Club Profile

Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers is a truly traditional club in a classic northern town, with an old-school ground and great uniforms.

LOCATION: Blackburn, Lancashire, an hour north of Manchester’s Victoria station

CONTACT: rovers.co.uk, 01254 372001, #Rovers

NICKNAMES: The Riversiders or just Rovers

History

Quick, name all seven teams that have ever won the Premier League since it was founded in 1992. The top five are easy: Man City, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Arsenal. If you’ve been paying attention lately, you might come up with Leicester City. The other one? Blackburn Rovers, 1994-95. It really happened. Your author sat next to somebody…

Rivalries

Their biggest rival is Burnley, with whom they share the East Lancashire derby. The towns are only 11 miles apart, and with Burnley’s relegation last season, this one is happily back on. Preston North End, just 30 miles away, is also disliked, as are pretty much any of the clubs around Lancashire, which is a nest of footballing…

Women's Team

Blackburn Rovers LFC play in the Women’s Championship at tier 2. Home games are at Sir Tom Finney Stadium, home of Bamber Bridge FC near

Songs

Their anthem is a rocking adaptation of an Irish folk song called “Wild Rover.” In the original the singer says he’ll never “play the wild rover” no more. But at Blackburn the lyrics start out: I’ve been a wild rover for many a year And spent all my money on this seat right here. And the famous chorus is adapted as: And it’s no, nay, never No,…

Stadium

They have played at Ewood Park since 1890, though of course the stadium structure is nowhere near original. Three of the stands were built in the 1990s, and total capacity is 31,367. There is a river behind the oldest and smallest stand (hence their Riversiders nickname), a memorial garden in which you must ask permission before spreading any…

Going to a Game at Blackburn Rovers

GETTING THERE: It’s almost two miles from the station to the ground; you can take bus 1 bound for Darwen across from the station, and it stops right by the stadium. You can also take a local train to Mill Hill and walk about 15 minutes from there. PUBS: The two closest are the Fox and Hounds, which looks a tiny local pub, and the Fernhurst, more…

Blackburn Rovers Tickets

Last season prices were around £30 for adults, and it’s unlikely anything will sell out aside from the Burnley game or a big cup draw.

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