BLACKBURN ROVERS

 

The Lancashire club was formed in 1875 , turned professional in 1880 and two years later reached the FA Cup final where they were defeated by the (not any) Old Etonians. This setback did not perturb the Rovers, who went wild, winning the Cup in 1884, 1885 and 1886. Not content with that, they came back for more in 1890, 1891 and 1928 to complete their tally to date. Finals in those days entailed a trek South for the fans of the Blue and Whites. They were decidedly up for the Cup on the way down taking brass bands with them for entertainment and fireworks, which used to startle the Londoners into a state of confusion, as the Lord Mayor's parade wasn't until November.

One of their early grounds featured a "cow pit", which was a drainage pool that had to be covered by planks and turf by the players to allow matches to take place. Unfortunately, two Bury stars required hospitalisation after plunging into the pit when the boarding collapsed during a rainstorm. Further problems arose after the move to Ewood Park. Darwen were the visitors, just after the four FA Cup victories had been achieved. The fans of the away team were enraged to discover that only three of the first choice Blackburn players had been included in the side and went on the rampage, uprooting goalposts, breaking windows and ruining some carpets. They also spilled some cups of tea, emptied out the waste paper bins and threw the corner flags, javelin-style, a distance of 90 yards.

League success came for Blackburn in 1912 and 1914 with First Division Championships, but the war became a watershed in Rovers' fortunes. They ebbed with the side and they were sunk when relegation followed in 1936. Three years later, a Second Division title saw them regain their top flight status, but they were then interrupted by Adolf Hitler. Despite the inconvenience of the intervention, they were back in the 1st Division between 1957 and 1966, before a decline set in and found them at an all time low in1979, when they fell into the Division 3. The long climb up the league ladder began straight away and culminated in a Full Members Cup triumph in1987. There was anti-climax when promotion was missed in the play-off final against Leicester, but the next year they went into the Premier League under the guidance of Kenny Dalglish and the financial tutelage of Jack Walker. Alan Shearer was purchased from Southampton for in excess of 3 million and he proceeded to shoot for the stars and in 1995 the Premier League title was secured. However, things were far from stable - a disastrous European Cup campaign preceded a battle to retain their place in the Premiership. The acquisition of the experienced ex-Switzerland boss, Roy Hodgson has seen a revival for the side this season, but strangely, they are never feted by the media.

The fans of the club have had a major influence on the game as the supporters in the early days did something that would spark a craze more than 100 years later. The followers of the side, when the club was formed, were not well off - toiling in the dark satanic cotton mills of the North-West, but wanted to display their loyalty to the Rovers. So, two fans bought one home shirt and one away shirt and cut them in half, sewing the one half of each shirt together . The club were so impressed, that they adopted this as their, now famous blue and white halved home shirt and immediately produced a new second kit, thus introducing the first replica kit merchandising rip-off. Although the half-and-half shirt fad resurfaced in the late 1980's, it was never to have such a lasting impact as the original version.

More latterly, the club have shed the inexperienced Kidd and gone for Souness to lead them on.  This has resulted in a return to the Premiership, with promotion gained automatically with a second place finish. The hard work was for Souness in trying to keep the Rovers up in the top division, which he succeeded in doing, but was replaced by Mark "Sparky" Hughes - nicknamed as such because he had terrible problems generating static electricity on the new textured berber carpets at Ewood Park.  Well, they have to get some electric atmosphere in the stadium somehow.

He didn't last too long before being tempted by Manchester City, only to be replaced by Paul Ince, who dropped his sobriquet of the "Guv'nor" to take the boss's role at Ewood Park, but it was not for long before the Rovers board took a last throw and his boots were filled by a bigger man in "Big" Sam Allardyce and then Steve "Who ?" Kean.  The fans had the opinion that Kean wasn't good enough for their club and hounded him out, only for him to be replaced with former player Henning Berg, who they did the same to after 57 days and then he was replaced by Michael Appleton (nicked from Blackpool) who lasted 67 days.  As the Rovers fans awaited the appointment of a big name boss, everyone else was secretly hoping, in logical numerical patterns, that he would last 77 days days in charge.

FAMOUS PLAYERS: - Derek Fazakerley, Alan Shearer, Bill Eckersly, Uriah N. Luckey, Ronnie Clayton, Barrington Heckerslike.

FAMOUS FANS : - Jim Bowen (TV Game Show host), Wayne Hemingway (Fashion designer - Red Or Dead), Stephen Pinder (Actor - Brookside, Emmerdale)


Club Records 

Formed 1875
Turned Professional 1880
Became a Limited Company 1897
Previous Names Blackburn Grammar School Old Boys
Previous Grounds Oozehead Ground = 1875-1876
Pleasington Ground = 1876-1877
Alexandra Meadows = 1877-1880
Leamington Road = 1880-1890
Nickname "ROVERS"
Club Colours Home : Shirts - Blue and White halved  with black panels Shorts - White
Socks - white with blue trim
Away : Shirts - Red and black stripes Shorts - Red with black panels
Socks - Red and black
Record Premier League Win 7-1   .v.  West Ham United  14.10.2001
Record Football League Win 9-0   .v. Middlesbrough 
Division 2   6.11.1954 
Record Football League Defeat 0-8   .v. Arsenal  
Division 1 25.2.1933
Record Cup Win 11-0   .v. Rossendale  
FA Cup R1  13.10.1884
Record Fee Paid 8 million to Manchester United for Andrew COLE (December 2001)
Record Fee Received 17 million from Chelse for Damien DUFF (July 2003)
Record Football League Appearances 596  -  Derek FAZACKERLEY (1970-86)
Record League goalscorer 168 -  Simon GARNER  (1978-92)
Record goalscorer in a  League season 43  -  Ted HARPER   Division 1  (1925/26)
Most goals in a match 7 - Tommy BRIGGS  v  Bristol Rovers  
Division 2  5.2.1953
Record Home Attendance (all-time) 62,522  .v. Bolton Wanderers 
FA Cup R6  2.3.1929
Record Match Receipts 438,868  .v. Newcastle United 
FAC R5   31.1.2000 
Record total of goals in a League season 114  -  Division 2  (1954-55)
Record League points total 3 pts for a win : 89  Premier League  (1994-95)

2 pts for a win : 60  Division 3 (1974-75)

Most Capped Player while at Club Bob CROMPTON  41 (England)
Youngest Player Harry DENNISON  16 years and 155 days   v  Bristol City 8.4.1998

 

Stadium details 

Address :  Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 4JF

Telephone : 01254 698 888
 01254 671 666  (Ticket Office)
09068 121179 (News)
01254 665606 (Club Shop)
Fax : 01254 671 042

Capacity :  31,367
Pitch size :  115 yards  x 72 yards
Official website :  www.rovers.co.uk

Fanzines

4,000 Holes
Colin's Cheeky Bits

 

Travel to Ewood Park

Ewood Park is only 10 minutes from the M6, 5 minutes from the M61 and almost on the new M65. It is about 30 minutes away from Manchester.  For a good map of the roads into the area see the Official site (www.rovers.co.uk) and go to club information.

By Car 
From the north, south and west, come off the M6 at Junction 31 or take the A59/A677, following signs for Blackburn. Then take the A666. After 1.5 miles turn left (Kidder Street). 
Come in on the A679 or A667 from the east and follow the signs for Bolton Road then look for Kidder Street on the left.
There is ample parking facilities for around 800 vehicles at the ground.

By Train 
Nearest stations :- Blackburn (1.5 miles) and Mill Hill (1 mile). 

By Bus 
Take any bus from Blackburn town centre heading for Darwen, then you will have a couple of minutes walk to the ground.

 

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