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Town’s opponents – Nottingham Forest

The overall League record is:

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Considering that the Reds were formed in 1865 and the Terriers in 1908 it is rather surprising that there have been league games in only 18 years, only one FA Cup tie and two League Cup ties. League games up to now have taken place in Division 1 (12), Division 2 (20) and Division 3 (4)using the old numbering system.

We first met in Division 2 way back in 1911/12 and every year, except for the period of WW1 until Town won promotion to Division 1 in 1919/20. The first ever game came on 11th November 1911 at Leeds Road in front of an estimated 6,500 folk. Town lost 1-2, Richardson scoring for Town. Forest won the double in the return match on 16th March 1912. This time the estimated gate was 7,000 and they won easily 3-0. The Reds followed Town into Division 1 in 1922/23 and played Town for 3 seasons. Since then matches have been few and far between. The one and only FA Cup tie came in Round 3 in 1938/39. Town were beaten finalists from the previous season and on 11th January 1939 the game at Leeds Road ended up 0-0 in front of an abysmal crowd of only 5,442. The replay five days later drew a better gate of 22,304 and this time Town won 3-0 with Isaac(2) and Price scoring. Town eventually lost 1-2 to Portsmouth in the semi-final at Highbury on 25th March; this was the last time Town ever progressed that far.

We did not meet again until 1952/53 when Town, relegated the previous season won instant promotion back to Division 1. I was among the 27,813 who watched this game on a pleasant sunny afternoon. This was the best ever home gate and Town lost its first home game of the season (2-2-0 8-1 up to that point) by a score of 1-2, Gunn scoring for the blue and whites. Forest won the return match 1-0 at the City Ground to register its second double; despite these reverses Town went up in second place, behind Sheffield United. On the return to Division 2 for the 1956/57 season the games were better for Town which won 1-0 at home and drew 0-0 away.

The next series of games came when Town gained promotion back to Division 1 for the 1970/71 season. These games ended up 0-0 and 3-1. That year we met in the League Cup Round 2, but we came up losers. A crowd of 18,165 saw a home draw 0-0 while 15,818 saw the second leg end up 0-2 for Town. Next season, which heralded the start of The Great Slide, saw a Town away win 2-1 on 2nd October. I was among the 15,693 who turned up at the City Ground to witness what was to be Town’s last ever away win in the top Division. On a warm and sunny afternoon Frank Worthington and Jimmy Lawson hit the old onion bag for Town. This was the third win of the season out of eleven matches. From then on Town won only once more at home to Derby County 2-1, registering a total of only 4 wins in 42 matches to end up in 22nd place. Forest ended up 21st and joined Town in Division 2 for the next season. As Town continued its slide into the basement both games ended up as 1-1 draws.

A second League Cup encounter in Round 2 occurred in 1989/90. Forest, then in Division 1 while Town was in Division 3, was heavy favourite to win. This the Reds managed to do, but only on away goals. The first leg at the City Ground (18,976) ended up 1-1. The second leg at Leeds Road finished 3-3 (13,262) after extra time. This defeat was hard to take since the senior side did not in fact win either game. O’Doherty scored in the away leg and Maskell(2) and Cecere in the home fixture.

We met in Division 1 (New system) on three further occasions. In 1997/98 Forest won its third double 2-0 at the Mac and 3-0 at the City Ground. In 1999/2000 Town gained revenge winning both fixtures 2-1 and 3-1 to register its fourth double. The previous doubles came in 1919/20 – 2-1, 2-1, in 1922/23 2-1, 1-0 and in1924/25 3-0, 1-0.

In 2005/06 the spoils were split with both sides winning 2-1 at home. In 2006/07, in the home game Town played 45 minutes of great football after 45 minutes of poor stuff and the game ended up 1-1. The return match was an unmitigated disaster as Town played 90 minutes of rubbish and was well and truly thrashed 1-5. The late goal by Young was no consolation. This game spelled the end for Jackson. On the following Tuesday he was sacked and his contract cancelled “by mutual consent”.

2007/08 saw a home game which was a cracker but spoiled by a picky ref who observed the very letter of the law in booking Cadamarteri for celebrating scoring, in front of his own fans. This was a second booking so Town was down to 10 men for 20 minutes. Forest equalized and their scorer was immediately booked for the same offence and an exciting game ended 1-1. At the City Ground Town lost 1-2 even though Forest was reduced to 10 men after 36 minutes. Forest won promotion in second place that season.

The sides met next in Division 1(Championship) in 2012/13 a first home game for Town in that division for 12 years. On the day Forest was undoubtedly the better team and took a deserved lead at three quarter time. Whereas on opening day Town suffered an undeserved loss giving up and injury time goal this time it was a Rhodes penalty deep into injury time which saved a point for Town in a 1-1 draw. The return match on 19th February on a freezing cold night was a shambles. 20 minutes of good football saw Town lead through Vaughan and then the team fell apart to end up absolutely thrashed 1-6.
Here we go again! This time Town visit Nottingham on opening day and face a formidable task. While pre-season games mean very little, the fact that Town gave up 8 goals in 5 games to third division or lower teams does not bode well against a side which hit Town for 6 last time out on its ground.

In Division 2 (old money) Town’s opening day results have been poor:
12/13 Cardiff City (A) 0-1
00/01 Watford (H) 1-2
99/00 QPR (A) 1-3
98/99 Bury (A) 0-1
98/98 Oxford U (A) 0-2
96/97 Charlton (H) 2-0
95/96 Oldham (A) 0-3

In fairness only 2 of those 7 games were at home, but it makes dismal reading.

I expect another beating on Saturday but I do not think Forest will score 6; I reckon Town will lose 1-4.

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We have received from HTSA two PDF’s of emails between the club and senior police officers at West Yorkshire police relating to the Hull game that was moved twice last year and had severe restrictions for the travelling Hull fans. You can download them here to read in full.

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A timeline of the thrilling day of the ups and downs of the day, as Town stayed up.

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Town’s opponents: Brighton & Hove Albion
The overall League record is:

By Owd Jim.


Town’s opponents: Brighton & Hove Albion

The overall League record is:

P W D L F A GD
Home 21 10 2 9 34 28 +6
Away 20 4 7 9 22 30 -8
Total 41 14 9 18 56 58 -2


Best and Worst Gates:

League Best Worst Average
Home 1959-60 = 15,221 1992/93 = 3,563 8,898
Away 1959/60 = 22,704 1993/94 = 4,518 9,688
FA Cup
Home 1921/22 = 28,066
Away 1921/22 = 22,241
League Cup
Home 1981/82 = 9,803
Away 1981/82 = 14,192


Town have not played the Seagulls many times; 2 blocks of 4 seasons, 2 blocks of 3 seasons and once each in the FA Cup and the League Cup. Town have won no ‘doubles’ but the Seagulls have done this on 4 occasions in 1960/61, 1972/73, 1983/84 and 1992/93. Town won in the FA Cup in Round 2 in 1921-22, 2-0 after a 0-0 away draw, when Town won the Cup for the only time. In the League Cup in 1981-82 Town played them in Round 2 and lost on aggregate, winning at Leeds Road 1-0 but losing away 0-2.

Overall Town has a poor record against BHA having come out on the short end 17 times to only 14 wins.

The first league meeting was in 1958-59 when 13.244 saw Town win at Leeds Road 3-2 thanks to McGarry, Burtenshaw(og) and Massie and I was there. The return fixture drew 18,828 and saw the Seagulls gain revenge 2-0. Strangely the scores were reversed next season with Town losing 2-3 away and winning 2-0 at home. Both fixtures drew the best ever league gates between the teams in that second season15,221 at home and 22,704 away.

Town has only scored 3 goals three times, in the first and last home games prior to this season and in the 3-4 away loss in 1985-86. BHA has scored 3 goals twice and 4 goals once.

In the previous meetings between the sides in 2001/2002 the Seagulls won the “double” for the fifth time beating Town 2-1 at the MacAlpine and 1-0 at Withdean. Town has yet to win both games in one season. The home match in 2006/07 Town played rubbish and a Robinson hat-trick condemned the Terriers to a 0-3 loss. To add insult to injury Adams was sent off late in the game. The return match ended 0-0 meaning that Town has yet to score at the Withdean. The game was notable mainly for all the bookings handed out to Town players. They showed no discipline even after seeing that Skarz got booked for being mouthy early on. They could not or would not control their tongues and three more mouthy players were booked with Sinclair later being sent off for a foul. GTF was booked for a heavy tackle.

The away game in 2007/08 produced three firsts. Town scored their first goal in 3 games at Withdean and also earned the first away draw of the season as Robbie Williams scored his first goal for Town direct from a free kick three minutes after Brighton had taken the lead. The home game went in Town’s favour as Holdsworth scored early on only for Brighton to level the scores from a penalty just after half time. Beckett then got the winner from another spot kick about 11 minutes from time.

In 2008/09 Town went down to the Withdean and Collins scored his third goal in three games then thanks to a great penalty save by Glennon Town ended up winners 1-0. Then in the final home game of the season Town led twice through Booth and Collins but the Seagulls pulled both back to end the match at 2-2. This was also Booth’s last home game of his career and he netted his 149th goal.

Early in 2009/10 the Seagulls came to Town and were well and truly mullered. Rhodes missed a penalty but 6 players scored in a 7-1 thrashing. Kay, Peter Clarke and Novak(P) in the first half. The penalty saw Brighton reduced to 10 men. Historically Town has not done well against depleted opposition but not so this time. Roberts and subs Drinkwater and Robinson(2) added 4 more in the second half. The return match was much different and ended up 0-0, both sides missed chances but it counted as 2 points lost for Town as Brighton had a lousy home record of 2-2-9 before kick-off and so Town missed a great chance to record its first “double”.

In 2010/11 Brighton came to Town after the Terriers had had a two week break because of bad weather, while the Seagulls had won a mid week FA Cup Round 2 replay. It was a close game, Brighton being dangerous on the break and Town struggling to find a way through. The Seagulls had a penalty brilliantly saved by Smithies, which led to a great 2-1 win. First, Murray who missed the penalty put the visitors ahead early in the second half but Rhodes equalised 2 minutes later then McCombe yet again scored late on but Town had to survive 5 minutes of added time. Town went to the Withdean for the penultimate game of the season when the Seagulls were already Champions. Afobe scored twice but the Seagulls replied twice. Bennett saved a penalty just after half time but the rebound was headed in by the penalty taker. They replied to Afobe’s second but then very late on Town notched a great winner thanks to loan player Danny Ward. This meant 24 games without defeat (a one season record) and 6 successive away wins (a club record!) but STILL only third place. This was Town’s first double against Brighton their five against Town.

2012/13 saw the sides meet again on 17th November at the renamed John Smith’s Stadium. Town was short several key players, Beckford, Vaughan and Scannell and on the day the Seagulls were the better side scoring twice in the first half and dealing with a Town attack which lacked punch in the second. Church, on his home loan debut, scored a consolation goal late on for a 1-2 loss.

The Seagulls have lost only 3 home games, Birmingham and Middlesbrough 0-1, and Watford 1-3. They have not lost at home this year. The only positive from town’s viewpoint is that Town has drawn 3 and won 2 including the last game played in Brighton. This will be the first visit to their new ground at Falmer Stadium. Town still has a problem scoring goals being second worst ahead of Ipswich (35 v 34). It will be a hard game and the Seagulls should prove tougher than did Burnley. If the lads have gained confidence from Tuesday town may be able to scrape another draw 0-0 or 1-1.


Town’s opponents: Brighton & Hove Albion

The overall League record is:

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This week saw quite a few points being scored, most of which was averaged between 2-3 points for people guessing the correct outcome and that Beckford would score, their was one person however who did manage to predict a correct 1-0 win, and that was [b]lanster[/b].
So what does it do to the table? Well [b]bostonterrier[/b] remains top after scoring 3 points this week but still remains only 1 point ahead of [b]Moz68[/b] and [b]BoltonTerrier[/b] who both also scored 3 points.
A couple of people scored zero points this week, but with so long still to go, that shouldn’t cause any concerns just yet.
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This week saw quite a few points being scored, most of which was averaged between 2-3 points for people guessing the correct outcome and that Beckford would score, their was one person however who did manage to predict a correct 1-0 win, and that was lanster.

So what does it do to the table? Well bostonterrier remains top after scoring 3 points this week but still remains only 1 point ahead of Moz68 and BoltonTerrier who both also scored 3 points.

A couple of people scored zero points this week, but with so long still to go, that shouldn’t cause any concerns just yet.

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First of all, let me apologise (and not for the first time  :P) about the delay in table, been a busy couple of weeks at work which has led to me doing some extra hours and not really wanting to get on the internet, the ‘honeymoon’ period is at an end now though so things will soon be back on track, and hopefully a much quicker updated table than I have been doing.
Now onto the table and what the three games have done, [b]bostonterrier[/b] regains top spot with a total of 30 points, 1 point ahead of [b]Moz68[/b] and [b]boltonterrier[/b].
Just to make everybody aware, [b]davidpgowinghtafc[/b] has had 3 points added on to his score after he made me aware that I missed adding it on for the Millwall fixture.
So on that note, if anybody thinks I have missed off their score, then feel free to send me a PM, with the game I missed and the score and scorers you predicted etc and I will rectify the issue.
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First of all, let me apologise (and not for the first time  :P) about the delay in table, been a busy couple of weeks at work which has led to me doing some extra hours and not really wanting to get on the internet, the ‘honeymoon’ period is at an end now though so things will soon be back on track, and hopefully a much quicker updated table than I have been doing.

Now onto the table and what the three games have done, bostonterrier regains top spot with a total of 30 points, 1 point ahead of  Moz68 and boltonterrier.

Just to make everybody aware, davidpgowinghtafc has had 3 points added on to his score after he made me aware that I missed adding it on for the Millwall fixture.

So on that note, if anybody thinks I have missed off their score, then feel free to send me a PM, with the game I missed and the score and scorers you predicted etc and I will rectify the issue.

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Town has a long history of games against the Tykes beginning when the Terriers entered the League in 1910. Barnsley is a much older club than Town having started in 1887. The first ever game took place at Oakwell on 17th November 1910 when Town won 2-1 thanks to goals from Richardson and McCubbin but the game drew the poorest ever gate for a Town v Barnsley match, only 2,000 (estimate). The return fixture on18th February 1911 saw Town complete the double with a 2-0 win. Jee and Macaulay scored watched by an estimated crowd of 8,000. For the remainder of Town’s second division career, which lasted a total of 6 seasons, the Terriers won every home game but managed only 2 draws and 3 defeats in the next 5 seasons.
The next league meeting came in Town’s one season back in Division 2 in 1952-53. This time Town won the double again with a 6-0 thrashing of the Tykes at Leeds Road (Glazzard 2, Metcalfe 2(1p), Davie and Quested) watched by the best ever league gate of  33,157 which was the third best home gate of the season. Town won the return match at Oakwell 4-2 thanks to goals by Cavanagh 3, and Glazzard. This match drew the best ever away league gate, 28,728. The teams met again in 1956-57 when Town were relegated back to Division 2 and once again Town won the double with a 2-0 home win and a 5-0 triumph at Oakwell. The Tykes finally won at Leeds Road the following season handing Town their biggest home defeat by the same 5-0 score by which Town had won the previous year away. This match drew the best home gate of the season, 21,662. The return fixture saw Town win 3-2. Next season saw the Tykes drop into Division 3 and it was to be over 20 years before they made it back. Each team won at home Town 2-1 Barnsley 1-0. The day before I went into the army for National Service I was at Oakwell to see what was to be the last Division 2 game for many years. On the day the Tykes lost 3-1 to Leyton Orient.
The teams did not meet again until Town completed The Great Slide into Division 4. Four seasons saw Town win 3 at home against 1 loss with a 1-1-2 record away. Barnsley made back to Division 3 a year before Town and we met again in 1980-81 both teams winning 1-0 at home.
We next met for 5 seasons in Division 2 during which the Tykes did well at Leeds Road where Town could muster only 4 draws following on from a defeat in 1983-84. At the same time Town had their most successful period at Oakwell gaining a 2-1-2 return.
The next 5 meetings came in Division 1 with a one season break when the Tykes made it to the Premier League. Town had only modest success at home 2-2-1 and a disastrous 0-0-5 away record during which Town were outscored 5-20. We shall not likely forget the almighty thumping we received at Oakwell in 1998-99 when the Tykes won 7-1 and later earned their only double to date with a 1-0 victory at the Mac.
The last meetings prior to this season, came in the relegation season of 2002/03; surprisingly Town won both games 1-0.
Gates have been fairly good and only once has the home total been under 7,500. Only 6,864 watched the 1984-85 encounter which ended up 1-1. Three times the home gate has been the season’s best, twice second best and once third best. Strangely the gate of  11,659 in 1976-77 was beaten only by the game against Cambridge United which drew 11,829.
In the FA Cup Barnsley have been in complete control with wins 4-3 at Leeds Road in the 3rd Round in1946-47 (39,944) and 1-0 at Oakwell (29,149) after a 1-1 draw at Leeds Road (44,761) in the 4th Round in 1960-61. This gate, apart from being the highest ever to watch a game between the two teams was only about 400 less than the crowd for the 3rd Round replay against cup holders Wolves. Town won that game 2-1, the first ever under floodlights at Leeds Road. The last cup meeting took place in the 1st Round in 1977-78 at Oakwell when the Tykes won 1-0 (9,579).
In the League Cup Town won in the 1st Round in 1975-76 2-1 (4,200) at Leeds Road and 1-1 away (6,043). The Tykes got revenge in 1995-96 in the 2nd Round. Town won the home leg 2-0 (8,264) but got well beaten 0-4 in the return leg (8,192).
2004/05 saw the Tykes get a fairly easy double over the blue and whites, winning 2-0 at the Galpharm and 4-2 at Oakwell, but the next season Town scraped a point at Oakwell with a last gasp GTF equalizer in a 2-2 draw and then won the home fixture in front of the biggest crowd of the season (19,052) to that point 1-0 again thanks to GTF.
They met again in the play-off semi final and the first game of the play-offs was a great match. Barnsley played its part but was second best on the day and GTF did his usual thing and scored the only goal of the game and thus notched his second winner against the Tykes. In the home fixture Town was outplayed and outthought and lost 1-3 with Worthington scoring for Town in the losing cause.
In 2012/13 we meet again. So far the Tykes have not fared too well hovering in 20th place 3 points above the drop zone. They have a home record of 2-3-2 6-9. They started well with 1-0 wins against Middlesbrough and Bristol City but since then have gained only 3 points from 15 with the following results:-Blackpool 1-1, Ipswich 1-1, Peterborough 0-2, Palace 1-1 and Forest 1-4. They are smarting from 3 straight losses;after Forest they went to Hull 0-1 and Derby 0-2, so they will be out to get back in the win column on Saturday. Town of course has also lost its last 2 away games and has not played overly well in recent games. At Oakwell town has won only 9 of 29 games and has not scored more than 2 goals since 1985/86 (3-1) but as contrived to lose 1-7 and 2-4 twice since then. It will be tough and I doubt there will be many goals. The best I can see happening is 2-2.

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Town has a long history of games against the Tykes beginning when the Terriers entered the League in 1910. Barnsley is a much older club than Town having started in 1887. The first ever game took place at Oakwell on 17th November 1910 when Town won 2-1 thanks to goals from Richardson and McCubbin but the game drew the poorest ever gate for a Town v Barnsley match, only 2,000 (estimate). The return fixture on18th February 1911 saw Town complete the double with a 2-0 win. Jee and Macaulay scored watched by an estimated crowd of 8,000. For the remainder of Town’s second division career, which lasted a total of 6 seasons, the Terriers won every home game but managed only 2 draws and 3 defeats in the next 5 seasons.

The next league meeting came in Town’s one season back in Division 2 in 1952-53. This time Town won the double again with a 6-0 thrashing of the Tykes at Leeds Road (Glazzard 2, Metcalfe 2(1p), Davie and Quested) watched by the best ever league gate of  33,157 which was the third best home gate of the season. Town won the return match at Oakwell 4-2 thanks to goals by Cavanagh 3, and Glazzard. This match drew the best ever away league gate, 28,728. The teams met again in 1956-57 when Town were relegated back to Division 2 and once again Town won the double with a 2-0 home win and a 5-0 triumph at Oakwell. The Tykes finally won at Leeds Road the following season handing Town their biggest home defeat by the same 5-0 score by which Town had won the previous year away. This match drew the best home gate of the season, 21,662. The return fixture saw Town win 3-2. Next season saw the Tykes drop into Division 3 and it was to be over 20 years before they made it back. Each team won at home Town 2-1 Barnsley 1-0. The day before I went into the army for National Service I was at Oakwell to see what was to be the last Division 2 game for many years. On the day the Tykes lost 3-1 to Leyton Orient.

The teams did not meet again until Town completed The Great Slide into Division 4. Four seasons saw Town win 3 at home against 1 loss with a 1-1-2 record away. Barnsley made back to Division 3 a year before Town and we met again in 1980-81 both teams winning 1-0 at home.

We next met for 5 seasons in Division 2 during which the Tykes did well at Leeds Road where Town could muster only 4 draws following on from a defeat in 1983-84. At the same time Town had their most successful period at Oakwell gaining a 2-1-2 return.

The next 5 meetings came in Division 1 with a one season break when the Tykes made it to the Premier League. Town had only modest success at home 2-2-1 and a disastrous 0-0-5 away record during which Town were outscored 5-20. We shall not likely forget the almighty thumping we received at Oakwell in 1998-99 when the Tykes won 7-1 and later earned their only double to date with a 1-0 victory at the Mac.

The last meetings prior to this season, came in the relegation season of 2002/03; surprisingly Town won both games 1-0.

Gates have been fairly good and only once has the home total been under 7,500. Only 6,864 watched the 1984-85 encounter which ended up 1-1. Three times the home gate has been the season’s best, twice second best and once third best. Strangely the gate of  11,659 in 1976-77 was beaten only by the game against Cambridge United which drew 11,829.

In the FA Cup Barnsley have been in complete control with wins 4-3 at Leeds Road in the 3rd Round in1946-47 (39,944) and 1-0 at Oakwell (29,149) after a 1-1 draw at Leeds Road (44,761) in the 4th Round in 1960-61. This gate, apart from being the highest ever to watch a game between the two teams was only about 400 less than the crowd for the 3rd Round replay against cup holders Wolves. Town won that game 2-1, the first ever under floodlights at Leeds Road. The last cup meeting took place in the 1st Round in 1977-78 at Oakwell when the Tykes won 1-0 (9,579).

In the League Cup Town won in the 1st Round in 1975-76 2-1 (4,200) at Leeds Road and 1-1 away (6,043). The Tykes got revenge in 1995-96 in the 2nd Round. Town won the home leg 2-0 (8,264) but got well beaten 0-4 in the return leg (8,192).

2004/05 saw the Tykes get a fairly easy double over the blue and whites, winning 2-0 at the Galpharm and 4-2 at Oakwell, but the next season Town scraped a point at Oakwell with a last gasp GTF equalizer in a 2-2 draw and then won the home fixture in front of the biggest crowd of the season (19,052) to that point 1-0 again thanks to GTF.

They met again in the play-off semi final and the first game of the play-offs was a great match. Barnsley played its part but was second best on the day and GTF did his usual thing and scored the only goal of the game and thus notched his second winner against the Tykes. In the home fixture Town was outplayed and outthought and lost 1-3 with Worthington scoring for Town in the losing cause.

In 2012/13 we meet again. So far the Tykes have not fared too well hovering in 20th place 3 points above the drop zone. They have a home record of 2-3-2 6-9. They started well with 1-0 wins against Middlesbrough and Bristol City but since then have gained only 3 points from 15 with the following results:-Blackpool 1-1, Ipswich 1-1, Peterborough 0-2, Palace 1-1 and Forest 1-4. They are smarting from 3 straight losses;after Forest they went to Hull 0-1 and Derby 0-2, so they will be out to get back in the win column on Saturday. Town of course has also lost its last 2 away games and has not played overly well in recent games. At Oakwell town has won only 9 of 29 games and has not scored more than 2 goals since 1985/86 (3-1) but as contrived to lose 1-7 and 2-4 twice since then. It will be tough and I doubt there will be many goals. The best I can see happening is 2-2.

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The overall League record is:


League P W D L F A GD
Home 34 13 9 12 47 39 8
Away 34 7 12 15 43 61 -18
Total 68 20 21 27 90 100 -10
F.A. Cup
Home 2 1 1 0 6 1 5
Away 2 1 1 0 3 2 1
Neutral 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2
Total 5 2 2 1 10 6 4
Lge Cup
Home 2 0 2 0 2 2 0
Away 3 0 1 2 4 7 -3
Total 5 0 3 2 6 9 -3


Best and Worst Gates

League Best Worst Average
Home 1925/26=34,871 1935/36= 3,886 13,576
Away 1926/27=30,144 1985/86= 5,183 17,202
F.A.Cup
Home 1938/39=54,400 1921/22=31,899 43,150
Away 1938/39=56,518 1921/22=45,068 50,793
LeagueCup
Home 1992/93=11,071 1980/81= 9,500 10,286
Away 1992/93=15,038 1980/81= 8,670 11,821



Town has a long history of matches against Rovers. Starting in 1920/21 when the club was promoted to Division 1 there followed a period of 16 years unbroken until Rovers dropped into Division 2. After the war we met for 2 years when Rovers returned to Division 1-1946/47-1947/48. We next met when Town spent 1 season in Division 2 in 1952/53. Since then every game has come in Division 2 or its successor where we have met in 15 seasons. Blackburn has a distinct edge as shown above and has won 3 ‘doubles’ to 0 for Huddersfield.

The first ever match took place on 5th February 1921 when about 20,700 folk watched a 0-0 draw at Leeds Road. Five days later at Ewood Park, watched by about 25,000 fans, Town won 2-1 thanks to goals by Billy Smith and Islip. Rovers achieved the doubles in 1932/33 (0-3, 2-4), 1956/57 (0-2, 2-3) and 2000/01 (0-1, 0-2). The only game this century (which began on 1st January 2001 and not 2000 as some have suggested) came on 16th April 2001 at Ewood Park in front of 29,426 when Rovers won 2-0.

In the FA Cup we met in the 3rd Round in 1921/22 in our Cup winning season. A draw at Ewood Park (Mann scoring for Town) was followed by a 5-0 thrashing of Rovers at Leeds Road when Mann, Islip(2) and Billy Smith(2) were on the scoresheet. The most famous game was, of course the 1927/28 Cup Final at Wembley when Rovers gained ample revenge. That day, 21st April 1928, Rovers got a dream start with a first minute goal by Roscamp. McLean added a second on 22 minutes and thus Town trailed 0-2 at half-time. Alex Jackson got Town back into the game on 55 minutes but Roscamp ensured the Cup went to Lancashire scoring again on 85 minutes. Town won the final FA Cup tie in Round 6 in 1938/39. This time home draw on 4th March 1939 ended up 1-1 with Price scoring for Town. 5 days later the replay at Ewood Park ended 2-1 to Town with goals by Mahon and Beasley. It was all to no avail as Town fell in the Semi-Final to Portsmouth, Barclay scoring in a 1-2 loss at Highbury watched by 60,053.

In the League Cup we have met twice with Town losing both. In 1980/81, in Round 1, we had the bitter experience of not losing but going out on the away goal rule. The Ewood Park game ended 0-0 but Rovers managed a 1-1 draw at Leeds Road. The 90 minute score being the end of the tie. About a decade later, in 1992/93, in Round 2, Town earned a 1-1 draw at home and after 90 minutes 3-3 at Ewood Park. Under the old format Town would have progressed on away goals; unfortunately the format had been changed and extra time was played and Wegerle notched the winner for Rovers. The side met again in Round 2 in 2005/06 with Town in Division 3 while rovers were in the PL. Unfortunately class told on the day and Town lost 1-3 with Abbott scoring Town’s consolation goal.

Rovers came down and Town came up so we meet again as more or less equals with Rovers holding the edge on goal difference only at +3 to Town’s 0. Rovers have drawn 5 of their 7 away games, beating Bristol City 5-3 and losing to Palace last Saturday 2-0. The draw were against Ipswich 1-1, Leeds 3-3, Charlton 1-1, Forest 0-0 and Derby 1-1.

It must be odds on that Rhodes will score and I rather expect another draw 2-2 unless both Beckford and Vaughan are absent in which case I think the visitors will be too strong and will win 2-1

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