Blackburn Rovers v AFC Bournemouth

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Could Be A Tricky Game To Win

After the 3-1 win at Dean Court against Middlesbrough, the next game is on Easter Monday at Ewood Park the home of Blackburn Rovers at 3 pm. The Cherries met them in their first game back in the Championship at Dean Court back in September. AFCB won 3-2 with our goals coming from Jack Stacey, Jefferson Lerma and Arnaut Danjuma, Rovers scorers were Bradley Johnson and Adam Armstrong.

At one time there were two teams in Blackburn, first Rovers and three years later, Blackburn Olympic in 1878. But Olympic were the first Northern club to win the FA Cup in 1883, five years after they were formed. One year later Blackburn Rovers also won the FA Cup, both teams winning by 2-1 Olympic folded in 1889 after financial problems and failing to enter the Football League.

This is AFCB’s second game of the Easter period and it could be a tricky one to win. Rovers in their last six Championship games in March, the highest number of goals conceded was one goal in four of the games. Blackburn Rovers won one, winning 0-2 at Millwall, drew away at Norwich 1-1 before the international break, ending the Canaries nine match winning run. Also they drew at home in two games, 0-0 with Bristol City and 1-1 against Swansea City. They lost at Reading 1-0. In their Good Friday game they lost 1-0 at bottom club Wycombe Wanderers.

So far this season at home, Rovers have W 6, D 7, L 6. Away they have W 6, D 3, L 11.

Our last game at Ewood Park was in the Championship in the August of the 2014-15 season, Rovers won 3-2. Rovers were 3-0 up after 24 minutes through goals from Jordan Rhodes, Grant Hanley and Rudy Gestede, our two goals came in the last 9 minutes of normal time Brett Pitman with a penalty and a last minute headed goal from Steve Cook.

AFCB’s away league record against Blackburn Rovers, W 1, D 1, L 7.
In all competitions, AFCB have W 6, D 6, L 12.

Blackburn Rovers Team News
Elliott Bennett, Lewis Travis and Adam Armstrong missed the Wycombe Wanderers game. Armstrong they hoped might be fit to play after been missing a number of games with a hamstring injury. So he could start against us on Monday.

Blackburn Rovers Player To Watch
If he plays, Adam Armstrong, Rovers have missed his firepower and so far he has scored 19 goals in the league.

AFCB Team News
Junior Stanislas went off with what looked like an injury, hopefully not too bad and he will be available on Monday. David Brooks missed the game altogether, so he must still be a doubt.

AFCB Player To Watch
Hard working Dominic Solanke, he broke the recent sequence of not scoring, by not giving up and after his first shot was blocked by the goalkeeper, followed up and put the loose ball into the net. He thoroughly deserved that goal and hopefully that’s the start of him scoring goals again.
 
#2
I mentioned Blackburn Olympic in the Preview above.

This article may interest you about someone called Jack Hunter.


Jack Hunter is a name, that isn't a widely renowned name in the footballing world but he should be. He should be one of the most famous names in the world as he shaped the way footballers even today live and the way that teams play.

The 1880’s was changing football already, after a previously 1 dimensional style of passing and brutal tackling, Scotland (Mainly Queens Park) had developed a new style of passing, essentially the original tiki-taka. This style of football was adopted by teams in Lancashire and this is where the north slowly became a force. However what Jack Hunter did was add a whole other level to this. In his eyes football wasn't only about the way that the team played but it was about how the players lived. Jack knew that teams from working class areas like Blackburn couldn't possibly match the public school teams of the south when it came to diet and therefore size, so what he did was focus Olympic’s core values around speed and fitness.

Hunter was the Pep Guardiola of the era, after making his team fast and fit he then decided to revolutionise football tactics. At the time most teams (Prepare yourself for this) would play SIX up top but Hunter’s tactics were based around the new passing style of play so instead of the usual, Hunter would drop one back into midfield for a solid 2-3-5 formation. As comical as this may sound this change was revolutionary. This was the original midfield overload and it worked!

https://www.roversreports.com/team-...rned-the-tide-the-legend-of-blackburn-olympic
 
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Thanks. It was a great night. I didn't get home until 4am and had to be in work at 7am.

I worked for BLD based in Ringwood, a blame is a claim motorcycle company at the time. My manager, who was a diamond, would route me in the direction of any AFCB away game on the proviso I always turned up the next day. I managed a lot of away games at that time, whilst using a company van and being paid for it. Happy days.
 
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Thanks. It was a great night. I didn't get home until 4am and had to be in work at 7am.

I worked for BLD based in Ringwood, a blame is a claim motorcycle company at the time. My manager, who was a diamond, would route me in the direction of any AFCB away game on the proviso I always turned up the next day. I managed a lot of away games at that time, whilst using a company van and being paid for it. Happy days.
Fair play to your boss !
Drove up to that game from London after a night shift - with a couple of fellow cherries what a fantastic night that was - we played so well and deserved it ....brilliant .
 
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You just reminded me of the 3-2 in the Champo,if I remember rightly the coaches were late and we missed kick off so no pre match beers or food,then we went 3 down in 20 minutes,a truly great afternoon.
I think I also went there in a cup game,Efan Ekoku scoring first ?
 
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You just reminded me of the 3-2 in the Champo,if I remember rightly the coaches were late and we missed kick off so no pre match beers or food,then we went 3 down in 20 minutes,a truly great afternoon.
I think I also went there in a cup game,Efan Ekoku scoring first ?
Strange game, from memory we actually played really well that day but everything Blackburn hit flew in. Had chances to come back from 3-0 down to go 3-3 but missed them. Weird day.
 
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You just reminded me of the 3-2 in the Champo,if I remember rightly the coaches were late and we missed kick off so no pre match beers or food,then we went 3 down in 20 minutes,a truly great afternoon.
I think I also went there in a cup game,Efan Ekoku scoring first ?
Efan scored first and think Mike newell scored for them . If I remember shearer missed out as he has just injured his knee