The Giant Killers

Subtitle

          BLACKBURN ROVERS

One of the real giants of the game whose cup exploits predate the formation of the League, Rovers have lifted the trophy in 1884, '85 '86, '90, '91 and most recently when Jack Roscamp's late goal ended any hope of a Huddersfield fight back in 1928. They were founder members of the League, being crowned Champions in 1912, '14 and '95 and were also jointly the last of the original members to lose their unbroken top tier status when finally relegated for the first time with Aston Villa in the thirties. Their time in the second tier and a short spell in the third tier in the early seventies has afforded them some oppotunities for minor giant killings, None sweeter than the defeat of local rivals Burnley in 1952.

Magic Moments

1939

1-0 vs Sunderland

Fifth round second replay: Monday February 20th 1939 @ Hillsborough, Sheffield, After Extra Time

Attendance: 30,217    

Scorer:

Ranked at the time: 35

Team:
 
 
1-0 vs West Bromwich Albion
 Fifth Round: Saturday February 23rd 1952

Attendance: 51,177

Scorer: Bill Eckersley

Ranked at the time: 297

Team:1:Reg Elvy, 2:Ron Stuart, 3:Bill Eckersley, 4:Jackie Campbell, 5:Willie Kelly, 6:Ronnie Clayton, 7:Jackie Wharton, 8:Eddie Crossan, 9:Eddie Quigley, 10:Albert Nightingale, 11:Alec Glover
 
3-1 vs Burnley
 
Quarter Final: Saturday March 8th 1952
 
Attendance: 52,920       

Scorers: Albert Nightingale, Bill Holmes, Alec Glover

Ranked at the time: 184

{Image: Glover, right, leaps to celebrate after scoring Rover's clinching third goal}       

Team: 1:Reg Elvey, 2:Ron Stuart, 3:Bill Eckersley, 4:Jackie Campbell, 5:Willie Kelly, 6:Ronnie Clayton, 7:Jackie Wharton, 8:Eddie Crossan, 9:Bill Holmes, 10:Albert Nightingall, 11:Alec Glover
 
 
1-0 @ Arsenal

Fifth round: Saturday February 16th 2013

Attendance: 60,070

Scorer: Colin Kazim-Richards  

Ranked at the time: 368

Team: 1:Jake Kean, 2:Bradley Orr, 3:martin Olsson, 16:Scott Dann, 31:Grant Hanley, 16:Jason Lowe, 12:Morton Gamst Pedersen,  14:Marcus Olsson {replaced by 35:David Bentley -63}, 17:Lee Williamson, 11:Jordan Rhodes {replaced by David Goodwillie -82}, 39:Colin Kazim-Richards  

2015

3-1 vs Swansea City

Fourth round: Saturday January 24th 2015

Attendance: 5,928

Scorers:Chris Taylor, Rudy Gestede, Craig Conway

Ranked at the time:489

Team: 13: Simon Eastwood, 2:Adam Henley, 22:Shane Duffy, 4:Matthew Kilgallon, 14:Marcus Olsson, 19:Chris Taylor, 17:Lee Williamson {Replaced by 8:David Dunn-41}, 6:Jason Lowe, 32:Craig Conway, 10:Tom Cairney, 7:Joshua King {Replaced by 39:Rudy Gestede-60} Manager: Gary Bowyer

 4-1 Stoke City

Fifth round: Saturday February 14th 2015

Attendance: 13,934

Scorers: {Rovers} Josh King {36. 50,55}, Rudy Gestede {45 + 7 Pen}: {City} Peter Crouch {10}

Ranked at the time:363

Team: 13: Simon Eastwood, 2:Adam Henley, 22:Shane Duffy, 4:Matthew Kilgallon, 14:Marcus Olsson, 19:Chris Taylor, 10:Tom Cairney, 17:Lee Williamson {Replaced by 29:Corry Evans-half time}, 12:Ben Marshall {Replaced by 32:Craig Conway-11} 39:Rudy Gestede, 7:Joshua King {completes his hat-trick-image right} {Replaced by 16:Luke Varney}.  Manager: Gary Bowyer

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