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  1. I’ve been buying as many dvds and vhs as I can. I’ve copied them all to back them up. If anyone wants them for themselves, here’s a few season reviews and a few compilation videos. Hope you enjoy. YouTube blocked every one I tried to upload. https://archive.org/details/@sandimas1988 If you want to sell me any videos that I don’t have, please send me a message. I’m clearly missing a lot of season reviews and I would love to own them all.
  2. I've always been a fan of wall charts for things like the Euros and World Cup which lead me to a lockdown project to design some... not wanting to break any house rules but if people wanted to take a look then they can at http://wallcharts360.square.site I'm a type who enjoys planning and keeping track of things so I guess its logical to like wall charts, but then there's also something exciting about filling in the scores in little boxes and figuring out the paths to the finals. For me a tournament needs a wall chart as part of the experience - if I'm allowed to put one up that is!
  3. Or Euro 2021... Looking forward to it because it's three years since the last tournament. Added bonus is that it shortens the wait until the next tournament from 2.5 years to 1.5 years. Added added bonus is that there should only be a 1.5 year wait after that until the next tournament. Tournaments! Hurrah! Sadly, no Rovers players in any of the announced squads. Kaminski is on the standby list, but that's all she wrote. If only Gibraltar had qualified... What are your predictions? Winner: France. Surprise package: Denmark. England?: Out in the Round of 16.
  4. Greetings all! I am trying to improve my Rovers DVD/highlights collection does anyone know where I can find previous highlight/goals dvds/vhs? I have some of the most recent seasons, but looking to start from the initial Premier League season all the way to the present day. 1st hand/2nd hand I am not fussed with condition. Could even be digital/online versions. Any help would be graciously received. Dirk Copland
  5. Cool YouTube video with John Buckley here. Last clip is the best one! But fun all the same for anyone bored.
  6. Does anyone have a link to that particular clip? Funniest thing I've seen on telly in years, I nearly choked on my vodka and coke.
  7. Is there anywhere you can legally watch the Chile game tonight?
  8. Of the famous 1970's side of 4 wingers, Bailey, Hird, Wagstaffe & Taylor, Kevin Hird was sold for a club record fee of £300k to Leeds. I believe Kevin is still knocking around. Time he was recognised by the club.
  9. The recent talk of the ESL and the changes made to the Champions League format got me thinking back to our Champions League campaign in the 1995/96 season. I was a kid at the time and remember watching all of our European games on ITV that season. Of course, with the way things are looking there is little chance of Rovers playing in that competition again. I've always wondered what the atmosphere was like at Ewood for those games in 1995. We had Spartak Moscow, Legia Warsaw and Rosenborg visit Ewood. My questions for those who attended the games are: Did any of those teams bring a sizeable away following to Ewood? Which of those visiting fans created the best atmosphere? I thought I read somewhere that one of those sides only had 50 fans over and they were placed in the JW upper tier towards the Darwen End. Is that true? As someone who has a vision of 5,000 Dortmund fans stood in silence in the Darwen End as Rovers stuff them (Ha!), I'm just curious to know what the atmosphere was like. After all, the only reason we are all unhappy with 15th in the Championship because we keep thinking about 1995. So why don't we go back there in this thread? 😁.
  10. From the FT.... a good read Barnsley’s dream team give football club sporting chance https://www.ft.com/content/a2724840-9851-4900-b331-e4be9247f7ed After the tragicomedy of the European Super League comes a feel-good tale to restore the romance of football. Lowly Barnsley FC have a shot at the big time. The club rooted in northern England’s defunct coalfields, with a tiny budget, has reached the playoffs for the lucrative Premier League — a season after the team escaped relegation by drawing the final game. Valérien Ismaël, head coach, is no fan of the Super League, which would have given 15 rich teams such as Manchester United and Real Madrid a permanent place and locked out smaller clubs. “This is not football. Football needs to have a dream and to give people hope,” Ismaël told the Financial Times. “The test is on the pitch. If you get the result you get the reward.” Of the six English teams initially backing the ESL before fan outrage forced them to pull out, three are owned by Americans. Pundits believed they were looking to protect their investment by replicating the US system of closed leagues with guaranteed revenue. Yet Barnsley is also run by Americans. A consortium led by financier Chien Lee bought the club in December 2017. Fellow investors include Billy Beane, the baseball executive who invented the data-driven Moneyball system celebrated in a film of the same name. Beane turned the Oakland Athletics from no-hopers to play-off contenders by identifying quality players that were missed by other clubs or deployed in the wrong positions. Lee has refined Moneyball. Barnsley almost always buy players under 24, whose value is likely to rise. They rarely take loan players, so as to forge a team ethic from regulars. And they play the same tactics whoever the manager is. The club has adopted the high tempo gegenpressing “heavy-metal football” favoured in Germany. The three attackers provide the first line of defence, closing down the opposition to win the ball high up the pitch. That enables them to create chances when opponents are out of position. It appointed Ismaël from LASK in Austria when Gerhard Struber was headhunted by New York Red Bulls in October 2020. Most managers change the playing style and therefore the players but by insisting on one with a similar philosophy Lee says he can save money and get better results. He says he has the second lowest wage bill in the Championship. Wages are the best predictor of League position. The club must live within its means, with turnover about £10m this year. This is in a league where the average wage bill is £33m and the 24 clubs racked up combined operating losses of £382m last season, according to Deloitte. Lee and his co-investor Paul Conway had success at Nice in France before Barnsley. They have sold that club but built a portfolio across Europe. Through Pacific Media Group, an advertising business, they own KV Oostende in Belgium, FC Thun in Switzerland and AS Nancy in France, with each performing better than when acquired. Oostende just finished fifth in the Belgian first division, despite the club’s small size. But Barnsley’s 23,000-seat Oakwell stadium, which still has wooden seats in one century-old stand, is usually half full and the club’s only major honour is the 1912 FA Cup. So what attracted Lee? “We feel we can do something meaningful using our vision and expertise. We are long-term investors. If we get into the Premier League the value of the club will go up. We are ahead of schedule.” Ismaël said the pandemic had helped Barnsley. The increase in the number of substitutes from three to five means he can replace his three exhausted forwards after around an hour and still make two other changes before a match ends. His small, young, ambitious squad remain underdogs for next week’s two-leg playoff with Swansea, whose time in the Premier League has boosted revenues. They would face Bournemouth or Brentford in a Wembley final on May 29. An erudite Frenchman who speaks fluent German and English, Ismaël only resorts to cliché once, when asked if his team could survive a season in the Premier League. “My focus is on the next game. I don’t want to start dreaming.” The town’s 227,000 people could do with a dream. Once, they made their living from hewing coal. Now they pack boxes. Asos, the online clothing retailer, has its main facility there and courier Hermes is planning a huge warehouse on a former colliery. The club badge featuring a miner with a pickaxe provides a vital connection to the town’s proud industrial past. On Barnsley market’s shoe stall Kieran Hunt, 63, recalls the joy of their only other season in the top flight, in 1997/98. “It would be brilliant for the town if they go up. It would give the town centre a boost. We need all the help we can get.” Paul Gallacher, 47, of Barnsley Supporters Trust, said the owners, who took over from local software entrepreneur Patrick Cryne, have kept their promises. “They have not thrown money at the Premier League dream. They have not saddled it with debt. They invest in the club, build slowly.” But, like any true fan, he cannot relax. “The worry is when the next owner comes along. What they would bring? Getting into the Premier League would be a good point to sell. That worries a lot of fans.”
  11. For the first time EVER I did not watch or listen to any of our last 5 games as I had already lost the will to live. I am pleased beyond believe that the nightmare is over for a little while at least. Was this the most boring end to a season ever? Yes or No? If No, which year's end of season was more mind numbingly boring and why?
  12. On the back of yet another season of having our heads held under the bog water by the various nepharious forces controlling the set up at Ewood, I was thinking about the £20 million or so per annum it seems to cost to keep going. This got me wondering, are there any clubs that are set up to make a profit, at this level? Is it even possible to contemplate such a thing whilst still maintaining any kind of competitive pedigree on the pitch? If it is possible to be profitable and competitive, what does the model look like, and how far away are we from being able to deploy it? Any ideas?
  13. Blackburn Rovers proudly present a collection of the most average goals you're likely to see. The days of a Tugay, MGP, Bellamy, Bentley etc. cracker are well and truly over.
  14. The next Rovers Supporters Consultation with the club is on Thursday next week at Ewood Park at 6pm. As always BRFCS gets five tickets to these, we have four left, so if you would like to attend and hear from Senior Staff at Rovers, plus have the opportunity to ask questions directly to them, please leave your names below.
  15. never heard of him but he is a comedian from blackburn, just been on granada news. he said he is a rovers supporter and had his rovers top on well done that man
  16. https://footballleagueworld.co.uk/everton-monitoring-20-goal-efl-ace-ahead-of-potential-multi-million-pound-summer-move/ I got a pathetic 11/19 😂 Some fan I am lol.
  17. Last season, some time around December 2019 I think (though I can't find it), I posted the data showing that when we had the bigger share of the possession, we actually came away with less points. I suggested this showed our real potency was as a counter-attacking side and that when we tried to control games it didn't work. Since then, we have actively transitioned to base our whole game around keeping possession. The manager has actively talked about this, and recently has talked about how all the best teams and those which go up are possession teams. With this in mind, I thought it was time to parse over the data again and see whether he is right, that controlling possession helps us, or if my instinctive observation is correct that it is actually hampering results. Possession data was taken from Google (type Blackburn Rovers in Google, then click matches, then select any given match to see stats). I appreciate the data might show differently via other sources, but this was the simplest way for me to put it together. It's for this season only, and does NOT include the two cup games (defeat to Newcastle when we had 65% possession and defeat to Doncaster with us on 68% possession), as I'm looking for points per game, but if these were included it would only look worse. I've done points per game to 3 decimal places, rounding up if the 4th decimal was a 5 or above. I'll post a full breakdown of opponents, possession and points in another post here after, if anyone wants to cross-check the data I used, pick out interesting outcomes, etc. When we have 51% possession or more Games: 27 Points: 29 Points per game (PPG): 1.074 When we have 50% or less (note - all were 49 or lower) Games: 7 Points: 14 PPG: 2 This is an admittedly small sample for less than 50%, as we have frequently controlled possession (which in itself given our league position shows that possession doesn't equal points). However, in just 7 games we took nearly half the points we took in 27 games. Nearly a third of our total points in just 7 games. Nearly double the points per game. It's also worth noting that in our only defeat in those 7 we still had 49% possession, the higher end of this bracket, nearly an even split. One of those 7 games where we only got a point involved us losing a man to a red card. Meanwhile, the 27 games where we had more possession included 6 red cards for the opposition, none for us. 12 points out of those 29 points were gained in the 6 games where we played against 10 men. When we haven't been able to get a man sent off, we have taken 17 points from 21 games when controlling possession. Which is 0.81 points per game (which by the way if extrapolated would be just over 37 points from a season). Alright, but what about degrees of possession? After all, there's not much in it between us having 51% or 49%. So I broke it down into roughly 10% sections for the main sample size of 51% or over. When we have 50-59% possession Games: 11 Points: 11 PPG: 1 When we have 60-69% possession Games: 13 Points: 11 PPG: 0.846 When we have 70% or more possession Games: 3 Points: 7 PPG: 2.333 OK, so some better news for possession fans here, in a way. Although when we have 60+ we actually do worse than 50+, which once more affirms the more possession we have the worse we do, when we absolutely DOMINATE possession at 70 upwards, we come away with a terrific return. A few problems there though. 1) 6 of those points came in the 2 games where the opposition had someone sent off. The other game was just a draw. 2) It's a very, very small sample this time. 3) You can't go in with a gameplan of 70% possession every week, it won't happen. I'd say the data pretty heavily confirms, along with our eyes and our league position using this style, that basing our play on keeping possession rather than going for the throat doesn't work for us. I'm not saying possession games can't be successful, they absolutely can. I'm saying it doesn't work for us, with this team, under this manager. I feel we are more dangerous on the counter attack, as well as more susceptible against a counter attack. Last season's data told a similar story when I gathered it, and although I didn't finish last season's, anecdotally I'd say it appeared to be a continuation of the same pattern, as I did keep an eye on it. I think this has been going on long enough now that the coaching team need to be reconsidering their approach. With all the data analysis staff and facilities these days, this persistent failure of our possession game has surely come to their attention by now. If I've made an error with any of the data here, feel free to correct me.
  18. I have a likely stupid question. When a manager "resigns" before his contract expires, is he actually in breach of contract and therefore due to pay compensation to the club that he's contracted to? Or potentially face legal action by the club, perhaps? When I see the term "resign", I mostly think of packing in a full-time job, e.g. "I'm sick of dealing with my idiot boss, I quit!". But is that how it works with managerial (or player) contracts? For example, if Mowbray said "I've had enough of myself! I quit!", but let's say Venkys were outraged because they felt he was the long term future of the club ( 🤔 ), could Venkys go to town on Mowbray and claim "loss of projected losses earnings"? As in, is the contract a guarantee on both sides with financial recompense if one or the other breaks it? Or is it more like a full-time employment contract? On the other hand, I reckon when managers walk away from a contract, maybe the club doesn't care 90% of the time, or is possibly relieved. I've followed football for a long time, and I'm embarrassed to ask, but I'd love some enlightenment. 🤗
  19. I'm in a number of whatsapp groups with friends who support other clubs. There are many funny Ole and Klopp memes and video's that do the rounds, to be wheeled out at certain opportunities. What funny Rovers ones are there? What comes to my mind are the one with Danny Graham on the phone asking if you want goals. Then there is the Mowbray groundhog day meme. What others have people come across? Please share here. I could do with a laugh.
  20. Any collectors know any information about this blackburn rovers teddy bear? I believe the kit was from 1994/1995 when blackburn rovers won the premiership title. I cant find any info on the internet or one like it.
  21. The nostalgia thread jogged my memory of an experience 17 years ago when I lined up against Jim Arnold in a charity match. I was completing my teacher training at a school in Stafford and had let on that I played in nets for a Sunday league side...some of my students had organised the match against a rival school for some project or other and I was asked to play. Jim was associated with the rival school (Rising Brook) in some capacity and lined up for them. He of course came from Stafford originally. There was a decent crowd of about 200 and even a police presence given a bit of needle between the two schools and rival estates (by far the biggest crowd I played in front of). To cut a long story short, we won the game 4-1 and Jim praised my performance at full time. I didn’t play well very often but I somehow managed to that day. So...let’s see who else has had the pleasure of gracing a pitch with a Rover???
  22. Afternoon, Turnstiles is a new Football Magazine hitting the shelves next month. Within the 56 pages, we have an article written by the excellent Simon Smith, King Kennys Magic - 1994/1995 Hopefully this may be of interest to some of you, here is a link to the Twitter page https://twitter.com/turnstilesmag/status/1352968168764043264?s=21 Pre-orders are being taken, £6 for the mag and £2 p&p(or free to anybody within Blackburn and Darwen) If you’d like a copy then please can you PayPal the money to turnstilesmagazine@gmail.com leaving your name and address Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. All the best and let’s have 3 points this afternoon 🔵⚪️
  23. Hi lifelong Rovers fan. My mother mistakenly lost my classic kits from the 90s. I am looking to replace. does anyone wish to part with there classic Rovers shirts from 1989 up to 1994. thanks
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