Ahead of Wednesday’s next fixture against Blackburn Rovers, I spoke to Daniel from Rovers’ blog ‘Rovers Chat’ about all things Blackburn. Here’s what he had to say…
Why do you support Blackburn Rovers?
It’s because of family. I seem to remember going my first game back in 2005 against Manchester City in the Premier League days! I used to go a few games a season and then got a season ticket when I was 12/13 and been going regularly since, home and away.
It’s a lot of money and time, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
What has been the standout season following Rovers?
I’m too young to have been around when we won the Premier League in 1995, and I was too young to go to the Millennium Stadium to see us lift the Worthington Cup in 2002, so it’ll have to be the League One promotion in the 2017/18 season.
We’d had a couple of seasons of mid-table mediocrity in the Championship but we were relegated in 2017, and many felt like it was the end of the club we all followed. However, League One had such a positive effect on the club. We got the pride back in the team, found a manager in Tony Mowbray who we could all get behind, and we had some special moments both at Ewood and on the road.
I’d love us to have a season like that in the Championship in the near future.
And what about the worst season?
The 2016/17 relegation season mentioned in my previous answer. We appointed former Burnley manager Owen Coyle which set negativity around Ewood from the word go, and an awful start saw it turn even more. Coyle was sacked in February – months too late – and in came Tony Mowbray.
Mowbray steadied the ship and did his best to help us stay up, and we would have if he a couple more matches in charge, but the feeling when relegation was confirmed after we beat Brentford away 3-1 – which was our best performance of the season – was the worst feeling I’ve ever had watching Rovers.
How would you rate your transfer window so far and where would you strengthen?
Well, at the time of writing, it’s a zero out of ten! We’re yet to bring a signing in, we’ve a few still to ship out, and every rumour doesn’t turn into anything at the moment.
I’d like to see us bring an out-and-out winger into the club. We’ve been playing five million pound signing Sam Gallagher – who is a 6ft 4″ forward – on the right wing at times and it’s so frustrating to see when he should be in the box getting his head on crosses.
We need a new left-back after Greg Cunningham picked up a season-ending injury, and I’d like to see a centre-back brought in as back-up. A keeper for next season would be nice as well as current number one Christian Walton is only on loan.
Which players do Wednesday need to keep their eyes on?
Well, our player of the season so far has been Stewart Downing. I was sceptical when he signed because I thought ‘if Middlesbrough don’t want a 34-year-old, what use will he be to us?’, but he’s been brilliant for us and I wish he was younger.
(Stewart Downing in action. Photo – hitc.com)
I’d also keep an eye on Adam Armstrong. He’s scored twice and assisted one already in 2020 and he’s really thriving at the moment. He might be used up top or even on the wing, but he’ll give your defence the runaround and they’ll need to be switched on.
Young Lewis Travis in the middle has had a decent season. He’s a tough tackler and has a will to run forward with the ball so he’s definitely one to watch.
If you could bring one Wednesday player to Blackburn Rovers, who would it be and why?
Someone like Steven Fletcher. I know he’s played for our rivals but he’s scored three times as many as any of our strikers this season and always seems to score against us – so I’m glad he’s not playing. A winger like Adam Reach or Jacob Murphy wouldn’t go amiss either.
As ever it was a pleasure to speak to Daniel. You can follow ‘Rovers Chat’ on twitter @Rovers_Chat.
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