East Lancashire derby

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East Lancashire derby
Other namesCotton Mills derby
LocaleEast Lancashire
First meeting27 September 1884
Latest meetingBlackburn Rovers 0–2 Burnley
2017–18 EFL Cup
(23 August 2017)
StadiumsEwood Park
Turf Moor
Meetings total115
Most winsBurnley (49)
Most player appearancesJerry Dawson (Burnley), Ronnie Clayton (Blackburn Rovers) (19 each)
All-time series49–21–45 (BUR-DR-BBR)
Largest victoryBurnley 1–7 Blackburn
1888–89 Football League
(3 November 1888)
Burnley 6–0 Blackburn
1895–96 Football League
(18 April 1896)
Blackburn 6–0 Burnley
1914–15 Football League
(28 November 1914)
East Lancashire derby is located in Lancashire
Blackburn Rovers
Blackburn Rovers
Turf Moor – home of Burnley since 1883.
Ewood Park – home of Blackburn Rovers since 1890.

The East Lancashire Derby also known as the Cotton Mills Derby[1] is a football match between Blackburn Rovers F.C. and Burnley F.C.. The nickname originates from the fact that Blackburn and Burnley were former mill towns.

The first ever competitive league match in League football between these two former English football champions and founder members of the Football League, took place at Turf Moor on 3 November 1888, Blackburn won the game 7–1. From a town standpoint there is an obvious geographical reason for the rivalry as the two Lancashire towns only lie 11 miles (18 km) apart. Accrington Stanley F.C. stands in the middle, but is not taken seriously as a rival by either. Another alleged reason for the increased hostilities is that Blackburn complained to the Football League about Burnley's illegal number of Scottish players in the 1890s.[2]

Blackburn Rovers were founded in 1875[3] and in the following years, many other clubs were formed in the region such as Accrington F.C. in 1886 and Clitheroe Central in 1877, due to football being passionately taken up by the area. Another such club was Burnley Rovers, who started out as a rugby club until changing codes in 1882.

Pre-League Matches[edit]

The two clubs met for the first time, after Burnley turned professional in 1883,[4] at Turf Moor on 27 September 1884 in front of a 5,000 crowd, Rovers emerging as 4–2 winners. Burnley quickly gained revenge when they won 5–1 on the same ground the following March. Their first meeting in Blackburn took place at Leamington Road and ended all square at 2–2.[5]

These early pre-league ‘friendlies’ were keenly contested affairs, with considerable pride at stake, and there was a refreshing informality in the way they were played and covered by the press. Rovers’ goalscorer in the next match against Burnley was ‘unknown’, some matches were conducted with 10 men and as much as 10 years later in the league itself, two Burnley goals in successive season against Blackburn were credited to ‘Scrimmage’.

The total number of pre-league meetings between the clubs was 13, with Burnley winning seven, Blackburn four and the other two being drawn.[5]

Football League[edit]


Blackburn Rovers and Burnley were among the original 12 members of the Football league and took their places in the inaugural season, which was to be dominated by fellow Lancashire side Preston North End, who completed the league and cup double.

As far as Blackburn and Burnley were concerned there was only one dominant force, as over the first four seasons, before the league was split into two divisions, Blackburn performed the double over the Clarets in each of the initial three seasons scoring plenty of goals in the process. Their first league match against each other was at Turf Moor and produced a 7–1 win for Blackburn and the very next season they won the home fixture by the same margin; Burnley remain the only team Blackburn have beaten home and away by this score line to this day.

The next season of 1890–91 was not much better for Burnley as Rovers managed to score both five and a six in the fixture. The main figure in these defeats was Jack Southworth, who scored 12 goals in his 10 appearances against Burnley, including Rovers’ first ever hat-trick in the league which came in the 7–1 away win of 1888–89. To this day, no-one in official fixtures between the clubs has matched his goal tally.

Burnley finally recorded their first league victory over Rovers on 12 December 1891. However, it was in circumstances that were controversial.

In driving snow and wind, Burnley had stormed to a three-goal interval lead at Turf Moor. Emerging for the second half, the Rovers players seemed disinclined to proceed with the contest and their lack of enthusiasm increased considerably when Lofthouse was sent off along with Burnley's Stewart after a brief altercation, and the rest of the Rovers outfield players went with him! This left the entire Burnley side against Herbie Arthur, Rovers’ goalkeeper who appealed for offside as Burnley bore down on his goal. The referee wisely abandoned the farce and the points were awarded to Burnley.[6]

The next season saw the start of the old First Division and their first meeting in it was goalless: the first of only six matches that have ended that way between them in 89 league and cup pairings. Rovers continued to have the better of the fixture, registering five consecutive wins at Ewood between 1892–97, which still stands as the record number of straight wins on one ground between the clubs. Burnley's brightest moment came at Turf Moor in 1895–96 when they won the season's final game 6–0 with Nicol scoring a hat-trick, the first and last by a Burnley player against Rovers in official competition.

The clubs were temporarily parted by Burnley's relegation in 1896–97 which was assisted by Rovers completing the double over them, something they have done ten times to Burnley's nine.


Their next meetings were destined to be in the notorious Test match series at the end of 1897–98 season. The forerunner of the current play-offs, these were used to determine the composition of the First Division for the next season.

Rovers had finished next to bottom while Burnley had won the Second Division at the first time of asking. They beat Rovers twice in these matches, Wilf Toman scoring in both with a hat-trick in the first. The controversy arose when Burnley met Stoke for the second time as both sides needed to draw to ensure First Division football.

The resultant 0–0 draw was known as the ‘game without a shot’ and questions were asked about each side's commitment to winning the match. The powers-that-be decided to extend the First Division anyway and so that Test match series proved meaningless and Blackburn, along with Newcastle United, survived.

Burnley won three of the next four games between the clubs before their relegation at the turn of the century meant that it was to be 13 years before the rivals met again in official competition.

English Test Match



Between 1915 and 1919 the league was suspended due to the First World War. When the War ended, the Blackburn v Burnley fixture would enjoy 11 uninterrupted years in the top flight.

Burnley experienced initial dominance, winning the league in 1920–21 and doing the double over Rovers in successive seasons before Rovers returned the favour in 1921–22. The mid-20s saw three hat-tricks in two seasons by Rovers players against the old foe; those were from John McIntyre, Arthur Rigby and Ted Harper in his record-breaking season of 1925–26 when he found the net 43 times in 37 league games, a Rovers record that still stands today.

The meetings came to an end in the 1929–30 season when Burnley were relegated to Division 2. The two clubs would not meet again until Blackburn joined them in the second tier in 1935–36.


The teams met for the first time in the Second Division on 24 October 1936 in a rare goalless draw. Rovers won the return 3–1 and Jack Bruton scored against his old club in that game and at Ewood again in the next season. He remains the only man to have scored for both clubs against the other, having netted twice for Burnley against Rovers in the 1920s back in the Division One. Rovers won the Second Division Championship in 1938–39 and honours had ended even in their three-year sojourn of Second Division football when the Second World War arrived and the league was suspended between the 1939–40 seasons and 1945–46.


Burnley won promotion when the league was restarted in 1946–47, when they also reached the FA Cup final, to give another season of First Division matches between the clubs. Burnley taking three of the four points was indicative of differing fortunes to come, with the Clarets consolidating their arrival in Division One by finishing third while Rovers were relegated.[7]


It was to be another 11 years before Rovers last-gasp promotion bid in 1957–58 brought another unbroken eight years of competition in the top flight.

By this time a Burnley side, patiently developed on defensive principles, was beginning to find an attacking flair too and they won eight and drew three of the 16 meetings between the clubs in this period. It was particularly galling for the Ewood faithful to lose four years in a row at home, especially as it culminated in Rovers relegation in 1965–66.


When Burnley were relegated in 1970–71 another meeting might have been on the cards, but Rovers went down to the Third Division in the same season and avoided the possibility. Burnley returned to the First Division two years later but upon relegation in 1975–76 they rejoined Rovers who had been promoted in 1974–75, in the Second Division for three years of matches.

Burnley definitely had the edge, winning four of the six matches, the popular midfielder Peter Noble scoring in four of the games. Rovers went down again at the end of the 1978–79 season, but bounced straight back while Burnley moved into the opposite direction entering the Third Division for the first time at the end of 1979–80.


Burnley won promotion at the second time of asking in 1981–82 to set up a renewal of the fixture. The games in 1982–83 would ultimately prove to be the last between them in the 20th century.

Rovers did the double over Burnley; Simon Garner was to play the part of hero/villain by scoring all Rovers three goals in the two games, two of which came from the penalty spot. It was left to Derek Scott to register the last league goal Burnley scored against Rovers for the next 26 years.

In the following 27 years both clubs had very different fortunes. Burnley were relegated to the Third division at the end of the 1982–83 season quickly followed by relegation to the Fourth division in the 1984–85 season. Both clubs would stay in their respective divisions until 1991–92 when Blackburn were promoted to the newly formed Premier league and Burnley were promoted to the third tier of English football which had been renamed Division 2. Burnley were promoted again in the 1993–94 season to the First Division but were relegated the following year. This season also saw Blackburn win the Premier League to further confound the Burnley fans misery.

Blackburn became the first and to this day only, Premier League winners to be relegated in the 1998–99 season and were joined by Burnley in Division One when they were promoted at the end of the 1999–2000 season.


The league meetings between the clubs occurred in the 2000–01 season when Rovers did the double over Burnley on their way to promotion to the Premiership.

The first meeting of the new millennium between them was at Turf Moor on 16 December. A very predictably bitter encounter went the way of Rovers with goals from Jason McAteer and Marcus Bent, Burnley's chances ending with the sending off of Kevin Ball. There were a few unpleasant scenes after the game, which some media observers deemed a ‘riot’ and a throwback to earlier scenes of football violence 20 years ago or more.

Rovers made short work of Burnley, in the game at Ewood where the Clarets were cast as April fools, going down 5–0. Craig Short coming towards the end of his career, opened the scoring for Rovers and it was his cross that enabled them to double the advantage when Steve Davis turned the ball into his own net. Two second-half goals from Matt Jansen and a late Craig Hignett strike completed the scoring in the last league game between the clubs until 2009.


Following Burnley's Play-off success in 2009 they were promoted to the Premiership for the first time in their history. This meant that the two teams would meet in the top division of English football for the first time since January 1966. The match was built up in the press.

For the trip to Ewood Park, Burnley fans could only purchase match day tickets if they also bought coach ticket; they were forced to travel on designated buses which set off at 9am on the morning of the game for the 1 o'clock kickoff for only a 15-mile journey. The same arrangements were made for Rovers fans on their way to turf moor with fans being forced to travel on designated buses.

Robbie Blake gave Burnley an early lead but goals from David Dunn, Franco Di Santo and Pascal Chimbonda gave them a 3–1 half time lead. Chris Eagles got a very late consolation for Burnley but the bragging rights remain at Ewood. A large police presence including mounted officers, dog units and riot officers made a total of 30 arrests on the scene as violence erupted inside and outside the pub, adding up to the total figure of 55 arrests in the day, sealing the premises off in a bid to prevent the planned violence further erupting. Police described the violence as one of the worst cases of violence they had ever seen. After the game, football intelligence officers noticed fans moving in ones and twos away from the town centre, towards the Cherry Tree pub. As police resources were directed to the Station Hotel they allegedly came under attack from bottles and cans thrown from the beer garden. Some fans were told to leave the area and others were arrested at the time.[8]

Blackburn completed a double over their rivals when the two sides meet again in April 2010. David Dunn scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after Martin Olsson was judged to have been fouled, despite minimal contact with the Burnley player.

In the buildup to the match at Turf Moor, Blackburn player David Dunn said in the local newspaper that he hopes "Rovers thump Burnley 10–0", by then going on to say "I hope they stay up" this implying that he would like to keep the derby alive. After the game 150 seats in the away end were ripped up and the sinks in the toilets smashed with 42 arrests made involving both Rovers and Clarets fans, in and around the ground. Police were forced to use batons as fans from both sides tried to get at each other, this was not helped as rovers fans were allowed to drink in the stands due to a crush in the concourse causing bottles to be thrown at Burnley fans and vice versa,[9] an episode that has become too familiar with this fixture in recent times.

Blackburn Rovers 0–1 win over Burnley continues a 31-year run of Rovers dominance in the area. Burnley were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season putting the East Lancashire Derby on hold until Blackburn's relegation to the Championship at the end of the 2011–12 season.


As Blackburn Rovers were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2011–12 season, the East Lancashire derby took place in the Football League Championship for the first time since the name change (from First Division). The first fixture took place at Turf Moor on 2 December 2012. Unlike previous fixtures, the match received relatively low coverage by the media, although there was a large police presence at the game. Jordan Rhodes converted a Mauro Formica cross to give Rovers the lead 68 minutes in, a lead which was cancelled out by a late Sam Vokes header to salvage a point for the Clarets. It was Rovers however who salvaged a point in the reverse fixture on 17 March 2013, with David Dunn's 95th-minute equaliser cancelling out Jason Shackell's first half strike extending the Clarets' long wait for a victory over their rivals. Dunn's goal was the subject of much controversy in the aftermath of the match as replays showed he was clearly standing in an offside position. Although it was a number of yards offside, it was understandable how the referees assistant failed to give the decision. When the initial ball was played, Dunn was stood onside. However, as the ball traveled towards the Burnley box, Rovers midfielder Jason Lowe got a slight touch on the ball, flicking it on to Dunn, who had since moved into an offside position. Therefore, Dunn had received the ball in an offside position and the goal should have been disallowed. The referees assistant did not see Lowe's touch and therefore allowed the goal to stand.

Burnley had made the better start to the 2013–2014 season, finding themselves in a play-off place as the opening derby of the season approached, with Rovers lying in mid-table. The game was played on 14 September 2013 and, like previous fixtures, was a fiercely contested affair. Junior Stanislas crashed in what would go on to be voted the fans goal of the season on 76 minutes. Following a slick interchange with inform striker, Danny Ings, Stanislas crashed home a left footed shot from 25 yards, leaving the Burnley fans sensing a long-awaited victory. However, the lead lasted only 9 minutes as Rovers equalised in somewhat fortuitous fashion. A poor back-pass by Burnley's Scott Arfield was pounced upon by Jordan Rhodes off whom the ball deflected over goalkeeper, Tom Heaton, following an attempted clearance by Michael Duff. The game finished 1–1 and Rovers retaining the bragging rights with Burnley failing to record a victory in this fixture for over 35 years.

The last fixture between the sides came on Sunday 9 March 2014 at Ewood Park. Burnley were the form team going into the clash, sitting 2nd in the league, eight points ahead of 3rd placed Derby County. Rovers lay 10th, six points outside the play-offs. As expected, it was another tight affair, with the sides playing out a cagey first 20 minutes. Jordan Rhodes scored his third goal in this fixture on 24 minutes to give Rovers the lead. Rovers stayed in front until 73rd minute when Burnley equalised through captain Jason Shackell, who headed in a Ross Wallace free-kick. The visitors, buoyed by their equaliser, pushed for a long-awaited winner. It finally came as Wallace's initial effort was blocked by Adam Henley before Danny Ings got there ahead of teammate Ashley Barnes to find the net with his 25th goal of the season. The final whistle sparked raucous scenes among the Burnley fans at Ewood Park, who had celebrated ending their 35-year wait for a victory in this fixture.

Burnley's promotion to the Premier League for 2014–15 paused the fixture, although subsequent relegation at the end of the 2014–15 season meant the East Lancashire derby resumed with two fixtures between the sides during the Football League Championship 2015–16 season, both won by Burnley who are now unbeaten for eight seasons in the tie.

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

On 10 August 2017, the two sides were drawn against each other in the League Cup for the first time.

Head To Head[edit]

Table correct as of 23 August 2017.

Competition Games
Football League and Premier League 90 38 16 36
Pre-League Matches (pre-1888) 13 4 2 7
Football League play-off matches 2 0 0 2
FA Cup 7 3 2 2
League Cup 1 0 0 1
Anglo-Scottish Cup 2 0 1 1
Totals 115 45 21 49



Blackburn won their first honour in 1884 with victory in the FA Cup. Burnley's first honour came in 1914 by winning the FA Cup. Burnley are the smallest town to give birth to a professional FA Cup winning and finalist team.

Table correct as of 21 December 2017
Blackburn Competition Burnley
3 First Division / Premier League 2
1 Second Division / Championship 3
1 Third Division / League One 1
0 Fourth Division / League Two 1
5 Aggregate 7
6 FA Cup 1
1 League Cup 0
1 FA Community/Charity Shield 2*
0 Anglo-Scottish Cup (defunct) 1
1 Full Members' Cup (defunct) 0
9 Aggregate 4
14 Total Aggregate 11

^* Burnley shared 1960 FA Charity Shield with Wolverhampton Wanderers after match ended 2-2.

Crossing the divide[edit]

Nat Player Position Blackburn Apps Burnley Apps Total
As of 14 March 2013
England Jim Appleby Defender 2 1 3
England Eric Binns Defender 23 15 38
Scotland Adam Blacklaw Goalkeeper 110 374 484
England Jack Bruton Defender 344 176 520
Scotland Marshall Burke Midfielder 39 24 63
England Andrew Cole Forward 83 13 96
England Paul Comstive Midfielder 6 82 88
England John Connelly Defender 163 260 423
Republic of Ireland Graham Coughlan Defender 0 2 2
England Gordon Cowans Forward 50 6 56
England Arthur Cunliffe Winger 129 9 138
England Peter Devine Winger 8 56 64
England David Hamilton Midfielder 114 15 129
England Kevin Hird Midfielder 145 94 239
England Lenny Johnrose Midfielder 42 85 127
England David Jones Midfielder 12 82 94
England Walter Joyce Wing half 120 70 190
England Michael Keane Defender 13 11 24
Republic of Ireland Alan Mahon Midfielder 36 59 95
Wales Andy Marriott Goalkeeper 2 15 17
England David May Defender 123 35 158
Scotland Jay McEveley Defender 18 4 22
England Keith Newton Defender 357 236 593
England Bradley Orr Defender 30 4 34
England Johnny Price Winger 76 21 97
Republic of Ireland Steven Reid Defender 113 7 120
England Paul Robinson Goalkeeper 189 0 189
England Roy Stephenson Outside Right 21 78 99
England Cameron Stewart Winger 7 9 16
England Andy Todd Defender 88 7 95
Republic of Ireland Keith Treacy Winger 12 24 36

Jack Bruton is the only man to score for both sides against the other. At Burnley, he managed to land 44 goals himself in 176 matches before Rovers broke their transfer record by paying £6,500 in December 1929. He did not take long repaying it, making 344 appearances for Blackburn, scoring 115 goals and also ending up managing the club for a short period after the war. His loss to the Turf Moor side could be glimpsed by the fact that they were relegated that season yet were in mid-table when he departed to Ewood. Bruton played 250 games in total for both clubs.[11]

Keith Newton, a left-back and a product of Rovers FA Youth Cup winning side of 1959 played 357 times for Blackburn before joining Everton in time to win a Championship medal in 1970. However, Burnley pounced in 1972 to obtain his services and it proved a very successful move into the transfer market as he was an ever-present in his first season which saw Burnley promoted to Division One. In all, he turned out in either a Rovers or Burnley shirt on a record number of 593 occasions in the league and cup.[11]

Another fullback to make the move from Turf Moor to Ewood via another club, Leeds this time, was Kevin Hird. Converted to a midfielder at Burnley, Hird – a lifelong Clarets supporter – was forgiven the Boxing Day goal he scored for Rovers against Burnley in 1978. He found the net 29 times at Burnley from midfield and appeared in 94 games for them to add to his 145 matches for Rovers.[11]

Three Burnley stalwarts of the 1950s and 60s, who all eventually found themselves down the road at Blackburn, were goalkeeper Adam Blacklaw, defender Walter Joyce and winger John Connelly. Blacklaw, a Scottish international, played 110 games for Rovers. Previously he had been a popular figure at Turf Moor where his figure of 374 league and cup games was bettered only by Alan Stevenson and Jerry Dawson, as far as goalkeepers were concerned. Connelly was bought by Rovers in 1966 when he joined them from Manchester United after obtaining another Championship winners medal to go with the one he secured at Turf Moor in 1960. In those earlier times he had often been the thorn in Rovers’ side, scoring five times against them in League and Cup in his total of 103 in 260 games for Burnley. His Rovers record was 39 goals in 163 matches. At his peak he played 20 times for England and was a member of Englands World Cup squad in 1966.[11]

In recent years a couple of Blackburn players have had loan spells at Burnley, these being Jay McEveley[12] and Andy Todd.[13] Ex Blackburn player Alan Mahon joined Burnley in 2006 although he had a spell at Wigan in between. Mahon's Blackburn debut came as an 89th Minute substitute in the Derby match at Turf Moor on 17 December 2000.[14] David May who played for Blackburn between 1988 and 1994, captained Burnley in his one season there in the 2003–04 season.[15] Whilst Andy Cole who signed for Blackburn for a club record £8 million in 2001[16] spent six months on loan from Sunderland at Turf Moor towards the end of his career in 2008.[17]

In June 2016, Owen Coyle agreed to become the new manager of Blackburn Rovers, thus becoming the first man to manage the two old rivals having taken charge of Burnley between 2007 and 2010.[18]


P. Player Club League Cup Total
As of 18 October 2009
1 England Jerry Dawson Burnley 18 1 19
1 England Ronnie Clayton Blackburn 15 4 19
3 England John Angus Burnley 15 2 17
3 England Bryan Douglas Blackburn 14 3 17
5 Scotland Adam Blacklaw Burnley 14 2 16
5 England Brian Miller Burnley 13 3 16
5 Scotland Billy Bowes Burnley 16 0 16
8 Scotland Tom Brandon Blackburn 15 0 15
9 Republic of Ireland Mick McGrath Blackburn 11 3 14
9 Scotland Tom McLintock Burnley 14 0 14
9 England Walter Place Burnley 14 0 14
9 England Billy Watson Burnley 14 0 14

As far as appearances in local derbies go, the honours are shared between two highly respected players from each side.

The Burnley player with the most appearances is goalkeeper Jerry Dawson, who played between the Clarets sticks until past the age of 40, finally bowing out on Christmas Day 1928 at Turf Moor. Between 1913 and 1926 he faced the Rovers forwards on 19 occasions (18 league and one FA Cup).

The leading Blackburn player on the same score is Ronnie Clayton who amassed his total during the 1950s and 1960s playing 15 times in the League and four in the FA Cup.

The FA Cup figure is a record held between the clubs that he shares with his old adversary, Jimmy Adamson of Burnley.

Behind Dawson and Clayton comes Bryan Douglas with 17 (14 League and 3 FA Cup) and he is followed home by Burnley's Brian Miller with 16 (13 + 3).


  • Most appearances: 19, Jerry Dawson (Burnley) and Ronnie Clayton (Blackburn)
  • Record goal scorer: 12, Jack Southworth
  • Highest attendance at Ewood Park: 53,839, 8 October 1960
  • Highest attendance at Turf Moor: 51,501, 5 March 1960
  • Highest Scoring Game:Blackburn 8–3 Burnley, 9 November 1929
  • Blackburn Largest Home win: 7–1, 3 November 1888
  • Burnley Largest Home win: 6–0, 18 April 1896
  • Blackburn Largest away win: 7–1, 26 October 1889
  • Burnley Largest away win: 5–1, 16 October 1926
  • Most consecutive League wins Blackburn: 6, (3 November 1888 – 22 November 1890 & 27 December 1982 – 28 March 2010)
  • Most consecutive League wins Burnley: 5 (3 April 1915 – 22 January 1921)
  • Longest undefeated run: 11 Blackburn (14 April 1979 – 9 March 2014)
  • Most goals scored by a player in a match: 4 Percy Dawson (Blackburn) 28 November 1914
Chart Showing Comparative History of Burnley FC & Blackburn Rovers FC.


In the 1990–91 season Burnley lost in the Division 4 play offs to Torquay consigning them to another season in the lowest league in English football. After the match a plane flew over Turf Moor with a banner saying "Staying down forever luv Rovers Ha Ha Ha". This prank has largely been attributed to former Blackburn striker Simon Garner although he denies this, but does claim to know who was responsible.[19]

Burnley fans gained some revenge after Blackburn Rovers were beaten by the semi-pro Swedish team Trelleborgs FF in the UEFA Cup 1994, where Burnley fans changed a road sign to 'twin' Burnley with Trelleborg.[2]

Prior to the meeting in the Premier League in the 2009–10 season, Burnley fans snuck into Ewood Park and dressed up the statue of former Blackburn owner Jack Walker in a Burnley kit.[2] This led to retaliation by Blackburn fans a few days later when they scrawled graffiti and dressed a cone with a Blackburn shirt. Also, the Blackburn fans hung banners over motorway bridges, one reading "Your Mum’s Your Dad, Inbred Bastards", when Burnley fans were coached to Ewood.

Also at the match at Burnley 09–10 season Blackburn Rovers fans decided to wear Owen Coyle masks to wind the Burnley fans up as they called him the 'messiah' then change to 'judas' when he left to go Bolton.

In the lead up to the corresponding fixture in March 2010, police allegedly foiled a plot by Burnley fans to paint Blackburn midfielder David Dunn's house Claret & Blue.[20] On 7 May 2012 during Blackburn vs Wigan at Ewood Park, Burnley supporters arranged a plane to fly over Ewood Park which read – In Venky's we trust-Burnley SU. Blackburn lost this fixture 1–0 and were subsequently relegated from the Premier League.

At a Championship fixture at Ewood Park in 2014, Burnley beat their rivals for the first time in 35 years. Forty minutes into the first half, a plane flew overhead with a banner that read: ‘35yrs who cares? Venkys 4ever’.

In March 2015, the sponge inside a Blackburn Rovers logo birthday cake intended for a Blackburn fan was found inside to bear the colours of rivals Burnley, it was discovered the maker was a Burnley fan.[21] The prank received further coverage on an episode of Judge Rinder, with the Blackburn fan losing the case for compensation.

See also[edit]


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  18. ^ "Owen Coyle: Blackburn Rovers appoint former Bolton and Burnley manager". 2 June 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
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