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Mowbray Wasn’t The Only One Celebrating Last Night


Blackburn Rovers topped off a great season by securing automatic promotion in last night’s League One tie against Doncaster Rovers.

Heading to the Keepmoat Stadium with the expectation that we would at least secure an automatic return to the Championship at the first time of asking, Charlie Mulgrew’s late goal made that a reality as we took a 1-0 victory.

With Bristol Rovers holding Wigan Athletic to a draw in the corresponding clash, the season could now get even better. With just one point separating the top two if Wigan slip up again and we take maximum points in the remaining games this year we will go up as Champions.

How quickly some things can change in 12 months.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the press at the full time whistle, I don’t think Tony Mowbray could’ve cared less about the 90 minutes he’d just watched.

It’s what the 90 minutes counted for that was everything.

“It’s difficult to put it into words. It’s been a journey. We lost a dozen players and tried to rebuild the squad. We lost the first two games and you have to remember there is a huge expectation at this club. To lose one game in 33 is an amazing feat and the players deserve huge credit. League One’s a tough league. I’m delighted for everybody and the fans deserve it. My brain is already turning to next season and thinking of the Championship.”

Obviously, Mowbray and the team were going to enjoy last night and I’m sure they did – fans certainly would’ve and those with a less disciplined take on life may well have woken up today with a sore head!

Citing that promotion was a victory for all, not just him, the players the club and most importantly the fans, Mowbray was his typical self in saying everyone at all levels shared in it.

“I’m delighted for everyone, including the people behind the scenes like the people who cook our dinners, the cleaners who are in at 5am, the lasses in the laundry. Everyone cares about the club and I’m delighted for all of us. I’ve looked at my phone and have 98 texts so it shows you what a close-knit community football is.”

Well done to all involved, now see the season out in style!

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