Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Monday May 25 2009
Well with Sasman and his Aussie counterpart Retro struggling for a stream in the land down under you have all been stuck with me for this final round up in the Rovers season.
As a man who was live at the game I will tell you this - it was the worst game I have watched in a long while. With the exception of a few, Rovers looked like they were on the beach already. The game was overshadowed by the final game of one of the greatest players of our time. Not just at Rovers but in football.
The crowd, complete with masks and Turkish flags etc, were there mainly for one man and one man only.... TUGAY.
The only real bright spots from the game were West Brom's lack of cutting edge in front of goal and the tricky foot work of the maestro in midfield. It is difficult to say much more other than the sending off of Roberts on the 70 minute mark was at best ridiculous!
The big moment in tha game came after 85 minutes of play. The final sub call was made, the man of the match was announced and off, for the final time went Tugay. Not a person in blue and white was sat down, it was a fitting send off for the man who has given more to the cause in recent years than anyone else.
After Roberts' sending off the game petered out with Rovers forced to defend and WBA passing the ball around well but being truly wasteful in front of goal.
I must also point out that the men guilty of taking it far too easy were Benni McCarthy, Morten Gamst Pedersen and Vince Grella. All of whom had better concentrate a lot more over the course of the next few seasons otherwise they could be shot on sight!
The post match tribute was a beautiful thing to witness as Tugay appeared on the big screen telling the Rovers fans - 'I love you and I'll never forget you'.
Yes there was a football match before this tribute but the day was about more than football.
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Date:Monday May 25 2009
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