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Cheerful or churlish? – a season in League One awaits…

For the first time in my lifetime, Blackburn Rovers will kick off the new season on Saturday in the doldrums of League One with, all due respect, the likes of Rochdale, Plymouth and Fleetwood.

I can’t say I’m looking forward to it. Sure, I’m imbued with the same old start-of-season optimism that all football fans have before the leaves start to fall and the grim reality of a season of struggle begins to set in. (Make that ten past 3 on Saturday then).

But, for all that following Rovers is both a delight and a nightmare, there is some cause for cautious optimism.

Here are my reasons to be cheerful/reasons to be churlish…

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History tells me to put a Burt-on on Rovers winning tonight

Amidst the turmoil of the past seven days (make that seven years) at Blackburn Rovers, one thing is for absolute certain.

Tonight’s game at Burton Albion is a must-win.

Yes, we may have two games at hand but they’re six points ahead of us and I don’t really relying on travelling down to Fulham or entertaining Derby expecting two wins.

With a new manager in the dugout – Owen Coyle was the wrong choice from the start – there may be a bit of optimism amongst those of us travelling down to the Midlands this evening.

And if it’s Friday inspiration Rovers need, look no further than sixteen years ago and a trip down the road to the Reebok Stadium.

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Portugal’s lost Rovers generation

Watching Portugal hold the Euro 2016 trophy aloft last night, I was struck by the thought of what might have been.

A committed, rugged and determined team, sprinkled with a touch of stardust outfought their more illustrious hosts and scored a stunning goal to clinch the title.

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But, unfortunately, where was the Rovers connection?

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Why this derby defeat hurts the most

As a Blackburn Rovers fan, I’ve got used to losing derby matches.

This season, I’ve watched on as Burnley twice beat Rovers, both times after being outplayed.

I also saw the shambles at the Macron straight after Christmas when a much fresher Rovers team were destroyed by a hungrier and, on that evidence better, Bolton side.

Look how that one turned out.

And yet, with Rovers pressing the self-destruct button to lose 2-1 at home to neighbours Preston North End today, for me, it’s the most painful derby defeat of the season.

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New signings new start? (Or same old for Paul Lambert)

Rovers have been busy in the transfer market today, securing a double deal of Premier League cast-offs.

The performances had got progressively worse – saying something! – and they are slipping dangerously close to the bottom three.

With that appalling run of no wins in six and only one goal scored (before the FA Cup on Monday) something had to give.

And besides, with Paul Lambert getting his first chance to change the outlook of the squad, the stakes are high to try and turn around Rovers’ form.

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Televised travails

Rovers head to Leeds tonight looking to continue their excellent recent results against their Yorkshire rivals but off the back of a hugely frustrating defeat to Burnley at the weekend.

And with it being on Sky yet again,  I’m not exactly feeling confident.

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Sophie’s up for the new season

Our resident pundit has dusted down her microphone and made her predictions for the new football season.

(Yes, I know it’s ten days late, but that’s her dad’s fault, don’t blame Sophie!)

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Championship, yet again

My wife noted the other other day that Sophie had a talent for turning Match of the Day on. And quite rightly I’m proud of my daughter for that!

Unfortunately though, after last nights results, Sophie and I won’t be watching the Premier League with anything other than a mild interest after Blackburn Rovers’ fourth season in the Championship was mathematically ensured.

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Why Rovers CAN beat Liverpool

I certainly wasn’t alone in believing Blackburn Rovers were up against it yesterday against the Premier League’s in-form side, at Anfield.

In fact, if you believed some sections of the media, it appeared far more likely that Manchester would be awarded “Driest British City 2015” than Rovers escaping the Reds’ lair with anything other than a comprehensive beating.

However, after 90 minutes of graft, guts and determination, they are still just one game from Wembley and remain in the Cup. And it was quite an achievement.

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Following Arsenal makes no sense!

As a hardened Blackburn Rovers fan, I’m not supposed to have any love of Arsenal.

 

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