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Bristol Rovers vs Ipswich Town Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Frosty » Tue Mar 10, 2020 7:05 am

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Saturday 14th March 2020 – 15:00

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Pre-Match Thoughts - Frosty



Slightly different opening thoughts this week as Mike has gone on holiday (he says) :wink:

I want to ramble a little if I may (so feel to skip this section).

My Mother in the mid 70’s met a man from Suffolk who became my stepfather.

He was a boiler maker who grew up in Ipswich and ultimately moved to New Zealand due to some romantic notion I never understood at the time.

I remember two distinct things from my childhood at this time (I would have been 7 or 8.), one was the stories he used to read me by Arthur Ransome set in East Anglia (‘Swallows & Amazons’ and ‘Pigeon Post’ have stuck in my mind to this day). The other subject he seemed quite enamoured with was a football club named Ipswich Town. Apparently some bloke called Sir Alf Ramsey had taken this small town to the top of the English Football league from two divisions down over a period of only 5 years. A few years later the same chap had more success, this time for England at a world cup. Both feats were relatively meaningless to me at the time and I far preferred listening to stories about some kids in a dingy on a lake.

A few years later and Ipswich Town were again the talk of the dinner table, (by this time I was playing junior football, not a popular choice in this country as this probably made you a ‘queer’ in a die hard rugby nation). I was now following a team that was once again achieving success far beyond it’s weight in both domestic and European cup competitions. According to my stepfather, this Manager was even more amazing than Sir Alf.

In many respects growing up in New Zealand has some parallels with Ipswich Town FC. In the case of NZ, sure we have some international success with Rugby Union and Yachting, but outside of this most of our sporting achievements are few and far between. Yes, we bat above our weight based on a population of only 4.5 million, but so has Town in English Football. To compete against clubs based in the major metropolitan areas of the UK (and Europe in the early 80’s) is some feat. Let’s not forget promotions to the top flight in the early 90’s and at the start of the new millennium as well. Unfortunately this rich history of our club probably at times creates an unrealistic expectation.

I have been in business many years and employed many people, one must always strive to be the best otherwise you become yesterday’s news very quick. Unfortunately, after the initial enthusiasm in owning a Football club with a proud tradition, I fear our current owner is probably going through the motions. In some respects I understand this, a lack of success, endless deficits (forget the tax argument, you actually have to make a loss to get a tax credit), transfer fees paid for players that either didn’t perform or usually sustained long term injuries, the list goes on.

People talk a lot about the transfer fees received and the transfer fees paid, but where does the money come from for non playing staff wages, the travel costs, the matchday costs, the academy costs and a myriad of other costs that it takes to run a modern football club?

Yes, as an owner you are the master of your own destiny and must take responsibility for your key appointments. You also need to let your appointments do their job as this is not your role. In Marcus Evans defence there are times I think he has acted too late and perhaps should have ‘interfered’ a little more and a little sooner. If there was no interest in the club, I suspect he wouldn’t attend as many matches as he does and equally would have written off the debt sooner to the first buyer that comes along as this figure will only keep rising over time.

Therefore, I still strongly believe that many of the failings over recent seasons have come down to the appointment of the right manager (which is Evans decision and responsibility). Much like the two legendry Town Managers referred to above, or in more modern times take Bournemouth, a club on it’s knees, but under the brilliant guidance of Eddie Howe reached the top flight. These achievements were made without the unlimited budget of a gulf state oil sheik or a Russian Oligarch. It was by having the right Manager who could get the best out of the players available for a common goal. And this is why I believe there is always hope that our own club with the right manager will still be able to write a new history one day.

As for the match this weekend, two out of form teams that have slid from early season highs … your guess is as good as mine! :wink:




The Opposition – Bristol Rovers FC



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In September 1883, in a meeting organised by school teacher Bill Somerton at the Eastville Restaurant on Stapleton Road in Bristol, the foundation was laid for the team that would go on to be known as Bristol Rovers. The area was at the time a rugby stronghold, and this led the fledgling club to be named after local rugby side The Arabs – their all-black kits leading to the football club being known as Black Arabs F.C. A gold sash was later added to the black shirts, and the black and gold colour scheme went on to become a recurrent theme in the team's away kits in the 21st century.

The Black Arabs played their home games on Purdown in Bristol, but found fixtures hard to come by in their early days due to a dearth of association football teams in the Bristol area. During that first season the team came to be known by the nickname The Purdown Poachers, after the location of their home pitch, and despite the fact they only played there for a single season the moniker stuck for some time.

In November 1884 the name of the club was changed to Eastville Rovers, giving them an identity in their own right, rather than being named after a rugby club. The change in name to one based on a geographical location came about in an effort to broaden the appeal of the club and to draw players from a wider area.

It wasn't until 14 January 1888 that Eastville Rovers took part in a formal competition for the first time.

The following season, on 6 April 1889, Rovers won their first ever trophy by beating Warmley in the final of the second running of the Gloucestershire Cup.

Eastville Rovers continued to play mainly friendly matches for the next few years, as well as taking part in the Gloucestershire Cup each year. In 1890, Rovers again reached the final of this competition, losing 7–2 to Clifton Association in a game that was refereed by noted cricketer W. G. Grace.

Rovers moved to their fourth home in 1891, having negotiated a fee of £8 a year to allow them to play at the Schoolmasters Cricket Ground, Horfield.

1892 was a major landmark in the history of the club, with Eastville Rovers joining an organised league for the first time. Rovers became a founding member of the Bristol & District League (later to become the Western Football League.

The 1893–94 season was a poor one, with Rovers finishing 11th out of 12 teams, with only Mangotsfield F.C. below them in the league. Things improved in 1894–95 however with a 6th-place finish. This season saw Rovers move to their fifth home, locating themselves at a ground referred to sometimes as Rudgeway and at other times as Ridgeway in the Fishponds area of the city. On 22 September 1894 the first meeting of the two teams that went on to become Bristol Rovers and Bristol City took place. Bristol South End beat Eastville Rovers 2–1 at St. John's Lane in Bedminster.

5 October 1895 saw the first appearance in the FA Cup. During the 1896–97 season, Rovers purchased the Eastville ground from Bristol Harlequins rugby club on 26 March 1897 and on 3 April played their first game there against Aston Villa. This would remain their home for almost 100 years.

During the last few years of the 19th century, Eastville Rovers had gradually become known as Bristol Eastville Rovers, and on 7 February 1899 the club officially changed its name to Bristol Rovers.

On 17 November 1900 Rovers faced Weymouth in an FA Cup qualifying match. With the score 5–1 at half time, Rovers went on to score ten goals in the second half, recording a 15–1 victory, a club record for the biggest win in a competitive first team match that still stands today.

During the 1902–03 season Rovers won the Gloucestershire Cup for the second time after beating Bristol City 4–2 in the second replay.

Only six league seasons were played during this decade due to World War I. 1909–10 marked the beginning of a disappointing run of league performances, with the team never finishing better than 13th in the Southern League in the six seasons before the war Although one season of league football was played after the outbreak of war, the 1914–15 would be the last season of competitive football played by Rovers until 1919.

On 18 May 1920 a meeting was held between representatives of the Southern League and The Football League and it was decided to move all of the Southern League teams into the new third division of the Football League, which up to this point had consisted of two divisions.

Attendances were high during this period. On several occasions during this decade, matches between the two Bristol clubs attracted crowds of 30,000 spectators.

Another noteworthy player to appear for Rovers in this decade was Ronnie Dix (born 5 September 1912). He scored his first goal at an age of 15 Years, 180 days, making him the youngest goalscorer in Football League history, a record that still stands today. He remained the only 15-year-old to play for Rovers for almost 77 years, when Scott Sinclair made his debut aged 15 years, 275 days in December 2004.

Bristol Rovers' manager David McLean resigned on 17 September 1930. His replacement, Captain Albert Prince-Cox brought many changes to the club. One of his first actions as manager was to take the club on a mid-season tour of The Netherlands, and on 16 November 1930 Rovers beat the Dutch national team 3–2, just 24 hours after beating Coventry City 1–0 in the league.

One of the innovations introduced by Albert Prince-Cox was the blue and white quartered shirts, which are still worn today. These were first used during the 1931–32 season, Prince-Cox believed that they made the players look larger and more intimidating.

The sequence of events that eventually resulted in Bristol Rovers leaving the city and playing their home games in Bath during the 1980s began in 1932, when Rovers agreed a lease of Eastville Stadium to the Bristol Greyhound Racing Association that included a clause stating that if Rovers were to sell the stadium then the greyhound association would have first refusal, and that the price would not exceed £13,000. In 1934 the lease was amended to allow the Bristol Greyhound Racing Association to buy the stadium whenever they wished to purchase it, providing that they gave two months notice in writing to the football club. The purchase price was guaranteed to be not less than £8,000 and not more than £13,000. In 1939, Rovers wrote to the greyhound company informing them that they were prepared to sell the stadium, the greyhound company replying with an offer of £20,000 for the freehold.

On 13 April 1935, Rovers played Watford in the final of the Division 3 (South) Cup at The Old Den. The match was played at a neutral venue because both clubs had refused to take part in a coin toss to decide home advantage. Rovers won the match 3–2, winning their only national trophy in the period between World War I and World War II.

During a match with Luton Town on 13 April 1936, Rovers suffered the biggest defeat in their history, losing 12–0. 10 of the goals were scored by Joe Payne, which is still the league record for the most goals scored by a single player in a match. Rovers finished bottom of the league in the 1938–39 season, and were forced to apply for re-election to the league when competitive football resumed after the war.

Official league football resumed after World War II for the 1946–47 season. During the war Rovers had played mainly friendly games, and also took part in the unofficial Division 3 South (South) competition in 1945–46. The Bristol Rovers Supporters Club was set up in 1947 to provide financial support to the football club. The first chairman was former Gloucestershire cricketer Hampden Alpass.

The 1950s was the most successful decade in the history of Bristol Rovers. The club reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup twice, achieved their highest ever placing in the football pyramid, won a divisional title.

During the second world war, the Bristol Greyhound Racing Association had invested money into Bristol Rovers, and as a result the Greyhound Association had taken control of the football club's accounts and board of directors. In 1950, an FA commission, after examining the club's books, fined Bristol Rovers £250 and ordered the greyhound company to relinquish its controlling interest in the football club and banned club secretary Charles Ferrari from football club management.

In the 1950–51 season Bristol Rovers reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time. This season also saw the adoption of Goodnight Irene as a favorite song of Bristol Rovers fans. The song was sung at the Rovers fans by supporters of Plymouth Argyle before a match at Eastville, because a version of it was in the charts at the time, and again to taunt the Rovers fans after Argyle had taken the lead. Rovers went on to win the game 3–1 and replied to the Plymouth taunts by singing Goodnight Argyle. The song remained popular with the Rovers fans, and over the years became the anthem of the supporters.

The first league title to be won by Bristol Rovers since the 1904–05 Southern League championship was the 1952–53 Division 3 (South) title. This was the first time Rovers had won promotion since joining the Football League in 1920.

The highest ever league placing by Rovers was achieved in both the 1955–56 and 1958–59 seasons, when the team finished in sixth place in the second tier of league football. In 1955–56, Rovers only missed out on promotion to the top flight by four points.

For the 1962–63 season, Rovers abandoned their now familiar blue and white quarters in favour of blue pinstripes. Also in this season, the club signed goalkeeper Esmond Million from Middlesbrough for £5,000. In April 1963, The People newspaper ran a story alleging that Million had accepted a bribe to lose the match against Bradford (Park Avenue) on 20 April. During the game he had allowed a backpass to slip past him and allowed a cross to go, enabling Bradford to score twice. Unfortunately for Million, Rovers also scored twice so the game ended 2–2 and Million did not receive the money he had been offered to lose the game. Million and his accomplice, Keith Williams, were fined £50 each by Doncaster Magistrates' Court, and banned from football for life by The FA.

The furthest Bristol Rovers have ever progressed in the league cup is the quarter-finals. This was achieved twice in consecutive seasons – 1970–71 and 1971–72.

In July 1972, Rovers appointed Don Megson as their new manager. His first task as manager was to guide the team through the Watney Cup, where the team beat Sheffield United in the final in a match that was drawn 0–0 at full time. A penalty shoot-out was held to decide the winners, and Rovers won 7–6, meaning that Megson had won a trophy after only three matches as manager.

For the 1973–74 season, Rovers had switched back to their blue and white quartered shirts, which they have worn ever since. This coincided with a promotion-winning season, with second place in division 3 earning them a second spell in the second division. Rovers remained in the Second Division for the remainder of the decade.

The 1980–81 season was probably the worst in the club's history. Rovers won just five league games during the season, and only four home wins in all competitions. The team was relegated at the end of the season, finishing in last place, seven points below the other relegated team, Bristol City. The club had also failed to agree an extension to the lease on their stadium, which had had its capacity reduced from 30,000 to 12,500 due to new safety laws, causing fears that they would have to find a new home. On 17 August 1980, a fire started in the South Grandstand in Eastville Stadium, destroying the administrative offices and changing rooms. As a result, Rovers were forced to play five games at Ashton Gate, three in the league and two in the League Cup. This location was not popular with the fans however, who considered this to be enemy territory, and all five games were poorly attended.

During the 1981–82 season, with the lease on Eastville coming to an end, Rovers were offered deals to groundshare by both Bristol City and Bath City, however a five-year extension to their existing lease was agreed and Rovers would remain at Eastville until 1986. Before the lease was agreed, the Rovers chairman, Martin Flook, had made an offer of £450,000 to buy Ashton Gate Stadium from Bristol City, who were on the verge of bankruptcy at the time. However, when City reformed as Bristol City (1982) plc, this bid was rejected.

Unlike Bristol City, who had suffered three consecutive relegations in the early 80s, Rovers stabilised in the Third Division.

The last game to be played at Eastville was on 26 April 1986, when Rovers drew 1–1 with Chesterfield in front of just 3,576 spectators. The following season Rovers moved to Bath City's Twerton Park ground, where they would remain for ten years.

At the start of the 1987–88 season, former Rovers player Gerry Francis was appointed as manager. He immediately went about building the team that would go on to win the Third Division title within three seasons.

Success in the league was achieved by Gerry Francis in his third season as Bristol Rovers manager. The team won the 1989–90 third division championship, clinching promotion on 2 May 1990 with a 3–0 victory over local rivals Bristol City, who finished second and were also promoted.

The following season Rovers suffered a second fire at their ground. Ten years after the fire at Eastville, the main stand at Twerton Park was damaged on 16 September 1990 in what was later found to be an arson attack. Seven Bristol City fans were later tried and convicted of the crime.

The first two seasons back in the Second Division saw Rovers finish a credible 13th place, their highest in the league since the 1950s. In the 1990–91 season the side were outsiders for play-off place before petering out in mid-table. Gerry Francis left for QPR and was succeeded by Martin Dobson, who left following a dismal start to 1991–92. Dennis Rofe brought a turnaround in form to finish mid-table.

Rovers' third season in the second tier of the league resulted in relegation. Dennis Rofe was sacked following another awful start, and veteran manager Malcolm Allison was appointed in an effort to turn things round, without much success. John Ward in turn replaced Allison near the end of the season, but little improvement followed. At the end of the 1992–93 season, Rovers were bottom of the division, now known as Division One due to the creation of the FA Premier League.

A second appearance at Wembley was earned at the end of the 1994–95 season, in the Second Division play-off final. Rovers lost by the same scoreline as their only other game to be played there – 2–1. This time the opponents were Huddersfield Town, and the attendance of 59,175 is the second highest ever at a Bristol Rovers game. Also during this season, Rovers faced their landlords, Bath City, in the first round of the FA Cup. Rovers won the game 5–0, and unusually for a game involving a league team, there was no fan segregation. The following season Rovers failed to make a serious challenge for the play-offs, resulting in the sacking of John Ward and his replacement by former player Ian Holloway.

Rovers' return to Bristol was at the beginning of the 1996–97 season. Bristol Rugby Club were experiencing financial difficulties, and offered Rovers the opportunity to buy half of the Memorial Ground (now called The Memorial Stadium) for £2.3 million. The stadium was not ready for league football however, and the first game of the season was played at Twerton Park. On 17 April 1998, Bristol Rugby Club were placed in receivership, invoking a clause in the tenancy agreement allowing Rovers to buy the other half of the Memorial Ground for £100,000. Rovers now owned their own stadium for the first time since 1939.

Until the end of the 2000–01 season, Bristol Rovers had been the only team in the Football League never to have played in the first or the fourth levels of the league. This record ended when the team were relegated to Division 3 for the 2001–02 season. Holloway resigned at the halfway point of the season, and Garry Thompson took over for the rest of the campaign, but was unable to prevent relegation. Gerry Francis returned to the club and oversaw a good start that saw them top the division at the end of August; results soon faded however, and it became clear that Rovers were not going to get out of the division at the first attempt. Francis resigned due to personal issues in December with the side in 20th place, leading to Garry Thompson being reinstated as manager. Despite masterminding a cup upset against Premier League opponents Derby County, Rovers' League form remained poor, and the club hit its lowest ebb, finishing second bottom of the whole League and only surviving due to a truly awful season by bottom-placed Halifax Town.

With the League introducing two relegation places from Division Three the next season it was obvious that Rovers would have to improve quickly, and Thompson was duly sacked and replaced by former player Ray Graydon. While Graydon had experienced promotion success twice with Walsall, he failed to significantly improve Rovers' form, and the next two seasons were also spent fighting relegation to the Conference. Soon, Graydon was gone, and Ian Atkins took the hotseat. A slight improvement resulted, resulting in Rovers hovering in mid-table; this was far from what the board and fans wanted however, and after just over a season in charge Atkins was dismissed, and in his place the club appointed Paul Trollope as player-manager, aided by director of football Lennie Lawrence. Trollope's first season in full charge (2005–06) saw the club briefly contend for the play-offs, but eventually resulted in another mid-table (12th place) finish.

Improvements were needed and they came during the 2006–07 season, when Rovers reached the final of the Football League Trophy for the second time in the club's history. The team were beaten 3–2 by Doncaster Rovers after extra time.

The team also managed to qualify for the playoffs, finishing 6th in the final table (the last play-off spot awarded to a team) where they played 3rd placed and tie favourites Lincoln City. Rovers qualified for the final at the new Wembley Stadium after a 7–4 aggregate win over Lincoln. In the final at Wembley Stadium they faced Shrewsbury Town. Bristol Rovers won by three goals to one in what was a thrilling match. The game was marked though, by the home match atmosphere created by the huge Rovers' support and their almost endless singing of their signature song "Goodnight Irene". Rovers also became only the second team, behind Chelsea to have played at both Millennium Stadium and Wembley Stadium in the same season.

2007–08 saw Rovers survive in League One as they finished 16th, with the prospect of relegation never really finding its way around the club, however, top 6 was always a bit ambitious and it proved to be a transitional season for the club, just to find their feet amongst the division.

A fine start to the 2009–10 season pushed Rovers into 3rd place in the table at the start of October. Rovers maintained a very consistent level of performance throughout the remainder of the season, never falling out of the top 10 positions.

Rovers' started the 2010–11 season poorly, and they were in the relegation zone from the first weeks of the campaign. Paul Trollope resigned near the end of 2010, and a few weeks later was replaced by Dave Penney. Under the new manager Rovers proceeded to lose 9 of the next 13 games, and Penney's tenure as manager was brought to an end after barely two months, with the club bottom of the table and looking completely doomed. Stuart Campbell took over as caretaker manager for the rest of the season, and despite steering the side to a creditable 16 points from 12 games, Campbell was unable to prevent relegation, the club's horrid mid-season run ultimately proving too much to recover from.

While Campbell was favourite to be installed as full-time manager, the board instead chose to appoint Paul Buckle, manager of that season's losing League Two play-off finalists, Torquay United. Buckle failed to repeat the success he had brought to Torquay, and only exacerbated the situation when he fell out with fan favourite Campbell, leading to his dismissal in January 2012 with the club in the lower reaches of League Two. He was replaced by Mark McGhee, who improved the club's fortunes and steered them to safety and a 13th-place finish.

McGhee heavily invested in the squad in the post-season, and Rovers were considered among the favourites for promotion to League One. However, the club made a dire start, and were near the bottom of the table from the earliest weeks of the season. By December 2012 it was clear that Rovers were in perhaps the biggest danger of dropping out of the Football League they had ever been, which resulted in McGhee being sacked and former manager John Ward returning to the club. The club's form greatly improved in the weeks that followed, and another safe finish was achieved, this time 14th.

2013–14 looked to be repeating the pattern of the previous two seasons, with mediocre initial form followed by a climb into mid-table by early spring. However, a terrible run of form then set in, resulting in Ward being "moved upstairs" to the role director of football (a role he was ultimately sacked from days after the season ended) and replaced by his assistant Darrell Clarke. A win in a vital six-pointer against Wycombe Wanderers in the penultimate match appeared to have secured Rovers's League status and condemned Wycombe to relegation. Rovers only required a draw in their final league match, at home to Mansfield, but were defeated 1 – 0 while both Wycombe and Northampton Town won their own final matches. It meant that Rovers' 94 year consecutive stay in the Football League was over, finishing behind Wycombe only on goal difference.

Despite overseeing the club's relegation into the Conference Premier, Clarke remained in charge. An indifferent start to the season, with Rovers picking up just one point from their first three games and third defeat in seven in their away fixture with part-timers Braintree Town, saw calls for the manager to be sacked. What followed was an incredible run of just two defeats in 39 league games as Rovers came agonisingly close to making an immediate return to the Football League, finishing as runners-up to Barnet. They were promoted back to League Two after winning the Playoff Final against Grimsby Town on Penalties.

Rovers achieved promotion in their first season back in League Two when they finished 3rd in the 2015-16 season. They retained their status in League 1 the following season finishing in a respectable 10th position, and next season in 13th.

In February 2016 it was announced that a 92% stake in the club had been bought by the Jordanian al-Qadi family and that Wael al-Qadi, a member of the Jordan Football Association, would become the president. The club is now owned by Dwane Sports Ltd with 92.6% of the shares with Bristol Rovers Supporters Club owning the remaining 7.4%.


Last season Rovers finished in 15th place in League 1




The Manager – Ben Garner



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Form Guide




Bristol Rovers Last 5 Matches – currently in 15th place with 42 points



15 Feb Bristol Rovers 2 - 1 Blackpool


22 Feb Sunderland 3 - 0 Bristol Rovers


29 Feb Bristol Rovers 0 - 1 Shrewsbury


7 Mar Southend Utd 3 - 1 Bristol Rovers


4 Apr Portsmouth pp. Bristol Rovers




Ipswich Last 5 Matches – currently in 10th place with 52 points



15 Feb Ipswich Town 4 - 1 Burton Albion


22 Feb Ipswich Town 0 - 1 Oxford Utd


29 Feb Blackpool 2 - 1 Ipswich Town


3 Mar Ipswich Town 0 - 1 Fleetwood


7 Mar Ipswich Town 0 - 1 Coventry City





Marko’s Caption Contest – THE DON CUP



Coventry Scores

Frosty (cap 2) 5pts
Shed on Tour 4pts
Bluemike (cap 1) & Frosty (cap 1) 3pts
Blueblood (cap 1) 2pts


LEAGUE TABLE

AylesburyBlue 102
Bluemike 89
DerickIpsw 82
Blueblood 60
Number 9 55
Shed on Tour 50
Ando 47
Blue Wilf 43
Frosty 34
Tangfastic 26
JohnnyB 25
Quasar 18
IpswichTownNo1 12
Kerry Blue 11
Watership Down 10
Barmy Billy 8
Todd66 7
AshfordBlue 7
Nicscreamer 5
Charnwood 4
Lucy 1
MasseyFerguson 1



Bristol Rovers caption picture




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Match Referee – Michael Salisbury



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BRISTOL ROVERS 1 IPSWICH

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Re: Bristol Rovers vs Ipswich Town Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by marko69 » Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:18 am

Mike just PM’d me. He’s stuck in a Broughty Ferry medical centre with Coronavirus. And we’re stuck with Swallows and Amazons stories until he’s back! :lol:

Just kidding, Frosty...... can’t speak for everyone but when I’ve been posting for so long on a forum and then read a little more insight into a fellow forum members life, ie, how you came to love ITFC, ——> I love all that stuff.
And hey......, “sitting around the dinner table”..... I especially love that. I hope you still do that. We still make sure we all do that a few times a week when work allows.
Wife: “well, this was nice”
Me: “Yep. It was. Ok go away now, got the caption scores to gather.”
Nice one Frosty, enjoyed that. 👍
But.......... still........... Mevans OUT! :D

Balls on the line, (tapped in by Keane?)....... gutsy 1-0 away win in Bristol. Come on, lads.

Ref:
Player: “Ref, come on, that was inside the box?”
Ref: “Loser!!”
Player: “What? Was a clear pen!”
Ref: “Yeah I know, but nope. Loser, Loser, Loser!”

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Re: Bristol Rovers vs Ipswich Town Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Andym » Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:58 am

Excellent preview. My views on ME are broadly similar.

3-1 victory. Easy.

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Re: Bristol Rovers vs Ipswich Town Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by marko69 » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:10 am

Vote for that please, Andy. I’ve voted the win and as of now, there’s only 1 along with 1 loss and 1 draw.

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Re: Bristol Rovers vs Ipswich Town Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Ando » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:28 am

Nice review Frosty. Keeping your thoughts on the result close to your chest hey, must be the H2H final this weekend.😉

Joking aside, surely this run must come to an end at some point.Downes and Jackson back should help. However, we have too many sideways passes when we have space in front, it’s a fine balance but players need to recognise this, we are too predictable at present.

PL has been saying the players need a little help, what he means is some are not good enough.

Score draw 1-1.

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Re: Bristol Rovers vs Ipswich Town Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by MasseyFerguson » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:36 am

O-2. Hope springs eternal.

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Re: Bristol Rovers vs Ipswich Town Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by nicscreamer » Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:15 am

At best, a draw. We are so devoid of any confidence...

I don't do caption comp now, but....

Caption 1 - Ok Judgey… one more loss and we can get the f*ck outta here!!!! Don't let me down son.

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Post by Dubai Blue » Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:47 pm

Are Jackson & Downes back for this one after their self imposed exiles?

If so then I hope they had a decent rest and are ready to try to make it up to the team and the fans for their imbecile actions.

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Re: Bristol Rovers vs Ipswich Town Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by ashfordblue » Tue Mar 10, 2020 1:19 pm

:roll: This a tough little F****R we lost at home to these lovelies, I recon if we are still without our so called main strikers we will lose 2-0, but if our strikers Keane and Jackson are back we'll still lose maybe 3-0, as they cant F*****G hit a cows arse with a banjo.

Caption 1 Lambert :lol: :lol: to Judge, This scheme of mine is really working, two idiots give me a new 5 year contract to get us into the National premier league by 2022, with my dismal managerial record its a piece of p*ss.

Caption 2 The 2 Rover Fans, I think Ipswich are here for a draw, there line up is 1-10-0

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Post by Ricco » Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:14 pm

Neither team can buy a win at the moment. Probably bore draw and lots of frustrated fans on both sides?!

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Post by Shed on tour » Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:15 pm

Caption: Lambert to Judge: That wanker Evans wouldn’t give me any money to spend in the January transfer window and even made me shake hands with him on it.
Little did he know I had the coronavirus.

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Post by Kerry Blue » Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:55 pm

I'm confident no pressure on Town now, Jackson and Downes back a win for Town 0-2.🙌

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Post by MasseyFerguson » Tue Mar 10, 2020 4:34 pm

Wife's Diary:

Tonight, I thought my husband was acting weird. We had made plans to meet at a nice restaurant for dinner.

I was shopping with my friends all day long, so I thought he was upset at the fact that I was a bit late,
but he made no comment on it.

Conversation wasn't flowing, so I suggested that we go somewhere quiet so we could talk.
He agreed, but he didn't say much.

I asked him what was wrong; He said, "nothing."

I asked him if it was my fault that he was upset.

He said he wasn't upset, that it had nothing to do with me, and not to worry about it.

On the way home, I told him that I loved him.

He smiled slightly, and kept driving. I can't explain his behaviour.
I don't know why he didn't say, “I love you, too.”

When we got home, I felt as if I had lost him completely, as if he wanted nothing to do with me anymore.
He just sat there quietly, and watched TV. He continued to seem distant and absent.

Finally, with silence all around us, I decided to go to bed. About 15 minutes later, he came to bed.
But I still felt that he was distracted, and his thoughts were somewhere else. He fell asleep; I cried.
I don't know what to do. I'm almost sure that his thoughts are with someone else. My life is a disaster.

Husband's Diary:

Who the f*ck loses to Bristol Rovers?

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Post by Ando » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:12 pm

Caption 1 ‘ five f**king years judgey, five! f**king years! And I’ll only have to work another 2 months to get it all’

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Post by BLUEBLOOD » Tue Mar 10, 2020 11:38 pm

Caption Comp1: I have to tell you Judge you left moob you can see you nipple sticking out.

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Post by Frosty » Wed Mar 11, 2020 6:47 am

Caption 1

"God I laughed when that last shot you took hit the scoreboard Judgy"

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Post by marko69 » Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:22 am

PL / judge caption:
Lambert: Hahaha, judgey, Hahaha, listen pal, before you go out there to be world class, no amount of hair product and brushing forward is going to hide the receding. Hahaha..... yer going bald son ok. Accept it. Now get on there and be another positive stat.

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Post by TODD66 » Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:47 pm

Not sure, again, if I can raise too much enthusiasm about the game.

Only level of interest is the fact that Rovers are my Dads team, he being of a Bristolian persuasion.

That gives the outcome a little bit of personal jeopardy at least :?

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Post by barmy billy » Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:02 pm

Caption: Judge: 'My wife thinks I'm insane playing for ITFC.'

Lambert: 'You are. You haven't got a wife.'

Bristol Rover 2 ITFC 0

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Post by Ando » Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:14 pm

Caption 2 just fake a toe injury and we can both fly of into the sunset together. Anyway did I tell you about when I was at Dormand......yes gaffer.
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Post by Shed on tour » Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:51 pm

Caption 2: unbelievable Judgey. I thought I was good at this bs malarkey but how the hell did you convince Marcus that metatarsal is a Turkish club who are keen on signing you and he has now extended your contract for a further 7 years?

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Post by marko69 » Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:07 pm

barmy billy wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:02 pm
Bristol Rover 2 ITFC 0
New levels of crapness, Billy? One Bristol Rover 2 ITFC 0 :lol:

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Post by rossi » Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:26 pm

marko69 wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:07 pm
barmy billy wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:02 pm
Bristol Rover 2 ITFC 0
New levels of crapness, Billy? One Bristol Rover 2 ITFC 0 :lol:
Trouble is, that's quite plausible - even if that one Rover was sent off in the 80th minute

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Post by ashfordblue » Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:51 pm

Ricco wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:14 pm
Neither team can buy a win at the moment. Probably bore draw and lots of frustrated fans on both sides?!
:o :shock: Bristol Rovers 2 - Sunderland 0
That's their hoodoo broken Ricco, bet we cant break ours on Saturday :roll: :roll:

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Post by Bluemike » Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:54 pm

CAPTION 1... "Thank god you're injured you useless cnut"

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Post by number 9 » Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:01 pm

Surely we're do for a win! Bristol Rovers 2 v 1 ITFC

Caption 1: "That Irish whiskey you gave me is fuckin amazing...hiccup. I think we'll play 9-1-0 today!"

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Post by ashfordblue » Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:40 pm

Corona Score for Saturday, Covid 19 v Ipswich 0 :lol: :lol:

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Post by Frosty » Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:36 am

Caption 2

"Judgy, your role is simple today, just go out there and do fake sneezing and coughing which should distract the defenders"

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Post by number 9 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:56 am

Caption 2: “I have some bog roll at the house...if you want to come over after the match...you cheeky monkey!”

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Post by BLUEBLOOD » Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:48 pm

Caption Comp2 : Changing your name to Corona Virus should keep the opposition away when they see it on the back of your shirt.

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