Blackburn Rovers

After a meeting on November 5th, 1875 at the St. Leger Hotel on King William Street schoolboys from Shrewsbury put forward to play organised football. However, it was not until December of the same year the activities really kicked-off. By which was reported in the local newspaper at the time. Saying that on Saturday 18th a match of football went down between the Rovers club, Blackburn and the Church club. But what’s more, with its early establishment year the Club also became one of the founding members of the 1888 Football League. But even the English Premier League in 1992. With all that first, has the Blackburn Rovers kept its momentum through the years? On that note, let’s see how the competition record has panned out.

UEFA club coefficient ranking

Even if the last events counting to the overall standings in UEFA club coefficient ranking is on the older side, the Club did have some significant good time in the European Leagues. And if we look at the best years, Blackburn Rovers was on 66th position, just before the Rumanian Football Club, FCSB (67th). And after the Czech First League Club, Sparta Prague (65th). Plus, in a broader inspection, Blackburn Rovers currently (2020) situates on the 341st position in UEFA’s all-time Club ranking system, stretching from 1955 to 2020.

How many times have Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League title?

Blackburn Rovers has had a great run in the top-flight in the UK. In fact, from the inauguration season, 1992/93 of the English Premier League (EPL) the Club ended up on a 4th place. However, practice makes perfect, and the following season (1993/94) the Club finished on a runner-up place. Only to grab the number one spot one year later (1994/95). Also, if taking First Division into considerations, Blackburn Rovers has actually crowned champion 2 (1911/12, 1913/14) more times. With the top-division explored, shall we have a look at other contribution and major honour titled to the Blackburn Rovers?

Titles, Trophies, and Triumphs by Blackburn Rovers

Despite the slightly ageing top-flight wins, the Club does have some more recent victories to its name. And in no particular order let’s start with the 6 (1883/84, 1884/85, 1885/86, 1889/90, 1890/91, 1927/28) FA Cup wins, followed by 1 (1912) FA Community Shield victory. But also 1 (1938/39) Football League Second Division win, 1 (1974/75) Football League Third Division, and 1 (1958/59) FA Youth Cup trophy. Plus, 1 (1987) Full Members Cup, and 1 (2001/02) Football League Cup. As you can see, even if the Club managed to produce some good results in the early years, the hunt for more recent honours does linger a bit.

Kit and colours

The funding days of Blackburn Rovers and its first meeting minutes are actually reported. Saying that “the colours be white jersey, blue and white skull cap, trousers optional.” By which has been the Clubs colour since the formation. Even the design of quartered shirts has endured the test of time. And the only noticeable change has been the swap between a navy blue and a lighter blue. Another introduction was the accent colour, red. But as said, the red elements added to the Clubs home colour has only been to highlight such thing as shirt collars, socks, and stripes on the shorts. And with such robust Club design and colours, a change is unlikely to happen.

Blackburn Rover’s social responsibilities

The Blackburn Rover’s engage with its closer community via its Trust. That aim to use such things as football to empower all type of people. Indeed, the Club has a sports activity to partake in, meant to educate, encourage, and highlight participation. All in all, the community reach-out project has a special place in Blackburn Rover’s heart.

Stadiums and capacity

The road to the current (2020) stadium Ewood Park and it’s 31,367 capacities have been a long road. And the first home ground was the grazing field, Oozehead Ground (1875 to 1877), followed by the brief stay (1877) at the Pleasington Cricket Ground. Only to move to yet another multipurpose venue the, Alexandra Meadows (1877 to 1881). And finally, the move to Leamington Road (1881 to 1890) marked the first time Blackburn Rovers played on a purpose build stadium. Though, it was not until 1890 that the Club moved into its permanent home, Ewood Park.

Blackburn transfers and rumours

Blackburn Rover’s fan base

The “Rovers” has 13,800 fans showing up to the home games on average in the latest (2019/20) season. However, the impressive number comes after looking at the away attendance. Telling us that there are actually more tickets sold on average on the away games then there is on the home games. In fact, the away average is the best in the entire Sky Bet Championship. Where the “Rovers” manage to entice around 20,600 supporters on the away matches, and on a total reported headcount, home and away figure lands around 17,000. That has roughly been the number for the last 3 years for the Club.

Women football in Blackburn Rovers

Even if the men’s team still hunting for more recent wins, the same is not true for the women. Though the formation of the women’s team is fairly new (1991), the victories are quite impressive. First of, the 13 (2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19) Lancashire Challenge Cup trophies. And 4 (2005/06, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19) Premier League Northern Division victories, 1 (2003/04) Northern Combination win, 1 (2012/13) Preston Tournament win, 1 (2017/18) FA Women’s Premier League Cup, and finally 1 (2018/19) FA Women’s National League Cup win.

Stakeholders and other financial interests in Blackburn Rovers

Since 2010 Blackburn Rovers Football & Athletic Ltd operates 99% from the V H Group. More precise, Venkateshwara Hatcheries Private Limited. With Venky’s London Limited acting as the parenting company. Other than that, Blackburn Rovers also, of course, have other interests, like online sportsbook operator, brewer, and a broadcasting company to mention some of them.

Fun facts and other pub quiz trivia

Did you know that as of now, (2020), Blackburn Rovers is the only active club that won the FA Cup back, to back, to back, although an old record, the 3 (1883/84, 1884/85, 1885/86) wins still has a place on the winner board? The only Club equalling the record is the former Wanderers F.C. A somewhat unthinkable fact these days would be that when the Club played on Oozehead Ground the pitch needed work before every match day. And before kick-off, the water hole in the centre of the “pitch” got filled in with tree trunks, covered by grass to complete the surface.