Blackburn Rovers FC

Football (Soccer)
Blackburn, England

Blackburn Rovers Football Club is a professional association football club in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, which has competed in the Championship since being relegated from the Premier League, the top tier of English football, at the end of the 2011–12 season.

About Blackburn Rovers FC

Blackburn Rovers Football Club is a professional association football club in Blackburn, Lancashire, England, which has competed in the Championship since being relegated from the Premier League, the top tier of English football, at the end of the 2011–12 season.

The club was established in 1875, becoming a founding member of The Football League in 1888. It is one of only three clubs to have been both a founder member of the Football League and the Premier League (the others being Aston Villa and Everton). In 1890, Rovers moved to Ewood Park. Before the formation of the Premier League in 1992, most of the club’s successes were before 1930, when it had gained league and FA Cup trophies on several occasions. Relegation in 1965–66 was followed by twenty-six seasons of football outside the top flight.

In 1992, Rovers gained promotion to the new Premier League a year after being taken over by local steel baron Jack Walker, who installed Kenny Dalglish as manager. In 1995, Rovers became Premier League champions, having spent millions of pounds on players like Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton. However, the title-winning team was quickly split up and, in the 1998–99 season, the club was relegated. It was promoted back to the Premier League two years later, in the 2000–01 season, just after Walker’s death. It has qualified for the UEFA Cup four times: once as League Cup winners, twice as the Premier League’s sixth-placed team and once via the Intertoto Cup. The 2011–12 season marked the club’s 72nd, non-consecutive, year in the top flight. Rovers are currently one of only six clubs to have won the Premier League, along with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Leicester City.

The club’s motto is "Arte et Labore", "By Skill and Hard Work" in Latin.

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