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Dirty Dozen : Blackburn Rovers 24/02/2021

Posted by Matt Rowson in Nonsense.

“Dirty Dozen” is a feature that I write for the match programme;  mindful that the programme might be enjoying a slightly lower readership than is normal, I’m reproducing the pieces that were in the corresponding home programme prior to away games for the rest of the season (with the club’s permission).

Format is simple – twelve questions, how many do you know the answers to?

Feel free to enter your responses or scores in comments but I won’t be marking them. Answers at the top of the comments.

  1. Former Hornet Danny Graham left Rovers in the summer of 2020 to rejoin Sunderland. Which three clubs did Graham play for on loan during his previous spell with the Black Cats before joining Rovers?
  2. Rovers were promoted to the top flight under Kenny Dalglish in 1992 and would win the Premier League title three years later. But which two members of the promoted Rovers squad already had League Championship medals?
  3. Rovers’ Bradley Dack scored a controversial winner as Gillingham put the Hornets out of the League Cup in 2016. Which Hornet, making his last appearance for the club that night, would join Rovers on loan three days later?
  4. Rovers were the Hornets’ first play-off opponents in 1989, progressing on away goals after both semi-final legs finished level. Who beat Rovers in the final, and which now BBC pundit scored the decisive extra-time goal in the second leg?
  5. Which former Rovers midfielder became Watford boss two days after our last match at Ewood Park?
  6. Two recent visits to Ewood Park twelve months apart in October 2012 and October 2013 both finished 1-0 to the home side. Which current Championship striker scored the only goal of each game?
  7. Who scored the Hornets’ winner as Aidy Boothroyd’s side recorded a rare Premier League victory at Vicarage Road in January 2007?
  8. Which two Hornets were dismissed late in the first half of Rovers’ visit in February 2001 – and which referee dished out the cards?
  9. Other than Rovers, which two clubs were part of both the first Premier League season in 1992/93 and the first Football League season in 1888/89?
  10. Which current Championship keeper started all but one of Rovers’ league games as they returned to the second tier at the first attempt in gaining promotion from League One two years ago?
  11. Which full back won over 100 international caps and played in over 600 senior club games including over 200 for Rovers, but managed only ten minutes as a sub for the Hornets in 2014?
  12. Who became the only loan signing of Graham Taylor’s first spell in charge at Vicarage Road when arriving from Blackburn in September 1977?


1. Andy - 24/02/2021

I remember Bobby Svark (loan from Blackburn) turning on a sixpence in that game and thought what a player he was gonna be, but sadly his knee went the other way and I don’t think he payed again. Some hard questions

2. Matt Rowson - 24/02/2021


1. Middlesbrough, Hull City, Wolves
2. Bobby Mimms, Gordon Cowans
3. Tommie Hoban
4. Crystal Palace, Ian Wright
5. Billy McKinlay
6. Jordan Rhodes
7. Jay Demerit
8. Robert Page, Heidar Helguson, Rob Styles
9. Everton & Aston Villa
10. David Raya
11. Lucas Neill
12. Bobby Svarc

10+: Lancashire Hot Pot
6-9 : Nothing to get Rover-excited about
0-5: 4,000 holes in your knowledge

3. Alan Ahern - 24/02/2021

4000 holes – I see what you did there! Not sure many of your younger readers will though.

simmos - 24/02/2021

I’m afraid my score showed I had 4000 holes in my knowledge. At least I now know how much lack of knowledge of my team it takes to fill the Albert Hall

Sequel - 25/02/2021

But how many holes would it take to fill the Albert Hall?

4. Kyffin Jones - 25/02/2021

Q8 – Styles. Weapons grade ****.
1) Spoilt a very good game of football with his showboating.
2) Said he decided as Page chased that it was red if player went down. Before the incident occurred?
3) Not dogso as Robbo was covering. That would have been a proper red card.
4) Could not handle the truth from Helguson.
5) Next time he was at the Vic, as he warmed up, the Lower Rous greeted him with ‘referee’s a w*****’, instead of laughing he complained about the club abusing him.

I don’t bear many grudges in life. But Styles was absolute weapons grade that night.

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