Since it’s establishment as a professional football club, Blackburn fc has enjoyed long periods of success and in early years the riversiders lifted many trophies that defined the quality and talent present in the club which had the potential to achieve success. The highly decorated trophy cabinet of the club also shows the excellent performance record of the club and is a source of pride for the fans; however in recent years Blackburn fc has been unable to surpass the form of their past and their lack of winning trophies is in some way demoralizing for the fans as the team has not lifted any major trophy for over 10 years. The club has a good squad and can create major upsets from time to time and produce good results. Blackburn’s performance record shows that the club can conquer everything if they commit themselves to the cause and if the current squad is allowed to improve a little then it can take on top-class teams and come out on top.
1) Premier league champions (2 times).
2) League division/Championship Winners.
3) League division 3/League one Champions.
4) FA Cup Winners (6 times).
5) League Cup Winners.
6) Full Members Cup Winners.
7) Charity Shield Winners.
8) Lancashire Senior Cup Winners (17 times). RECORD.
9) FA Youth Cup Winners.
After their recent takeover by “Venky’s London Limited” (Indian company), Blackburn Rovers have enjoyed success and celebrated the arrival of the “New Year” by defeating West Bromwich fc 3-1. The club is currently in the 9th position of the BPL and is aiming to finish in the top half at the end of the season. Blackburn Rovers fc is also known by the nickname of “The Riversiders” and their current coach is Steve Kean who has recently replaced Sam Allardyce. The club has a very strong team with experienced players and play home matches at Ewood Park which has a capacity of accommodating over 31000 fans.
The Riversiders have a decorated trophy cabinet and a rich history of producing remarkable talent, the 135 year old club has a huge fan following and it’s crest shows the “Red Rose Of Lancaster’’ and bears the motto “Arte et Labore” which means “By skill and By Labour” and is also the motto of the town; the home kit of Blackburn fc is characterized by white and blue colours while the away kit consists of red and black. The Blackburn Rovers club has many talented players and has produced many upsets in past seasons and surprised their opponents.
The English premiership is just underway. Match winning performances are creeping up on us once again so as a special treat, history takes us on a walk down memory lane with a countdown of the top 5 goal scorers in the Premiership of all time, which are as follows:
1. Alen Shearer – 260 goals
Alen Shearer, who played for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United as a striker, was born on 13 August 1970 in Gosforth. He enjoyed his successful club and international career during which he scored 422 goals. On 9 April 1988 at the age of 17 years and 240 days, he scored a hat-trick against Arsenal, becoming the youngest player to score hat-trick in premiership. In premiership he scored 260 goals – “a league record”.
Shearer was named Overall Player of the Decade, Domestic Player of the Decade, and Outstanding Contribution to the Premier League and Top Goal scorer.
2. Andrew Cole – 187 goals
Cole is the second highest scorer in Premier League history with 187 goals. Andrew Alexander Cole, or Andy as he was known during his heyday in the early years of the Premier League, bowed out of professional football a few years ago, closing the book on one of the true modern football greats.
Cole helped carve out the current reputations of both the English game and Manchester United as a result of his incredible playing career and being the number 2 goal scorer in the English premiership. Cole was one of the most feared strikers in club football.
3. Thierry Henry – 174 goals
It was at Arsenal that Henry made his name as a world-class footballer. Despite initially struggling in the Premiership, he emerged as Arsenal’s top goal-scorer for almost every season during his tenure there. With lightning pace and one of the deftest touches in the game, Wenger immediately turned Henry back into a striker and soon had the deadliest weapon in the Premier League. Over the next eight seasons he scored a club-record of 174 goals in 254 games.
4. Robbie Fowler – 161 goals
Former Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler was born to score goals and is widely recognized as one of the best finishers in Europe. Fowler, 34, became the fourth-highest all-time scorer with 161 goals in the English Premier League.
5. Les Ferdinand – 150 goals
Les Ferdinand, MBE, was born on 8th December 1966. He began his career at Queens Park Rangers before earning a high profile move to Newcastle United. Les Ferdinand has 150 goals with the majority coming while playing for Queen’s Park Rangers, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur. Ferdinand was awarded the PFA players player award in 1996 and scored 5 goals for England, gaining 17 caps.