In terms of cup competitions this year will be harder not only because we enter at an earlier round but also because there is more of them. The introduction of the EFL trophy as well as the Carabao Cup (League cup) and the FA cup means that our first team is going to be as stretched as it has ever been when it comes to the amount of games we play this year. At a minimum the team will have 51 games to play this year including all the EFL group games which means that potentially if we were to reach wembley that would be a minimum of 55 games this year. So Tony needs to sort his priorities out quickly weather he wants to try for silverware or put all fire power into the league!
Dates to remember:
Saturday 7th October: v Blackpool away. Although considered a Derby match the mutual friendship between the two teams has grow over the past few years with joint protests and also Gary Bowyer being the Seasiders boss. This match will a historical one as it will be the third different division in which the two teams have met in 7 years a real testament to what bad ownership can do to a club.
Saturday 28th October: v Wigan away. Potentially a 6 pointer and another Derby that spans over 3 divisions, a match that just doesn't seem to leave us alone returns for the 21st and 22nd time for the 14th year in a row!
All of February (For the loyal away fans): If you are a fan who is truly dedicated to Rovers then February is your month to prove it! The 3rd sees rovers make a 624 mile and 12 hour round trip to Plymouth, a week later to play Oldham at home but if your not tired of travelling you only have to wait till the 13th when Rovers return to the far south travelling 534 mile and 11 hour round trip down to Portsmouth on a Tuesday night! We then return home 4 days later for Bury then finally to put the nail in the coffin on the 24th we travel 202 miles and 5 hours round trip down to Walsall. So get your bus passes and train tickets at the ready because February sees Rovers fans travel a total of 1360miles and 28 hours of travelling! good luck!
Saturday 5th May: Oxford Home. Its Party time ladies and gents because if all has gone to plan at the end of this 90minutes of football Blackburn will be lifting the league 1 title as champions and the promotion party can well and truly begin!
Its going to be a difficult year to take, knowing what could have been had we not conceded those 2 goals or even if we had held on to that lead to the end. 16 points were lost last season due to goals conceded in after the 85th minute and this has been a theme for years Blackburn must break their duck and learn to hold onto games otherwise this season I become another painful one. My only worry for Blackburn now is what the future holds if we don't get promoted... nearly £2mil spent this summer more than the last 4 years combined! And with layoffs behind the scenes it makes out for a very grim future if we don't get promoted! But thats not going to happen.
By Cameron Deacon
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