2007–08 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers
2007–08 season
Manager Mark Hughes
Premier League 7th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fifth round
Top goalscorer League: Roque Santa Cruz (19)
All: Roque Santa Cruz (22)[1]
Highest home attendance 30,316 (vs. Manchester United, 19 April)
Lowest home attendance 19,316 (vs. Birmingham City, 7 October)
Average home league attendance 23,916[2]

Blackburn Rovers F.C. finished in the top half of the Premier League for the third successive season, this time ending up in 7th place, ultimately not enough for European qualification. Manager Mark Hughes departed for Manchester City at the end of the season, while successful winger David Bentley was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for a club record fee. Striker Roque Santa Cruz, a summer signing from Bayern Munich, had the season of his life, scoring 19 league goals, making up for Benni McCarthy's loss of form. Despite interest for richer clubs, Santa Cruz stayed on for another season.

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Brad Friedel
2 Netherlands DF André Ooijer
3 England DF Stephen Warnock
4 Republic of the Congo DF Christopher Samba[4]
5 Turkey MF Tugay Kerimoğlu
6 New Zealand DF Ryan Nelsen (captain)
7 Australia MF Brett Emerton
8 Switzerland MF Johann Vogel
9 Paraguay FW Roque Santa Cruz
10 South Africa FW Benni McCarthy
11 England FW David Bentley
No. Position Player
12 Norway MF Morten Gamst Pedersen
13 Georgia (country) DF Zurab Khizanishvili
14 Republic of Ireland MF Steven Reid[5]
15 South Africa MF Aaron Mokoena
17 Netherlands FW Maceo Rigters
19 England MF David Dunn
20 Switzerland DF Bruno Berner
22 Republic of Ireland MF Keith Treacy
27 England FW Matt Derbyshire
29 Sweden DF Martin Olsson
30 Grenada FW Jason Roberts[6]

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
8 Wales MF Robbie Savage (to Derby County)
No. Position Player
25 England DF Andy Taylor (to Tranmere Rovers)

Reserve squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
16 Switzerland DF Stéphane Henchoz
18 Scotland FW Paul Gallagher
21 Germany MF Sergio Peter
26 Republic of Ireland DF Eddie Nolan
28 Northern Ireland DF Tony Kane[7]
31 Finland GK Peter Enckelman
32 Wales GK Jason Brown[8]
33 England GK Frank Fielding
No. Position Player
34 Faroe Islands GK Gunnar Nielsen
35 England DF Dean Winnard
36 England MF Josh O'Keefe[9]
37 Australia MF Rostyn Griffiths[10]
38 England FW Jamie Clarke
44 Italy FW Raffaele De Vita
45 Scotland MF Bryan Hodge

Statistics[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Nat Name Goals
Paraguay Roque Santa Cruz 19
South Africa Benni McCarthy 8
England David Bentley 5
Norway Morten Gamst Pedersen 4

Results[edit]

Premier League[edit]

League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

UEFA Intertoto Cup[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://origin-www.rovers.co.uk/page/Goalscorers/0,,10303~200710303,00.html
  2. ^ http://origin-www.rovers.co.uk/page/Attendance/0,,10303~200710303,00.html
  3. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2007-2008/faprem/blackbrn.htm
  4. ^ Samba was born in Créteil, France, but also qualified to represent the Republic of the Congo internationally and made his international debut for the Congo in 2004.
  5. ^ Reid was born in Kingston upon Thames, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally through his father, and made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in 2001.
  6. ^ Roberts was born in Park Royal, London, England, but also qualified to represent Grenada internationally through his father, and made his international debut for Grenada in 1999.
  7. ^ Kane was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has represented Northern Ireland at youth level, but later chose to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally at level. He would however later switch allegiances back and was called up to the Northern Ireland squad in November 2007.
  8. ^ Brown was born in Southwark, London, England, but also qualified to represent Wales internationally, and made his full international debut for Wales in May 2006.
  9. ^ O'Keefe was born in Whalley, England, but also qualified to represent the Republic of Ireland internationally, and would represent them at level.
  10. ^ Griffiths was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, but also qualified to represent Australia internationally, and has represented them at youth level.