eventually replaced. It was a tragedy that most people outside Bury & Blackburn have never heard of, and even in those towns it is spoke of very little when people recall football tragedies, but any loss of life should not be forgotten, whether they support Liverpool, Juventus, Bradford or Blackburn Rovers, especially when all that person was doing was following his favourite football team. by Roger Booth
  13. Sounds as though the pie eaters have gone into admistration, points deduction maybe relegated.
  14. Undisclosed fee. https://www.rovers.co.uk/news/2019/july/david-raya-departs/
  15. Tim takes over from Mark Kennedy at last seasons league two relegated club https://www.the42.ie/mark-kennedy-macclesfield-town-flowers-5189247-Aug2020/
  16. https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/sport/18608682.rovers-pre-season-plans-high-profile-friendlies-agenda/ Mowbray wanting high-profile friendlies.
  17. Rovers drawn at home to Doncaster. https://www.rovers.co.uk/news/2020/august/carabao-cup-round-one-draw-story/
  18. Probably deserving of its own topic. Here is the EFL announcement and how it affects Ipswich Town https://www.efl.com/news/2020/august/squad-salary-caps-introduced-in-league-one-and-league-two/ https://www.eadt.co.uk/sport/how-salary-cap-could-affect-ipswich-1-6782272
  19. happy birthday super atko transformed from a much derided full back to a supercharged midfielder under kenny`s tutalage,a key component in our premier league winning side,only cost £40,000 as well☺️
  20. Jim White just announced that K**n is on TalkSh**e this morning. If we get the chance to ambush please assist.
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