Premiership Predictions revisited…

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IT’S that time of year I dread.
Why do I do it?
Last summer I posted some bold, brazen predictions about who would emerge victorious and who would be relegated come the end of the 2012/2012 season.
Now it’s time to revisit those Nostradamus-like moments of foretelling.
I’m sure it will come as a shock to absolutely nobody that I got more wrong than I did right.
Obviously in reality it was Manchester City which won the title – I had stuck my neck out and tipped Chelsea, who instead fell apart under Andre Villas-Boas before their late European rally to make the Champions League final. I had Manchester City pencilled in to implode and miss out on Champions League football altogether.
I did tip Manchester United for second place though.
At the other end of the table newly-promoted Swansea and Norwich defied the odds – and my predictions – to avoid the drop in some style. In their place were Wolves and Bolton.
I would like to point out however that I never gave Blackburn a shot and I was right – I would especially like to point that out to the commenter who last July pledged to tuck his tackle between me legs and run around Blackburn town centre singing Life Is A Rollercoaster by Ronan Keating should Rovers go down.
Over to you, dear reader…


Ewood Chicken stops play

EARLIER this season the Anfield Cat became a cult hero for invading Liverpool’s pitch – could the Ewood Chicken be about to do the same.
After a blood and thunder opening to the six pointer between Blackburn and Wigan, a stray chicken wearing a Blackburn cape interrupted play.
The fouling fowl had to be intercepted by Wigan stopper Al Habsi and taken off by Blackburn striker Yakubu.

Steve Kean has karate dan chaparone

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MARMITE manager Steve Kean has revealed he now has a bodyguard with him at all times due to the extreme reactions he provokes from some Blackburn fans.
He revealed that he has even had to flee from restaurants with his wife and children after being hunted down by hate-filled fans.
He said “I was advised that it would be in my interest to have somebody with me at all times.
“The chap who protects me is a seventh dan in karate, but he is not big or butch or anything.
“He knows how to handle himself.
“It is a bit strange having him around, but there are some good things too. He is bloody interesting to talk to, for a start.”
He added: “I think the vast majority of fans are passionate, but non-violent, whether towards me or anybody else.”

Who’s going to be relegated from the Premier League?

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WHO’S going to be relegated from the Premier League this season?
Very soon Goaltastic will be putting its head above the parapet with a few predictions on the teams I expect to see at the top and also those dropping from bottom of the table next May.
And in the run up you can have your say on whose going to be losing out this season over on the Goaltastic Facebook page – you can pick from last season’s lowest placed teams Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Stoke City, Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers, plus new boys Norwich City, Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City, or you can vote for ‘other’.
Click here to have your say…

Blackburn in the hunt for footballing legend Raul

BLACKBURN Rovers are launching a bid to bring Spanish legend Raul to English football.
The club have been in contact with the 34-year-old former Real Madrid star – currently plying his trade with German side Schalke.
The move would be a surprising one should it go through, given recent rumours of financial problems at the club – but owners Venky’s have been desperate to land a household name since taking over at Rovers.

‘Donkey-botherers’ jibe lands politician in trouble

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A POLITICIAN has made an ass of himself by branding his own constituents as “donkey-botherers” on Facebook during the Blackpool-Blackburn match.
Blackpool Council Labour Councillor Simon Blackburn posted: “Oh my actual God…the donkey-botherers are 2-0 up thanks to two of the worst refereeing decisions ever!”
Conservative group leader Peter Callow said: “What an unbelievably stupid, ridiculous, crass thing to say.
“He’s just committed political suicide.”

Ian Holloway’s romantic break

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BLACKPOOL boss Ian Holloway whisked his wife away for a romantic Scottish holiday this weekend – and spent it watching DVDs of Premier League opponents Blackburn Rovers.
He said: “It was my 48th birthday and my wife Kim and I booked a little log cabin by the side of Loch Lomond. The trials and tribulations of the Premier League seemed a million miles away.
“It was beautiful. We went for plenty of walks in the most glorious countryside you can imagine.
“Mind you, just when my wife thought we were going to spend all day being romantic and soppy, I put the mockers on it by whipping out a few DVDs which I’d sneaked in the suitcase. They were Blackburn Rovers’ last few matches and I spent all night watching them.”
You old dog, Holloway.
I hope Ms Goaltastic takes note of this post next time we go away and I want to watch the football…