John Inglis played in the final against Queens Park at outside left. In 1894 Blackburn Rovers signed Patrick Gordon from Liverpool. The team included Alfred Birtwistle, Walter Duckworth, John Lewis, Arthur Constantine, J. T. Syckelmoore, Thomas Greenwood, Harry Greenwood and Jack Baldwin. Alexandra Meadows (1878-1881) Tom Mitchell, the club secretary, once again went to Scotland to recruit players. Adam Bowman was once again the club's top scorer with 15 goals. At the beginning of the 1889-90 season Tom Mitchell, the club secretary, recruited four top players from Scotland: Tom Brandon, Johnny Forbes, George Dewar and Harry Campbell. Official club name: Blackburn Rovers Football Club: Address: Ewood Park: BB2 4JF Blackburn, Lancashire (Residents: 105.085): England: Tel: +44 12 54 - 69 8: Fax: +44 12 54 - 67 1 The first game played at the new Ewood Park ground was on 13 September 1890 against Accrington, the 0–0 draw was viewed by 10,000 people and on 31 October 1892 artificial lights were installed. Since the season 1974-1975 the crest has been on the team's shirt. Major William Sudell, the secretary/manager of Preston North End, admitted that his players were being paid but argued that this was common practice and did not breach regulations. for Roque Santa Cruz in June 2009, 11–0 v Rossendale United, Ewood Park, FA Cup 1st round 13 October 1884, 9–0 v Middlesbrough, Ewood Park, Division 2, 6 November 1954, 8–2 v West Ham United, Division 1, 26 December 1963, 0–8 v Arsenal, Division 1, 25 February 1933, Circling the rose is the team name "Blackburn Rovers F.C." Tom Booth, an English international, was sold to Everton and Tommy Briercliffe moved to Stalybridge Celtic. Only a decision to increase the size of the First Division of the Football League to 18 clubs saved Blackburn Rovers from relegation. He was replaced by Paul Ince,[38] Ince's first job was to persuade some of the wantaway players to stay. He spent 7,000 on a new stand by the River Darwen. On 7 May 2017, five years to the day after dropping out of the Premier League, the club saw their second relegation since being taken over by their current owners. Lancashire was the first place to take on mass fingerprinting after a Blackburn girl was murdered. Haydock is the best they have had for a long time.". Jack Southworth and James Forrest also missed a lot of games that season as a result of injuries. During the first three decades of the 20th century, Blackburn Rovers were still considered a top side in the English league. The first game at the new stadium was against their old rivals Blackburn Olympic. But their fortunes changed when the club was bought by local steel magnate Jack Walker; being an avid supporter of Blackburn since his childhood days, Walker had no problems with investing large sums of money in the club. [62] Ewood sits on the bank of the River Darwen in Blackburn, Lancashire. [46][47][48], In December 2011, Blackburn Rovers posted an annual pre-tax loss of £18.6m for the year ending 30 June 2011. It is "hard lines" on Sowerbutts or whoever else is supplanted, that after the faithful services of the past he should be pushed out in this manner, and besides that there is a class of people in the town who would rather lose the Cup on their merits than win it with the aid of a specially introduced stranger." During FA Cup finals it is tradition for the club to adopt the town's coat of arms as their badge. 1992 Alan Shearer is signed from Southampton for £3,5M, a new club transfer record. [61], Rovers first home ground was a field at Oozehead on Preston New Road to the north west of the town. Ultimately though, pressure from the supporters who had been calling for the manager's removal for months resulted in his resignation as manager on 29 September 2012.[51]. A member of the playing staff, Hunter later worked as an assistant coach at the club. Rowland Pennington lost his place after letting in seven goals in two games. [62], Still adopting cricket grounds, the committee acquired the use of the East Lancashire Cricket Club's ground in the centre of the town, Alexandra Meadows. Provide feedback on this article in our Blackburn Rovers F.C. Fred Pentland who was unable to maintain his goalscoring form, moved to Brentford in the Southern League. However, they were beaten by Liverpool in the first round of the FA Cup. Under-23s and Academy, "EFL Official Website – Blackburn Rovers", "Top 10 most successful English football clubs revealed: Liverpool, Man United and more! However, the Football Association disagreed and expelled them from the competition. That summer, the manager's job was taken by Roy Hodgson, who joined the club from Internazionale. The match was fairly exciting, the tactics of the Rovers at the opening of the game being remarkably good. It was the first time in Blackburn's history that they had won the Football League title. Jimmy Brown, whom I have mentioned, was a good centre-forward and had won international honours. For Blackburn Rovers, on the other hand, it was the start of a ten-year period in which they appeared in six FA Cup Finals. [37] Hughes secured Rovers' Premier League survival for the 2004–05 season as well as an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal, with Rovers finishing 15th once again. Cup final on 29 March 1890 at the Kennington Oval. The decision by the Football Association to allow clubs to pay their players increased their out-goings. 2009 Roque Santa Cruz is sold to Manchester City for £17,5M, a new club transfer record. I n the history of the Premier League, only six clubs have won the … The meeting was organised by two young men, namely John Lewis and Arthur Constantine, two old-boys of Shrewsbury School. The two clubs played each other on 15th February 1879 but Olympic, one of the best teams in the country, won 3-1. The 1893-94 season saw Blackburn encounter serious financial problems. On 16th March, 1912, Wattie Aitkenhead won his first international cap playing for Scotland against Ireland. There was a record gate of £760, the previous best being £454. As a result the attendance at the game was less than 6,000 and produced only £664 in gate money. It was this shrewd acquisition that led to Blackburn reaching the stars once again; led by a partnership of Shearer and Chris Sutton which resulted in more than 50 goals between the two of them, Blackburn won the Premier League in 1995. Whereas Rovers was mainly made up of players who attended public schools, the Blackburn Olympic team largely contained men from the working-class and was funded by Sidney Yates of the local iron foundry. Blackburn Rovers played Darwen in a friendly on 27th November 1880. Squad size: Walmsley was immediately banned from having any further involvement with football. In 2001–02, record signing Andy Cole was bought in for £8million,[34] and Rovers won their first-ever League Cup by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2–1 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Cole scoring the winner in the 69th minute. On 20th July, 1885, the FA announced that it was "in the interests of Association Football, to legalise the employment of professional football players, but only under certain restrictions".