Blackburn Rovers F.C. Under-23s and Academy

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Blackburn Rovers Academy and Under-23s
Full name Blackburn Rovers Academy and Under-23s
Nickname(s) Rovers, Blue and Whites, The Riversiders[1]
Founded 1875; 141 years ago (1875)
Ground Leigh Sports Village, Leigh, Greater Manchester
Ground Capacity 12,000
Head of Academy Eric Kinder
U23 Lead Coach Damien Johnson
League Premier League 2
U18 Premier League
Current season

Blackburn Rovers F.C. Academy and Under-23s are the youth teams of Blackburn Rovers. The Blackburn Rovers Academy holds Category One status.

Under-23s team[edit]

Blackburn Rovers Under-23s play in the Premier League 2.

Damien Johnson currently oversees the Under-23 side with David Dunn, as Lead and Assistant Coach respectively. Their predecessor, Eric Kinder left the role to take over as the club's Head of Academy. Kinder was appointed Gary Bowyer's replacement following his appointment as first team manager following two successful caretaker spells. The Under 23s play their home games at Leigh Sports Village.[2]

The Academy[edit]

Blackburn Rovers Academy is overseen by Eric Kinder, and holds Category One status, the highest possible. The Academy trains at Brockhall training village, the same location as the first team and the Under 23s. 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.[3][4]

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. As of 2016 however no academy or stadium has been constructed.[4]


Under 23s[edit]

As of July 13, 2016.[5]

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 Andy Fisher
England DF Josh Askew
England DF Jack Doyle
England DF Ryan Nyambe
England DF Matthew Platt
England DF Lewis Travis
England DF Scott Wharton
No. Position Player
England MF Lewis Hardcastle
England MF Connor Mahoney
England MF Willem Tomlinson
England MF Connor Thomson
England FW Ramirez Howarth
England FW Lewis Mansell
England FW Dean Rittenberg

Academy (Under-18s)[edit]

As of July 13, 2016.[6]

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 Matthew Campbell
England DF Ben Blackburn
England DF Hayden Carter
England DF Charley Doyle
England DF Andy Jackson
England DF Frank Jones
England DF Tyler Magloire
England DF Matty Makinson
England DF Lewis Trompson
Wales DF Ben Williams
England MF John Buckley
No. Position Player
England MF Alex Curran
England MF Jack Evans
England MF Joe Grayson
Spain MF Stefan Mols
England MF Joe Rankin-Costello
England MF Callum Wright
England FW Daniel Butterworth
England FW Callum Hendry
England FW Brad Lynch
England FW Tre Pemberton
England FW Te-Jay Robinson
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 first teamers[edit]

Other Players To Have Made Impact Elsewhere[edit]


  1. ^ "Nicknames". Club Nicknames. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Leigh Centurions Rugby team". Leigh Centurions. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rovers Takeover Complete - Financial Document" (PDF). Blackburn Rovers. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  4. ^ 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).
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