The Long Road Back : Blackburn Rovers - Season 2 - Player Sponsoring

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Greenman019
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  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited September 26
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    Blackburn Rovers FC.


    Established - 1875

    Home Ground - Ewood Park (31,367 Capacity)

    Honours

    3 First Division/Premier League Titles - 1911–12, 1913–14 & 1994–95

    6 Time FA Cup Winners - 1884, 1885, 1886, 1890, 1891 & 1928

    1 League Cup Title - 2002


    In 1966, Blackburn were relegated from the first division. The road back to the top turned out to be a very long one indeed. It would take them 26 years to return to the top tier of English football. In the 1991-1992 season, bankrolled by millionaire Jack Walker and managed by Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, Blackburn won promotion back to the top flight following a 1-0 win over Leicester in the play-off final.

    For Blackburn, the best was yet to come. After finishing 2nd in the previous season, Blackburn were crowned champions in the 1994-1995 season. Their success was largely down to the SAS. The strike partnership of Chris Sutton and Alan Shearer yielded a total of 49 league goals during Blackburn's title winning campaign. Soon after however, Blackburn were in trouble once more.

    In the 1998-1999 season, Blackburn Rovers were relegated again. Just 4 years after winning the league. It didn't take 26 years to return to the top this time around though, as Blackburn finished 2nd in the 2000-2001 season. What followed was a period of relative stability, with the club achieving a number of respectable finishes in the Premier League, including two 6th place finishes in the 2002-2003 & 2005-2006 seasons.

    Unfortunately, disaster struck again a decade later. In 2010, Venky's Holdings purchased the club for £23m. Their first decision was to sack Sam Allardyce and controversially appoint Steve Kean. Kean's agent had earlier played a major role in advising Venky's during the takeover of the club. In the 2011-2012 season, Blackburn were relegated to the 2nd tier after finishing 19th. Even worse, 5 years later in 2017, they were relegated yet again, becoming the first Premier League champions to sink into the third tier of English Football.

    Blackburn are now facing life in League One. Things have gone from bad to worse and the protests against the Venky's have only intensified in recent years. Blackburn fans are now wondering just how long the road back to the top will be this time around. Another 26 years or perhaps even longer?

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  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited November 16
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    * Indicates January Transfer
    L Indicates Loan Signing
    Y Indicates a player promoted to the senior squad via the Youth Academy



    Goalkeepers
    • 25px-Flag_of_Spain.svg.png David Raya - Age 21 - 67 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_Ireland_(3-2).svg.png Aaron Dillon - Age 20 - 48 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_Canada.svg.png Jayson Leutwiler - Age 28 - 67 Ovr

    Defenders
    • 25px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Paul Caddis - Age 29 - 68 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_Namibia.png Ryan Nyambe - Age 19 - 63 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Elliott Ward - Age 32 - 68 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Charlie Mulgrew (C) - Age 31 - 71 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Paul Downing - Age 25 - 64 Ovr L
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Scott Wharton - Age 19 - 61 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_Ireland_(3-2).svg.png Darragh Lenihan - Age 23 - 68 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_Ireland_(3-2).svg.png Derrick Williams - Age 24 - 69 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Jack Doyle - Age 20 - 57 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Sam Hart - Age 20 - 59 Ovr

    Midfielders
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Richard Smallwood - Age 26 - 66 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Rekeem Harper - Age 17 - 62 Ovr L
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Ben Gladwin - Age 25 - 64 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Willem Tomlinson - Age 19 - 56 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Peter Whittingham - Age 32 - 70 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_Northern_Ireland.svg.png Corry Evans - Age 27 - 67 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Bradley Dack - Age 23 - 69 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png George Ward - Age 17 - 59 Ovr Y

    Forwards
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Joe Rankin-Costello - Age 18 - 54 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_Jamaica.svg.png Elliott Bennett - Age 28 - 69 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Craig Conway - Age 32 - 67 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Harry Chapman - Age 19 - 65 Ovr L
    • 25px-Flag_of_Sweden.svg.png Marcus Antonsson - Age 26 - 69 Ovr L
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Dominic Samuel - Age 23 - 66 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Danny Graham - Age 31 - 68 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Joe Nuttall - Age 20 - 55 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_Spain.svg.png Aitor García - Age 23 - 69 Ovr *
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Alfie Allen - Age 17 - 56 Ovr Y


    Starting Lineup

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    * Indicates January Transfer
    L Indicates Loan Signing
    Y Indicates a player promoted to the senior squad via the Youth Academy



    Goalkeepers
    • 25px-Flag_of_Spain.svg.png David Raya - Age 22 - 71 Ovr (+4)
    • 25px-Flag_of_Ireland_(3-2).svg.png Aaron Dillon - Age 21 - 50 Ovr (+2)
    • 25px-Flag_of_Canada.svg.png Jayson Leutwiler - Age 29 - 67 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Dean Henderson - Age 21 - 67 Ovr

    Defenders
    • 25px-Flag_of_Namibia.png Ryan Nyambe - Age 20 - 68 Ovr (+5)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Elliott Ward - Age 33 - 67 Ovr (-1)
    • 25px-Flag_of_Scotland.svg.png Charlie Mulgrew (C) - Age 32 - 70 Ovr (-1)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Paul Downing - Age 26 - 65 Ovr (+1) L
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Scott Wharton - Age 20 - 63 Ovr (+2)
    • 25px-Flag_of_Ireland_(3-2).svg.png Darragh Lenihan - Age 24 - 73 Ovr (+5)
    • 25px-Flag_of_Ireland_(3-2).svg.png Derrick Williams - Age 25 - 71 Ovr (+2)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Sam Hart - Age 21 - 61 Ovr (+2)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Jon Flanagan - Age 25 - 72 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png John Terry - Age 37 - 76 Ovr

    Midfielders
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Richard Smallwood - Age 27 - 68 Ovr (+2)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Rekeem Harper - Age 18 - 71 Ovr (+9)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Ben Gladwin - Age 26 - 65 Ovr (+1)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Willem Tomlinson - Age 20 - 58 Ovr (+2)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Peter Whittingham - Age 33 - 68 Ovr (-2)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Bradley Dack - Age 24 - 71 Ovr (+2)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png George Ward - Age 18 - 61 Ovr (+2) Y
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Rekeem Harper - Age 18 - 71 Ovr (+9)
    • 25px-Flag_of_Guinea-Bissau.png Ronaldo Viera - Age 20 - 72 Ovr

    Forwards
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Joe Rankin-Costello - Age 19 - 59 Ovr (+5)
    • 25px-Flag_of_Jamaica.svg.png Elliott Bennett - Age 29 - 69 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Harry Chapman - Age 20 - 72 Ovr (+7)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Dominic Samuel - Age 24 - 67 Ovr (+1)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Danny Graham - Age 32 - 66 Ovr (-2)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Joe Nuttall - Age 21 - 59 Ovr (+4)
    • 25px-Flag_of_Spain.svg.png Aitor García - Age 24 - 71 Ovr (+2)
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Alfie Allen - Age 18 - 57 Ovr (+1) Y
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Jack Harrison - Age 21 - 72 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Tammy Abraham - Age 20 - 77 Ovr
    • 25px-Flag_of_England.svg.png Ainsley Maitland-Niles - Age 21 - 68 Ovr


    Starting Lineup


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  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited November 16
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    * Indicates January Transfer

    Transfers In

    Rekeem Harper - West Bromwich Albion - Season-Long Loan
    Jayson Leutwiler - Shrewsbury Town - Undisclosed
    Ben Gladwin - Queens Park Rangers - Undisclosed
    Sam Hart - Liverpool U23 - Undisclosed
    Harry Chapman - Middlesbrough U23 - Season-Long Loan
    Dominic Samuel - Reading - Undisclosed
    Paul Downing - MK Dons - Season-Long Loan
    Marcus Antonsson - Leeds United - Season Long Loan
    Peter Whittingham - Cardiff City - Free
    Richard Smallwood - Rotherham United - Free
    Paul Caddis - Bury - Free
    Bradley Dack - Gillingham FC - £765,000
    Sammy Ameobi - Bolton Wanderers - Pre-Contract to join next season*
    Aitor García - Cádiz CF - £1.1m*

    Total : £1,865,000


    Transfers Out

    Danny Guthrie - Released
    Marcus Antonsson - Leeds United - End of Loan
    Adam Henley - Released
    Rekeem Harper - West Bromwich Albion - End of Loan
    Paul Downing - MK Dons - End of Loan
    Harry Chapman - Middlesbrough U23 - End of Loan
    Hope Akpan - Burton Albion - Free
    Wes Brown - Kerala Blasters - Free
    Connor Mahoney - Bournemouth - Free
    Jason Lowe - Birmingham City - Free
    Anthony Stokes - Hibernian FC - Free
    Gordon Greer - Kilmarnock FC - Free
    Liam Feeney - Cardiff City - Season-Long Loan
    Jason Steele - Sunderland - £504,000

    Total : £504,000


    Net : -£1,361,000


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    * Indicates January Transfer

    Transfers In

    Liam Feeney - Cardiff City - End of Loan
    Harry Chapman - Middlesbrough - £6.25m
    Jack Harrison - New York City FC - £4m
    Tammy Abraham - Chelsea - Season-Long Loan
    Dean Henderson - Manchester United - £1m
    Jon Flanagan - Liverpool - Season-Long Loan
    Rekeem Harper - West Brom - £3.6m + Corry Evans
    John Terry - Aston Villa - £1.1m + Liam Feeney
    Ronaldo Viera - Leeds United - £4.35m + Craig Conway


    Total : £20,300,000


    Transfers Out

    Marcus Antonsson - Leeds United - End of Loan
    Rekeem Harper - West Bromwich Albion - End of Loan
    Paul Downing - MK Dons - End of Loan
    Harry Chapman - Middlesbrough - End of Loan
    Jack Doyle - Barnet - £85,000
    Sammy Ameobi - Bolton - £200,000 (6 Month Loan Deal)
    Paul Caddis - Oxford United - £610,000


    Total : £395,000


    Net : -£19,905,000
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  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited November 10
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  • Ahmer50x
    7490 posts League Winner
    VH? Venky's Holdings? Idk, just guess :lol:
  • Wyojasond
    7580 posts League Winner
    Hmmmm, I have no clue what you have planned but eager to see it B)
  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    Ahmer50x wrote: »
    VH? Venky's Holdings? Idk, just guess :lol:

    ....Maybe :o
    Hmmmm, I have no clue what you have planned but eager to see it B)

    Ahmer guessed correctly :)
    Think the manager might be pretty obvious from that pic as well.

  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited September 25
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    13/07/2017

    Birmingham City U23's manager Lee Carsley made slight favourite for Vacant Blackburn job

    Lee Carsley is the favourite to be named Blackburn manager, following Tony Mowbray's resignation amid takeover rumours. Steve Cotterill is also one of the favourites to take the reigns at Ewood park. Cotterill left his most recent role as Birmingham city assistant manager just last month. Cotterill also managed Burnley for almost 4 years, a fact that would might not sit well with the Blackburn Rovers fans, should he be appointed manager.

    With the rumours of a takeover gaining credibility by the day, a permanent appointment is unlikely to be made until the ownership situation is resolved.

    Blackburn Rovers FC have yet to comment on the vacant managerial post. With Pre-Season approaching, assistant manager Mark Venus has taken over full managerial duties until a replacement for Mowbray is found.
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  • Ashy
    7384 posts Big Money Move
    Yes get them out, the club needs a complete overhaul, can't remember the last time they were in the Premier League, remember when I was a kid and they were always in there like Charlton, Bolton, Leeds etc
  • Wyojasond
    7580 posts League Winner
    I almost did a Blackburn story last year. Eager to see it B)
  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited September 26
    Ashy wrote: »
    Yes get them out, the club needs a complete overhaul, can't remember the last time they were in the Premier League, remember when I was a kid and they were always in there like Charlton, Bolton, Leeds etc

    Same. I still have one of those old PL sticker albums lying about with the likes of Charlton, Birmingham City and Blackburn in them ^^ Seems so long ago. And then there's clubs that're kinda forgotten like Coventry. Similar sort of time relegation wise, and they were top flight for a heck of a long time.
    I almost did a Blackburn story last year. Eager to see it B)

    Thanks. It's an interesting club I think, gotta suck to be a fan though right now though. Premier League Champions not so long ago, and now League One :c

    Updated one of the OP's. Will keep them coming over the coming days hopefully.
  • milan_7
    329 posts Sunday League Hero
    Good choice of club, really sad to see Blackburn down in League 1. Crazy that they have won a PL title yet the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton haven't
  • Ahmer50x
    7490 posts League Winner
    GET OUT VENKY SCUM :lol:
  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    milan_7 wrote: »
    Good choice of club, really sad to see Blackburn down in League 1. Crazy that they have won a PL title yet the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton haven't

    Definitely. Quite the downfall.
    Ahmer50x wrote: »
    GET OUT VENKY SCUM :lol:

    :D
  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited September 26
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  • Ahmer50x
    7490 posts League Winner
    Cotterill? Interesting choice for boss!
  • JoshDFC
    695 posts Sunday League Hero
    Excited t see if you can get Blackburn back to the Premier League interesting appointment in Cotterill but he is proven in League One so hopefully he can help Blackburn get back on track
  • Wyojasond
    7580 posts League Winner
    Honestly don't know much about the new owner or manager but excited to see what they can do
  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited September 26
    Ahmer50x wrote: »
    Cotterill? Interesting choice for boss!

    Don't know many managers in that sorta league to be honest but he seemed quite a good fit :)
    JoshDFC wrote: »
    Excited t see if you can get Blackburn back to the Premier League interesting appointment in Cotterill but he is proven in League One so hopefully he can help Blackburn get back on track

    Ye, has experience with promotion from which bodes well. Long way to the prem though.
    Honestly don't know much about the new owner or manager but excited to see what they can do

    Owners just made up to be honest ^^ Cotterill is real though. Won promotion from League one before as well with I think Bristol City IRL.
  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
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    Volkparkstadion - Hamburg, Germany - Volkswagen Club Cup B

    Pre-Season Press Conference with new Blackburn Rovers Manager Steve Cotterill


    Blackburn Press Officer: "Thank you all for coming out here this morning, it's been a busy few days. We of course confirmed earlier this week that Mr Steve Cotterill has taken over as manager here on a three and a half year contract; And he's happy to be here today to take your questions. Thank you."

    Richard Long, Yorkshire Post: "Good morning Steve and firstly, welcome to Blackburn Rovers."

    Steve Cotterill: "Thank you."

    RL: "Blackburn have been quite busy in the transfer market already. You confirmed Whittingham and Antonsson earlier this week and you've now added the likes of Rekeen Harper and Bradley Dack to your ranks. Is that business done and dusted for this window?"

    SC: "I think it comes down to who's available really. We're primarily looking at two different kinds of players, we want people that're experienced like Whittingham, as well as young, raw energetic players that're eager to prove themselves when given the chance."

    RL: "Final question from myself, what're you hoping to get out of this pre-season tournament?"

    SC: "For me it's about getting to know the players and to figure out how we're going to approach the league this season. I'm not a big fan of using pre-season tournaments as an indicator for future performances. Every player will be given a chance and we're going to tweak the tactics a lot over the coming weeks before the season begins."

    Matthew Grey, Lancashire Telegraph: "The new owners have already spoken about their aim to take Blackburn back to the top. How do you hope to achieve that?"

    SC: "That's the ultimate aim yes but that's not really factored in too much with anyones, sort of, thought process here yet. It's a long ways in the future. Right now we're focussing on fitness and tactics in order to prepare for the new season. Medium term I think we've got the quality here to bounce straight back up into the Championship."

    Jason Vaughn, BBC Sport: "What sort of a welcome are you expecting from the Blackburn fans after your history of managing Burnley?"

    SC: "It never crossed my mind to be honest. I'm a professional here to do a job and I'll just get on with the task at hand. I don't think the fans will care personally but I'm hoping for a good start in the league to make things a little easier."

    JV: "And lastly, what sort of footballing style can the fans expect from your Blackburn side?"

    SC: "Relegation has put a target on our back in this league and a lot of teams will be out to get us, so we've gotta be really quick off the mark. Our aim is to play quick, attacking football. We want results of course but we also want to dominate matches at this level."

    Blackburn Press Officer: "That's all we have time for today ladies and gentlemen. Thanks again for coming out this morning."

  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited September 26
    Blackburn Rovers unlucky to lose first pre-season match with 4-3-3 formation looking promising for Cotterill's side.

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  • Ahmer50x
    7490 posts League Winner
    Try 3-5-2 ;)
  • Wyojasond
    7580 posts League Winner
    Injuries are brutal this year :s
  • Cody22775
    591 posts Sunday League Hero
    hopefully the team can start to work better together and come up with the goods in the matches to come
  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited September 27
    Ahmer50x wrote: »
    Try 3-5-2 ;)

    Ye... watch this space >_>
    Injuries are brutal this year :s

    Definitely. Think I might tweak the sliders tbh as I've even had another ACL a little further down the line.
    Cody22775 wrote: »
    hopefully the team can start to work better together and come up with the goods in the matches to come

    Will be a little while yet judging from the next result..
  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    edited September 27
    Rovers booed off the pitch after humiliating result against Swedish side BK Hacken.

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    Change to 4-5-1 formation yields better results in attack for Blackburn but problems in defence still remain. Key defender Charlie Mulgrew also confirmed to be out for around 7 months due to an ACL injury.

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  • Ashy
    7384 posts Big Money Move
    Not familiar with the owner or new manager but good luck to them, as far as results well the first one was unlucky but that second one, what happened! Can't be shipping 6 goals like that, I want a response in the next game!
  • Greenman019
    2355 posts Fans' Favourite
    Ashy wrote: »
    Not familiar with the owner or new manager but good luck to them, as far as results well the first one was unlucky but that second one, what happened! Can't be shipping 6 goals like that, I want a response in the next game!

    No idea, I won't be playing 3 at the back again though >_> Got a point in the next one I guess which was ok, still a high scoring game though. Need to get the defence sorted.
  • Cody22775
    591 posts Sunday League Hero
    Definitely when conceding that many goals the defence needs a few quiet words and the attackers aren't imposing themselves until the second half with none of your goals (not that there were many) being scored in the second half
  • Wyojasond
    7580 posts League Winner
    Damn, that was ugly. Definitely time for a change. hopefully you can find a nice medium. 3 at the back is gonna be tough this year with defending much more difficult.
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