Bastard Rovers v Burnley (Deadwood Park, Saturday 12.30pm)
It’s Bastard Rovers v Burnley tomorrow with sad news from Deadwood that a loving couple are to divorce after 30 years of marriage…….they’ve just had to tell their 13 kids that will have to go back to being brother and sister….inbred f*ckers.
Kicking at 12.30pm on Saturday will be the game described by former players and managers as the most fiercely passionate in the whole of football.
It’s one where the ground will packed out and the hatred red hot…..the “Cotton Mill” derby between Burnley and the ‘chicken fiddlers’……Bastard Rovers, two founder members of the Football League separated by just 14 miles.
Such is the rivalry, that fans of Burnley will have a police escort to Deadwood Park. They arrive at Ewood Park two-and-a-half hours before kick-off and travel in a claret and blue convoy of 120 coaches.
For the majority of supporters the rivalry is about bragging rights and local pride but a minority go looking for trouble.
After the Premier League match between the two at Ewood Park in October 2009 violence broke out at a Blackburn pub and 12 members of a Burnley hooligan group were subsequently jailed for a total of 32 years.
There’s more passionate support from Burnley and if Jack Walker had been a Burnley fan, then the ground would have been full every week. Blackburn had the best team in the country in 1995 and they still couldn’t fill their ground unless Manchester United visited.”
When Burnley met at Deadwood on April 4th 1983 they lost a Second Division game at Ewood Park , manager Frank Casper was forced to appeal for calm among the travelling supporters following unrest that had resulted Burnley fans climbing up onto the roof smashing up anything they could get their hands on including asbestos tiles being ripped from the roof of the Darwen End and used as missiles.
This match was deemed to be ‘The match that died of shame’ or more notably ‘The Day the roof came off’….shame that the main protagonist, Norman Jones RIP will miss a second consecutive victory at Deadwood.
It’ll be a blood and guts derby…..hopefully….. and the odd classic tackle of yesteryear like Kevin ‘Here Comes The Tap Tab Boom’ Ball’s tremendous effort on David Dunne…now fettling his trade with lowly Oldham
Burnley fans will arrive in a trail of 120 coaches, parked sardine-close behind the Darwen End…… singing “No, nay, never”, the song to the tune of the Wild Rover, an original Clarets song which has been ‘bastardised’ by the chicken fiddlin’ Venky’s horse bothererin’ fans.
Deadwood Park will not be full tomorrow despite Burnley selling out the 4,600 Darwen End……..another joke….the Darwen End allegedly hold 7000 but the coach park only 120 coaches!!!
Just remember….“You’re only here ’cos of Burnley”.
Blackburn midfielder Craig Conway (foot) and defender Matt Kilgallon (back) should be available.
Midfielders Ben Marshall (dead leg) and Hope Akpan (groin) had to come off during Wednesday’s draw with Derby, but it is hoped they should be fit.
Burnley winger George Boyd is a doubt (ankle), but manager Sean Dyche is hopeful that he will be available.
Midfielder Dean Marney and defender Kevin Long (knee) are both close to a comeback for the Clarets.
- Blackburn are without a win in four games against Burnley (D3 L1), having won the previous six in a row.
- Jordan Rhodes has scored in three of his last four appearances for Blackburn against Burnley.
- Burnley have conceded one goal in each of their last five league games with their east Lancashire rivals.
- Blackburn have failed to score in their last two league games. They have not gone three without a goal since February 2013.
- Burnley have alternated between winning and drawing in their last four away games, drawing at Nottingham Forest last time out.