Oppos View – Blackburn

A bit about you:

Name: Niall Harkin 

Current home town: Blackburn, Lancashire   Birthplace: Lancaster

How long have you supported your team?  I’ve been going since 1997/98, and have been a season ticket holder since the following season. The earliest game I can remember attending was a 1-0 home victory over Derby County.

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground:  The statue of Jack Walker outside the Blackburn End Stand, a reminder to all if we ever needed it of the club’s greatest ever patron, without whom we would never have achieved what we did in the 1990’s, or even the modern Ewood Park we play in today.

Favourite match played by your team & why:  There are a few matches that still raise the hairs on the back of my neck when I recall them today, mainly the derby victories over our most fierce rivals Burnley, but for me the greatest game I have attended is the League Cup final in 2002. It was the first match on British soil to be played under a roof, and when Andy Cole scored the winning goal it was nearly blown off.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: My favourite player ever probably has to be Simon Garner, the all-time leading scorer and man who relegated Burnley from the penalty spot at Ewood Park. The best player since I have attended games however is probably Tugay, a real class act.

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  Goalkeeper Paul Robinson. He is a stopper of international quality and we are lucky to still have him as our number one. He has a great rapport with fans and always gives everything on the pitch.

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Next Up – Blackburn

Next Up – Blackburn Rovers 25 Aug 2012

Manager       Steve Kean

Founded       1874   Ground         Ewood Park.

Address       Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 4JF

Capacity      31,367

Highest Gate 62,255 v Bolton Wanderers, FA Cup 6th round, 2 March 1929

Squad:

1        Paul Robinson                    Goalkeeper

2        Bradley Orr                       Defender

3        Martin Olsson                     Defender

5        Gaël Givet                         Defender

6        Jason Lowe                       Midfielder

7        Fábio Nunes                      Forward

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Oppos View – Charlton Part 2

We appealed for Charlton fans to get in touch and five responded, so in part two, here are the views of 3 fans

A bit about you:

Name:  Steve Walkington

Current home town:   Bexleyheath         Birthplace:  Erith, Kent

How long have you supported your team?  Since the late 70’s – my 1st game was against West Ham United in December 1979. A 1 nil win thanks to a goal from Steve Gritt

Overview of your club:   Charlton have had a turbulent time with relegation from both the Premier League & Championship until last season where we ended a run of 7 seasons of finishing lower than the season before to get promoted as champions.

Favourite thing about your home ground: When we get a good crowd that gets behind the team it is a great atmosphere and quite a formidable place. It is quite easy to get to and good views.

Favourite match played by your team & why:  I think it can only be the 1998 1st division playoff final v Sunderland at Wembley. It was a ding dong game ending 4 all with Charlton coming out winners 8-7 on penalties to take us into the premier league for the 1st time.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: for me it is either Clive Mendonca

About our forthcoming match against you:   This will be a good game. Leicester will be favourites as we have only just come back up but we will give you a good game, the crowd will be up for it. It could be tricky but we could definitely surprise you. There is also the added edge that Paul Konchesky is coming back to The Valley and obviously Sir Chris Powell a legend at both clubs here.

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Oppos View – Charlton Part One

We appealed for Charlton fans to get in touch yesterday and five responded, sowe now have a 2 part article, here is the first featuring the views of 2 fans

A bit about you:

Name: James Watt  

Current home town: Gloucester             Birthplace: Greenwich, London  

How long have you supported your team? My first match at The Valley was a 0-0 draw with Millwall in 1980.  Wasn't much of a game, but the atmosphere was superb.  

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The Valley is special to many Charlton fans, not just because it's the home of our team, but because having been exiled from it in the 80s and the work that went into winning it back, it gives us an extra connection to the stadium.  It's home, and we love it and I hope we will never let it go again.  

Favourite match played by your team & why: Play-off final against Sunderland at Wembley, the game had everything, high drama, lots of goals and most of all it ended with our promotion to the Premier League for the first time.  An amazing day out.  

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Derek Hales.  Aside from being a deadly striker, Derek was actually born in a village that I grew up in for a while.  He was a bit of a local hero as a result.  I knew of Derek a good few years before I became a Charlton supporter.  

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Rhoys Wiggins.  A full back that seems to have it all and will do well at this level.  Can defend, bombs up the wing for the overlap, and sends over some great crosses for our strikers.  

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Look out for Kermorgant, he will be looking to show you guys what he is really like.  I know he didn't have a great time at Leicester, but he has been a big success with us.

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Next Up – Charlton

Next Up – Charlton Athletic 21 Aug 2012

Manager:    Chris Powell

Founded: 1905        Ground:       The Valley

Address: Floyd Road, Charlton, SE7 8BL 

Capacity: 27,113     Highest Gate: 75,031 v Aston Villa FA Cup 12/2/38

Squad:

1        Ben Hamer                       Goalkeeper

2        Andy Hughes                    Midfielder

3        Cedric Evina                      Defender

4        Johnnie Jackson               Midfielder

5        Michael Morrison              Defender

6        Matthew Taylor                  Defender

7        Danny Green                     Midfielder

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