Blackburn – the team
Fried chicken is one of the worlds greatest inventions so it takes a lot for us to criticise a company that offers the food of the Gods to the world. Take a bow then Venkys of India who’s ownership of Blackburn Rovers has been nothing short of a disgrace. Since taking over, the 1995 Premier League winners have slipped from solid mid table top flight side to one who, this season, are flirting with relegation to League One. Rovers are currently third from bottom albeit one point behind Burton Albion. Their form has improved with the inevitable new manager bounce provided by Tony Mowbray but they still look to be in a world of problems.
Blackburn – the place
Last time we went to Blackburn we went to a pub in which one local was wearing his pyjamas and dressing gown and rather than showing the Premier League lunchtime kick off on the big screen, an episode of Jeremy Kyle was on. It was also £2.30 for a bottle of Magners. We’ll leave you to decide whether that makes the place absolutely brilliant or a bit of a shit hole.
Blackburn – the people
Blackburn did give the world one of the fittest contestants to grace the X Factor stage in 2008 semi finalist Diana Vickers. It was also the home constituency of Jack Straw, the former Foreign Secretary as opposed to the bloke who produced that quite brilliant website documenting the construction of the Amex.
A good WeAreBrighton.com memory of Blackburn at home
The Albion put in one of their best performances under Oscar Garcia at home to Blackburn in November 2013. Ashley Barnes scored twice with Jake Forster-Caskey also on target in a 3-0 home win.
A bad WeAreBrighton.com memory of Blackburn at home
Rovers first visit to the Amex came on a Tuesday night in the 2012/13 season. The game was a pretty uneventful 1-1 draw in which Vicente notched a penalty. It’s always nice to see players giving homophobic gestures to supporters and its even nicer when that player is not only ex-Brighton, but was paid for by one of those fans. You stay classy Colin Kazim-Richards.
Unfortunately former Albion captain Gordon Greer won’t get the reception he deserves on his return to the Amex with Blackburn as he hasn’t made the trip. Greer remains one of the most successful captains in the clubs history and continued in that vein when getting himself sent off on our visit to Ewood Park earlier in the season, a scrappy 3-2 win that may not have happened without the red. Cheers Gordo.
Rovers can call on a former Champions League winner in Wes Brown while there is also a certain Elliott Bennett in their squad who probably fancies a run down the wing. Jason Steele was a highly thought of goalkeeper as an England under 21 international in his younger days.
We’re going to jinx things here by saying there is zero value in betting on the match result as the Albion should be winning this sort of game comfortably. Beram Kayal is probably due a goal and, presuming he is fit to start after missing international duty over the last fortnight, seems a big price at 5/1.
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