As Tony Mowbray takes charge of his first derby match with Rovers this Saturday lunchtime, the boss has fond memories of rival clashes from both his playing and management days.
Rovers take on Preston North End at Ewood Park at 1pm, looking to go into the forthcoming international break with an unbeaten record, with the boss having a fairly decent derby-day record of his own.
"I scored in my first Old Firm derby, I scored a diving header against Rangers in 1991/92," Mowbray told Rovers PlayerHD.
"I made my league debut against Kevin Keegan and Micky Channon for Middlesbrough in 1982 at St. James' Park.
"I played in lots of Ipswich vs Norwich matches over the years, West Brom vs Wolves, in one year we played them five times and won four.
"And my first game as West Brom manager was against Wolves, the big Black Country derby, and we won 3-0.
"So my derby games have been mainly positive and lets hope it can continue at the weekend."
Tickets for this afternoon's match will be on sale up until the 1pm kick-off.
Fans looking to take advantage of our Big 4 ticket offer have until 12 noon to see the last four home games from only £60.