Category Archives: Blackburn Rovers

Are Blackburn set to sign these two League One players in January?

Blackburn Rovers have had a terrific run in the first half of the League One campaign, as they have managed to accumulate 48 points from 24 games, which has seen them end 2017 in third position in the league table.

Rovers under manager Tony Mowbray have scored 44 goals so far this term and have only conceded 22, which is the third-best defence in the league as things stand.

Despite the flying start to the season that they have had, Rovers are linked with both Devante Cole and Amari’i Bell of Fleetwood Town.

Devante Cole – At 22 the young striker has certainly made his mark in League One, as he has already found the back of the net 10 times this campaign and is amongst the top scorers. Alongside his goalscoring record, he has provided 4 assist for his team, showing he can create goals as well.

With age well and truly on his side, he could be the perfect acquisition for Blackburn as he could go on and have a long spell at Ewood Park and with the way that the club are playing he could be a Championship player next season.

Amari’i Bell – The left fullback has been ever-present for Fleetwood Town in this seasons league campaign and played a major part in the clubs play-off campaign last season. Bell also offers a bit of versatility as he can play in a more attacking role on the left wing, and this has shown as he has 4 goals and 2 assists to his name this season.

Blackburn fans would you like to see Devante Cole and Amari’i Bell sign for your club in January? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…

 

Checkatrade Trophy: Is The Format Working?

Last season the EFL brought in a new format for the old Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and really it hasn’t helped teams in lower leagues. The new format encourages teams in the Premier League and the Championship to submit an Under 21’s squad into the competition. So is this format still a good idea?

The final of last season’s Checkatrade trophy was between Coventry and Oxford and broke the attendance record for the competition with 74,434, but all of last season the attendance figures at games across the competition was still low, Peterborough United as an example had an attendance of 1696 at their game against Norwich Academy which is a 4,000 less then their average attendance last season.

Last season as well clubs got fined for not fielding full strength squads,  on the 16th November Luton Town and Portsmouth were fined £15,000 for breaching this rule for all three of their group games, whereas Bradford, Blackpool, Bristol Rovers, MK Dons, Millwall, Charlton, Peterborough, Sheffield United and Southend all got fined £3,000 and Fleetwood were fined £5,000. That doesn’t sound like a lot to big clubs but in lower levels it is a lot to those clubs.

The group format is a nice new addition to the competition but for me I think if you took out participation from the Under 21’s it would be a good competition for lower league clubs and will hopefully increase ticket sales for the clubs as that can help boost finances. They also need to remove the full strength squad rule as fining teams for putting different squads out isn’t fair on teams that need to make sure people in their team stay fit and get a chance to show what they’re worth.

*Feature image courtesy of EFL.com*

 

Is football for the fans anymore?

It’s been a crazy summer for football this year with some crazy numbers coming from the amount that clubs have spent with Neymar and Mbappe etc. The money from the new Premier League television rights deal is well and truly coming to fruition with Premier League spending and revenues on the up. Even in the Championship spending has increased with Wolves paying 14 million pounds for Ruben Neves (just one player!)

 

With all of this money you would think that this would benefit English fans who follow their teams week in week out right? It couldn’t be more wrong as the price of season tickets are going up and kick off times for matches are set to change for an international audience.

 

So this begs the question do clubs really care about their local fans who pay their money to support them through the good and the bad times?

 

The answer to that question has to be a no. English clubs are charging a monumental amount of money to go to football matches and even when they are there the cost of food and drink is extortionate.

 

Premier League newcomers Huddersfield are the only exception from that statement as their cheapest season ticket comes in at just 175 pounds which is amazing considering the start they have had. In reality Arsenal’s cheapest season ticket comes in at just over 1000 pounds. That is a ridiculous amount of money to expect from a working class fan base.

 

Even in League One Bradford City fans were charged 28 pounds at Peterborough for a pay on the gate match. 28 Pounds for an away game in League One is scandalous and shows the director that English Football has taken.

 

On top of the prices clubs have all gone into the corporate fan bases which gives people the opportunities that most fans can’t afford. An example of this is Manchester City’s new Tunnel Club which offers people the chance to meet players and get up close and personal with the management team in exchange for a hefty price. City have alienated their fan base by taking opportunities away from their traditional working class fanbase and giving them to people who can afford to pay for the privilege. It’s not just Man City who are guilty of this as it can be seen up and down the country.

 

I’m not saying that the people who go to matches in corporate hospitality are wrong because they have paid for the service and fair play to them. Whats wrong is that most English clubs no longer see their traditional fan bases as the most important.

 

Another example can be taken from the recently named Carabao Cup. The third round draw for the competition took place live from China at 4:15 AM (GMT) meaning most British fans were sleeping when their teams draw took place. A spokesman for the FSF said: “In our 2017 national supporters’ survey fans expressed increasing frustration at instances of overseas audiences apparently being prioritised over domestic supporters. Holding the draw in Beijing at that time can only increase the sense of disconnection many domestic fans feel.”

 

Do you think that English Football is losing touch with its fans and becoming corporatised? Let us know in the comments section below…

 

 

2017/2018 best League One XI?

With the summer transfer window officially closed, we now know all the official squads in League One, before the clubs go through it all again in January. With that in mind we take a look at what we think is the best League One XI right now.

Alex Cairns – Goalkeeper

The 24 year old shot stopper had an incredible season last term, helping Fleetwood Town get to the Play-Off semi finals. The season so far he has had 3 clean sheets in all competitions and it looks like he is definitely going to be a useful asset for the ‘Cod Army’.

Luke Leahey – Right fullback

The Walsall fullback has settled right into League One football after making the move from Falkirk. Having found the net on 2 occasions already and provided 3 assists for his team, the fullback is proving to be a very useful addition to the Walsall squad.

Dan Burn – Central defender

The Wigan centre half has been ever present in the league for the ‘Latics’ so far this season. With the club only conceding 2 goals in that time and the fact that Burn has been at the heart of the defence, he looks to be a solid player for Wigan and they are going to take some breaking down at the back when he plays.

Rory McArdle – Central defender (C)

Having only signed for Scunthorpe in the summer, Rory McArdle has become a huge player for the club as they have managed to keep 3 straight clean sheets. Given the captains armband upon his arrival to Glanford Park, McArdle has bought some key experience to the back four and looks to have been a terrific signing by Graham Alexander.

Charlie Mulgrew – Left fullback

The fullback that can be utilised in midfield as well, has had a terrific start the League One campaign as he has found the back of the net on 3 occasions. Having to fend off interest for the Scottish international in the summer from Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn look to have kept a key player in their ranks.

Jake Forster-Caskey – Central midfielder

The Charlton midfielder has started the season off well as he has got 2 goals and 2 assists in his opening 5 matches. Having played every minute of every game in the league also, shows just how highly rated he is by manager Karl Robinson.

Sean Longstaff – Central midfielder

Could definitely be a player to watch out for in the future! Having joined Blackpool on loan from Newcastle, Longstaff has hit the ground running straight away as he has scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist for the Tangerines, which has seen them to 7th place in the league.

Nick Powell – Central midfielder

A key player in the Wigan midfield, Powell has scored 3 goals and got 1 assist already this season and looks like his tally will continue to rise all season. Having opened his account against MK Dons, Powell added a brace against Bury showing that he could be a real gem this season.

Erhun Oztumer – Attacking midfielder (Right)

By far Walsall’s best player last season! Erhun Oztumer found the back of the net 15 times last season and provided 7 assists in all competitions. Oztumer also leads the clubs goal scoring charts again this season with 3 goals, and looks like he is going to be in terrific form again this season.

Josh Morris – Attacking midfielder (Left)

This man is a goal machine! Having found the back of the net on 20 occasions last season and providing 19 assists in all competitions, its hard to believe he didn’t move to a club in a higher division over the summer. Starting this season off in fine form, Morris has already scored 4 goals and looks like he’s going to be a real handful again.

Jack Marriott – Striker

Having joined Peterborough from Luton over the summer, I don’t think anybody quiet believed that Marriott would start the season in the fashion that he has done. Scoring 6 goals in 5 League One matches has fired ‘Posh’ to the top of the table. If Marriott carries on scoring goals week in week out he certainly gives Peterborough every chance of being in the promotion picture come May.

Manager: Uwe Rosler 

The Fleetwood manager worked wonders last season with a young squad and a small budget, and with the ‘Cod Army’ just outside the play-offs currently and having played a game less than most of those around them, they look like they could have a terrific season again this time around.

What are your thoughts on our best League One XI? Let us know in the comments section…

Tony Mowbray should look to sign this experienced striker

Blackburn Rovers have had a bad few years, falling out the Premier League and then last season they lost their Championship status despite Tony Mowbray managing to help the team put a good run together towards the back end of the season. 

The club had a huge transformation to their playing ranks this summer bringing in no fewer than 12 players, showing that the board are backing Tony Mowbray as the man to take the club back to tier 2 of English football.

Rovers have started the season by picking up 6 points from a possible 12 after putting together 2 straight victories in their last 2 matches. New signing Dominic Samuel has hit the ground running as he has found the back of the net on 4 occasions already, but the club are going to need to support him if they are to have a good season.

With this in mind the club should look to sign Rickie Lambert who is currently without a club.

Rickie Lambert – The former England international left Cardiff City earlier this year after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

Throughout his career Lambert has found the back of the net 224 times, with 99 of those goals coming when he has played in League One. With this record in League One Lambert would the perfect fit for the club and would support Dominic Samuel and the other strikers at the club.

Having played over 600 times in his career, including plying his trade in the Premier League with Liverpool, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion respectively, Lambert could bring a huge amount of experience to Blackburn’s team which could help the club have a successful season.

Blackburn Rovers fans would Lambert be a good fit for your club? Let us know in the comments section…