Page semi-protected

Blackburn Rovers F.C.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers.svg
Full nameBlackburn Rovers Football Club
The Blue and Whites
The Riversiders[1]
Founded1875; 147 years ago (1875)
GroundEwood Park
OwnerVenkys London Ltd. (99.9%)
CEOSteve Waggott
Head CoachJon Dahl Tomasson
LeagueEFL Championship
2021–22EFL Championship, 8th of 24
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Blackburn Rovers Football Club is a professional football club, based in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, which competes in the EFL Championship, the second tier of the English football league system.

The club was established in 1875, becoming a founding member of The Football League in 1888 and the Premier League in 1992. In 1890, Rovers moved to Ewood Park. Blackburn Rovers have been English champions three times, and have won six FA Cups, one Football League Cup and one Full Members' Cup.[3] The club has spent most of its existence in the top flight of English football.[4]

In 1992, Rovers gained promotion to the new Premier League a year after being taken over by local entrepreneur Jack Walker, who installed Kenny Dalglish as manager. In 1995, Rovers became Premier League champions.[5] In the 1998–99 season, the club was relegated. It was promoted back to the Premier League two years later, in the 2000–01 season, before suffering relegation again in the 2011–12 season. Rovers have not returned to the Premier League since. It has qualified for the UEFA Champions League once, and the UEFA Cup six times: once as League Cup winners, four times through league position and once via the Intertoto Cup.

The club's motto is "Arte et Labore", meaning "By Skill and Hard Work" in Latin. They have a long-standing rivalry with nearby club Burnley, with whom they contest the East Lancashire derby.


Early years

Leaflet advertising a Blackburn Rovers match on 12 September 1887 against 'The Wednesday' at Olive Grove.
Blackburn Rovers cup winners in 1883–84. The first FA Cup win for the team. The photograph includes the East Lancashire Charity Cup; the FA Cup and the Lancashire Cup. Back row (left to right): J. M. Lofthouse, H. McIntrye, J. Beverly, Kurt Edwards, F. Suter, J. Forrest, R. Birtwistle (umpire) Front row (left to right): J. Douglas, J. E. Sowerbutts, J. Brown, G. Avery, J. Hargreaves.
FA Cup winning side of the 1890–91 season

The club was founded following a meeting, at the Leger Hotel, Blackburn, on 5 November 1875. The meeting was organised by two young men, namely John Lewis and Arthur Constantine, two old-boys of Shrewsbury School. The purpose of the meeting was "to discuss the possibility of forming a football club to play under Association rules".[6] The first match played by Blackburn Rovers took place in Church, Lancashire on 18 December 1875 and was a 1–1 draw.[7]

On 28 September 1878, Blackburn Rovers became one of 23 clubs to form the Lancashire Football Association.[8] On 1 November 1879 the club played in the FA Cup for the first time, beating the Tyne Association Football Club 5–1.[8] Rovers were eventually put out of the competition in the third round after suffering a heavy 6–0 defeat by Nottingham Forest.[9]

On 25 March 1882 the club won through to the final of the FA Cup against the Old Etonians. Blackburn Rovers was the first provincial team to reach the final,[10] but the result was a 1–0 defeat by the Old Etonians.[11]

Rovers finally won the FA Cup on 29 March 1884 with a 2–1 victory over the Scottish team Queen's Park.[12] The same teams played the FA Cup final again the next season, with Blackburn Rovers again emerging victorious, with a 2–0 score.[12] Rovers repeated this success yet again the next season, winning the final replay 2–0 against West Bromwich Albion. For this three-in-a-row of FA Cup victories, the club was awarded a specially commissioned silver shield.[12]

The 1885–86 season was the birth of the legal professional footballer, and Blackburn Rovers spent £615 on player wages for the season.[13]

Football League commences

Blackburn Rovers were founder members of the Football League in 1888.[14]

Blackburn Rovers again reached the FA Cup final on 29 March 1890 at the Kennington Oval.[15] The club claimed the trophy for the fourth time, by beating Sheffield Wednesday a hefty 6–1 with left forward William Townley scoring three goals and becoming the first player to achieve a hat-trick in the FA Cup final.[16]

The 1890–91 season saw Blackburn Rovers win the FA Cup for the fifth time against Notts County with a 3–1 victory.[17] During the 1897–98 season the club were relegated but were elected back into the first division at the Football League's AGM along with Newcastle United.[18] The season did, however, mark the beginning of Bob Crompton's 45-year association with the club, both as a player and eventually as an FA Cup winning manager.

Early 20th century

Blackburn Rovers continued to struggle during the early years of the 20th century, but the results began a gradual improvement. Major renovations were made to Ewood Park: in 1905 the Darwen End was covered at a cost of £1680 and the new Nuttall Stand was opened on New Year's Day 1907. During the first three decades of the 20th century, Blackburn Rovers were still considered a top side in the English league. They were First Division champions in 1911–12 and 1913–14, and F.A Cup winners in 1927–28 with a 3–1 victory against Huddersfield Town, but the F.A Cup win was their last major trophy for nearly 70 years.

Mid 20th century

Chart showing the progress of Blackburn Rovers F.C. through the English football league system from the inaugural season in 1888–89 to present

Blackburn Rovers maintained a respectable mid-table position in the First Division until they were finally relegated (along with Aston Villa) from the top flight (for the first time since the foundation of the league) in the 1935–36 season.

When the league resumed after the war, Blackburn Rovers were relegated in their second season (1947–48). At this time the tradition of burying a coffin began. The club remained in the second division for the following ten years. After promotion in 1958, they again returned to the mid-table position they had occupied in the earlier part of the century. During this time, they seldom made a serious challenge for a major trophy – although they did reach the 1960 FA Cup Final when managed by Scot Dally Duncan. Rovers lost this game 3–0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers after playing most of the game with only 10 men on the field following an injury to Dave Whelan, who broke a leg.

There were brief hopes of a return to glory in the 1963–64 season, when a remarkable 8–2 away win over West Ham United in east London on Boxing Day took them to the top of the league. However, their lead of the league was short-lived, and they finished the season some way down the table, as the title was seized by a Liverpool side who would record a further 12 league titles over the next 26 years, while Blackburn's fortunes took a very different route. They were relegated from the First Division in 1966 and began a 26-year exile from the top division.

1970s and 1980s

During the 1970s, Blackburn Rovers bounced between the Second and Third Divisions, winning the Third Division title in 1975, but never mounted a challenge for promotion to the First Division despite the efforts of successive managers to put the club back on track, and fell back into the Third Division in 1979. They went up as runners-up in the Third Division in 1980 and, save for one season in League One in 2017–18, have remained in the upper two tiers of the English league ever since. A second successive promotion was nearly achieved the following year, but the club missed out on goal difference, and promotion-winning manager Howard Kendall moved to Everton that summer. Kendall's successor, Bobby Saxton only managed mid-table finishes for the next three seasons, then nearly achieved promotion in the 1984–85 season, but a poor finish the following year (just one place above relegation) followed by an abysmal start to the 1986–87 season cost Saxton his job.

Saxton was replaced by Don Mackay, who steered them to a decent finish that season and also victory in the Full Members Cup. In the following three seasons Mackay re-established Rovers as promotion contenders, but they fell just short of promotion each time; the closest they came was in 1988–89 reached the Second Division play-off final in its last season of the home-away two-legged format – but lost to Crystal Palace. A defeat in the 1989–90 Second Division playoff semi-finals brought more frustration to Ewood Park, but the following season saw the club taken over by local steelworks owner and lifelong supporter Jack Walker (1929–2000).[19]


Following the Walker takeover Rovers finished 19th in the Second Division at the end of the 1990–91 season, but the new owner had made millions of pounds available to spend on new players and appointed Kenny Dalglish as manager in October 1991.[20] Rovers secured promotion to the new FA Premier League at the end of 1991–92 season as play-off winners, ending 26 years outside the top flight.[21]

Rovers made headlines in the summer of 1992 by paying an English record fee of £3.5million for the 22-year-old Southampton and England centre forward Alan Shearer.[22] After finishing fourth in 1992–93[23] and runners-up in 1993–94,[24] they went on to win the Premier League title in 1994–95.[25] The title chase went down to the last game of the season, but despite Rovers losing to Liverpool they edged out rivals Manchester United to win the championship.

Kenny Dalglish moved upstairs to the position of Director of Football at the end of the Premier League winning season, and handed over the reins to his assistant Ray Harford.[26] Blackburn Rovers made a poor start to the 1995–96 season, and found themselves in the bottom half for most of the first half of the season. Rovers also struggled in the Champions League and finished bottom of their group with just four points.[27] A terrible start to the 1996–97 Premier League campaign saw Harford resign in late October with the club bottom of the division, having failed to win any of their first ten games. Relegation looked a real possibility, just two seasons after winning the league. After an abortive attempt to bring in Sven-Göran Eriksson as manager, long-serving coach Tony Parkes took over as manager for the rest of the campaign, narrowly steering the side to survival. That summer, the manager's job was taken by Roy Hodgson, who joined the club from Internazionale.[28] UEFA Cup football was secured with a 6th-place finish. However, Rovers made a poor start to the 1998–99 campaign and Hodgson was sacked in December less than an hour after a 2–0 home defeat by bottom side Southampton, a result that locked Rovers in the relegation zone.[29] He was replaced as manager by Brian Kidd.[30] However Kidd failed to save Rovers from relegation.


The Jack Walker Stand during a match

In 1999–2000 Rovers began the season as promotion favourites, but with the club hovering just above the Division One relegation zone Brian Kidd was sacked in October[31] and replaced in March by Graeme Souness.[32] Jack Walker died just after the start of the 2000–01 season,[33] and the club dedicated its promotion challenge in memory of their benefactor. Fittingly, they returned to the Premier League after a much improved season, finishing second behind Fulham.

In 2001–02, record signing Andy Cole was bought in for £8million,[34] and Rovers won their first-ever League Cup by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Cole scoring the winner in the 69th minute.[35] The following season Rovers finished sixth to qualify for the UEFA Cup for the second season running. Souness left just after the start of 2004–05 to take charge at Newcastle,[36] and he was replaced by Welsh national coach Mark Hughes.[37] Hughes secured Rovers' Premier League survival for the 2004–05 season as well as an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal, with Rovers finishing 15th once again. He led the team to sixth the following season and Rovers's third European qualification in five years.

Rovers reached the semi-final of the 2006–07 FA Cup, but lost to Chelsea in extra time, and finished that season's league in tenth, qualifying for the Intertoto Cup, which led to a short run in the 2007–08 UEFA Cup. In May 2008, Mark Hughes left Blackburn Rovers for the vacancy at Manchester City. He was replaced by Paul Ince,[38] Ince's first job was to persuade some of the wantaway players to stay.[39] with Archie Knox coming in as his assistant.[40] Ince's time in charge started well, but following a run of eleven games without a win he was sacked in December 2008.[41] Sam Allardyce was appointed as Ince's replacement[42] and in 2009–10 he led the team to a tenth-place finish and a League Cup semi-final.

2010 onwards

In November 2010, the Indian company V H Group bought Blackburn Rovers under the name of Venky's London Limited for £23 million.[43] The new owners immediately sacked manager Sam Allardyce and replaced him with first-team coach Steve Kean, initially on a temporary basis, but by January 2011 he had been awarded a full-time contract until June 2013.[44][45] Kean's appointment was shrouded in a great deal of controversy since his agent Jerome Anderson had earlier played a major role in advising Venky's during the takeover of the club in the preceding months.[46][47][48]

In December 2011, Blackburn Rovers posted an annual pre-tax loss of £18.6m for the year ending 30 June 2011. Despite this, the owners of Blackburn Rovers provided assurances over the continued funding of the club, even if they were relegated.[49]

On 7 May 2012, the club was relegated to the Championship after being defeated at home by Wigan Athletic in the penultimate game of the season, ending eleven years in the Premier League.[50]

At the start of the 2012–2013 season, Kean was given a chance by owners to win promotion and kept his job as the manager. Ultimately though, pressure from the supporters who had been calling for the manager's removal for months resulted in his resignation as manager on 29 September 2012.[51]

On 7 May 2017, five years to the day after dropping out of the Premier League, the club was relegated again to League One.

On 24 April 2018, they were promoted back to the second tier with a 1–0 win at Doncaster Rovers.[52]

In the 2018–2019 season, Rovers finished 15th in the Championship and in the 2019–20 season the club finished 11th in the division.[53]


Current squad

As of 18 January 2022[54]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Belgium BEL Thomas Kaminski
DF England ENG Harry Pickering
DF Spain ESP Daniel Ayala
FW England ENG Sam Gallagher
FW England ENG Tyrhys Dolan
MF England ENG Joe Rankin-Costello
GK England ENG Aynsley Pears
FW England ENG Daniel Butterworth
DF Republic of Ireland IRL James Brown
DF England ENG Scott Wharton
FW England ENG Dilan Markanday
MF Wales WAL Ryan Hedges
MF England ENG Tayo Edun
MF England ENG John Buckley
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Chile CHI Ben Brereton Díaz
MF England ENG Bradley Dack
DF England ENG Hayden Carter
MF England ENG Lewis Travis
DF England ENG Tyler Magloire
FW Wales WAL Jack Vale
FW England ENG Ethan Walker
DF England ENG Lenni Cirino
DF England ENG Daniel Pike
MF England ENG Jake Garrett
DF England ENG Ashley Phillips
MF England ENG Adam Wharton
GK England ENG Jordan Eastham

For recent transfers, see 2022–23 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season.

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
No. Pos. Nation Player

Development/Academy squad

Out of contract June 2022

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Namibia NAM Ryan Nyambe *
MF England ENG Bradley Johnson
MF England ENG Jacob Davenport
MF England ENG Joe Rothwell
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Harry Chapman
DF Republic of Ireland IRL Darragh Lenihan (captain)
FW Scotland SCO Connor McBride
  • Players out of contract at the end of the season, offered new contract

Notable former and existing players

For a list of notable Blackburn Rovers players in sortable-table format see List of Blackburn Rovers F.C. players.


Player of the season

Year Winner
1980–81 England Mick Speight
1981–82 England Mick Rathbone
1982–83 England Derek Fazackerley
1983–84 England Simon Garner
1984–85 England Terry Gennoe
1985–86 England Simon Barker
1986–87 England David Mail
1987–88 Scotland Colin Hendry
1988–89 England Howard Gayle
1989–90 England Scott Sellars
Year Winner
1990–91 Republic of Ireland Kevin Moran
1991–92 Scotland David Speedie
1992–93 Scotland Colin Hendry
1993–94 England David Batty
1994–95 England Alan Shearer
1995–96 England Alan Shearer
1996–97 Scotland Colin Hendry
1997–98 England Chris Sutton
1998–99 Australia John Filan
1999–2000 Republic of Ireland Damien Duff
Year Winner
2000–01 England Matt Jansen
2001–02 Republic of Ireland Damien Duff
2002–03 United States Brad Friedel
2003–04 Turkey Tugay Kerimoğlu
2004–05 England Andy Todd
2005–06 Wales Craig Bellamy
2006–07 England David Bentley
2007–08 Paraguay Roque Santa Cruz
2008–09 England Stephen Warnock
2009–10 France Steven Nzonzi
Year Winner
2010–11 England Paul Robinson
2011–12 Nigeria Yakubu
2012–13 Scotland Jordan Rhodes
2013–14 Scotland Tom Cairney
2014–15 Sweden Marcus Olsson
2015–16 Scotland Grant Hanley
2016–17 Republic of Ireland Derrick Williams
2017–18 England Bradley Dack
2018–19 England Danny Graham
2019–20 England Adam Armstrong
Year Winner
2020–21 Belgium Thomas Kaminski
2021–22 Netherlands Jan Paul van Hecke

Club honours



Season-by-season record

European football

Blackburn Rovers in Europe
Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1994–95 UEFA Cup First round Sweden Trelleborg 0–1 2–2 2–3
1995–96 UEFA Champions League Group B Russia Spartak Moscow 0–1 0–3 4th
Poland Legia Warsaw 0–0 0–1
Norway Rosenborg 4–1 1–2
1998–99 UEFA Cup First round France Lyon 0–1 2–2 2–3
2002–03 UEFA Cup First round Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 1–1 3–3 4–4 (a)
Second round Scotland Celtic 0–2 0–1 0–3
2003–04 UEFA Cup First round Turkey Gençlerbirliği 1–1 1–3 2–4
2006–07 UEFA Cup First round Austria Red Bull Salzburg 2–0 2–2 4–2
Group E France Nancy 1–0 N/A 1st
Netherlands Feyenoord N/A 0–0
Poland Wisła Kraków N/A 2–1
Switzerland Basel 3–0 N/A
Round of 32 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 0–0 2–3 2–3
2007–08 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round Lithuania Vėtra 4–0 2–0 6–0
UEFA Cup Second qualifying round Finland MyPa 2–0 1–0 3–0
First round Greece Larissa 2–1 0–2 2–3

Managerial history

Team colours and badge

Unlike most teams, Blackburn Rovers have only ever had one design to their home kit. The distinctive blue and white halved jersey is widely acknowledged as the "town colour". Although the design has remained the same, the side in which the colours fall has often changed. Blue has resided on the wearers left since 1946 however prior to this regulation the blue and white often switched order almost yearly.

Blackburn Rovers' first ever kit is however indefinite. The 1905 book; Book of Football by Jonathan Russell describes Blackburn Rovers' first kit as a white jersey with Maltese Cross on the wearers left breast, Trousers and a blue and white skull cap. The Maltese Cross notorious with the public schools in which the founders of the club were educated. In contrast an account from the Blackburn Standard on 6 January 1894 accounts the first kit as navy blue and white quartered jersey (quartered accounting for the shirts four panels front and back), white knickers and navy hose. This account is much more synonymous with the kit today. Photographic evidence from 1878 shows the team in Blue and white halved (quartered) jerseys, white shorts and blue socks, complete with blue and white cap and Maltese Cross.

Through its history the club has adopted four badges as its crest; the Maltese Cross, the towns coat of arms, Lancashire Rose and the present day Blackburn Rovers Badge. From 1875 to approximately 1882 The Maltese Cross was present on the club's first ever home kit and was worn by both the Shrewsbury and Malvern school teams. Two former Malvernians and two former Salopians played in that first team, so there is a clear link with these public schools.

During FA Cup finals it is tradition for the club to adopt the town's coat of arms as their badge. This tradition has carried through all eight FA Cup finals the club has been a part of all the way to their last FA Cup final against Woverhampton Wanderers in 1960.

From roughly 1882 and excluding cup finals the club did not use a badge until 1974. In this year the club opted for an embroidered Lancashire Rose with the club's initials "B.R.F.C." below. This badge lasted unchanged for 15 years until it was 1989 due to visibility issues of the dark red rose on the dark blue of the shirt.

From 1989 to the present day the current Blackburn Rovers badge has been used. It has encompassed the previous badge in a newer design for the Lancashire Red Rose. Circling the rose is the team name "Blackburn Rovers F.C." and the date in which the club was founded "1875". At the base of the badge is the club motto, "Arte Et Labore" which translated means, "by skill and by labour". This motto has been taken from the town motto which was adopted in 1852.


As of 2021, the club's kit has been manufactured by Macron, and sponsored by sporting brand, Recoverite Compression since 2020.[58]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1974–81 Umbro None
1981–84 Spall
1984–88 Perspex
1988–90 Ellgren
1990–91 Ribero
1991–92 McEwan's Lager
1992–96 ASICS
1996–98 CIS
1998–2000 Uhlsport
2002–04 Kappa Time Computers
2002–03 AMD
2003–04 HSA
2004–05 Lonsdale
2005–06 Lonsdale
2006–07 Bet24
2007–08 Umbro
2008–11 Crown Paints
2011–12 The Prince's Trust

Venky's (2011 pre-season India tour)

2012–13 PROBIZ

Prostate Cancer UK (Back of shirt, 2013)

2013–14 Nike Regulatory Finance Solutions
2014–15 Zebra Claims Ltd.
2015–16 Dafabet
2016–18 Umbro
2018–20 10Bet
2020–21 Recoverite Compression

Totally Wicked (January 2022-)

2021– Macron


Oozehead Ground 1875–1877

Rovers first home ground was a field at Oozehead on Preston New Road to the north west of the town. This field was farmland and was owned by a local farmer; when Blackburn Rovers weren't using the field it was used to graze cows. In the centre of the field was a large watering hole, which on match days was covered with timber and turf.[59]

Pleasington Cricket Ground 1877

Due to the rough conditions at Oozehead, the committee felt an established sports ground would be best to play on. Therefore, during the 1877 season they acquired the use of Pleasington's cricket ground to the south west of the town. Play stopped on this ground after Henry Smith of Preston North End died of a heart attack whilst playing.[59]

Alexandra Meadows 1877–1881

Still adopting cricket grounds, the committee acquired the use of the East Lancashire Cricket Club's ground in the centre of the town, Alexandra Meadows. Sources differ as to the date of the first match played by Rovers at Alexandra Meadows. A programme from Clitheroe F.C. states that Clitheroe was the first team to beat Blackburn at Alexandra Meadows on 17 November 1877.[60] Other sources indicate that the first match took place on 2 January 1878 with a Blackburn victory against Partick Thistle.[61][62] It was on this ground Blackburn Rovers played for the first time under artificial light against Accrington on 4 November 1878.[59]

International Venue

26 February 1881 Friendly England 0–1 Wales Blackburn
Vaughan 54' Stadium: Alexandra Meadows
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Segar R. Bastard

Leamington Road 1881–1890

Due to the increasing demand in football in the area and in particular for Blackburn Rovers the committee felt that a private ground was more fitting. Therefore, in 1881 the club moved to Leamington Road, Blackburn Rovers' first purpose built ground including a 700-person capacity seated grandstand, costing £500. The first game played at this ground was held on 8 October 1881 against Blackburn Olympic resulting in a 4–1 win for Rovers. Whilst at Leamington Road and under James Fielding[63] the club won three FA Cups and was inaugurated into the Football League as a founding Member in 1888. However, despite the club's success, they had to leave Leamington Road due to increases in lease costs.[59]

International Venue

14 March 1885 Match 2 England 1–1 Wales Blackburn
Mitchell 35' Lewis 37' Stadium: Leamington Road
Attendance: 7,500
Referee: Alexander Stewart
19 March 1887 Match 4 England England 2–3 Scotland Scotland Blackburn
Lindley 32'
Dewhurst 51'
McCall 30'
Keir 50'
Allan 53'
Stadium: Leamington Road
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: John Sinclair

Ewood Park 1890–present

Built in April 1882 as Ewood Bridge. The ground was an all purpose sporting venue hosting football, athletics and dog racing. The Blackburn Rovers committee felt this was the ideal venue for the club after having already played numerous games there in 1882. The first game played at the new Ewood Park ground was on 13 September 1890 against Accrington, the 0–0 draw was viewed by 10,000 people and on 31 October 1892 artificial lights were installed.[59] Ewood sits on the bank of the River Darwen in Blackburn, Lancashire.

1913 terrorist incident

An attempt was made to destroy the ground in 1913. As part of the suffragette bombing and arson campaign, suffragettes carried out a series of bombings and arson attacks nationwide to publicise their campaign for women's suffrage.[64] In November 1913, suffragettes attempted to burn down Ewood Park's grandstand but were foiled.[65] In the same year, suffragettes succeeded in burning down Arsenal's then South London stadium, and also attempted to burn down Preston North End's ground.[65] More traditionally male sports were targeted in order to protest against male dominance.[66]

International Venue

4 April 1891 Match 6 England 2–1 Scotland Blackburn
Goodall 22'
Chadwick 35'
Watt 78' Stadium: Ewood Park
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: William J. Morrow
3 March 1924 Match 4 England 1–2 Wales Blackburn
Roberts 55' Davies 60'
Vizard 63'
Stadium: Ewood Park
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: George Noel Watson

Supporters and rivalries

Blackburn Rovers supporters have formed several support clubs related to the team, and almost all of them are partially focused on making trips to Ewood Park easier. Rovers home games were well attended as a percentage of the Blackburn population throughout the 2000s with average attendances of around 25,000, equal to roughly a quarter of Blackburn's population (approximately 100,000).[citation needed] The supporters' long-running fanzine is called 4,000 Holes. Clement Charnock and his brother Harry were Blackburn Rovers fans who introduced football into Russia in the 1880s.

Rovers' primary rivals are Burnley, with whom they contest the East Lancashire derby.

Other rivalries for the Rovers include Preston North End, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic, all by proximity.

Statistics and records


  • Most League appearances:

Derek Fazackerley, 593+3 sub, 1970–71 to 1986–87

  • Record goalscorer:

Simon Garner, 194 goals (168 league), 1978–79 to 1991–92

  • Record attendance at Ewood Park:

62,255 v Bolton Wanderers, FA Cup 6th round, 2 March 1929

  • Transfer Fee Paid:

£8m to Manchester United for Andrew Cole in December 2001
£8m to Huddersfield Town for Jordan Rhodes in August 2012

  • Transfer Fee Received:

£18m from Manchester City for Roque Santa Cruz in June 2009

  • Record win:

11–0 v Rossendale United, Ewood Park, FA Cup 1st round 13 October 1884

  • Record League win:

9–0 v Middlesbrough, Ewood Park, Division 2, 6 November 1954

  • Record away win:

8–2 v West Ham United, Division 1, 26 December 1963

  • Record League defeat:

0–8 v Arsenal, Division 1, 25 February 1933, 0–8 v Lincoln City, Division 2, 29 August 1953[67]

  • Record home League defeat:

0-7 v Fulham, 3 November 2021

  • Record aggregate League score:

13: 5–8 v Derby County, 6 September 1890

  • Most points gained in a season (2pts):

60 (1974–75)

  • Most points gained in a season (3pts):

91 (2000–01)

  • Fewest points gained in a season (2pts):

20 (1965–66)

  • Fewest points gained in a season (3pts):

31 (2011–12)[68]

  • Most consecutive League appearances:

Walter Crook, 208 (1934–46)

  • Most goals scored by a player in a season:

Ted Harper, 43, Division 1, 1925–26

  • Most goals scored by a player in a match:

Tommy Briggs, 7 v Bristol Rovers, Ewood Park, Division 2, 5 February 1955

  • Most hat-tricks in a season:

8, 1963–64

  • Most individual hat-tricks:

13, Jack Southworth, 1887–1893

  • Most FA Cup appearances:

Ronnie Clayton, 56, 1949–1969

  • Most League Cup appearances:

Derek Fazackerley, 38, 1969–1987

  • Youngest player to appear for Rovers:

Harry Dennison, aged 16 yrs and 155 days against Bristol City, Division 1, 8 April 1911

  • Oldest player to appear for Rovers:

Bob Crompton, 40 yrs and 150 days against Bradford City, Division 1, 23 February 1920

  • Longest undefeated FA Cup run:

24 games including 3 consecutive FA Cup wins, 1884–86. Still an FA Cup record

Reference for above facts[69][70]


  1. ^ "Nicknames". Club Nicknames. 2 August 2009. Archived from the original on 7 September 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  2. ^ "EFL Official Website – Blackburn Rovers". EFL. 3 January 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Top 10 most successful English football clubs revealed: Liverpool, Man United and more!". talkSPORT. 8 October 2014. Archived from the original on 20 September 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Martin Tyler's FA Cup stats: Omens for Arsenal v Aston Villa". Archived from the original on 3 August 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  5. ^ Pierce, Jimmy (23 October 2013). "Blackburn didn't buy the Premier League title in 1995 – they earned it". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  6. ^ "1875–1884: The early years". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 2 July 2007. Archived from the original on 9 March 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  7. ^ "Blackburn Rovers 1875 – 1914". Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  8. ^ a b "History of Blackburn Rovers". Ewoodpark. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Forest 6 Rovers 0". Sportsdatabase. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  10. ^ "The Encyclopedia of British Football Football Association Challenge Cup". Spartacus. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Oldest-known FA Cup final programme expected to fetch £25,000 at auction". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  12. ^ a b c "Blackburn Rovers: Pre Football League FA Cup; The Football League; Past Season's History". Ewood park. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Blackburn Rovers Football Club History". Football dictionary. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  14. ^ "History of the Football League". The Football League. 22 September 2010. Archived from the original on 9 February 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  15. ^ "1890 FA Cup final". Friends reunited. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  16. ^ "The Premiership 2008-2009".
  17. ^ "Winners of FA Cup". FA Cup. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  18. ^ "Arsenal's 1919 Election – Tottenham's Final Argument Mythbusted". The Arsenal History. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  19. ^ "History of Jack Walker". The Guardian. 19 August 2000. Archived from the original on 5 March 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  20. ^ "Kenny Dalglish at Blackburn". The Independent. 23 August 1996. Archived from the original on 21 June 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  21. ^ Sport, Ian Singleton BBC (9 April 2012). "How Kenny Dalglish turned a six-game losing run into glory". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 24 October 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  22. ^ "Shearer set to sign for Blackburn". The Independent. 27 July 1992. Archived from the original on 5 February 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  23. ^ "League standings at the end of 1992/93 season". Premier League. Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  24. ^ "League standings at the end of 1993/94 season". Premier League. Archived from the original on 2 June 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  25. ^ "Blackburn honours and picture of the Premier league winners team". Blackburn Rovers F.C. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  26. ^ "Dalglish and Blackburn part company". The Independent. 22 August 1996. Archived from the original on 21 June 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  27. ^ "Champions League group standings 1995/96". UEFA. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  28. ^ "Roy Hodgson had big stars at Inter Milan but he handled everything thrown at him". The Daily Telegraph. 2 May 2012. Archived from the original on 22 July 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  29. ^ "Hodgson out as Rovers hit bottom". The Guardian. 21 November 1998. Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  30. ^ "A nice guy who came last". The Guardian. 4 November 1999. Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  31. ^ "Blackburn sack Kidd as pounds 30m investment fails". The Independent. 4 November 1999. Archived from the original on 21 June 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  32. ^ "Souness takes the reins at Blackburn". The Guardian. 14 March 2000. Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  33. ^ "Blackburn Rovers owner dies". BBC Sport. 18 August 2000. Archived from the original on 26 January 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  34. ^ "Blackburn sign Cole for 8 million pounds". The Daily Telegraph. 29 December 2001. Archived from the original on 22 July 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  35. ^ "Cole strike stuns Spurs – Blackburn won the League Cup". BBC Sport. 24 February 2002. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  36. ^ "Souness takes Newcastle job". BBC Sport. 6 September 2004. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  37. ^ "Blackburn appoint Hughes". BBC Sport. 16 September 2004. Archived from the original on 5 December 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  38. ^ "Paul Ince Rovers New Manager". Rovers official website. 22 June 2008. Archived from the original on 27 September 2008.
  39. ^ "Exciting times to come – Warnock". BBC Sport. 23 June 2008.
  40. ^ "Ince appoints Knox at Blackburn". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 23 August 2008.
  41. ^ "Club Statement". Blackburn Rovers FC. 16 December 2008. Archived from the original on 17 December 2008.
  42. ^ "Allardyce named Blackburn manager". BBC Sport. 17 December 2008. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2008.
  43. ^ "Rao family buy Blackburn Rovers from Jack Walker Trust". BBC. 19 November 2010. Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  44. ^ "Blackburn Rovers sack manager Sam Allardyce". BBC Sport. 13 December 2010. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  45. ^ "Steve Kean signs new Blackburn Rovers contract". BBC. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  46. ^ Conn, David. "How an agent came to hold so much power at Blackburn Rovers" Archived 25 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine, The Guardian, 21 December 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  47. ^ Hytner, David. "Steve Kean finds value of friends in high places at Blackburn Rovers" Archived 27 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine, The Guardian, 16 December 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  48. ^ "Blackburn Rovers board's dismay at Venky's conduct revealed in letter". The Guardian. 15 January 2012. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
  49. ^ "Venky's stress commitment to Blackburn despite £18.6m pre-tax loss". The Guardian (UK). 28 December 2011. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  50. ^ "Blackburn Rovers relegated after defeat by Wigan – CBBC Newsround". Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  51. ^ "Steve Kean 'forced to resign' as Blackburn Rovers manager". BBC Sport. 29 September 2012. Archived from the original on 16 October 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  52. ^ "Doncaster Rovers 0–1 Blackburn Rovers". BBC Sport. 24 April 2018. Archived from the original on 25 October 2018. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  53. ^ "2020-21 Sky Bet Championship guide". 10 August 2020. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  54. ^ "First Team 2019–20". Blackburn Rovers F.C. Retrieved 17 June 2021.
  55. ^ Upon its formation in 1992, the Premier League became the top tier of English football; the First and Second Divisions then became the second and third tiers, respectively. The First Division is now known as the Football League Championship and the Second Division is now known as Football League One.
  56. ^ The trophy was known as the Charity Shield until 2002, and as the Community Shield ever since.
  57. ^ Small, Gordon (2007). The Lancashire Cup: A Complete Record of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup 1879–80 to 2006–07. Tony Brown.
  58. ^ "Rovers secure ground-breaking shirt sponsorship with Recoverite Compression". 29 August 2020.
  59. ^ a b c d e Mike Jackman, 2009, Blackburn Rovers The Complete Record, The Breedon Books Publishing Company Limited, Derby.
  60. ^ "The Blues Review: Did You Know That ... ?". Clitheroe F.C. Programme. 2000–2001.
  61. ^ "Alexandra Meadows Ground Profile". England Football Online. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  62. ^ "1875 – 1884: The early years". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 31 January 2012. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 12 December 2013.
  63. ^ Kelly, Andy (4 October 2017). "ARSENAL MANAGER HASN'T WON AS MANY FA CUPS AS BELIEVED". The Arsenal History. Archived from the original on 4 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  64. ^ "Suffragettes, violence and militancy". British Library. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  65. ^ a b Kay, Joyce (2008). "It Wasn't Just Emily Davison! Sport, Suffrage and Society in Edwardian Britain". The International Journal of the History of Sport. 25 (10): 1343. doi:10.1080/09523360802212271. hdl:1893/765. ISSN 0952-3367. S2CID 154063364.
  66. ^ Kay, Joyce (2008). "It Wasn't Just Emily Davison! Sport, Suffrage and Society in Edwardian Britain". The International Journal of the History of Sport. 25 (10): 1345–1346. doi:10.1080/09523360802212271. hdl:1893/765. ISSN 0952-3367. S2CID 154063364.
  67. ^ Ltd, Statto Organisation. "Blackburn Rovers scoring and sequence records". Archived from the original on 13 November 2010.
  68. ^ "English Premier League 2011–2012 Table". Archived from the original on 17 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  69. ^ Blackburn Rovers Official – club Records Archived 11 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  70. ^ "Player by Team by Year Overall". PremierSoccerStats. 25 October 2008. Archived from the original on 7 December 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2008.

External links

Coordinates: 53°43′42.85″N 2°29′21.14″W / 53.7285694°N 2.4892056°W / 53.7285694; -2.4892056