Blackburn Rovers Club Profile
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Blackburn Rovers : Club Background
Blackburn Rovers are one of the founding members of the Football League - formed in 1875 and joining the League in 1888. The St Leger Hotel that used to exist in King William Street is recognised as being the building that housed the meeting that took place to agree the formation Blackburn Rovers FC. During their early years they quickly became a force to be reckoned with - FA Cup finalists in 1882 and then winners in 1884, 1885, 1886, 1890 and 1891.

Rovers formally moved into Ewood Park in 1890. Originally known as Ewood Bridge, it was a multi-purpose sports ground housing football, athletics and greyhound racing - Blackburn had played four matches there during the 1880s, but made it their permanent home in September 1890, and three years later purchased the freehold of the ground.

They became First Division champions in 191112 and 191314 and won the FA Cup for a sixth time in 1927-28, but their position as one of the most powerful clubs in the country began to wane after that. By 1936, they'd been relegated for the first time in their history and although they won the Second Division title just before World War II broke out, by 1948 they were back down again. Ten years later, they restored their top flight status but that failed to restore their position as a serious force in top flight football - apart from a 1960 FA Cup Final appearance - and by 1966 they were back down again, spending 26 seasons outside the top flight, and even having a period during the early 1970s when they dropped into the Third Division.

Blackburn's fortunes changed just at the right time when lifelong supporter Jack Walker bought the club. As the owner of a local steelworks, he came with money, and his timing was to coincide nicely with the formation of the new FA Premier League, bringing serious money into the top flight game. Walker appointed Kenny Dalglish as their manager in 1991, and by the end of the 1991-92 season, he had taken them up as Play-Off winners, and thus they became one of the founder members of the new league.

They broke the English transfer record in 1992 by paying Southampton 3.5million for Alan Shearer (remember when 3.5million was a huge sum in Premier League football?) and this sort of firepower was to give them a runners-up slot in 199394, followed by the Premier League title in 1994-95 a year later - undoubtedly the biggest moment in Blackburn's history.

Unfortunately for them, things didn't last too long beyond that high point. Dalgish moved upstairs to take on a Director of Football position, and they stuttered under replacements Ray Harford and Tony Parkes. Roy Hodgson briefly threatened a return to form as he guided them to UEFA Cup football during his first season, but his second was a disaster, and his replacement Brian Kidd couldn't stop Blackburn being relegated at the end of the 1998-99 season.

They made their return to the Premier League at the end of the 2000-01 season, shortly after Jack Walker's death, and at this point began to look steady performers in top flight football. They were League Cup winners in 2001-02, then in 2002-03 they qualified for European football by virtue of a sixth place finish, which they repeated again in 2005-06 - they also played in the 2007-08 UEFA Cup.

In 2010, Blackburn were taken over by Indian company Venky's London Limited - part of a company group involved in both the food and health industries. Since they've gone on a bit of a slide. Large financial losses, coupled with relegation at the end of the 2011-12 season have led to considerable disquiet amongst their fans. Their 17th place finish at the end of the 2012-13 season saw them just two points above relegation. This year things have been rather more stable - occupying a solid mid-table position for most of the campaign.

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Blackburn Rovers : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Blackburn Rovers

13/11/2000HomeTestL0-101672
21/12/2013HomeCHPL0-17179
18/04/2014AwayCHPD0-014353


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Blackburn Rovers

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Blackburn Rovers : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

04/10/2016Carlisle UnitedAwayLDVL0-21253
04/10/2016Carlisle UnitedAwayLDVL0-21253


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:


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Blackburn Rovers : Club Information
Ewood Park
Blackburn
Lancashire
BB2 4JF
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0871-702-1875
Fax : 01254-262744
Email: LTalbot@rovers.co.uk
Managing Director : Derek Shaw
Secretary : Ian Silvester
Safety Officer :
Press Officer : Rob Gill
Manager : Gary Bowyer

Capacity : 31,367
Seated : 31,367
Covered Terrace : n/a

Record Attendance : 62,255 vs Bolton Wanderers, FA Cup 6th Round, March 2nd 1929
Colours : Blue and White halves, white shorts with blue trim
Nickname : Rovers (or sometimes Blue and Whites or The Riversiders)

Ticket Prices : Note that our 2013-14 season visit was switched to Good Friday - some initial fixture lists showed this game as taking place on the Saturday. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are priced as follows:

Adults: 20.00; Aged 65 and Over: 12.00; Aged 15 and Under: 5.00.

Initially Yeovil Town have been given 802 tickets in Block S03 of the Bryan Douglas Darwen End. This is a large two-tier stand situated behind one of the goals, and is usually shared with home supporters. Block S03 is in the Lower Tier.

If you choose to buy tickets on the day, the away ticket office is located on the corner of the Darwen End & the Jack Walker Stand. There is no cash accepted on the turnstile.

Disabled Info:

Disabled supporters (including wheelchair users) can be accommodated in all four stands, with up to 262 wheelchair spaces situated at pitch level around the ground. Up to 30 spaces are available in the Darwen End of the ground - You pay the above prices according to your age. In terms of any help you may need, Blackburn are a little vague that they say "an Assistant ticket can be provided on submission of appropriate evidence" but then don't say what is 'appropriate'. This probably means that it's discretionary, but usual practice at Football League grounds is for those on the medium or higher rate of disability entitlement qualify here.

For further information on disabled facilities at Ewood Park please contact Christine Peacock on 07717-724646 or via email at disability@rovers.co.uk

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Blackburn Rovers : Directions To The Ground
General

If you've done any of our trips to Preston, you'll know how to get to Blackburn. It's situated just off the M6, on the north side of Manchester, in the county of Lancashire. The ground is situated around 1.5 miles south of the town centre, which means that you can get there by car/coach without needing to go through the town centre. As such, although it's a long distance from Yeovil, this is one of the easiest trips to navigate you'll do all season.

By Road

The route into Ewood Park is near identical from all directions, apart from the East route into the stadium. But in all cases you're aiming for M65 Junction 4 as your target.

South/West/North: Leave the M6 at Junction 29 and join the M65 (if you're coming from the North, you'll briefly do this via the M61) and head East to Blackburn. Leave the M65 at Junction 4, then join the A666 towards Blackburn. Ewood Park is a mile up this road in your right-hand side.
East: You'll need to get on the M65 via either the A646 (if coming from Bradford/Leeds/Huddersfield) or via the A59 if you're coming in from North-East. Either way, get on the M65 westbound, then get off at Junction 4, and then join the A666 as above.

Parking

Blackburn's club website is not the most helpful here, given that it provides two separate articles that do not match up in terms of their advice on parking! At the ground itself, they describe Car Park F as being available for 'Home' supporters, although at 10.00 a car, they're welcome to it.

In Albion Road (just beyond the ground in a triangular one-way system) there is parking for 800 vehicles at 4.50 a car. However, that suffers from the disadvantage that when you leave after the game, you're going to have to drive past the stadium which means you're heading straight into all the traffic (plus see below about traffic control). Hence alternatives are that you can park at a service station at Junction 4 (prices unknown) where there are 250 spaces. Alternatively, if you carry down the A666 and turn right after the BP Garage, you'll find you're passing a number of industrial units that provide parking for a fee. After the game, you can escape by turning left and driving away from the ground, then turning right at a mini-roundabout, and you'll land back at the motorway junction.

For more organised transport, you can park in Car Park C at the stadium with prices set at 20.00 per coach or 15.00 per minibus. They can take up to 40 coaches in this area.

NOTE: Velvet Street, which is close to the ground, is closed to traffic for up to three hours before kick-off. In addition, after the game, they will stop traffic, giving pedestrians full priority for around 15-20 minutes, or until those leaving the ground have cleared the area.

By Rail

You have a choice of heading to Mill Hill, which is the closest station to the ground, and around a 15 minute walk, or getting into Blackburn, which is around 25 minutes away. If your train gets in at Blackburn though, you can catch a local service to Mill Hill which is about a three minute ride. Alternatively note that Blackburn's bus station is adjacent to the main railway station meaning that you can complete your journey that way (see below).

If you do choose to walk from Blackburn railway station, then turn left out of the station entrance, then a left into Bridge Street, which becomes George Street, then take a left into Darwen Street which will take you back across the railway line. After crossing the line, take the right fork in the one way system (you can only do this if you're walking!) then straight on into Bolton Road (A666). Follow this road for a mile, crossing the railway line again, and you'll find the ground on your left hand side just after the triangular one-way system which includes the Albion Road car park.

Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.

By Bus

Blackburn Boulevard bus station is right next to the main railway station, a short distance south-west of the town centre. Buses that go between the two are as follows:
1 : Darwen Cemetery - Darwen - Blackburn - Accrington (Leaves from Stand M).
19 : Sunnybower - Blackburn - Feniscowles (Leaves from Stand N).
225 : Bolton - Blackburn - Clitheroe (Leaves from Stand N).
237 : Edgworth - Darwen - Blackburn (Leaves from Stand P).

By Taxi

A selection of Blackburn taxi companies can be found here.

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Blackburn Rovers : Web Resources
Web Sites

Blackburn Rovers Football Club
The Blackburn Rovers main club website. PTV chain site, so usual pros and cons.


Web Message Boards

BRFCS Message Boards
Set of message boards associated with the main BRFCS website.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press


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Blackburn Rovers : Food & Drink
General :

This is a bit of an unusual one in terms of where to drink. The area around the ground itself is full of 'home only' pubs, whilst the town centre takes you beyond the ground and so is less convenient unless you've come in via public transport. So you may prefer to do your drinking south of the ground. There are two areas known as Darwen and Lower Darwen (confusingly further north on your map) that are on the south edge of Blackburn, with Darwen on the south side of the motorway. Given the price of car parking, you may choose to drink in that neighbourhood and then walk in.

The region itself is dominated by Thwaites, which is a well known town brewer that owns plenty of the pubs in the area. You'll find that quite a few of the outlying pubs still stick to old-style 'village pub' hours - either closing in the afternoons, or in certain situations not actually opening until late afternoon when t'folk from t'mill return from their hard day's work.

Club Bar :

Inside the ground you'll find alcohol is served - expect to pay around 3.50 a pint - choose from Thwaites (of course), Fosters, Carlsberg, Kingstone Cider and also wine. There is also concourse food with the usual diet of pies, pastis, hot dogs, burgers and chips. Reports are that the pies are locally made, so you may get something a bit more sophisticated than your average Pukka Pies outlet. Talking of which, check out Leavers Bakery on Bolton Road, who also do their own pies on matchdays.

Local Pubs :

Anchor Hotel: This is situated just over a mile south of the ground, on the same road as the the Golden Cup but a little further along. It's a Thwaites pub that serves Wainwright Bitter. They also show all Sky Sports and BT Sport live matches. There is a beer garden.
Anchor Hotel, 317 Blackburn Road, Darwen, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB3 0AB. Tel: 07884-458934 or 01254-708869. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Black Bull: Independent micro-brewery with adjoining pub that serves their own beer. Includes their own Black Bull Bitter, several other associated ales from the Three B's Brewery and a guest ale. They don't do food, and no sign that they really do anything other than serve beer, and other alcohol. Not that this is a criticism. Normal opening hours are the fairly odd Wednesday/Thursday: 4.00p.m. - 11.00p.m., Friday: 4.00p.m. - midnight. Saturday: noon - midnight. Sunday: noon - 10.30p.m. However for our 2013-14 Good Friday fixture they will be opening the pub at 12.00 noon.
Black Bull, Brokenstone Road, Darwen, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB3 0LL. Tel: 01254-581381. Fax: 01254-659340. Email: info@threebsbrewery.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Golden Cup Inn: This pub is situated a mile south of the ground, close to Junction 4 of the motorway but on the south side - i.e. the opposite side to the ground. It's a Thwaites pub serving Lancaster Bomber, Thwaites Original, Wainwright Best and also Kingstone Press cider. Opening hours are noon until 11.30p.m. except for Fridays and Saturdays when they have an hour extension, and Mondays when they don't open until 3.00p.m. There is parking and a beer garden whilst they also show live sport. They also do food, but we're not sure what's on offer.
Golden Cup Inn, 610 Blackburn Road, Darwen, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB3 0AJ. Tel: 01254-775636. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Oakenhurst Farm: Situated very close to Junction 4 of the M65, which you'll leave to get to the ground, this is a Brewers Fayre pub situated very close to a Premier Inn. These are extremely family-friendly chain pubs - there is a 'fun factory' for younger children to be entertained by. Food is family-pub-menu - you can probably tell what will be on the menu without even looking. As such, not really a pub for hoards of noisy football supporters, but if you're taking the whole family to the game, or staying overnight this is a worthy option. Opening hours from noon until 11.00p.m. daily except for Sundays when they close half an hour early. They also open for breakfasts from 6.30a.m. on weekdays and 7.00a.m. on weekends, for four hours.
Oakenhurst Farm, Riversway Drive, Lower Darwen, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB3 0SN. Tel: 01254-707210. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Postal Order: This is a town centre Wetherspoon outlet situated just west of Blackburn railway station, and thus is convenient for those doing rail services. As Blackburn's ground is an out of town affair, this is the only pub we've included within the town centre area. Usual Wetherspoon food and beer. Children welcome. Opening hours from 8.00a.m. until midnight with an hour extension on Fridays and Saturdays. The first few hours trading will be for coffee and breakfasts only. You are just under two mile from the ground - see above for more info on buses and directions.
Postal Order, 15-19 Darwen Street, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 2BY. Tel: 01254-676400. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Rock Inn: Situated in the village of Tockholes, this is one of two country pubs that are worth doing if you're driving - the other being the Royal Arms which is in the same area further south on the same road. It's a Thwaites pub serving Lancaster Bomber, Thwaites Original, Wainwright Best and also Kingstone Press cider as well as Warsteiner continental beer. Has parking and a beer garden. They do food as well. Opening hours are noon until 2.00p.m. and then 5.00p.m. until 11.00p.m. although on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays they don't shut in the afternoons. We've checked their Good Friday April 2014 hours and they are opening at noon, as normal.
Rock Inn, Tockholes Road, Darwen, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB3 0LU. Tel: 01254-702733. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Royal Arms: Further south of the Rock Inn but on the same road, the Royal Arms is situated in the village of Tockholes which is south-west of the ground - by this point you're around 3.5 miles south of the ground, so you'll probably want to park up a little closer after you've visited the pub. Serves Banks's Bitter, Copper Dragon Golden Pippin, Moorhouse's Pendle Witches Brew, Three B's, York Dark Knight plus guest ales. This is an old stone pub situated in the middle of what were mill-worker cottages. This is proper northern countryside. There is also a beer garden, whilst the pub also serves a wide range of food which from the list of options looks to be aimed at the 'restaurant' end of the pub market - home made pies, chicken in red wine, lamb cutlets, prawn and salmon bake etc.
Royal Arms, Tockholes Road, Darwen, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB3 0PA. Tel: 01254-705373. Map: Click Here.

Uncle Jacks: Situated south of the ground, on the join between Branch Lane and Sandy Lane which both go eastbound off the main Bolton Road. Situated under a mile from Ewood Park, this is probably the closest pub to the ground on the south side that isn't going to fall into the 'home only' category. There is some outside benches if you want to smoke and have a beer.
Uncle Jacks, Branch Road, Lower Darwen, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB3 0PQ. Tel: 07952-496959. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


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Blackburn Rovers : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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