When Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League!

March 16, 2023

In the early days of the English Premier League, it was dominated by Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool. However, the 1994-1995 season saw a surprise winner, Blackburn Rovers, clinch their first and only Premier League title in the club’s history. Let’s go back in time and see how Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League.

From Second Division to Premier League title

The story of Blackburn’s title triumph began in 1991, when local businessman Jack Walker bought the club and appointed Kenny Dalglish as manager. Walker had a vision of making Blackburn a force in English football, and he backed Dalglish with generous funds to sign quality players. Some of the key signings included Alan Shearer, Tim Flowers, Chris Sutton, Graeme Le Saux and Henning Berg.

Blackburn gained promotion to the newly formed Premier League via the play-offs in 1992, and finished fourth in their first season. They improved to second place in 1993-94, only eight points behind champions Manchester United. They also reached the FA Cup semi-finals, but lost to arch-rivals Burnley.

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After finishing second in the previous season, Blackburn’s owner, Jack Walker, invested heavily in the team, bringing in big-name players such as Alan Shearer, Chris Sutton, and Tim Flowers. The manager, Kenny Dalglish, was a legend of the game and knew how to win titles, having won the league as both a player and a manager at Liverpool.

The season started well for Blackburn, with a 1-1 draw against Southampton in their opening game. They then won their next three games against Crystal Palace, Arsenal, and Everton, scoring 10 goals and conceding just one. The team’s form was inconsistent throughout the season, but they remained in contention for the title.

Final Day Drama

The title race went down to the wire, with Blackburn and Manchester United both having a chance to win on the final day of the season. Blackburn faced Liverpool at Anfield, while United played West Ham United at Upton Park. Blackburn needed a win to secure the title, while United needed a win and hope that Liverpool could do them a favor by beating Blackburn.

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Blackburn took an early lead through striker Alan Shearer, and the team held on to secure a 2-1 win and win the Premier League title for the first time in their history. Meanwhile, Manchester United could only manage a draw against West Ham, which meant they finished one point behind Blackburn in the final standings.

Blackburn’s title win was a huge achievement for the club, and it remains one of the greatest achievements in English football history. The team was known for its solid defense, with only 39 goals conceded in the league that season, and for the attacking prowess of Shearer and Sutton, who scored a combined 49 goals in the league. The team’s success was also due to the influence of Jack Walker, who poured his wealth into the club to make it a force to be reckoned with.

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Despite the club’s decline in the following years and getting relegated to the lower divisions, their Premier League win will always be remembered as a fairy tale triumph and an inspiration to smaller clubs to aim for the top.

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