Simon Garner column: I’m afraid I could lose my Blackburn Rovers goal record

Simon Garner

Simon Garner

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Lancashire Telegraph columnist

FOR Jordan Rhodes to get to 50 goals in 89 appearances is unbelievable – and worrying for me.

I’m starting to panic a bit as he’s still a young kid when you think about it – he’s only 24 – so he’s got plenty of time to catch up with my club record of 194 goals.

I was panicking when Alan Shearer was getting near to me and you just can’t seem to stop Jordan scoring.

He’s had one barren patch this season but that is it.

A lot of strikers have a number of patches throughout the season when they don’t score but it doesn’t happen with him.

He just knows where the goal is – and that is the hardest skill in the game.

Everyone seems to think it’s the easiest thing to do but, believe me, it’s not.

I think a lot of it comes naturally but you’ve still got to have the composure once you get into the position to score – and he’s got in it spades.

It’s very important that we keep hold of Jordan for as long as we can.

If we’re serious of making an assault and trying to do something next season we have to keep hold of our best players – and Jordan is one of them.

If we do keep hold of him I can honestly see him getting close to my record.

I mention next season as that’s what we’ve got to be looking at now.

Drawing the last four games has more or less killed off our chances of making the play-offs.

Now we just have to try and finish the season on a good note and finish as high as we can do.

That starts at home to Ipswich tomorrow and it should be another good game. Mick McCarthy has done a great job there turning the club around and it’s going to be a tough game because, unlike us, they are in the mix for the play-offs.

You know you are in for a hard afternoon when you take on a Mick McCarthy team and if we’ve got any chance of winning, we’ve got to match them first and foremost.

Then we have to try and play the attacking football that we have been showing and which should have got us wins against Watford, Millwall and Brighton.

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4:07pm Fri 4 Apr 14

FCBurnley says...

Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 !
Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 ! FCBurnley
  • Score: -13

4:23pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ghost of sceptic says...

FCBurnley wrote:
Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 !
He will be at Rovers longer than Ings will be hanging around at your lot.
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 ![/p][/quote]He will be at Rovers longer than Ings will be hanging around at your lot. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 17

4:32pm Fri 4 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

its only a matter of time,,but Simon Garner will still beat Jordan,s appearances purely because Simon was a true blue and still is,,,Tommy Briggs and Simon Garner are Rovers legends as front men period,
its only a matter of time,,but Simon Garner will still beat Jordan,s appearances purely because Simon was a true blue and still is,,,Tommy Briggs and Simon Garner are Rovers legends as front men period, noddy57
  • Score: 11

6:30pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

ghost of sceptic wrote:
FCBurnley wrote:
Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 !
He will be at Rovers longer than Ings will be hanging around at your lot.
Typical no dad response.

Both Ings and Rhodes will be playing premier league football next year the only difference is that Ings will be playing for the same team he went up with.

Unless of course Rhodes is content with another underwhelming season of Championship mid table mediocrity.

Who knows, with the hundred odd million we'll bank for going up we might shell out a few quid for Rhodes. I think he'd fit in nicely with Danny and Sam.
[quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 ![/p][/quote]He will be at Rovers longer than Ings will be hanging around at your lot.[/p][/quote]Typical no dad response. Both Ings and Rhodes will be playing premier league football next year the only difference is that Ings will be playing for the same team he went up with. Unless of course Rhodes is content with another underwhelming season of Championship mid table mediocrity. Who knows, with the hundred odd million we'll bank for going up we might shell out a few quid for Rhodes. I think he'd fit in nicely with Danny and Sam. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -11

6:34pm Fri 4 Apr 14

azza234 says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
ghost of sceptic wrote:
FCBurnley wrote: Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 !
He will be at Rovers longer than Ings will be hanging around at your lot.
Typical no dad response. Both Ings and Rhodes will be playing premier league football next year the only difference is that Ings will be playing for the same team he went up with. Unless of course Rhodes is content with another underwhelming season of Championship mid table mediocrity. Who knows, with the hundred odd million we'll bank for going up we might shell out a few quid for Rhodes. I think he'd fit in nicely with Danny and Sam.
Typical burnley douche response.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 ![/p][/quote]He will be at Rovers longer than Ings will be hanging around at your lot.[/p][/quote]Typical no dad response. Both Ings and Rhodes will be playing premier league football next year the only difference is that Ings will be playing for the same team he went up with. Unless of course Rhodes is content with another underwhelming season of Championship mid table mediocrity. Who knows, with the hundred odd million we'll bank for going up we might shell out a few quid for Rhodes. I think he'd fit in nicely with Danny and Sam.[/p][/quote]Typical burnley douche response. azza234
  • Score: 10

7:43pm Fri 4 Apr 14

owd nick says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
ghost of sceptic wrote:
FCBurnley wrote:
Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 !
He will be at Rovers longer than Ings will be hanging around at your lot.
Typical no dad response.

Both Ings and Rhodes will be playing premier league football next year the only difference is that Ings will be playing for the same team he went up with.

Unless of course Rhodes is content with another underwhelming season of Championship mid table mediocrity.

Who knows, with the hundred odd million we'll bank for going up we might shell out a few quid for Rhodes. I think he'd fit in nicely with Danny and Sam.
So you aren't going to spend any of that hundred odd million in advance? not going to pay your players and staff the going rate for the PL?

They will be well pleased won't they?

Not going to sign any players with PL experience to give you even a remote chance of staying up?

If that were the case and perish the thought I was a Burnley fan putting my hand in my pocket to support them with my hard earned I would be ever so slightly **** off.

It's alright crowing that you will take the money and run but no real fan would accept that sort of attitude from any club they supported, would they?

A real fan will expect their club to at least make an effort to stay up, to improve the pitch, the facilities, the ground.

A real fan will not accept seeing his (or her) club tonked game after game, listening to opposing fans telling you how **** you are.

Mind you, you have attracted more new directors than players this year, one of them has oiled his way back in after doing a runner the last time you were relegated, they will require their cut as well.

The PL is an harsh environment, you will need to spend most of that one hundred million to stay up, oh sorry you can't because you won't have it to start with and there is the little question regarding FFP.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 ![/p][/quote]He will be at Rovers longer than Ings will be hanging around at your lot.[/p][/quote]Typical no dad response. Both Ings and Rhodes will be playing premier league football next year the only difference is that Ings will be playing for the same team he went up with. Unless of course Rhodes is content with another underwhelming season of Championship mid table mediocrity. Who knows, with the hundred odd million we'll bank for going up we might shell out a few quid for Rhodes. I think he'd fit in nicely with Danny and Sam.[/p][/quote]So you aren't going to spend any of that hundred odd million in advance? not going to pay your players and staff the going rate for the PL? They will be well pleased won't they? Not going to sign any players with PL experience to give you even a remote chance of staying up? If that were the case and perish the thought I was a Burnley fan putting my hand in my pocket to support them with my hard earned I would be ever so slightly **** off. It's alright crowing that you will take the money and run but no real fan would accept that sort of attitude from any club they supported, would they? A real fan will expect their club to at least make an effort to stay up, to improve the pitch, the facilities, the ground. A real fan will not accept seeing his (or her) club tonked game after game, listening to opposing fans telling you how **** you are. Mind you, you have attracted more new directors than players this year, one of them has oiled his way back in after doing a runner the last time you were relegated, they will require their cut as well. The PL is an harsh environment, you will need to spend most of that one hundred million to stay up, oh sorry you can't because you won't have it to start with and there is the little question regarding FFP. owd nick
  • Score: 12

8:39pm Fri 4 Apr 14

guiderover says...

You'll always be a legend come what may.There's only one Simon Garner!
You'll always be a legend come what may.There's only one Simon Garner! guiderover
  • Score: 7

8:48pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Bazzer says...

The one Rover who has caused me to leap with joy more than any other. Great memories.
The one Rover who has caused me to leap with joy more than any other. Great memories. Bazzer
  • Score: 9

10:37pm Fri 4 Apr 14

mattwoods says...

azza234 wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
ghost of sceptic wrote:
FCBurnley wrote: Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 !
He will be at Rovers longer than Ings will be hanging around at your lot.
Typical no dad response. Both Ings and Rhodes will be playing premier league football next year the only difference is that Ings will be playing for the same team he went up with. Unless of course Rhodes is content with another underwhelming season of Championship mid table mediocrity. Who knows, with the hundred odd million we'll bank for going up we might shell out a few quid for Rhodes. I think he'd fit in nicely with Danny and Sam.
Typical burnley douche response.
wake up, poor lge this yr,, only dingles and leic have managed to keep same team all season, but no real quality ... dingles think they wonthe lottery, wake up, see u both next year.
[quote][p][bold]azza234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 ![/p][/quote]He will be at Rovers longer than Ings will be hanging around at your lot.[/p][/quote]Typical no dad response. Both Ings and Rhodes will be playing premier league football next year the only difference is that Ings will be playing for the same team he went up with. Unless of course Rhodes is content with another underwhelming season of Championship mid table mediocrity. Who knows, with the hundred odd million we'll bank for going up we might shell out a few quid for Rhodes. I think he'd fit in nicely with Danny and Sam.[/p][/quote]Typical burnley douche response.[/p][/quote]wake up, poor lge this yr,, only dingles and leic have managed to keep same team all season, but no real quality ... dingles think they wonthe lottery, wake up, see u both next year. mattwoods
  • Score: 7

7:12am Sat 5 Apr 14

dangerous dave says...

mattwoods wrote:
azza234 wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
ghost of sceptic wrote:
FCBurnley wrote: Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 !
He will be at Rovers longer than Ings will be hanging around at your lot.
Typical no dad response. Both Ings and Rhodes will be playing premier league football next year the only difference is that Ings will be playing for the same team he went up with. Unless of course Rhodes is content with another underwhelming season of Championship mid table mediocrity. Who knows, with the hundred odd million we'll bank for going up we might shell out a few quid for Rhodes. I think he'd fit in nicely with Danny and Sam.
Typical burnley douche response.
wake up, poor lge this yr,, only dingles and leic have managed to keep same team all season, but no real quality ... dingles think they wonthe lottery, wake up, see u both next year.
Poor league this year eh. Doesnt say much for rovers then does it 13 wins out of 39 played. Crap!!!
Burnley deserve promotion consistent play hone and away and they have every right to spend the cash as they like
Out with the cowboys and indians
[quote][p][bold]mattwoods[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]azza234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Dont worry, he will be long gone way before he gets anywhere near 194 ![/p][/quote]He will be at Rovers longer than Ings will be hanging around at your lot.[/p][/quote]Typical no dad response. Both Ings and Rhodes will be playing premier league football next year the only difference is that Ings will be playing for the same team he went up with. Unless of course Rhodes is content with another underwhelming season of Championship mid table mediocrity. Who knows, with the hundred odd million we'll bank for going up we might shell out a few quid for Rhodes. I think he'd fit in nicely with Danny and Sam.[/p][/quote]Typical burnley douche response.[/p][/quote]wake up, poor lge this yr,, only dingles and leic have managed to keep same team all season, but no real quality ... dingles think they wonthe lottery, wake up, see u both next year.[/p][/quote]Poor league this year eh. Doesnt say much for rovers then does it 13 wins out of 39 played. Crap!!! Burnley deserve promotion consistent play hone and away and they have every right to spend the cash as they like Out with the cowboys and indians dangerous dave
  • Score: -5

11:06am Mon 7 Apr 14

j bee says...

noddy57 wrote:
its only a matter of time,,but Simon Garner will still beat Jordan,s appearances purely because Simon was a true blue and still is,,,Tommy Briggs and Simon Garner are Rovers legends as front men period,
good job no first div clubs ever wanted him , thats why he stayed at rovers to score goals in a lower div
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: its only a matter of time,,but Simon Garner will still beat Jordan,s appearances purely because Simon was a true blue and still is,,,Tommy Briggs and Simon Garner are Rovers legends as front men period,[/p][/quote]good job no first div clubs ever wanted him , thats why he stayed at rovers to score goals in a lower div j bee
  • Score: -1

11:06am Mon 7 Apr 14

j bee says...

noddy57 wrote:
its only a matter of time,,but Simon Garner will still beat Jordan,s appearances purely because Simon was a true blue and still is,,,Tommy Briggs and Simon Garner are Rovers legends as front men period,
good job no first div clubs ever wanted him , thats why he stayed at rovers to score goals in a lower div
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: its only a matter of time,,but Simon Garner will still beat Jordan,s appearances purely because Simon was a true blue and still is,,,Tommy Briggs and Simon Garner are Rovers legends as front men period,[/p][/quote]good job no first div clubs ever wanted him , thats why he stayed at rovers to score goals in a lower div j bee
  • Score: -1

11:06am Mon 7 Apr 14

j bee says...

noddy57 wrote:
its only a matter of time,,but Simon Garner will still beat Jordan,s appearances purely because Simon was a true blue and still is,,,Tommy Briggs and Simon Garner are Rovers legends as front men period,
good job no first div clubs ever wanted him , thats why he stayed at rovers to score goals in a lower div
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: its only a matter of time,,but Simon Garner will still beat Jordan,s appearances purely because Simon was a true blue and still is,,,Tommy Briggs and Simon Garner are Rovers legends as front men period,[/p][/quote]good job no first div clubs ever wanted him , thats why he stayed at rovers to score goals in a lower div j bee
  • Score: -1

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