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What happened to the '95 side



With Blackburn battling bravely to avoid relegation this season, I think we need a distraction from the gloom-and-doom at the bottom of the table and remind ourselves of better times as a Rovers supporter.

So, let's cast our minds back to 14 May 1995 when a 2-1 defeat at Liverpool was still enough to see Rovers win the Premier League.

Here is a reminder of the starting XI on that fabulous Sunday and a look at what happened to them after.

Goalkeeper - Tim Flowers

Flowers was the most expensive goalkeeper in Britain when he joined Rovers from Southampton for 2.4 million in 1993. He made 177 league appearances for the club over six seasons at Ewood Park but when the club were relegated in 1999 he joined Leicester City. He earned a League Cup winner's medal in his first season and retired from playing at the end of Leicester's promotion winning campaign in 2003. Flowers has worked as a goalkeeping coach at Leicester City, Manchester City and Northampton Town and had as assistant manager at Coventry City, QPR and Hull City. He was appointed manager of Stafford Rangers in 2010 before being named caretaker manager at Northampton Town in 2011.

Defender - Jeff Kenna

Kenna did not arrive at Ewood Park until March 1995 and played a part in the club's run-in to the title. He spent almost seven years at Blackburn, making over 150 league appearances before joining Birmingham City on a free transfer in 2001. Spells at Derby County and Kidderminsiter Harriers followed, before he ended his playing career in Ireland at Galway United and St. Patrick's Athletic. He was appointed as manager to both Irish sides before resigning as boss of St. Pat's in September 2009. In August 2011, Kenna joined the coaching staff at the IMG Academy of Soccer in Florida.

Defender - Colin Hendry

Hendry was in his second spell at Rovers when they won the Premier League having made over 100 appearances before joining Manchester City in 1989. He rejoined Rovers in November 1991 for 700,000 and played a further 235 league matches. In 1998 and at the age of 33, he joined Rangers in a 4 million deal where he won the domestic treble in his first season. His spell at Ibrox was not a happy one and he went on to play for Coventry City, Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End and Blackpool before retiring in 2003. He ventured into management at Blackpool, Boston United and Clyde before leaving the game to look after his wife in 2008. Hendry was formally declared bankrupt in June 2010.

Defender - Graeme Le Saux

Chelsea defender Le Saux transferred to Rovers in 1993 for 700,000 and was a virtual ever-present during his first two seasons with the club. He made almost 130 league appearances for Rovers but missed the second half of the 1995-96 season with an ankle injury which ruled him out of Euro 96. He will be best remembered for fighting with team mate David Batty during a Champions League clash against Spartak Moscow. In August 1997, Le Saux became English football's most expensive defender when he returned to Chelsea for 5 million. After 140 league appearances, winning the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup, was a make-weight in the deal which took Wayne Bridge from Southampton to the Blues in 2003. Since retiring from the game in 2005, Le Saux has worked as a pundit and appeared on other television shows, such as Dancing On Ice.

Defender - Henning Berg

Berg arrived at Rovers ahead of the first Premier League season in 1992 in a 400,000 move from Lillestrom and went on to play 159 league matches for the club. He joined Manchester United in 1997 for 5 million, on a par record-wise with team-mate Le Saux's switch to Chelsea and helped the Reds to two league titles and part of the famous treble of 1999 which also included the

Champions League and FA Cup. He returned to Rovers on loan in 2000 before making the move permanent and then had a season at Rangers in 2003 before retiring. As a manager, he guided Norwegian club Lyn to a third placed finish in 2005 but was sacked from his post at Lillestrom in October 2011 after gaining just one point in eight matches.

Defender - Ian Pearce

Usually a defender but sometimes used in midfield or up front, Pearce joined Rovers from Chelsea for 300,000 in October 1993. After 63 league appearances for Rovers, he joined West Ham United for 3.5 million in 1997. He managed just 37 minutes of senior football in the 1999-00 football after injuring his knee ligaments and was out of the game for 14 months. After a total of 142 league games he joined Fulham in January 2004 in a deal which took Andy Melville to the Hammers. Injury restricted Pearce to just 57 appearances in four years and he drifted into non league football. He played briefly at Lincoln City while as assistant manager to Chris Sutton but has most recently played for Kingstonian.

Midfielder - Tim Sherwood

Club captain Sherwood made almost 250 league appearances for Rovers before joining Tottenham Hotspur in a 3 million move in 1999. The midfielder won a runners-up medal with Spurs in the League Cup in 2002 after ironically being beaten by his former employers Blackburn. After making almost 100 appearances he moved to Portsmouth after falling out with then manager Glenn Hoddle. He played out the final matches of his career at Coventry City before retiring in 2005. He worked as a television pundit before joining the Spurs coaching staff in October 2008.

Midfielder - Stuart Ripley

After helping Middlesbrough win promotion to the newly founded Premier League, Ripley joined Rovers who were promoted at the same time as Boro for 1.3 million in the summer of 1992. He scored the club's first Premier League goal on his debut in a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace. After 188 league appearances and 13 goals, he joined Southampton in 1998 before retiring four years later. Ripley became a qualified solicitor in 2010 and his son, a goalkeeper, has made two senior league appearances during his fledgling career at Middlesbrough.

Midfielder - David Batty

Batty joined Rovers from Leeds United in a 2.75 million switch in October 1993 but a broken foot restricted him to just five appearances during the club's title winning campaign. Batty joined Newcastle United for 3.75 million in 1996 and helped the Magpies finish as runners-up to Manchester United twice before returning to Leeds in a 4.4 million deal in 1998. Batty helped Leeds qualify for the Champions League during his time at Elland Road before he retired in 2004. He has kept a relatively low profile since hanging up his boots but has appeared in "The Match" - a charity game in which ex-players and celebrities team up and has also been involved in advertising campaigns for Cancer Research.

Striker - Alan Shearer

Striker Shearer gave Blackburn the lead that afternoon after 20 minutes before John Barnes and Jamie Redknapp turned the match around for Liverpool. It was just one goal out of the 112 he scored in 138 league appearances for the club since breaking the transfer record to join Rovers in a 3.3 million move from Southampton in 1992. Following a successful Euro 96, Shearer was close to joining Manchester United but signed for boyhood club Newcastle United in a world record 15 million transfer. Shearer spent a decade at St. James' Park, scoring 148 goals in 303 league appearances. He finished his playing days as the all-time Premier League top goalscorer with 260 goals - a record that is unlikely to be broken for some time yet. He worked as a television pundit but in April 2009, Shearer took temporary charge of Newcastle with the club battling relegation. During eight matches in charge, the Magpies won just once, drew twice and lost five games. A

return of five points out of a possible 24 resulted in their relegation on the final day of the 2008-09 season. Chris Hughton won promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt but was sacked in December 2010 - Shearer ruled himself out of the running for the manager's job and Alan Pardew was appointed. In June 2011, Shearer held talks with Cardiff City over the vacant manager's job but was unsuccessful.

Striker - Chris Sutton

Sutton became the most expensive player in English football in July 1994 when he joined Rovers from Norwich City for 5 million. Alongside Shearer, they were known as the "SAS" and his 15 goals along with Shearer's 34 went a long way to clinch the club's first league title since 1914. Injuries and a loss of form saw Sutton restricted to just 13 league appearances the following season but the 1997-98 yielded 18 goals, making him the Premier League's joint top goalscorer. He joined Chelsea for 10 million in 1999 in what proved to be a disastrous career move and was sold to Celtic for 6 million in the summer of 2000. Sutton won a host of trophies and accolades during six years in Scotland including three league titles, three Scottish Cups, one Scottish League Cup and SPFA Player of the Year in 2004. He joined Birmingham City in January 2006 and then Aston Villa that October but retired in the summer of 2007 due to an eye injury. Sutton was appointed manager of Lincoln City in September 2009 but left his post a year later due to family reasons.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 10 2012

Time: 8:47AM

Your Comments

Very nice read mr Delap
riisenholt
Everytime i see that famous image it just makes me chuckle seeing Richard Witschge stood on the left, looking a little awkward in the photo, he was probably thinking to himself "I really hope i'm getting a medal for this?" i think he only played one game for us in his short Rovers career :-)
Rye_of_the_Rovers
Yes he does look a tad isolated out there on the left handside doesn't he?! ;)
Mikey Delap
Aye, very good Mikey. Anyone know what happened with Robbie Slater?
rossp2112
Robbie Slater is commentating on the Australian A league Games on fox sports
xpdshn79
 

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