Ahead of our trip to Blackpool this Saturday, resident statto Lee Croft looks at how lucky Rovers have been when playing on 14th November and all results against Blackpool:
With our first fixture on this date taking place 62 years ago, Rovers have played a total of 8 games on 14/10 and have won on only 3 occasions giving us a 37.5% win ratio.
However, away from home we have played 4 and managed to notch 2 wins against Exeter City in 1973 and Southend United in an FA Cup tie in 1998.
Of all 8 games, only 2 have taken place in this division with both resulting in Rovers failing score in a 3-0 loss to Gillingham and a 0-0 draw with Exeter.
The first fixture on this date was a 3-1 home win against Birmingham City in 1953 – a result which put Rovers to the top of Division Two for the first and only time in our entire history.
14th November ‘Lucky’ Score: 45.8% – BLAND*
Sadly, our head to head record vs Blackpool doesn’t get much better. The two sides have met 41 times in all competitions and the Rovers have been victorious in only 8 of them, with Blackpool winning an impressive 21.
Of the 20 games played at Blackpool, the Rovers have only managed one win, with the hosts winning 14 and averaging an impressive 2.4 goals per game to the Rovers solitary 1.
A personal highlight of mine was our one and only win at Bloomfield Road in 2009 where the Rovers came from a goal down with Stock, Hird and Coppinger helping the Rovers to a 3-2 win in a fantastic game. There was even time for Charlie Adam to be sent off for stamping on former-tangerine Richie Wellens.
VS Blackpool ‘Lucky’ Score: 29.3% – UNLUCKY*
OVERALL LUCKY SCORE: 37.6% – UNLUCKY*
*We’ve given 3 points for a win and a point for a draw against our past results on this day and/or past results against this opposition, we’ve then worked out the % of ‘points’ we have gained. Anything above 54% is Lucky – less than 44% is Unlucky and between 45-53 is Bland. Whether you bet on this information is entirely up to you and the DRSG accepts no responsibility for you not winning on a ‘Lucky’ day.