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Encyclopedia > Blackburn Rovers F.C

Blackburn Rovers
Full name Blackburn Rovers
Athletic & Football Club
Nickname Rovers
Founded 1875
Ground Ewood Park, Blackburn
Capacity 31 367
Chairman Robert Coar
Manager Mark Hughes
League FA Premier League
2003_04 Premier League, 15th
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Home colours
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Away colours

Blackburn Rovers is an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire.



Blackburn Rovers was established in 1875, and in 1888 became a founder member of the English Football League. In 1890 Rovers moved to its permanent home at Ewood Park.

Until the formation of the Premier League in 1992, the majority of Blackburn Rovers' success was pre-1930 when they won the league and F.A. Cup on several occasions.

In the early 1990s Jack Walker, a local boy and life-long supporter who made millions in the steel industry, invested heavily in the club. He lured former Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish as manager and a number of shrewd player purchases followed, most notably Alan Shearer. This lifted the club back into the Premier League and after finishing runners-up to Manchester United in 1993/1994, Rovers won the championship the following year. A slump followed in the late 1990s, with relegation to League Division One. The team returned to form in 2000 and secured promotion back into the Premier League and in 2002 won the League Cup, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2_1 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Blackburn Rovers is still the only team to win the F.A. Cup three years in succession, for which they were awarded a special trophy in 1886, and is one of only a handful of clubs to be a founder member of both the Football League and the Premier League.

Blackburn Rovers' club badge

Contact details


Ewood Park,
Nutall Street,
BB2 4JF.
United Kingdom.

Phone numbers

Telephone: 01254_698888
Fax: 01254_671042
Ticket Office: 01254_671666

Current Squad


1. Brad Friedel
13. Peter Enckelman
26. David Yelldell


2. Lucas Neill
4. Lorenzo Amoruso
6. Craig Short
14. Nils-Eric Johansson
15. Aaron Mokoena
22. Dominic Matteo
23. Vratislav Gresko
24. Andy Todd
25. James McEveley
29. Ryan Nelsen New Zealander
33. Michael Gray (on loan to Leeds United)


5. Garry Flitcroft
7. Brett Emerton
8. Tugay Kerimoğlu
12. Morten Gamst Pedersen
18. Steven Reid
20. David Thompson
21. Jonathan Douglas
31. Robbie Savage


9. Jonathan Stead
10. Paul Dickov
17. Matt Jansen
19. Paul Gallagher
27. Jay Bothroyd (on loan from Perugia)


Date Ground
1876-77 Oozehead Ground
1877-78 Pleasington Cricket Ground
1878-81 Alexandra Meadows
1881-90 Leamington Road
1890-present Ewood Park

Club honours

Date Honour
1884,1885,1886,1890,1891,1928 F.A. Cup winners
1882,1960 F.A. Cup runners-up
2002 Worthington (League) Cup winners
1987 Full Members Cup winners
1994-95 Premier League champions
1993-94 Premier League runners-up
1911-12, 1913-1914 League division 1 champions
1938-39 League division 2 champions
1957-58 League division 2 runners-up
1974-75 League division 3 champions
1979-80 League division 3 runners-up

Performance in the top division

Blackburn Rovers has spent a total of sixty-four seasons in the national top division, finishing in these positions:

Position frequency
15th 6 times
6th 5
4th 5
8th 4
9th 4
10th 4
12th 4
14th 4
16th 4
1st 3
3rd 3
7th 3
5th 2
11th 2
13th 2
17th 2
22nd 2
18th 1
19th 1
20th 1
21st 1
2nd 1

As with Chelsea and Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers has, over the years, finished the season in every league position.

Club managers

Period Manager
1884-1896 Thomas Mitchell
1896-1803 J Warmsley
1903-1925 R B Middleton
1922-1926 Jack Carr
1926-1930 Bob Crompton
1931-1936 Arthur Barritt
1936-1938 Reg Taylor
1938-1941 Bob Crompton
1944-1947 Eddie Hapgood
1947 Will Scott
1947-1949 Jack Bruton
1949-1953 Jackie Bestall
1953-1958 Johnny Carey
1958-1960 Dally Duncan
1960-1967 Jack Marshall
1967-1970 Eddie Quiqley
1970-1971 Johnny Carey
1971-1973 Ken Furphy
1974-1975 Gordon Lee
1975-1978 Jim Smith
1978 Jim Iley
1978-1979 John Pickering
1979-1981 Howard Kendall
1981-1986 Bobby Saxton
1987-1991 Don Mackay
1991-1996 Kenny Dalglish
1995-1997 Ray Harford
1997-1998 Roy Hodgson
1998-1999 Brian Kidd
1999-2000 Tony Parkes
2000-2004 Graeme Souness
2004- Mark Hughes

External links

  • Blackburn Rovers official website (http://www.rovers.co.uk)
  • BBC Sport: Blackburn news/results (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/blackburn_rovers/default.stm)

FA Premier League 2004/05

Arsenal | Aston Villa | Birmingham City | Blackburn Rovers | Bolton Wanderers | Charlton Athletic | Chelsea | Crystal Palace | Everton | Fulham | Liverpool | Manchester City | Manchester United | Middlesbrough | Newcastle United | Norwich City | Portsmouth | Southampton | Tottenham Hotspur | West Bromwich Albion

FA Premier League seasons

1992-93 | 1993-94 | 1994-95 | 1995_96 | 1996-97 | 1997-98 | 1998-99
1999-00 | 2000-01 | 2001-02 | 2002_03 | 2003-04 | 2004-05 edit (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:FA_Premier_League&action=edit)

Football in England

League competitions

The FA

Cup competitions

FA Premier League FA Cup
The Football League (Champ, 1, 2) England
League Cup
Football Conference (Nat, N, S) FA Community Shield
Northern Premier League (Prem, 1) List of
Football League Trophy
Southern League (Prem, 1W, 1E) FA Trophy
Isthmian League (Prem, 1, 2) Records FA Vase
English football league system FA NLS Cup

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