2008–09 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers F.C.
2008–09 season
Chairman John Williams
Manager Paul Ince (until 16 December)
Sam Allardyce
Premier League 15th
FA Cup Fifth round
League Cup Quarter-final
Top goalscorer Benni McCarthy (13)

The 2008–09 season was Blackburn Rovers' 121st season as a professional club.

The close season saw the departure of manager Mark Hughes to Manchester City. He was replaced by Paul Ince. However, after a poor start to the campaign, Ince was sacked, to be succeeded by Sam Allardyce.

First-team squad[edit]

This squad consists of all players issued with a squad number.

Last update: 3 May 2009 15:00

Name Age Position Apps Goals Assists Goal ratio Assist ratio Goal/assist ratio
England 1 Paul Robinson (1979-10-15) 15 October 1979 (age 34) Goalkeeper 39 0 0
Netherlands 2 Andre Ooijer (1974-07-11) 11 July 1974 (age 40) Defender 94 2 3 0.02 0.03 0.05
England 3 Stephen Warnock (1981-12-12) 12 December 1981 (age 32) Full Back 105 6 8 0.06 0.08 0.13
Republic of the Congo 4 Christopher Samba (1984-03-28) 28 March 1984 (age 30) Defender 96 8 6 0.08 0.06 0.15
Turkey 5 Tugay Kerimoğlu (1970-08-24) 24 August 1970 (age 43) Midfielder 291 12 12 0.04 0.04 0.08
New Zealand 6 Ryan Nelsen (1977-10-18) 18 October 1977 (age 36) Defender 144 1 2 0.01 0.01 0.02
Australia 7 Brett Emerton (1979-02-22) 22 February 1979 (age 35) Winger 230 13 29 0.06 0.13 0.18
England 8 David Dunn (1979-12-27) 27 December 1979 (age 34) Midfielder 239 40 32 0.17 0.13 0.3
Paraguay 9 Roque Santa Cruz (1981-08-16) 16 August 1981 (age 32) Forward 70 29 10 0.41 0.14 0.56
South Africa 10 Benni McCarthy (1977-11-12) 12 November 1977 (age 36) Forward 118 48 6 0.41 0.06 0.47
Australia 11 Vince Grella (1979-10-05) 5 October 1979 (age 34) Midfielder 17 0 0
Norway 12 Morten Gamst Pedersen (1981-09-08) 8 September 1981 (age 32) Winger 199 33 46 0.17 0.23 0.4
Georgia (country) 13 Zurab Khizanishvili (1981-10-06) 6 October 1981 (age 32) Defender 90 2 1 0.02 0.01 0.03
South Africa 15 Aaron Mokoena (1980-11-25) 25 November 1980 (age 33) Midfielder 137 2 7 0.01 0.05 0.07
Republic of Ireland 16 Steven Reid (1981-03-10) 10 March 1981 (age 33) Midfielder 124 7 10 0.06 0.08 0.14
Republic of Ireland 17 Keith Andrews (1980-09-13) 13 September 1980 (age 33) Midfielder 33 4 0 0.12 0.12
Scotland 18 Paul Gallagher (1984-08-09) 9 August 1984 (age 29) Winger 74 8 7 0.11 0.09 0.2
Senegal 18 El Hadji Diouf (1981-01-15) 15 January 1981 (age 33) Winger 12 1 2 0.08 0.17 0.25
Chile 19 Carlos Villanueva (1986-02-05) 5 February 1986 (age 28) Versatile 20 2 4 0.1 0.2 0.3
France 21 Gaël Givet (1981-10-09) 9 October 1981 (age 32) Defender 16 0 0
England 22 Danny Simpson (1987-01-04) 4 January 1987 (age 27) Full Back 20 0 0
Republic of Ireland 24 Keith Treacy (1988-09-13) 13 September 1988 (age 25) Winger 22 0 1 0.05 0.05
Republic of Ireland 25 Alan Judge (1988-11-11) 11 November 1988 (age 25) Winger 2 0 0
Paraguay 26 Julio Santa Cruz (1990-02-01) 1 February 1990 (age 24) Forward 0 0 0
England 27 Matt Derbyshire (1986-04-14) 14 April 1986 (age 28) Forward 85 19 10 0.22 0.12 0.34
Northern Ireland 28 Tony Kane (1987-08-29) 29 August 1987 (age 26) Full Back 0 0 0
Sweden 29 Martin Olsson (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 26) Full-back 18 1 0 0.06 0.06
Grenada 30 Jason Roberts (1978-01-25) 25 January 1978 (age 36) Forward 84 17 13 0.2 0.15 0.36
England 31 Bryan Hodge (1987-09-23) 23 September 1987 (age 26) Midfielder 0 0 0
Wales 32 Jason Brown (1982-05-18) 18 May 1982 (age 32) Goalkeeper 8 0 0
England 33 Frank Fielding (1988-03-04) 4 March 1988 (age 26) Goalkeeper 0 0 0
Faroe Islands 34 Gunnar Nielsen (1986-10-07) 7 October 1986 (age 27) Goalkeeper 0 0 0
England 36 Marcus Marshall (1989-10-07) 7 October 1989 (age 24) Forward 1 0 0
England 37 Alex Marrow (1990-01-21) 21 January 1990 (age 24) Midfielder 0 0 0
England 38 Mark Bunn (1984-11-19) 19 November 1984 (age 29) Goalkeeper 1 0 0
Republic of Ireland 39 Aaron Doran (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 23) Winger 2 0 0
Germany 40 Bjorn Bussmann (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 23) Goalkeeper 0 0 0
England 41 Andy Haworth (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 25) Winger 2 0 0
Republic of Ireland 42 Gavin Gunning (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 (age 23) Defender 0 0 0
England 43 Jamie Clarke (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 (age 25) Forward 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Player Position Previous club Fee
England 1 Paul Robinson Goalkeeper Tottenham Hotspur £3,500,000
Chile 19 Carlos Villanueva Versatile Audax Italiano Loan
England 22 Danny Simpson Full-back Manchester United Loan
Paraguay 26 Julio Santa Cruz Forward Cerro Porteno Free
Australia 11 Vince Grella Midfielder Torino £4,000,000
Republic of Ireland 17 Keith Andrews Midfielder MK Dons £1,000,000
England 23 Robbie Fowler Forward Cardiff City Free
England 38 Mark Bunn Goalkeeper Northmapton Town Undisclosed
France 21 Gaël Givet Defender Marseille Loan
Senegal 18 El Hadji Diouf Winger Sunderland £2,000,000

Out[edit]

Player Position New club Fee
United States Brad Friedel Goalkeeper Aston Villa £2,000,000
Switzerland Bruno Berner Full-back Leicester City Free
Switzerland Stéphane Henchoz Defender Retired Free
Finland Peter Enckelman Goalkeeper Cardiff City Free
England David Bentley Winger Tottenham Hotspur £15,000,000
Netherlands Maceo Rigters Forward Barnsley Loan
Scotland Paul Gallagher Winger Plymouth Argyle Loan
Australia Rostyn Griffiths Midfield Accrington Stanley Loan
Republic of Ireland Eddie Nolan Defender Preston North End Undisclosed
Canada David Hoilett Forward St. Pauli Loan
England Robbie Fowler Forward N/A Free
Germany Sergio Peter Winger Sparta Prague Undisclosed
Republic of Ireland Alan Judge Winger Plymouth Argyle Loan
England Matt Derbyshire Forward Olympiakos Loan
Faroe Islands Gunnar Nielsen Goalkeeper Manchester City Free
  • Fees are an estimate

Results[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Premier League[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground A H A H H A H A H A A H H A A H A H A H H H A A H A A H A H H A A H A H A H
Result W D L L W W L D D L D L L L L L L W D D W D D L L W D W L D W L L W L W L D

Last updated: 28 December 2008.
Source:[citation needed]
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Season statistics[edit]

Player Age Position Apps Goals Assists Y. Cards R. Cards
England 1 Paul Robinson (1979-10-15) 15 October 1979 (age 34) Goalkeeper 39 0 0 0 0
Netherlands 2 André Ooijer (1974-07-11) 11 July 1974 (age 40) Defender 34 2 2 9 0
England 3 Stephen Warnock (1981-12-12) 12 December 1981 (age 32) Full Back 41 3 3 8 0
Republic of the Congo 4 Christopher Samba (1984-03-28) 28 March 1984 (age 30) Defender 37 3 5 5 0
Turkey 5 Tugay Kerimoğlu (1970-08-24) 24 August 1970 (age 43) Midfielder 34 1 0 3 0
New Zealand 6 Ryan Nelsen (1977-10-18) 18 October 1977 (age 36) Defender 38 1 1 8 0
Australia 7 Brett Emerton (1979-02-22) 22 February 1979 (age 35) Winger 22 2 3 4 0
England 8 David Dunn (1979-12-27) 27 December 1979 (age 34) Midfielder 16 1 0 0 0
Paraguay 9 Roque Santa Cruz (1981-08-16) 16 August 1981 (age 32) Forward 27 6 2 0 0
South Africa 10 Benni McCarthy (1977-11-12) 12 November 1977 (age 36) Forward 31 13 4 5 1
Australia 11 Vince Grella (1979-10-05) 5 October 1979 (age 34) Midfielder 17 0 0 4 0
Norway 12 Morten Gamst Pedersen (1981-09-08) 8 September 1981 (age 32) Winger 35 1 9 2 1
Georgia (country) 13 Zurab Khizanishvili (1981-10-06) 6 October 1981 (age 32) Defender 11 0 0 4 0
Switzerland 14 Johann Vogel (1977-03-08) 8 March 1977 (age 37) Midfielder 2 0 0 0 0
South Africa 15 Aaron Mokoena (1980-11-25) 25 November 1980 (age 33) Midfielder 24 1 0 7 0
Republic of Ireland 16 Steven Reid (1981-03-10) 10 March 1981 (age 33) Midfielder 4 0 2 0 0
Republic of Ireland 17 Keith Andrews (1980-09-13) 13 September 1980 (age 33) Midfielder 33 4 0 5 0
Scotland 18 Paul Gallagher (1984-08-09) 9 August 1984 (age 29) Winger 1 0 0 0 0
Senegal 18 El Hadji Diouf (1981-01-15) 15 January 1981 (age 33) Winger 12 1 2 1 2
Chile 19 Carlos Villanueva (1986-02-05) 5 February 1986 (age 28) Versatile 20 2 4 2 0
Germany 21 Sergio Peter (1986-10-12) 12 October 1986 (age 27) Winger 0 0 0 0 0
France 21 Gaël Givet (1981-10-09) 9 October 1981 (age 32) Defender 16 0 0 3 0
England 22 Danny Simpson (1987-01-04) 4 January 1987 (age 27) Full Back 20 0 0 4 0
England 23 Robbie Fowler (1975-04-09) 9 April 1975 (age 39) Forward 6 0 1 0 0
Republic of Ireland 24 Keith Treacy (1988-09-13) 13 September 1988 (age 25) Winger 20 0 1 2 0
Republic of Ireland 25 Alan Judge (1988-11-11) 11 November 1988 (age 25) Winger 2 0 0 0 0
Paraguay 26 Julio Santa Cruz (1990-02-01) 1 February 1990 (age 24) Forward 0 0 0 0 0
England 27 Matt Derbyshire (1986-04-14) 14 April 1986 (age 28) Forward 22 5 3 1 0
Northern Ireland 28 Tony Kane (1987-08-29) 29 August 1987 (age 26) Full Back 0 0 0 0 0
Sweden 29 Martin Olsson (1988-05-17) 17 May 1988 (age 26) Full Back 14 1 0 3 1
Grenada 30 Jason Roberts (1978-01-25) 25 January 1978 (age 36) Forward 29 7 5 4 0
England 31 Bryan Hodge (1987-09-23) 23 September 1987 (age 26) Midfielder 1 0 0 0 0
Wales 32 Jason Brown (1982-05-18) 18 May 1982 (age 32) Goalkeeper 7 0 0 1 0
England 33 Frank Fielding (1988-03-04) 4 March 1988 (age 26) Goalkeeper 0 0 0 0 0
Faroe Islands 34 Gunnar Nielsen (1986-10-07) 7 October 1986 (age 27) Goalkeeper 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland 35 Eddie Nolan (1988-08-05) 5 August 1988 (age 25) Defender 0 0 0 0 0
England 36 Marcus Marshall (1989-10-07) 7 October 1989 (age 24) Forward 1 0 0 0 0
England 37 Alex Marrow (1990-01-21) 21 January 1990 (age 24) Midfielder 0 0 0 0 0
England 38 Mark Bunn (1984-11-19) 19 November 1984 (age 29) Goalkeeper 1 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland 39 Aaron Doran (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 23) Winger 2 0 0 0 0
Germany 40 Bjorn Bussmann (1991-03-18) 18 March 1991 (age 23) Goalkeeper 0 0 0 0 0
England 41 Andy Haworth (1988-11-28) 28 November 1988 (age 25) Winger 2 0 0 0 0
Republic of Ireland 42 Gavin Gunning (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 (age 23) Defender 0 0 0 0 0
England 43 Jamie Clarke (1988-09-11) 11 September 1988 (age 25) Forward 0 0 0 0 0

League table[edit]

Premier League table on December 16, 2008 after Paul Ince's sacking as Blackburn manager.

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Liverpool 17 11 5 1 26 11 +15 38
2 Chelsea 16 11 3 2 35 6 +29 36
3 Manchester United 16 9 5 2 27 10 +17 32
4 Aston Villa 17 9 4 4 29 20 +9 31
5 Arsenal 17 9 3 5 29 20 +9 30
6 Hull City 17 7 6 4 26 27 −1 27
7 Everton 17 7 4 6 23 25 −2 25
8 Portsmouth 16 6 5 5 19 23 −4 23
9 Wigan Athletic 17 6 4 7 21 20 +1 22
10 Fulham 16 5 6 5 13 12 +1 21
11 Bolton Wanderers 17 6 2 9 20 23 −3 20
12 Middlesbrough 17 5 5 7 17 24 −7 20
13 Stoke City 17 5 5 7 17 27 −10 20
14 Tottenham Hotspur 17 5 4 8 19 21 −2 19
15 Manchester City 17 5 3 9 30 25 +5 18
16 West Ham United 16 5 3 8 17 24 −7 18
17 Sunderland 17 5 3 9 17 25 −8 18
18 Newcastle United 16 3 7 6 19 24 −5 16
19 Blackburn Rovers 17 3 4 10 17 34 −17 13
20 West Bromwich Albion 17 3 3 11 12 32 −20 12

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
For further information on European qualification see Premier League – Qualification for European competitions.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

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