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Blackburn Rovers F.C.

Blackburn Rovers F.C.

Blackburn Rovers F.C. is an english football club founded in 1875.

England 1890-91 season

The club was founded after a meeting at the Leger Hotel in Blackburn on November 5, 1875. The meeting was organized by two young people, namely John Lewis and Arthur Constantine, two old boys from Shrewsbury School. The purpose of the meeting was "to discuss the possibility of creating a football club that will play according to the rules of the association."Blackburn Rovers' first match took place in Church, Lancashire on 18 December 1875 and was a 1-1 draw.On 28 September 1878, Blackburn Rovers became one of the 23 clubs that formed the Lancashire Football Association. On November 1, 1879, the club played in the FA Cup for the first time, defeating Tyne Association Football Club 5-1. Rovers were eventually eliminated from the competition in the third round after a heavy 6-0 defeat by Nottingham Forest.On March 25, 1882, the club won the FA Cup final. Old Etonians. Blackburn Rovers became the first provincial team to reach the final. but the result was a 1-0 defeat by the Old Etonians.Rovers finally won the FA Cup on March 29, 1884, with a 2-1 victory over the Scottish team. Royal Park. The same teams played in the FA Cup final again the following season, and Blackburn Rovers won 2-0 again. Rovers repeated this success once again the following season, winning the final replay 2-0 against West Bromwich Albion. For these three consecutive victories in the FA Cup, the club was awarded a special silver shield.The 1885-86 season was the birth of a legal professional footballer, and Blackburn Rovers spent £615 on players' salaries for the season.

The Football League begins

Blackburn Rovers were founding members of the Football League in 1888.

Blackburn Rovers reached the FA Cup Final again on 29 March 1890 at Kennington Oval. The club won the trophy for the fourth time, beating Sheffield Wednesday a hefty 6-1 with left-winger William Townley scoring three goals and becoming the first player to achieve a hat-trick in an FA Cup final.In the 1890-91 season, Blackburn Rovers won the FA Cup for the fifth time against Notts County with a 3-1 victory. During the 1897-98 season, the club remained in the first division only as a result of the decision to increase the number of teams from 16 to 18. However, the season marked the beginning of Bob Crompton45 years of work with the club both as a player and as a coach, who won the FA Cup.

Early 20th century

Blackburn Rovers continued to struggle in the early years of the 20th century, but the results began to gradually improve. Major repairs were made to Ewood Park: in 1905, Darwin End was covered at a cost of 1,680 pounds, 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 the top side in the English league. They were champions of the First Division in 1911-12 and 1913-14, as well as holders of the Football Association Cup in 1927-28 with a 3-1 win over Huddersfield Town, but winning the F Cup.A was their last major trophy in almost 70 years.

Mid-20th century

Blackburn Rovers. Through the English Football League system from the first season in 1888-89

, Blackburn Rovers held a respectable mid-table position in the First Division until they finally relegated (along with Aston Villa) from the top league (for the first time since the league was founded) in the 1935-36 season.When the league resumed after the war, Blackburn Rovers were relegated in the second season (1947-48). At this time, the tradition of burying the coffin began. The club remained in the second division for the next ten years. After being promoted in 1958, they returned to the mid-table position they occupied at the beginning of the century. At that time they rarely challenged seriously for a major trophy - although they did reach the 1960 FA Cup final under Scott. Dudley Duncan. Rovers lost this game 3-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers after playing most of the game with only 10 people on the pitch, following an injury to Dave Whelan who broke his leg.There were brief hopes of a return to glory in the 1963-64 season when West Ham United's remarkable 8-2 away win in East London on Boxing Day took them to the top of the league. However, their league lead was short-lived and they finished the season somewhat lower down the table as the title was won by a Liverpool side who would record 12 more league titles over the next 26 years, while Blackburn's luck went a very different way. They relegated from the First Division in 1966 and began a 26-year exile from the top division.

1970s and 1980s

During the 1970s, Blackburn Rovers moved from the second to the third divisions, winning the title in the third division in 1975, but never raised the question of moving to the first division, despite the attempts of successive managers to get the club back on track, and retreated. to the third division in 1979. They finished second in the Third Division in 1980 and, with the exception of one season in League One, 2017-18, have remained in the top two levels of the English league ever since. A second successive promotion was almost achieved the following year, but the club missed out on goal difference and successful manager Howard Kendall moved to Everton that summer. Kendall's successor, Bobby Saxton, managed to finish only in mid-table for the next three seasons, then almost achieved promotion in the 1984-85 season, but a poor result the following year (just one place above relegation), followed by a terrible start to the 1986-87 season, cost Saxton. his job.Saxton was replaced by Don McKay, who led them to a decent finish that season as well as winning the Full Members Cup. Over the next three seasons, McKay restored Rovers' status as promotion contenders, but each time they lacked promotion; the closest they came to this was in 1988-89 when they reached the Second Division play-off final in their last season of a two-legged home match, but lost to Crystal Palace. Defeat in the semi-finals of the 1989-90 Second Division playoffs. It caused even more disappointment at Ewood Park, but the following season the club passed into the possession of the local owner of the metallurgical plant and his supporter. Jack Walker (1929-2000).

The 1990s

After the takeover of Walker, Rovers finished 19th in the Second Division at the end of the 1990-91 season, but the new owner set aside millions of pounds to acquire new players and appointed Kenny Dalglish as manager from October 1991. Rovers secured a move to the new English Premier League at the end of the 1991-92 season as play-off winners, ending 26 years out of the top league.In the summer of 1992, Rovers made headlines by paying a record sum of 3.5 million pounds for the 22-year-old central striker of Southampton and the England national team. Alan Shearer. After finishing fourth in 1992-93 and runners-up in 1993-94, they won the Premier League title in 1994-95. The title chase reached the last game of the season, but despite losing to Rovers Liverpool they ousted rivals Manchester United to win the championship.

Kenny Dalglish rose to the position of director of football at the end of a victorious Premier League season and handed over the reins to his assistant. Ray Harford. Blackburn Rovers had a poor start to the 1995-96 season and found themselves in the bottom half for most of the first half of the season. Rovers also struggled in the Champions League and finished bottom of their group with just four points. A terrible start to the 1996-97 Premier League campaign, Harford resigned at the end of October when the club found themselves at the bottom of the division, having failed to win any of their first ten games. Relegation looked like a real possibility just two seasons after winning the championship. After an unsuccessful attempt to introduce Sven-Joran Eriksson as manager, long-time coach Tony Parks led the rest of the campaign, strictly keeping an eye on survival. That summer, Roy Hodgson, who joined the club from Internazionale, took over as manager. UEFA Cup football took 6th place. However, Rovers had a poor start to the 1998-99 campaign and Hodgson was sacked in December less than an hour after a 2-0 home defeat by the bottom side. Southampton, as a result of which Rovers were in the relegation zone. He was replaced as manager by Brian Kidd. However, Kidd failed to save Rovers from relegation.


Jack Walker's stand during the match

In 1999-2000, Rovers started the season as the favourites for promotion, but the club soared just above the relegation zone of the first division. Brian Kidd was fired in October and replaced in March by Graeme Souness.Jack Walker died just after the start of the 2000-01 season, and the club dedicated its promotion to the memory of its benefactor. Accordingly, they returned to the Premier League after a much improved season, finishing in second place. Fulham.

In 2001-02, record signing Andy Cole was bought for £8 million, and Rovers won their first ever League Cup beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Cole scoring the winning goal in the 69th minute. The following season, Rovers finished sixth and qualified for the UEFA Cup for the second consecutive season. The soulfulness left immediately after the start of 2004-05 to take charge of Newcastle, and he was replaced by the coach of the Wales national team. Mark Hughes. Hughes ensured Rovers' survival in the Premier League in the 2004-05 season, as well as an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal, and Rovers would finish 15th again. The following season, he led the team to sixth place and third European qualification in five years.Rovers reached the semi-finals of the 2006-07 FA Cup, but lost to Chelsea in extra time and finished that season's championship tenth, qualifying for the Intertoto Cup, which led to a small run of the 2007-08 UEFA Cup. In May 2008, Mark Hughes left Blackburn Rovers for a vacancy in Manchester. He was replaced by Paul Ince, Ince's first task was to convince some unlucky players to stay. with Archie Knox coming in as his assistant. Ince's reign started well, but after a run of eleven games without a win, he was fired in December 2008. Sam Allardyce was appointed to replace Insu and in 2009-10 he led the team to tenth place and the semi-finals of the League Cup.


In November 2010, the Indian company Group V H bought Blackburn Rovers under the name Venky's London Limited for 23 million pounds. The new owners immediately fired manager Sam Allardyce and replaced him with first-team coach Steve Kinp initially on a temporary basis, but by January 2011 he had received a full-time contract until June 2013.Keane's appointment has caused a lot of controversy since his agent Jerome Anderson previously played an important role in advising Venky's during the takeover of the club in previous months.In December 2011, Blackburn Rovers reported an annual loss before tax of 18.6 million pounds for the year ended June 30, 2011. Despite this, the owners of Blackburn Rovers provided guarantees regarding the continued financing of the club, even if they were relegated to the lower league.On 7 May 2012, the club was promoted to the Championship after losing at home to Wigan Athletic in the penultimate game of the season, ending eleven years in the Premier League.At the beginning of the 2012-2013 season, Keane received a chance from the owners to win a promotion and retained his position as manager. However, in the end, pressure from supporters who had been calling for the manager's resignation for months led to his resignation as manager on September 29, 2012.On 7 May 2017, five years after dropping out of the Premier League, the club experienced its second relegation since being taken over by its current owners.

On 24 April 2018, they were promoted back to the second tier with a 1-0 win at Doncaster Rovers.

In the 2018-2019 season Rovers finished 15th in the Championship and in the 2019-2020 season the club finished 11th in the division.



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