Blackburn Rovers boss pleased to have lost European record

HENNING Berg has admitted he is glad that Blackburn Rovers this week passed on an unwanted Champions League record to Manchester City.

The Rovers boss helped the club to the Premier League title in 1995 but was then part of the team that had a disappointing campaign in the Champions League.

Rovers’ European record in those days remains a sore point for the club after a UEFA Cup defeat to Swedish side Trelleborgs was followed a year later by their Champions League group stage exit.

After Kenny Dalglish decided to step down as manager and was replaced by Ray Harford, Rovers claimed only four points from a group including Spartak Moscow, Legia Warsaw and Rosenborg.

The campaign also became infamous for an on-pitch fight between Rovers team-mates David Batty and Graeme Le Saux in Moscow.

Their only victory was a 4-1 triumph at home to Rosenborg after Rovers had already been eliminated, when Mike Newell scored the Champions League’s fastest ever hat-trick in the space of only nine minutes.

Newell’s record was beaten by Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis last year, in Lyon’s 7-1 win at Dinamo Zagreb last year, but Rovers’ points tally remained the lowest by any English team in the Champions League until this week.

Now, though, Manchester City hold that dubious honour after collecting only three points from six games against Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.

“Good!” laughed Berg, who played in all six group games during the Champions League campaign.

“It is strange that has happened the first time Manchester City won the league and it happened to us as well.

“After we won the league we were not as mentally able as we should have been in terms of coping with winning the league - making sure we had the right attitude, the right squad and the right play to have a really good year afterwards.

“We didn’t have that experience as a club and as a team.

“I think City are a bit more further forward than we were at that time in terms of the squad we had but in terms of mentality they might find it a bit more difficult now that they have won the league and expectations are much higher.

“And they ended up in one of the best groups ever in the Champions League.”

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2:31pm Thu 6 Dec 12

MatthewCA says...

Please prepare our club to win games in championship this season,
history is good, people will google it. why we end up in media Q/A.
Please prepare our club to win games in championship this season, history is good, people will google it. why we end up in media Q/A. MatthewCA

2:46pm Thu 6 Dec 12

noddymcleod says...

Not Bergo's fault, journos at LET with time on their hands, googling, phoning for quotes, etc.
...though I'd be very happy if City, United, Arsenal and Chelsea also followed Rovers' unenviable record of being Premier Champs to be relegated.
Like Mat C, hope we concentrate on NOT being the first Premier champs to go into the third tier.
Not Bergo's fault, journos at LET with time on their hands, googling, phoning for quotes, etc. ...though I'd be very happy if City, United, Arsenal and Chelsea also followed Rovers' unenviable record of being Premier Champs to be relegated. Like Mat C, hope we concentrate on NOT being the first Premier champs to go into the third tier. noddymcleod

4:23pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

Oh dear, this blows the zionist conspiracy theory out of the water. Published accounts showing a profit. The doomongers and jew haters said it had dissappeared to fund Israels invasion of palestine and the illuminates attempt to buy up all fossil fuel deposits.
What you mean its just about football then? Look like it doesn't it.
I suppose the next James Bond movie will show everyone the real truth.
Snigger.
Oh dear, this blows the zionist conspiracy theory out of the water. Published accounts showing a profit. The doomongers and jew haters said it had dissappeared to fund Israels invasion of palestine and the illuminates attempt to buy up all fossil fuel deposits. What you mean its just about football then? Look like it doesn't it. I suppose the next James Bond movie will show everyone the real truth. Snigger. Return of the Magnificent se7en

5:21pm Thu 6 Dec 12

FCBurnley says...

Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.
Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY. FCBurnley

5:57pm Thu 6 Dec 12

forever blue and white says...

FCBurnley wrote:
Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.
No no no. What's funny you numpty is you still can't beat us even when we have a poor team. At least Austin only has to tolerate you 6 fingered bunch for another few games and then watch your team tumble. 34 years, now that is funny!!
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.[/p][/quote]No no no. What's funny you numpty is you still can't beat us even when we have a poor team. At least Austin only has to tolerate you 6 fingered bunch for another few games and then watch your team tumble. 34 years, now that is funny!! forever blue and white

6:05pm Thu 6 Dec 12

FCBurnley says...

forever blue and white wrote:
FCBurnley wrote:
Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.
No no no. What's funny you numpty is you still can't beat us even when we have a poor team. At least Austin only has to tolerate you 6 fingered bunch for another few games and then watch your team tumble. 34 years, now that is funny!!
You are obviously a pratt in the know, so please tell us who Austin is signing for and what the fee is.
[quote][p][bold]forever blue and white[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.[/p][/quote]No no no. What's funny you numpty is you still can't beat us even when we have a poor team. At least Austin only has to tolerate you 6 fingered bunch for another few games and then watch your team tumble. 34 years, now that is funny!![/p][/quote]You are obviously a pratt in the know, so please tell us who Austin is signing for and what the fee is. FCBurnley

7:18pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Captain Dreckley says...

FCBurnley wrote:
Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.
I saw a video for sale the other day entitled the dingles in Europe. Had a look to see what European conquests those inbreds from Turf Moor had made but the video was about Zac, Lisa and the rest of the clan, nearest s dingle will ever get to Europe. At least Rovers got there
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.[/p][/quote]I saw a video for sale the other day entitled the dingles in Europe. Had a look to see what European conquests those inbreds from Turf Moor had made but the video was about Zac, Lisa and the rest of the clan, nearest s dingle will ever get to Europe. At least Rovers got there Captain Dreckley

7:25pm Thu 6 Dec 12

spotonblue says...

FCBurnley wrote:
Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.
Dingle
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.[/p][/quote]Dingle spotonblue

9:22pm Thu 6 Dec 12

blueblooded says...

Captain Dreckley wrote:
FCBurnley wrote:
Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.
I saw a video for sale the other day entitled the dingles in Europe. Had a look to see what European conquests those inbreds from Turf Moor had made but the video was about Zac, Lisa and the rest of the clan, nearest s dingle will ever get to Europe. At least Rovers got there
now THAT'S Funny lol!

It's like shooting dingles in a barrel :-)

Or maybe like hamster bashing at the fair, you know the ones which keep on popping up no matter how hard and fast you hit them?
[quote][p][bold]Captain Dreckley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.[/p][/quote]I saw a video for sale the other day entitled the dingles in Europe. Had a look to see what European conquests those inbreds from Turf Moor had made but the video was about Zac, Lisa and the rest of the clan, nearest s dingle will ever get to Europe. At least Rovers got there[/p][/quote]now THAT'S Funny lol! It's like shooting dingles in a barrel :-) Or maybe like hamster bashing at the fair, you know the ones which keep on popping up no matter how hard and fast you hit them? blueblooded

10:08pm Thu 6 Dec 12

FCBurnley says...

Captain Dreckley wrote:
FCBurnley wrote:
Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.
I saw a video for sale the other day entitled the dingles in Europe. Had a look to see what European conquests those inbreds from Turf Moor had made but the video was about Zac, Lisa and the rest of the clan, nearest s dingle will ever get to Europe. At least Rovers got there
Burnley FC. European Cup Quarter Finalists.

Only in your dreams Dreckley........only in your wildest dreams.

Your lack of knowledge is comparable only to Rovers record in Europe.
[quote][p][bold]Captain Dreckley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.[/p][/quote]I saw a video for sale the other day entitled the dingles in Europe. Had a look to see what European conquests those inbreds from Turf Moor had made but the video was about Zac, Lisa and the rest of the clan, nearest s dingle will ever get to Europe. At least Rovers got there[/p][/quote]Burnley FC. European Cup Quarter Finalists. Only in your dreams Dreckley........only in your wildest dreams. Your lack of knowledge is comparable only to Rovers record in Europe. FCBurnley

11:22pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

FCBurnley wrote:
forever blue and white wrote:
FCBurnley wrote:
Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.
No no no. What's funny you numpty is you still can't beat us even when we have a poor team. At least Austin only has to tolerate you 6 fingered bunch for another few games and then watch your team tumble. 34 years, now that is funny!!
You are obviously a pratt in the know, so please tell us who Austin is signing for and what the fee is.
Buyout clause clearly states, if a club of bigger stature than Burnleys come in and meet the release trigger clause he will be able to leave. Bournemouth for £500,000 it is then.
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]forever blue and white[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.[/p][/quote]No no no. What's funny you numpty is you still can't beat us even when we have a poor team. At least Austin only has to tolerate you 6 fingered bunch for another few games and then watch your team tumble. 34 years, now that is funny!![/p][/quote]You are obviously a pratt in the know, so please tell us who Austin is signing for and what the fee is.[/p][/quote]Buyout clause clearly states, if a club of bigger stature than Burnleys come in and meet the release trigger clause he will be able to leave. Bournemouth for £500,000 it is then. Return of the Magnificent se7en

11:30pm Thu 6 Dec 12

burnleyglentoran says...

Trelleborgs - The Walkers money started running out earlier than I remember then!!

BFC - TOP DOGS IN EAST LANCS
Trelleborgs - The Walkers money started running out earlier than I remember then!! BFC - TOP DOGS IN EAST LANCS burnleyglentoran

11:45pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Return of the Magnificent se7en says...

Charlie Austins buyout clause = £2 million, Bye charlie.
Charlie Austins buyout clause = £2 million, Bye charlie. Return of the Magnificent se7en

1:21am Fri 7 Dec 12

bluerob says...

Welcome to Ewood Charlie
Welcome to Ewood Charlie bluerob

10:08am Fri 7 Dec 12

darwenblues says...

FCBurnley wrote:
Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.
Wimbledon, that was hilarious
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.[/p][/quote]Wimbledon, that was hilarious darwenblues

1:02pm Fri 7 Dec 12

FCBurnley says...

darwenblues wrote:
FCBurnley wrote:
Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.
Wimbledon, that was hilarious
Surely you mean Workington ! 5-1 AND I was there, haven`t stopped laughing since.
[quote][p][bold]darwenblues[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Trelleborgs. Now THAT WAS FUNNY.[/p][/quote]Wimbledon, that was hilarious[/p][/quote]Surely you mean Workington ! 5-1 AND I was there, haven`t stopped laughing since. FCBurnley

1:45pm Fri 7 Dec 12

jack01 says...

If only you got a trophy for reaching the quarter finals of a competition half a century ago, then Burnley could boast about their achievement. Unfortunately you don't, and whilst it is fun to hark on about 'nearly' winning a trophy, it's actually doing it that demonstrates how successful a club is. Hence why Burnley's trophy cabinet has gathered dust for half a century.

Whilst on the subject of hilarious, I couldnt help but chuckle to myself at the video montage on display at Turf Moor before the game on Sunday. Black and white footage of games most 60 year olds would struggle to remember, before a celebration of the Orient game, as though avoiding demotion from the football league ranks as one of Burnley's greatest achievements. Now that is funny.
If only you got a trophy for reaching the quarter finals of a competition half a century ago, then Burnley could boast about their achievement. Unfortunately you don't, and whilst it is fun to hark on about 'nearly' winning a trophy, it's actually doing it that demonstrates how successful a club is. Hence why Burnley's trophy cabinet has gathered dust for half a century. Whilst on the subject of hilarious, I couldnt help but chuckle to myself at the video montage on display at Turf Moor before the game on Sunday. Black and white footage of games most 60 year olds would struggle to remember, before a celebration of the Orient game, as though avoiding demotion from the football league ranks as one of Burnley's greatest achievements. Now that is funny. jack01

2:30pm Fri 7 Dec 12

penrithrover says...

Right ,so lets take away all of Charlie Austins goals he scored for Burnley so far this season and the dingles would be right now be in relegation fodder, guess what without J.R.`s goals for us so would we !!!!!
And the facts ,comparing Rovers to Burnley financially it`s like comparing Bill Gates to the guy who owns the best house in your street, we are massive under achievers with our funds , get a manger in like big Sam who won put up with the dross we have playing for us ,and the dross we have that is laughingly called defensive coach ,the bully boy Hendry .
Right ,so lets take away all of Charlie Austins goals he scored for Burnley so far this season and the dingles would be right now be in relegation fodder, guess what without J.R.`s goals for us so would we !!!!! And the facts ,comparing Rovers to Burnley financially it`s like comparing Bill Gates to the guy who owns the best house in your street, we are massive under achievers with our funds , get a manger in like big Sam who won put up with the dross we have playing for us ,and the dross we have that is laughingly called defensive coach ,the bully boy Hendry . penrithrover

2:38pm Fri 7 Dec 12

blueblooded says...

jack01 wrote:
If only you got a trophy for reaching the quarter finals of a competition half a century ago, then Burnley could boast about their achievement. Unfortunately you don't, and whilst it is fun to hark on about 'nearly' winning a trophy, it's actually doing it that demonstrates how successful a club is. Hence why Burnley's trophy cabinet has gathered dust for half a century.

Whilst on the subject of hilarious, I couldnt help but chuckle to myself at the video montage on display at Turf Moor before the game on Sunday. Black and white footage of games most 60 year olds would struggle to remember, before a celebration of the Orient game, as though avoiding demotion from the football league ranks as one of Burnley's greatest achievements. Now that is funny.
Yeah, my nephew asked me looking at the screen, whether I'd been to any of those matches.. i told him it was unlikley that his grandad was around to see em hahahaha!!
[quote][p][bold]jack01[/bold] wrote: If only you got a trophy for reaching the quarter finals of a competition half a century ago, then Burnley could boast about their achievement. Unfortunately you don't, and whilst it is fun to hark on about 'nearly' winning a trophy, it's actually doing it that demonstrates how successful a club is. Hence why Burnley's trophy cabinet has gathered dust for half a century. Whilst on the subject of hilarious, I couldnt help but chuckle to myself at the video montage on display at Turf Moor before the game on Sunday. Black and white footage of games most 60 year olds would struggle to remember, before a celebration of the Orient game, as though avoiding demotion from the football league ranks as one of Burnley's greatest achievements. Now that is funny.[/p][/quote]Yeah, my nephew asked me looking at the screen, whether I'd been to any of those matches.. i told him it was unlikley that his grandad was around to see em hahahaha!! blueblooded

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