Blackburn Rovers Club Information
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Blackburn Rovers Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. It is one of only three teams to be founder members of both the Football League and the Premier League, the others being Aston Villa and Everton.
Blackburn Rovers Football Club was established in 1875, and in 1888 became a founding member of The 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 the club's success was pre-1930 when they won the league and FA Cup on several occasions, and their relegation in 1966 was followed by 26 successive seasons of football outside the top flight.
In 1992, Blackburn were promoted to the new Premier League a year after being taken over by local steel baron Jack Walker, who installed Kenny Dalglish as manager. In 1995, Blackburn became league champions, having spent millions of pounds on players like Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton But the title winning team was quickly split up and, in 1999, the club were relegated. They were promoted back to the Premiership two years later, just after Walker's death, and have been in the top flight ever since. During this time they have qualified for the UEFA Cup four times; once as League Cup winners, twice as the Premiership's sixth-placed team and once via the Intertoto Cup.
Blackburn Rovers Kits and Colours
The Rovers kit have always been fundamentally the same; two team colours split across the shirt. One sleeve and one side of the shirt would be each colour. The shorts started white and the socks dark blue. Although the sock pattern and colours would change, everything else, for the most part, hasn't been touched since 1905. Since changing to white shorts in recent years, the home kits have had dark blue shorts since 1904, when they were changed for a year, then rejected and changed back. Blackburn Rovers colours for 2007-08 as voted for by fans. For 2007-08 the traditional blue and white remains, however the away kit is a brand new idea using the existing away colours (black & red) for the first time in a halved formation.
Blackburn Rovers Grounds and Stadia
Blackburn played at Leamington Road from 1881 until 1890, when they moved to their current home, Ewood Park. Ewood is the oldest consecutive home of a Premier League team, Blackburn having been there longer than Chelsea and Liverpool have been at their present homes, even though their stadia were constructed first. This stadium sits on the bank of the River Darwen in Blackburn, Lancashire. Blackburn is one of only two football clubs (the other being the Wanderers) to win the FA Cup for three seasons in a row, retaining the exclusive right to place their club logo on the corner flags, despite these victories being achieved at their previous stadium.
Blackburn Rovers Fans and Supporters
Blackburn Rovers supporters have formed several support clubs related to the team, and almost all of them are partially focused on making trips to Ewood Park easier. In addition, although Rovers home games are the least attended in the Premiership for the size of the stadium, on average nearly an amount equal to a fifth of Blackburn (pop. approximately 100,000). Blackburn also have a very vocal support group when it comes to big decisions being made for the club, a support group created on a media site, objecting to the appointment of Sam Allardyce as replacement for outgoing boss Mark Hughes in 2008 for instance.
In January 2006 Blackburn Rovers Supporters Football Club (BRSFC) was formed by a group of Blackburn Rovers supporters through the clubs official message board. This team is not one of a group of breakaway teams such as FC United of Manchester (Manchester United) which was created by disgruntled fans in the wake of Malcolm Glazer's takeover at Old Trafford. BRSFC enjoys an affiliation with Blackburn Rovers Football Club and are registered with the Lancashire Football Association .
BRSFC were created for the sole purpose of playing and enjoying football with and against other supportes teams. BRSFC are currently in an Internet based supporters league called The Northern Football Supporters League (NFSL) which features similar supporter run teams. Blackburn Rovers season ticket holders Warren Wolstencroft, Andrew Berry and Michael Nuttall currently run the team. Players of BRSFC pay a membership fee for each game that they play this covers the costs of pitches for training and matches. Fees are dependant of the length of time each player participates in the match
Blackburn Rovers Main rivals
In an extensive census on FootballFanCensus.com in December 2003, the surveyed fans placed Bolton Wanderers as a rival of Blackburn Rovers. The teams are located close to each other and the match is considered a local derby.
Blackburn has a long term rivalry with Burnley which dates back to the 19th century. The two clubs are eight miles apart and on some occasions violence has broken out. When the two teams play each other, it is known as the East Lancashire Derby. In a 2008 report by Littlewoods Football Pools, the surveyed fans said that Blackburn against Burnley is the team's biggest rivalry, and the 15th biggest rivalry in the UK involving the 92 league clubs.
Manchester United is a team located close by to Blackburn Rovers and so are considered a rival by the fans. The rivalry was fiercest in the mid nineties when Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United fought closely for the Premier League title.
Other Premier Leagues clubs nearby include Manchester City.
The local rivalry between Blackburn and Preston North End goes back over one hundred years. In 1888 Preston refused to play a match against Blackburn due to their reception by the Blackburn fans