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Strictly off the record...

Tony not bothered about history, with Rovers closing in on record number of away victories in a season

10 April 2018

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The number 12 represents the highest amount of victories on the road for Rovers in one season, and the current crop of stars look set to beat that this term, should they achieve one more away win.

The current record dates back all the way back to the 1979-80 campaign. None of the current batch of Rovers players were even born then, so a chance to create history awaits should they pick up one more three-point haul on the road this term.

Four trips away from Ewood remain this season, the first of which comes tonight against Gillingham, and Tony must surely be excited at the prospect of altering the Rovers record books, right?

“I remember Middlesbrough won eight consecutive away games, which was a club record, and I lost my job at some stage down the line, so records don’t mean anything," the boss recollected.

“Ultimately, it’s about succeeding, being successful, winning enough games to get out of divisions, if that’s what the ambition of the club is at the time, and the ambition of this club is definitely to get out of this division.

“So I’m not too bothered about records. We should look forward to the away games.

"We’ve had some great nights and some great days on the road this season, we’ve scored lots of goals, we’ve had fantastic following wherever we’ve been and you can build an affinity with the supporters – a big band of people who constantly travel the country to watch you – it’s important that you create a bond by hopefully winning and then celebrating with them, and I think we’ve done that pretty well this year.”

As it was, Rovers won promotion in the 1979-80 season from the old Division Three. Let's hope lighting strikes twice!

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