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2007–08 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

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Subject: Roque Santa Cruz, Paul Gallagher (footballer), Matt Derbyshire, Keith Treacy, Frank Fielding, Christopher Samba
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2007–08 Blackburn Rovers F.C. season

Blackburn Rovers
2007–08 season
Manager Mark Hughes
Premier League 7th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Fifth round
Top goalscorer League: Roque Santa Cruz (19)
All: Roque Santa Cruz (22)[1]
Highest home attendance 30,316 (vs. Manchester United, 19 April)
Lowest home attendance 19,316 (vs. Birmingham City, 7 October)
Average home league attendance 23,916[2]

Blackburn Rovers F.C. finished in the top half of the Premier League for the third successive season, this time ending up in 7th place, ultimately not enough for European qualification. Manager Mark Hughes departed for Manchester City at the end of the season, while successful winger David Bentley was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for a club record fee. Stiker Roque Santa Cruz, a summer signing from Bayern Munich, had the season of his life, scoring 19 league goals, making up for Benni McCarthy's loss of form. Despite interest for richer clubs, Santa Cruz stayed on for another season.

First-team squad

Squad at end of season[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Brad Friedel
2 Netherlands DF Andre Ooijer
3 England DF Stephen Warnock
4 Republic of the Congo DF Christopher Samba
5 Turkey MF Tugay Kerimoğlu
6 New Zealand DF Ryan Nelsen (captain)
7 Australia MF Brett Emerton
8 Switzerland MF Johann Vogel
9 Paraguay FW Roque Santa Cruz
10 South Africa FW Benni McCarthy
11 England FW David Bentley
No. Position Player
12 Norway MF Morten Gamst Pedersen
13 Georgia (country) DF Zurab Khizanishvili
14 Republic of Ireland MF Steven Reid
15 South Africa MF Aaron Mokoena
17 Netherlands FW Maceo Rigters
19 England MF David Dunn
20 Switzerland DF Bruno Berner
22 Republic of Ireland MF Keith Treacy
27 England FW Matt Derbyshire
29 Sweden DF Martin Olsson
30 Grenada FW Jason Roberts

Left club during season

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
8 Wales MF Robbie Savage (to Derby County)

Reserve squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
16 Switzerland DF Stéphane Henchoz
18 Scotland FW Paul Gallagher
21 Germany MF Sergio Peter
25 England DF Andy Taylor
26 Republic of Ireland DF Eddie Nolan
28 Northern Ireland DF Tony Kane
31 Finland GK Peter Enckelman
32 Wales GK Jason Brown
No. Position Player
33 England GK Frank Fielding
34 Faroe Islands GK Gunnar Nielsen
35 England DF Dean Winnard
36 England MF Josh O'Keefe
37 Australia MF Rostyn Griffiths
38 England FW Jamie Clarke
44 Italy FW Raffaele De Vita
45 Scotland MF Bryan Hodge


Top scorers

Nat Name Goals
Paraguay Roque Santa Cruz 19
South Africa Benni McCarthy 8
England David Bentley 5
Norway Morten Gamst Pedersen 4


Premier League


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