Blackburn Rovers F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Blackburn Rovers Reserves
Full name Blackburn Rovers Reserves
Nickname(s) Rovers, Blue and Whites, The Riversiders[1]
Founded 1875; 140 years ago (1875)
Ground Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, Greater Manchester
Ground Capacity 11,000
Manager Damien Johnson
League Premier Reserve League
Premier Academy League

Premier Reserve League North
Premier Academy League
Under-18 Group C, N/A[3]
Current season

Blackburn Rovers F.C. Reserves are the reserve team of Blackburn Rovers. The club also has a Academy for the Under 18's.

Reserve team[edit]

Blackburn Rovers Reserves play in the FA Premier Reserve League. In their division, the reserves finished the 2011/12 season in 7th place.

The current Reserve team manager Eric Kinder.[4] Kinder was appointed Gary Bowyer's replacement following his appointment as 1st team manager following 2 successful caretaker spells. The reserves play their home games at Leigh Sports Village (the home of Co-operative Championship rugby team Leigh Centurions).[5]

The Academy[edit]

Blackburn Rovers Academy is overseen by Phil Cannon. The Academy trains at Brockhall training village, the same location as the Blackburn Rovers 1st team and Blackburn Rovers Reserves. It also provides a stepping stone for youngsters to progress to the highest levels of football at Blackburn Rovers producing high quality players in the past. Former players such as Damien Duff, Phil Jones, Damien Johnson, James Beattie, Neil Danns, Jonathan Walters, and Anthony Pilkington were all nurtured in The Academy. Current professional football players also include Jason Lowe, Martin Olsson, David Dunn, Grant Hanley, Josh Morris, Adam Henley, John O'Sullivan and Jack O'Connell.

History & Facilities[edit]

In January 1991, British industrialist and businessman Jack Walker a lifelong fan of Blackburn Rovers completed the takeover of the club. In the following years, the Brockhall Village Academy, was constructed at a cost of approximately £4.75 million. The centre included state of the art facilities on par with top training facilities elsewhere in Europe. It includes 6 full-size pitches, indoor training facilities, an indoor running track, outdoor running "hill", a swimming pool, goalkeeper training facilities as well as accommodation for the youth players.

Blackburn Rovers India Academy[edit]

On 19 November 2010, Pune based chicken meat processing, and pharmaceutical company, Venkateshwara Hatcheries Private Limited., completed the takeover of Blackburn Rovers, under the name Venky's London Limited.[6][7]

One of the companies early ambitions was to open an Academy back in their home nation of India. Managing director, told The Indian Express newspaper the club was planning a centre of excellence near Pune which is 100 km (60 miles) from Mumbai.

"We are getting an academy and a stadium in Pune," Venky's B. Balaji Rao was quoted as saying. "The site is near the Mumbai-Pune highway and will be ready in a year-and-a-half or two years." Rao said the academy, on the outskirts of the city, will be run exactly like a Rovers' training centre at Brockhall in northwest England, taking players from the age of 11 and 12.[7]


Reserves (Under-21)[edit]

As of May 30, 2015.[8]

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

No. Position Player
33 Spain GK David Raya
Scotland GK Ryan Crump
Scotland DF Grant Ferguson
England DF Jack Doyle
England MF David Carson
Northern Ireland MF Mark Edgar
England MF Connor Thomson
England MF Connor Mahoney
No. Position Player
Australia MF Hyuga Tanner
England FW Modou Cham
England FW Anton Forrester
England FW Devarn Green
England FW Sam Joel
Scotland FW Jordan Preston
England FW Dean Rittenberg
England FW Luke Wall

Academy (Under-18s)[edit]

As of May 30, 2015.[9]

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

No. Position Player
England GK Ben Ascroft
England GK Andrew Fisher
England DF Josh Askew
England DF Charley Doyle
England DF Tyler Magloire
England DF Matty Makinson
24 England DF Ryan Nyambe
Spain DF Jan Pirretas
England DF Matthew Platt
England DF Joe Rankin-Costello
England DF Lewis Travis
England DF Scott Wharton
Wales DF Ben Williams (at Morecambe (work experience))
No. Position Player
England MF Joe Grayson
England MF Lewis Hardcastle
Spain MF Stefan Mols
27 England MF Willem Tomlinson
England FW Stuart Callaway
England FW Alex Curran
England FW Mason Fawns
England FW Callum Hendry (at Clitheroe (work experience))
England FW Ramirez Howarth
England FW Lewis Mansell
England FW Oliver Mehew
England FW Tre Pemberton
England FW Joel Steer

Noted graduates[edit]

Blackburn Rovers' youth system has been successful over the years, many players who have come through it have gone on to feature in the first-team and make an impact or progress in the 1st teams of other clubs in the future.

Current/Former Rovers 1st teamers[edit]

Other Players To Have Made Impact Elsewhere[edit]


  1. ^ "Nicknames". Club Nicknames. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Barclays Premier Reserve League North table". Barclays. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Barcays Premier Academy League C". Barclays. 6 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Leigh Centurions Rugby team". Leigh Centurions. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rovers Takeover Complete - Financial Document" (PDF). Blackburn Rovers. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Venky’s spent £23m to buy Blackburn". Deccan Chronicle. 21 November 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Venky.E2.80.99s_spent_.C2.A323m_to_buy_Blackburn_.28see_page_4.29" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  8. ^ . Reserve Profiles Reserve Profiles Check |url= scheme (help).  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ . Academy Under 18 Profiles Academy Under 18 Profiles Check |url= scheme (help).  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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