Blackburn Rovers FC is historically one of the most sought-after English clubs. They have been around for 145 years and have been supported by several fan generations. Despite the current slum that Rovers find themselves in, they've spent the bigger part of their existence in the Premier League. Being crowned Champion of England on three occasions and winning the FA Cup six times are amongst their accomplishments.
Although having a glamorous past, the Riversides haven't taken part in the Premier League for over eight years now. Boss Tony Mowbray even ranked the club on the 22nd spot in the Championship, resulting in relegation. He quickly redeemed himself after securing Blackburn's return in the following season, ranking 2nd with 96 points. Mowbray has since stuck with Rovers generating better and better results every year.
Blackburn Rovers Transfers in the past
Alan Shearer from Southampton for £4.5 Million in 1992 – The all-time record goal-scorer of the Premier League was at his prime with Balckburn Rovers. The Legendary English striker’s only Premier League title came with The Riversiders in the season of 1994/1995. He netted 34 league goals during this campaign and set yet another record – the most PL goals scored in a 42-game season. Overall, Shearer scored 130 times in 171 appearances for Balckburn, which is the best ratio he has had in his career. In 1996 he was sold to Newcastle United for £21 Million – a tremendous amount by the '90s'standards.
Damien Duff to Chelsea for £24.5 Million in 2003 – The Irishman started out his career in his homeland before moving to Blackburn's academy in 1996. It didn't take him long before he became part of the starting line-up. Because of this, he amassed over 220 appearances in his six years with the Riversiders. In 2003 he became one of the first targets of the Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea. At first, Blackburn turned down several offers, forcing Chelsea to trigger Duff's release clause priced at over £24 Million.
David Bentley from Arsenal for £1.75 Million in 2006 – Bentley only managed a single appearance for Arsenal's senior squad before being bought by Blackburn following a successful loan spell with them. In his first match, after making the deal permanent, he scored a hattrick in a 4-3 win vs. Manchester United. His performances attracted tons of attention and sparked numerous transfer rumors and speculations. His last season for the Riversiders concluded with eight goals and thirteen assists, which resulted in Tottenham Hotspur buying him for £22 Million in 2008.
Steven Nzonzi from Amiens for £580,000 in 2009 – Blackburn's scouts did a spectacular job in recognizing the talent of the midfielder back in 2009. He was bought from the just relegated to the third tier French side for only a fraction of what he would later be worth. However, it wasn't with Blackburn when his price skyrocketed. The Riversiders sold Nzonzi for £4.4 Million to Stoke City in 2012. He went on to later play for Sevilla, Roma, Galatasaray, and most recently Stade Rennais, with his value peaking at £30 Million.
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