1999–2000 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Blackburn Rovers
1999–2000 season
ManagerBrian Kidd
Tony Parkes
Graeme Souness
First Division11th
FA CupFifth round
League CupFourth Round
Top goalscorerLee Carsley (10)

Blackburn Rovers F.C. were in Division One for the 1999-2000 season, having been relegated from the FA Premier League after seven years. The expected comeback to the top flight did not materialise, in spite of several expensive purchases staying at the club. Brian Kidd was sacked on 3 November 1999 after 11 months in charge, with Rovers 19th in the league despite more than £30 million having been spent on players in that time. Long-serving coach Tony Parkes was placed in temporary charge of the team as the search for a successor began. Former defender Colin Hendry, who had been part of the title winning team in 1995 and who had started his first spell at Ewood Park in the 1980s, was linked with a return to the club as player-manager. Other names linked with the vacancy included Graeme Souness, Colin Todd, Roy Evans and Joe Kinnear.

The appointment of Graeme Souness on 15 March 2000 gave renewed hopes of a resurgence in 2000-01. Blackburn finished 11th in the final table.[1]


Squad at end of season[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 Australia GK John Filan
2 Republic of Ireland DF Jeff Kenna
3 Scotland DF Callum Davidson
4 Republic of Ireland MF Jason McAteer[3]
5 England DF Darren Peacock
6 Republic of Ireland MF Lee Carsley[4]
7 England MF Garry Flitcroft
9 England FW Ashley Ward
10 Norway FW Egil Ostenstad
12 Republic of Ireland MF Damien Duff
13 Republic of Ireland GK Alan Kelly
14 Wales FW Nathan Blake
15 England FW Matt Jansen
16 England DF Marlon Broomes
17 Scotland MF Billy McKinlay
18 Northern Ireland MF Keith Gillespie
19 Northern Ireland MF Damien Johnson
No. Position Player
20 Denmark MF Per Frandsen
21 England MF Jimmy Corbett
22 England FW Ben Burgess
23 Scotland DF Christian Dailly
24 Scotland DF David McNamee
25 Scotland MF Burton O'Brien[5]
26 Wales FW James Thomas
27 England MF David Dunn
28 England DF Martin Taylor
29 England DF Craig Short
30 Wales GK Anthony Williams
31 England DF Simon Grayson
32 Republic of Ireland DF Peter Murphy
33 England DF Steve Harkness
35 England GK Alan Miller
36 England DF Leam Richardson
37 Northern Ireland FW Gary Hamilton

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 Scotland FW Kevin Gallacher (to Newcastle United)
10 England FW Kevin Davies (to Southampton)
11 England MF Jason Wilcox (to Leeds United)
20 England MF Gary Croft (to Ipswich Town)
No. Position Player
22 Northern Ireland GK Alan Fettis (to York City)
34 England MF Wayne Gill (to Blackpool)
35 England DF Keith Brown (to Barnsley)



15 July 1999 FriendlyIFK GothenborgvsBlackburn
19 July 1999 FriendlyLilletsrom SKvsBlackburn
21 July 1999 FriendlyFredrikstadvsBlackburn
24 July 1999 FriendlyBlackpoolvsBlackburn
27 July 1999 FriendlyOldham AthleticvsBlackburn
31 July 1999 FriendlyBlackburn2-2LiverpoolEwood Park, Blackburn

Division One[edit]

Round 17Crewe0-0BlackburnCrewe
Round 35Ipswich0-0BlackburnIpswich
Round 43Grimsby0-0BlackburnGrimsby

League Cup[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Starting 11[edit]

Only considering Division 1 starts




  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/1999-2000/d1/blackbrn.htm FootballSquads - Blackburn Rovers - 1999/2000
  3. ^ McAteer was born in Birkenhead, England.
  4. ^ Carsley was born in Birmingham, England.
  5. ^ O'Brien was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.