We take a look at one of the seven new teams in Sky Bet League One in 2017/18
In the build-up to #FixtureReleaseDay we will be profiling the seven new teams in the division next season.
We start by looking at Blackburn Rovers.
Blackburn Rovers are three-time champions of England and are one of only six sides to have ever won the Premier League since its inception in 1992.
Their title win in 1995 was their first top-tier title in 81 years, but they were unable to capitalise on that success and were relegated from the top-flight just four years later.
Although they managed a return to English football’s top table, they found themselves back in the Championship in 2012 amidst mounting fan backlash over their ownership by Venky’s.
Rovers have seen attendances dwindle as fans continue to protest against their Indian owners, with the club becoming the first Premier League winners to fall to the third tier.
Manager – Tony Mowbray
Tony Mowbray took charge at Ewood Park in February, signing an 18-month contract, taking over with the club deep in a relegation battle which he was unable to save them from.
His playing career saw him spend almost a decade at Middlesbrough, before spells at Celtic and Ipswich Town – all clubs he would eventually go on to manage.
Mowbray’s best spell as manager came at West Brom where he oversaw the Baggies’ return to the Premier League as well as guiding them to the FA Cup Semi-Final in 2008.
Ground – Ewood Park
Ewood Park has been home to Blackburn Rovers since 1890 and will the biggest stadium in League One this coming season with a capacity of 31,367.
In the early 90’s, former owner Jack Walker set about making the stadium “one of the most advanced grounds in the county” and commissioned three brand new stands to be built.
The Jack Walker Stand alone holds up to 11,000 – just short of 1,400 less than the capacity of Roots Hall – providing some impressive views of the Ewood Park pitch.
How they Reached League One
Rovers knew they were in for a tough season when they began the campaign with just one point from their opening seven games, leaving them bottom of the Championship.
It never really got much better from there, although back-to-back wins momentarily lifted them out of the relegation zone they were never really out of danger throughout the entire campaign.
After being knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United, Blackburn went on a seven-game unbeaten run, but even that wasn’t enough to steer them clear of danger.
And despite ending the season with wins away at Brentford and at home to Aston Villa, results elsewhere meant Rovers were the first Premier League winners relegated to the third tier.
Blackburn Rovers Facts and Figures:
Nickname(s): Rovers, The Blues and Whites
Club Colours: Blue and White
Ground Address: Ewood Park, Nuttall Street, Blackburn, BB2 4JF
Ground Capacity: 31,367
Distance from Roots Hall: 257 miles
Position Last Season: 22nd in the Championship
Last Time We Met
Tuesday 10th March 1992 – Division Two
Blackburn Rovers 2 vs 2 Southend United
Chris Price, David Speedie; Andy Ansah, Brett Angell