2000–01 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers
2000–01 season
Chairman John Williams
Manager Graeme Souness
First Division 2nd (promoted)
FA Cup Quarter finals
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Matt Jansen (23)
All:
Matt Jansen (24)
Average home league attendance 20,740

During the 2000–01 English football season, Blackburn Rovers F.C. competed in the Football League First Division (known as the Nationwide Division One for sponsorship reasons).

Season summary[edit]

Blackburn returned to the top flight of English football, thanks to a second place finish in the First Division. Marking the breakthrough of a new breed of players from the academy, Blackburn looked intent on returning to the top flight in style, especially with David Dunn catching the eyes of top-flight clubs with an impressive season. Striker Matt Jansen also impressed, scoring 23 league goals.

Souness signing autographs outside Loftus Road following Queens Park Rangers vs Blackburn Rovers on 7 April 2001.
Friedel posing for picture outside Loftus Road following Queens Park Rangers vs Blackburn Rovers on 7 April 2001.

Final league table[edit]

Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
1. Fulham 46 30 11 5 90 32  +58 101
2. Blackburn Rovers 46 26 13 7 76 39  +37 91
3. Bolton Wanderers 46 24 15 7 76 45  +31 87
4. Preston North End 46 23 9 14 64 52  +12 78
5. Birmingham City 46 23 9 14 59 48  +11 78
6. West Bromwich Albion 46 21 11 14 60 52  +8 74
7. Burnley 46 21 9 16 50 54  -4 72
8. Wimbledon 46 17 18 11 71 50  +21 69
9. Watford 46 20 9 17 76 67  +9 69
10. Sheffield United 46 19 11 16 52 49  +3 68
11. Nottingham Forest 46 20 8 18 55 53  +2 68
12. Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 14 13 19 45 48  -3 55
13. Gillingham 46 13 16 17 61 66  -5 55
14. Crewe Alexandra 46 15 10 21 47 62  -15 55
15. Norwich City 46 14 12 20 46 58  -12 54
16. Barnsley 46 15 9 22 49 62  -13 54
17. Sheffield Wednesday 46 15 8 23 52 71  -19 53
18. Grimsby Town 46 14 10 22 43 62  -19 52
19. Stockport County 46 11 18 17 58 65  -7 51
20. Portsmouth 46 10 19 17 47 59  -12 49
21. Crystal Palace 46 12 13 21 57 70  -13 49
22. Huddersfield Town 46 11 15 20 48 57  -9 48
23. Queens Park Rangers 46 7 19 20 45 75  -30 40
24. Tranmere Rovers 46 9 11 26 46 77  -31 38
Key
Promoted to the Premier League
Qualified for the promotion playoff
Relegated to Division 2

Results[edit]

Blackburn Rovers' score comes first[1]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League First Division[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 August 2000 Crystal Palace H 2-0 18,733 Blake, Jansen
19 August 2000 Crewe Alexandra A 0-0 7,500
26 August 2000 Norwich City H 3-2 19,542 Dunn (pen), Blake, Jansen
28 August 2000 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-1 15,646 Taylor
9 September 2000 Nottingham Forest H 3-0 18,471 Jansen, Dunn (pen), Blake
12 September 2000 Watford H 3-4 17,258 Dunn, Blake (2)
15 September 2000 Sheffield United A 0-2 10,816
23 September 2000 Bolton Wanderers H 1-1 23,660 Thomas
30 September 2000 West Bromwich Albion A 0-1 16,794
15 October 2000 Fulham A 1-2 15,247 Jansen
18 October 2000 Wimbledon A 2-0 6,019 Willmott (own goal), Flitcroft
21 October 2000 Grimsby Town H 2-0 16,397 Flitcroft, Jansen
25 October 2000 Tranmere Rovers H 3-2 17,010 Hughes (2), Østenstad
28 October 2000 Huddersfield Town A 1-0 12,287 Østenstad
4 November 2000 Stockport County H 2-1 17,404 Hughes, Hignett
8 November 2000 Barnsley A 2-1 13,622 Jansen, Dunn
11 November 2000 Portsmouth A 2-2 14,141 Bjørnebye, Jansen
18 November 2000 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1-0 20,380 Dunn (pen)
25 November 2000 Gillingham H 1-2 18,061 Hughes
2 December 2000 Tranmere Rovers A 1-1 10,063 Dunn
9 December 2000 Queens Park Rangers H 0-0 16,886
17 December 2000 Burnley A 2-0 21,369 McAteer, Bent
22 December 2000 Crystal Palace A 3-2 15,010 Dunn (2, 1 pen), Taylor
26 December 2000 Birmingham City H 2-1 24,899 Jansen (2)
30 December 2000 Crewe Alexandra H 1-0 18,554 Jansen
1 January 2001 Norwich City A 1-1 16,695 Bent
10 January 2001 Preston North End H 3-2 23,983 Jansen (2), Hughes
13 January 2001 Sheffield Wednesday H 2-0 19,308 Bent, Taylor
3 February 2001 Barnsley H 0-0 18,573
10 February 2001 Nottingham Forest A 1-2 22,455 Jansen
20 February 2001 Watford A 1-0 15,970 Bent
23 February 2001 Bolton Wanderers A 4-1 20,017 Bent, Dunn, Jansen, Hignett
3 March 2001 West Bromwich Albion H 1-0 23,926 Bent
14 March 2001 Birmingham City A 2-0 29,150 Bent, Duff
17 March 2001 Wimbledon H 1-1 19,000 Jansen
1 April 2001 Burnley H 5-0 23,442 Short, Davis (own goal), Jansen (2), Hignett
4 April 2001 Sheffield United H 1-1 26,276 Berg
7 April 2001 Queens Park Rangers A 3-1 12,449 Dunn, Jansen, Berkovic
11 April 2001 Fulham H 1-2 21,578 Jansen
14 April 2001 Stockport County A 0-0 9,705
16 April 2001 Huddersfield Town H 2-0 29,426 Flitcroft, Jansen
21 April 2001 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0-0 20,018
24 April 2001 Grimsby Town A 4-1 6,507 Dunn, Berkovic, Jansen (2)
29 April 2001 Portsmouth H 3-1 24,257 Hiley (own goal), Dunn, Bent
2 May 2001 Preston North End A 1-0 16,975 Jansen
6 May 2001 Gillingham A 1-1 10,319 Blake

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 6 January 2001 Chester City H 2-0 15,223 Taylor, Bent
R4 27 January 2001 Derby County H 0-0 18,858
R4R 7 February 2001 Derby County A 5-2 15,203 Flitcroft, Bent (2), Dunn (pen), Jansen
R5 17 February 2001 Bolton Wanderers A 1-1 22,048 Dunn
R5R 7 March 2001 Bolton Wanderers H 3-0 20,318 Flitcroft, Hignett (2, 1 pen)
QF 10 March 2001 Arsenal A 0-3 36,304

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 1st Leg 22 August 2000 Rochdale A 1-1 4,873 Blake
R1 2nd Leg 6 September 2000 Rochdale H 6-1 (won 7-2 on agg) 12,977 Duff (2), Dunn (3 pens), Diawara
R2 1st Leg 19 September 2000 Portsmouth H 4-0 10,360 Carsley, Thomas (2), Østenstad
R2 2nd Leg 26 September 2000 Portsmouth A 1-1 (won 5-1 on agg) 2,731 Dunn
R3 31 October 2000 West Ham United A 0-2 21,863

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK John Filan
2 England DF John Curtis
4 Republic of Ireland MF Jason McAteer[3]
5 Norway DF Stig Inge Bjørnebye
6 England DF Craig Short
7 England MF Garry Flitcroft
8 England MF David Dunn
9 Wales FW Mark Hughes
10 England MF Craig Hignett
11 Republic of Ireland MF Damien Duff
12 Republic of Ireland DF Jeff Kenna
13 Republic of Ireland GK Alan Kelly
14 Wales FW Nathan Blake
15 England FW Matt Jansen
16 England DF Marlon Broomes
17 England FW Marcus Bent
18 Northern Ireland MF Keith Gillespie
No. Position Player
19 England MF Damien Johnson
20 Norway FW Egil Østenstad
21 Norway DF Henning Berg
22 Israel MF Eyal Berkovic (on loan from Celtic)
23 Republic of Ireland MF Alan Mahon (on loan from Sporting Lisbon)
24 England DF Darren Dunning
25 England DF Simon Grayson
26 Wales FW James Thomas
27 England GK Alan Miller
28 England DF Martin Taylor
29 France MF Marc Keller
30 Republic of Ireland FW Gary Hamilton
31 Scotland MF Burton O'Brien[4]
32 United States GK Brad Friedel
33 Republic of Ireland MF Jonathan Douglas
34 England FW Marc Richards
England MF Jimmy Corbett

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Scotland DF Christian Dailly (to West Ham United)
9 France FW Kaba Diawara (on loan from Paris Saint-Germain)
17 Scotland MF Billy McKinlay (to Bradford City)
22 Republic of Ireland FW Ben Burgess[5] (to Northern Spirit)
No. Position Player
23 England MF Lee Carsley (to Coventry City)
24 England DF Steve Harkness (to Sheffield Wednesday)
29 England DF Darren Peacock (retired)

Top scorers[edit]

First Division[edit]

References[edit]