Blackburn Rovers v Burnley (Deadwood Park, Sunday 12.30pm)
It’s Blackburn Rovers v Burnley this Sunday and sad news from Deadwood where a loving couple are to divorce after 30 years of marriage. They have had to tell their 13 kids thay will have to go back to being brother and sister….inbred f*ckers.
Kicking at 12.30pm on Sunday in East Lancashire, will be a 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 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 the first victory at Deadwood since Brian Hall adding to Tony Morley’s effort in a 2-1 victory in 1978/79.
This followed a win the previous season when Terry Cochrane stuffed one in the top corner!
Former Clarets wing wizard Terry Cochrane scored one of the club’s best ever winning goals in the East Lancashire derby at Deadwood Park. The Northern Ireland international netted the winner with an exquisite strike in the 20th minute of an old Division Two fixture on Easter Monday.
Cochrane’s seventh league goal of the 1977/78 campaign was one the 61-year-old has savoured since.
“Local derbies are always fun to be involved in and games against Blackburn were always cut and thrust,” Cochrane said. “I remember we were playing well at the time, we went in to the game extremely confident, and we won it 1-0.
“I scored the winner that day. I cut inside from the right and hit it in to the top corner from about 25 yards. It was a good goal and I’ve still got the cutting in my scrap book. It was really pleasing to hit a winning goal like that.”
It’ll be a blood and guts derby…..hopefully….. and the odd classic tackle of yesteryear like Kevin ‘Here Comes The Boom’ Ball’s tremendous effort on David Dunne…
Deadwood Park will not be full either on Sunday, despite the 7,000 Burnley fans in the Darwen End.
Burnley fans will arrive in a trail of 80 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 Venky’s horse botherer’s..
Just remember….“You’re only here ’cos of Burnley”.
Sean Dyche should be able to name the same starting XI for an eighth straight fixture, Burnley appear well primed to finally get one over their neighbours. Dyche will check on those who returned from international duty, including 46-goal strike duo Sam Vokes and Danny Ings, but no injury problems are envisioned.
For Rovers, Michael Keane, acquired on loan from Manchester United on Friday, could be thrust into one of the centre-back berths with doubts surrounding both captain Grant Hanley (calf) and Matt Kilgallon (groin).
January signing Tom Cairney is struggling with a calf complaint while Josh King (hamstring) has not played since February 1, although he is back in full training. Winger Ben Marshall (ankle) will definitely miss out, as will Dickson Etuhu (ankle), while David Dunn, who scored a controversial injury-time equaliser in this fixture last March, is making progress after missing the 4-0 defeat to Bolton last weekend with a knock..