Last night's Rovers v Leverkeusen match was ultimately a big disappointment. We had enough domination to have won it, but despite throwing on four strikers it just wouldn't go in. The kids loved the atmosphere of a pretty much full house (not many Germans) and loads of other kids, due to the £1 ticket price and the 6pm kick off. Which got me round to thinking of the ten best ever atmospheres at Ewood since I first started going regularly in 1977.
1984 Second division v Leeds United 2-1, great game on Boxing Day, young skilful Leeds team got swept away by some Simon Garner magic
1990 FA Cup 3rd round v Liverpool - 1-1, when a Marko Van Atkins OG kept that whiney git Kenny Dalglish in the cup
1991 Second division v Plymouth - 5-2, the legend that is Kenny Dalglish is unveiled as manager
THE BEST 1992 play off semi final v Derby - 2-0 down, won 4-2. Mike Newell's wonder goal set us up nicely. The singing went on all through half time. Derby were shell shocked.
1995 VE Night v Newcastle. 1-0. You have to ask?
2001 First division v Burnley 5-0. April fools. Could have been 10.
2002 Worthington Cup semi final v Sheff Wednesday - 3-1 - We're all going to Cardiff
2002 UEFA Cup v Celtic, lost 2-0, but what a noise
2005 FA Cup replay v Burnley, won 2-1. By jove they gave us a game.
2006 Premiership v Manchester United 4-3. "Rio, Rio"