BLACKBURN ROVERS F.C.
Founded: 1875





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BLACKBURN ROVERS F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of BLACKBURN ROVERS FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

The club was founded following a meeting, at the Leger Hotel, Blackburn, on 5 November 1875. The first match played by Blackburn Rovers took place in Church, Lancashire on 18 December 1875 and was a 11 draw. On 28 September 1878, Blackburn Rovers became one of 23 clubs to form the Lancashire Football Association. On 1 November 1879 the club played in the F.A. Cup for the first time, beating the Tyne Association Football Club 51. Blackburn Rovers cup winners in 188384. The first FA Cup win for the team. Rovers finally won the F.A. Cup on 29 March 1884 with a 21 victory over the Scottish team Queen's Park. The same teams played the F.A. Cup final again the next season, with Blackburn Rovers again emerging victorious, with a 20 score. Rovers repeated this success yet again the next season, winning the final replay 20 against West Bromwich Albion. For this three-in-a-row of F.A. Cup victories, the club was awarded a specially commissioned silver shield and given the unique privilege of displaying the club crest on its corner flags. The 188586 season was the birth of the legal professional footballer, and Blackburn Rovers spent 615 on player wages for the season.

Blackburn Rovers were founder members of the Football League in 1888. Blackburn Rovers again reached the F.A. Cup final on 29 March 1890 at the Kennington Oval. The club claimed the trophy for the fourth time, by beating Sheffield Wednesday a hefty 61 with left forward William Townley scoring three goals and becoming the first player to achieve a hat-trick in the F.A. Cup final. The 189091 season saw Blackburn Rovers win the F.A. Cup for the fifth time against Notts County with a 31 victory. Blackburn Rovers continued to struggle during the early years of the 20th century, but the results began a gradual improvement. Major renovations were made to Ewood Park: in 1905 the Darwen End was covered at a cost of 1680 and the new Nuttall Stand was opened on New Year's Day 1907. During the first three decades of the 20th century, Blackburn Rovers were still considered a top side in the English league. They were First Division champions in 191112 and 191314, and F.A Cup winners in 192728 with a 31 victory against Huddersfield Town, but the F.A Cup win was their last major trophy for nearly 70 years.

Blackburn Rovers maintained a respectable mid-table position in the First Division until they were finally relegated (along with Aston Villa) from the top flight (for the first time since the foundation of the league) in the 193536 season. When the league resumed after the war, Blackburn Rovers were relegated in their second season (194748). At this time the tradition of burying a coffin began. The club remained in the second division for the following ten years. After promotion in 1958, they again returned to the mid-table position they had occupied in the earlier part of the century. During this time, they seldom made a serious challenge for a major trophy although they did reach the 1960 FA Cup final when managed by Scot Dally Duncan. They were again relegated from the First Division in 1966 and began a 26-year exile from the top division.

During the 1970s, Blackburn Rovers bounced between the Second and Third Divisions, winning the Third Division title in 1975, but never mounted a challenge for promotion to the First Division. Blackburn secured promotion to the new FA Premier League at the end of 199192 season as play-off winners, ending 26 years outside the top flight. Rovers made headlines in the summer of 1992 by paying an English record fee of 3.5million for the 22-year-old Southampton and England centre forward Alan Shearer. After finishing fourth in 199293 and runners-up in 199394, they went on to win the Premier League title in 199495. The title chase went down to the last game of the season, but despite Rovers losing to Liverpool they edged out rivals Manchester United to win the championship. In 200102, Blackburn record signing Andy Cole was bought in for 8million, and Rovers won their first-ever League Cup by beating Tottenham Hotspur 21 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Cole scoring the winner in the 69th minute. The following season Rovers finished sixth to qualify for the UEFA Cup for the second season running. Rovers reached the semi-final of the 200607 FA Cup, but lost to Chelsea in extra time, and finished that season's league in tenth, qualifying for the Intertoto Cup, which led to a short run in the 200708 UEFA Cup. In November 2010 the Indian company V H Group bought Blackburn Rovers under the name of Venky's London Limited for 23 million. In December 2011 it was announced that Blackburn Rovers posted an annual pre-tax loss of 18.6m for the year ending 30 June 2011. Despite this the owners of Blackburn Rovers provided assurances over the continued funding of the club, even if they were relegated. On 7 May 2012, the club was relegated to the Championship after being defeated at home by Wigan Athletic at home in the penultimate game of the season, ending 11 years of being in the English Premier League.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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Blackburn Rovers F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Rovers
Year Founded
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1875 (141 years ago)
English County
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Lancashire
Current Ground
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Ewood Park
Ground Location
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Blackburn, England
Club's Owner
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Venky's London Ltd
Managing Director
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Mike Cheston
Current Manager
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Owen Coyle
Current League
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Championship
Last Season
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Championship, 15th place


HOME COLORS

Blue, White
w/Red Trim
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INTERESTING STADIUM FACTS & INFORMATION


EWOOD PARK
Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2-4JF England

OPENED: ......... 1882
SURFACE: ........ Grass
COST: .............. 9,000
CAPACITY: ...... 31,367
RECORD: ......... 62,522 (1929 vs Wolverhampton)
OWNER: ........... Blackburn Rovers F.C.
OPERATOR: ..... Blackburn Rovers F.C.
FIELD SIZE: ...... 115 76 yards (105 x 69 meters)



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