Blackburn Rovers vs Preston North End - 11th January 2020 Jan 6, 2020 11:30:26 GMT PNE From Afar, Mickypne, and 5 more like this
Post by Mooney on Jan 6, 2020 11:30:26 GMT
In my research into this fixture, I have found out a great many surprising things...
1) Blackburn Rovers existed before the 1990s (despite what many of their fans think)
2) There is a club in South Africa called Blackburn Rovers
3) In 1884, when Blackburn won the FA Cup, they beat a Scottish team in the final (and therefore this doesn't count)
4) Rovers have loads of celebrity supporters. Some of these, such as Carl Fogarty, are fair enough as he was born and brought up in the town. However, what on earth possessed Matt Smith (Dr Who not the lanky striker) and Stephen Hendry to support them, I will never know. Most curiously for me however, is that Faris Badwan, lead singer of Goth/Electronica band The Horrors is known as a Rovers fan. Weird, he's from Brighton and there's no real link with the town.
5) As far back as 1885/86, they were spending more money on player wages than they could actually afford.
So, the game itself is really a tale of two teams who are woefully out of form. Preston have lost three on the spin, including going out of the cup, and Rovers have had a similarly poor run. Their talisman, Bradley Dack, is seriously inured, and I wish him well in his recovery. Since the blow, the team have struggled to create any meaningful chances. Part of the reason for this is undoubtedly the fact they haven't played against PNE in this period. My spies in the camp tell me that Blackburn try to play decent football and struggle against more physical teams. Their views on the manager are that he is doing a decent job, but they don't trust him with any money having spent more on Brereton and Gallagher than the entire cost of the PNE squad.
Likely Starting XI
Fisher Bauer Davies Rafferty
Barkhuizen Harrop Maguire
PNE will no doubt play the usual formation and after a poor run of form, potentially players who played in the cup could have played their way into contention. Not Ripley though.
The Opposition - KEY PLAYER
Darragh Lenihan is the one I have selected as the one to watch. A cultured CH who has played in midfield. He is strong in the air and a decent tackler. The battle with big Jayden is likely to be a tasty one
Have we met before?
In recent years, we have won a few times at Ewood...who can forget Joe Garner running up the touchline like a chicken? Or Hugill running the length of the Riverside with his arm aloft like Shearer. I have saved a special treat for you, though. A draw...
Before the game
The Golden Cup, heading towards Darwen, is popular and lets away fans in. Parking close by can be a pain, but the Darwen Vale High School and Junction 8 skate park also provides parking at a charge. It is easier to go there than try to come through Feniscowles and park at that end. One other option apparently is that the shopping park by B and Q is used (and does not have cameras I am told)
Still plenty of tickets left - if you're in any doubt, get yourselves there and see the resurgence begin.