Incey's back in the top flight and ready to show his mettle
Headmaster It’s a Premier League bow for ex-Red Paul Ince – who’d rather be called ‘the Guvnor’ as opposed to ‘Sir’ – after a swift lower-league apprenticeship. He saved Macclesfield from non-league football, and led MK Dons to a League Two/Johnson’s Paint Trophy double. But he's taken on a big task at Ewood.
Head boy At 6ft 2in, Paraguayan Santa Cruz looks every inch the archetypal front man; English in all but his nationality. A tidy finisher, he struck 26 goals last season.
Maths Three times last season Santa Cruz scored two or more goals – and Rovers still didn’t win!
English Just six of the current crop are English (west London-born Jason Roberts having thrown his lot in with Grenada).
History Seventh place was okay, but the UEFA Cup run was poor and Rovers missed out on 2008/09’s competition by losing at Birmingham in the last game.
Tuck shot item A Kinder Egg – they don’t look that special from the outside but perennially come up with a surprise or two. Often against United.
Predicted grade B– Incey will do well to emulate Sparky in his first season – so around ninth place; it will be a major fillip if Matt Derbyshire can emerge from the shadows during this campaign.
Detention Has to be Ryan Nelsen: off twice last term, the first time two games into the league campaign.