Date:Thursday December 21 2006
With many forgetting the Blackburn Rovers history; this doesn't just span the last 15-20 years govtpros gives us a reminder of some of our early history so we don't forget!
The Lancashire club was formed in 1875, turned professional in 1880 and two years later reached the FA Cup final where they were defeated by the (not any) Old Etonians. This setback did not perturb the Rovers, who went wild, winning the Cup in 1884, 1885 and 1886. Not content with that, they came back for more in 1890, 1891 and 1928 to complete their tally to date.
Finals in those days entailed a trek South for the fans of the Blue and Whites. They were decidedly up for the Cup on the way down taking brass bands with them for entertainment and fireworks, which used to startle the Londoners into a state of confusion, as the Lord Mayor's parade wasn't until November.
One of their early grounds featured a "cow pit", which was a drainage pool that had to be covered by planks and turf by the players to allow matches to take place. Unfortunately, two Bury stars required hospitalisation after plunging into the pit when the boarding collapsed during a rainstorm.
Further problems arose after the move to Ewood Park. Darwen were the visitors, just after the four FA Cup victories had been achieved. The fans of the away team were enraged to discover that only three of the first choice Blackburn players had been included in the side and went on the rampage, uprooting goalposts, breaking windows and ruining some carpets. They also spilled some cups of tea, emptied out the waste paper bins and threw the corner flags, javelin-style a distance of 90 yards!
This article was written and submitted by govtpros.
govtpros is a BIG advocate of not forgetting our past so his article sheds a little light on this early past, which we shouldn't forget…
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Date:Thursday December 21 2006
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