Founded in 1875, Blackburn Rovers FC are one of the oldest clubs in English football.
Their home ground is called Ewood Park, where they have been since 1890, and is located in Blackburn, Lancashire. The stadium currently seats over 31,000 fans.
Proudly displayed on their kits, the blue and white represent the “town colour” and has always been presented by the colours appearing on either half of the kit. They have been interchangeable but there have always been even distribution on their kits to represent the town.
Regarding their badge, the current one is their fourth adaptation. The first three were the Maltese Cross, the town’s coat of arms and Lancashire Rose
The current badge is a newer design of the Lancashire Rose. Around it is the name “Blackburn Rovers F.C.” with 1875 displaying the year the team was founded.
Found at the bottom is the club motto “Arte et Labore” which is Latin for “By Skill and by Labour”, taken from the town motto when it was adopted back in 1852.
Along with Aston Villa and Everton, Blackburn also hold the distinction as one of the first three teams to establish The Football League and the Premier League.
They were most successful during the early 1900s, where they won titles in the league and Cup championships such as the FA Cup.
Despite being relegated in the 1965-66 season, Blackburn turned the misfortune to success as they garnered big wins outside the top flight.
Rovers made a return to the Premier League in 1992 and enjoyed success at the highest level under steel baron Jack Walker. He placed Kenny Dalglish as the manager of the team and resulted in winning the league title in 1995 meaning they hold the distinction of being one of only five teams to win the ‘Premier League’. The other four teams are Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Unfortunately, circumstances resulted in the core of the team moving on and in the 1998-99 season, the team found themselves relegated to the Championship where they now compete.
They did make a return to the top flight in the 2000-01 season and would go on to gain moderate success highlighted by qualification for the UEFA Cup multiple times.
Their notable players are Simon Garner who scored a total of 194 goals, 168 in the league, scored from 1978 to 1992.
Tommy Briggs holds the distinction of scoring the most goals in a match with seven against Bristol Rovers in 1995.
John Southworth, Andy McEvoy and Alan Shearer all share the record for most individual hat-tricks in a season with five.
To date, the largest transfer fee the team has paid for is £8 million for Jordan Rhodes after he was signed from Huddersfield Town on August 30, 2012.
The largest transfer fee paid to Blackburn is £17.5 million by Manchester City for Roque Santa Cruz.